E-lawyer: A Guide To Legal Practice Leadership In The Internet Age by Adam NewhouseE-lawyer: A Guide To Legal Practice Leadership In The Internet Age by Adam Newhouse

E-lawyer: A Guide To Legal Practice Leadership In The Internet Age

byAdam Newhouse

Paperback | April 1, 2017

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If you feel bewildered by the rapidly shifting dynamics of legal practice in the digital age, you are not alone. The Millennial mind-set may be unnerving if you think that all things digital are mere add-ons to today's practice of law. We cannot reverse the advance of the new work culture. Sooner or later, we must let go of pre-digital notions. The digitalization of the business environment is irreconcilable with our traditional concepts of reality. It calls upon us to redefine how we think and relate to one another. The sooner we recognize that a new era has dawned and leave the baggage of tradition behind, the sooner the new culture will become our own. With such dynamic and rapid change, there are new expectations of the type of skills attorneys need to succeed. This technological and mental shift demands that lawyers not only adapt themselves to be adept leaders in a digital age, but to take advantage of the new opportunities. E-Lawyer: A Guide to Legal Practice in the Internet Age will bring lawyer's attitudes into sync with the realities of today's marketplace, and help unravel the sometimes daunting and unfamiliar legal landscape in the new "Internet age". After reading this book, you will know how to:• Navigate the new paradigm of law practice; • Create successful digital relationships, and• Build effective, modern leadership competencies.
ADAM NEWHOUSE of Tokyo, Japan, understands firsthand the challenge of being a global lawyer in the digital age. In his 25 years of commercial litigation and transactional experience in the United States and Japan, Newhouse has seen the good, the bad, and the wrongheaded at law firms large and small. He has served as deputy general coun...
Title:E-lawyer: A Guide To Legal Practice Leadership In The Internet AgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9.1 × 6 × 0.48 inPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:American Bar AssociationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1634255208

ISBN - 13:9781634255202


Table of Contents

The Digital Age: Lawyers' Nightmare or Dream Come True?ixPART ONE Pre-Digital Lawyers' Story 1 Overview of Part One for the Busy Lawyer 1Chapter 1: Lawyers in Recession-Where Did We Go Wrong? 3 It's All in the Story 3 Historical Setting-Eight Centuries of Lawyer Bashing 8 Our Story of Discontent and Alienation in Three Subplots 10Chapter 2: Story of Law as Show Business 13 Days of the Demure Lawyer-Lawyers in Paradise 13 Days of a Showman-Paradise Lost 18Chapter 3: Story of Don't Ask, Don't Tell 23 Perennial Business-Law Disconnect 25 Lawyers as Brokers of Legal Knowledge 26Chapter 4: Story of Perennial Followers Lawyer-Come-Lately Tragedy 29 Always Too Little, Too Late 32 Rocket to Cyberspace with No Lawyers on Board 33 Social Media Network Rebuff 36PART TWO Lessons Learned-Immutable Attributes of Good Lawyering 39 Busy Lawyer Overview of Part Two 39Chapter 5: Unraveling the Failed Story-What's It All About? 41 "Earn Less" Fallacy 41 Why Us?-Self-Diagnosis 42Chapter 6: It's About the Client 45 Knowing the Client-Context Is Everything 45 Thinking Like Owners-Undivided Devotion to Serve Clients' Interests 47 Personalizing Our Services-Not Making Ourselves Fungible 49 Getting to Know Each Other-Symbiotic Partnership Between Law and Business 50 Focusing on Clients' Needs, Not Our Technical Competencies 52Chapter 7: It's About Adding Value 55 What Business Are We Really In? 55 Leaving Clients Better Than We Found Them 56 Giving Clients Peace of Mind-Legal Services as Business Insurance 57 Being Constructive-Curiosity in Action 59 Being a Businessperson First and Then a Lawyer 61PART THREE Are We Relevant Today? 65 Overview of Part Three for the Busy Lawyer 65Chapter 8: The Good News: Yes, We Are Still Relevant 67 Is Law a Commodity? 67 Lawyers' Secret 70 The Law Schools Are Not to Blame 72 Commoditize That! 74Chapter 9: The Bad News: Being Relevant Today Is Not Enough 77 Lawyers Reinventing Themselves-Rethinking the Cravath Model 77 We Need a Story for Tomorrow 80PART FOUR Rise of the Digital Lawyer 85 Overview of Part Four for the Busy Lawyer 85Chapter 10: New Legal Landscapes-A Rude Awakening Democratization Among Legal Service Providers- Right to Be Digitally Equal 88 Global Mind-Set 90Chapter 11: Birth of Digital Mentality 93 Roaming for Identity 94 Avatars Are Coming-Building a Better World in Cyberspace 96 Let's-Meet-Online Mentality 97 I Want It, and I Want It Now 100Chapter 12: Digital Values-Ingredients for Our New Story 103 Digital Virtues-Code of Ethics of Digital Natives 103 Digital Culture-Blessing or Curse? 110 Go Digital or Not-That Is the Trick Question 115Chapter 13: New Paradigm of Legal Practice-We Are of Cyberspace 121 Birth of the Digital Law Firm 121 Website-The Alter Ego of the Digital Law Firm 124 Rise of Digital Lawyers 128 Online Reputation-The Name of the Game 130 Interactive Global Legal Theatre of Internet 134 Billing Matters 136PART FIVE Lawyers as Leaders in the Digital Age 139 An Overview of Part Five for the Busy Lawyer 139Chapter 14: The "L" in "Law" Stands for Leadership 141 Being a Good Lawyer Is Never, Ever Enough 141 How Do You Spell "Digital Lawyer"? "L-e-a-d-e-r" 143 Learning to Fly 145 Chapter 15: Leading in the Digital Age 149 Magic of Digital Relationship Building 150 Soft Powers of Attraction and Quiet Empowerment 151 Invisible Leadership-Engaging Clients in Legal Process 155 Long-Term Digital Mentality 160Chapter 16: Ethics-The Stuff of Which Digital Lawyers are Made 165 Primacy of Ethics to Digital Lawyers 166 No Excuses-Courage to Say No 167 Pro Bono Mind-Set-True Colors of a Leader 171Conclusion 173Glossary of Terms 175Index 000