Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate, said it well.
This is my last post on SeytLines as the times for me are changing. Almost four years ago to the day, I decided to move my career in a new direction. In the past, we described that change as retiring. But, Baby Boomers don’t retire we move on to the next gig. It is time for another change and a step in a new direction, so I am also leaving my post as Lean Law Evangelist for Seyfarth.
For the curious few as to what comes next …
I have been an adjunct professor at Michigan State University’s College of Law for two years and I will prepare for my third year this summer. The three courses I teach—Delivering Legal Services, Entrepreneurial Lawyering, and Artificial Intelligence and Law—are part of the Law College’s LegalRnD program. I find teaching a challenging and rewarding task and I hope to continue doing it for years to come.
I am involved in various research projects focused on the practical aspects of changing the legal profession. They range from new models for law firm-client relationships to bringing natural language processing and machine learning to court decisions. It isn’t just the delivery of legal services that is changing, it is the substance of law.
I talk every week with startups in the United States and around the world. I will continue those conversations. These entrepreneurs are the disruptors and they bring amazing stories to our industry.
I also have been writing “the book.” As I present, talk, blog, and teach how to re-invent legal practices in the modern world, I am asked “what can I read?” My answer so far has been a cobbled together list of online articles, posts, and books dealing with occupations other than law. I decided to change the answer by writing the book. I’m deep into it now and will continue the push to get it into print.
Finally, I will continue my quest to move the profession forward. That journey has taken me through small, medium, and large law firms; large corporations; consulting; and academia. I look forward to learning the next step in that journey.
A Different Source for the Same Voice
As you might suspect, although I will speak through a different publication, I will continue to talk about the profession and its future.
You can continue reading my posts at at The Algorithmic Society (you can find my contact information there).
If you want to stay in touch, please follow me on Twitter (@LeanLawStrategy).
If you would like to connect, reach out to me on LinkedIn.
And, of course, you can always use Facebook.
I thought it would be fitting to close out my last post on SeytLines with a verse by Bob Dylan that helped define another time of change. Thanks to all, and I look forward to continuing our discussions on the other side.
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slowest now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fading
And the first one now will later be last
Cause the times they are a-changing
Bob Dylan. “The Times They Are a-Changin’ “ 1964.