Have clear communications
Set scope and expectations
Be professional and competent
Crytal Ball Answer
Equity for Youth in the Legal System
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Legal Education
Diversity in Leadership of Legal Profession
Diversity and Equity in the Courts
Equity in the Criminal Justice System
Racial Equity in Wealth and Ownership
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Crystal Ball Question – Legal Value Network Conference
Whether you loved it or hated it… Season One of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is in the books. And this also wraps up Season One of SuperHuman Law Division (SHLD) Podcast. We’ve enjoyed going through and spotting the legal and law firm issues and discussing them from both a lawyer’s perspective and a legal operations professional’s point of view.
We reached back out to local counsel this week and brought back Ashley Carlisle, Head of Marketing at HyperDraft to walk us through the legal topics of this specific episode, but also to put back on her marketing and business development hat and break down the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of GLK/H’s marketing strategy. Honestly, it was GLK/H’s lack of marketing strategy that really happened in this fictional MCU BigLaw firm.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to listen to our thoughts on the show. We’ll take a break and determine what we’ll talk about in a possible Season Two of SHLD. If you have suggestions, ping us at @SuperHumanPod on Twitter.
Stay Super Everyone!!
- Ashley Carlisle (LinkedIn)
- HyperDraft (website)
- HyperDraft (LinkedIn)
- SuperHuman Law Division Website
I’m not really into the whole brevity thing. I already wrote a brief post (only 800 words) that concludes with succint advice to law departments on discounts, AFAs, panels, outside counsel guidelines, RFPs, and, in particular, a humbling recommendation they not ask law firms about the use of technology unless the answers will inform structured dialogue to improve business outcomes at scale and pace (because I’d previously written a book on this subject).
At the conclusion of this off-brand concision, I promised my tiny corps of hard core readers an extended universe of nerd content. Fair warning, this is not for everyone.…
This week we reached out to local Los Angeles counsel, lawyer Ashley Carlisle, who is the Head of Marketing at HyperDraft to help break down Ep. 8 of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, “Ribbit and Rip It.” And there is a lot to talk about in the penultimate episode of season one.
We’d really like it if Jennifer/She-Hulk would take a little more time interviewing her clients before representing them in court. Specifically, ask more detailed questions of anyone who runs around in a superpowered Frog suit and calls themselves LeapFrog. Even if, or maybe especially if, your client’s father is a big client at GLK/H.
We finally get to see Matt Murdock, AKA Daredevil, in action, both in the court and fighting goons in dark hallways. Not to mention the chemistry between Jen and Matt. For two people who can fight and discuss legal defense strategy at the same time, we need to see them team-up much more often. (Maybe there is a future Murdock and Walters law firm in the making??? Please, MCU, say yes!!)
Just how much property damage can She-Hulk cause, and still feel like she needs to leave a note confessing to it?
And finally, the Gala Awards for “Female Lawyer of the Year” starts off bad, and immediately gets worse.
Huge thanks to Ashley Carlisle for lending a hand this week in discussing all the legal and other issues. To find out more about Ashley and HyperDraft, check out the links below.
Ashley Carlisle (LinkedIn)
Gail Simone’s Women in Refrigerators (Being Fridged)
For the first time, Law360 and Major, Lindsey, and Africa team up to survey BigLaw partners in their 2022 Partner Compensation Survey. We are joined by Craig Savitzky, Senior Data Analyst at Law360 and Jeffrey Lowe, Global Practice Leader of the Law Firm Practice at Major Lindsey and Africa. With this being the first survey of law firm partners since most firms have made some effort to return to the office, there were some surprises on how much remote work partners want to take versus how much their firms are offering. It may not be what you think.
Women and minority partners made some strong gains according to this survey in narrowing the pay gap. While the gap is still significant between women/minority partners and their white male colleagues, this was the smallest percentage in the history of the survey which began in 2010.
For the first time, the difference between average equity partner pay was more than $1 Million over average non-equity partner pay.
Savitzky and Lowe unpack a lot of data from the survey for us.
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- MLA’s – 2022 Partner Compensation Survey
- Law360 Pulse’s – The 2022 Partner Compensation Survey Articles
Crystal Ball Answers from LVNx
This week we talk with Properoware founder Keith Lipman, who recently merged into Litera, about the role that ALSP’s and others will play in filling the gap left by law firms when the economy begins its expected downturn.
Crystal Ball Question:
I should be taking a victory lap. Instead, I am on an apology tour urging in-house departments not to listen to me—i.e., ignore my long-standing advice re asking law firms about their use of technology. I’ve concluded that the common application of my advice only adds unnecessary friction to an already friction-laden system—similar to the value-subtractive frictions introduced by ubiquitous, well-intentioned, and misguided approaches to discounts, panels, outside counsel guidelines, AFAs, etc.
I understand the motivations. I also understand the constraints. Everyone operating in our space should be able to connect the dots on these four statistics:
- 75% of GCs recognize workloads will outpace budgets (problem)
- 80% of in-house lawyers are burned out (consequence)
- 70% of law departments are not investing in digital transformation (unavailable solution due to resource constraints)
- 70% of law departments are asking law firms about technology usage (attempt to cope within resource constraints)