Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

By Lucy Endel Bassli (November 1, 2017, 9:53 AM EDT) -- By "unicorn" I don't mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I'm talking about that mystical creature that lurks in law firms all over the country and globe, in corporate legal departments at some of the world's best companies. I'm talking about that lawyer who likes process and seeks out data. That lawyer who is frustrated by the inefficiencies of the legal practice and is emotionally torn between perfecting the craft of law and breaking it down completely into an objective set of processes and metrics. There is a new breed of lawyers that are standing up and speaking out, louder than ever before. These lawyers are realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done. They are curious about technology and process improvements, and they have a natural thirst for data about their own practice. I used to think that I must have a mutated gene of some sort that makes me "different" from other lawyers. Now I realize that many lawyers have that dormant gene, and if allowed to develop, it can become a powerful influence on how legal service is delivered. Then the unicorn is born!...

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