The OBA-MAP Reading Room is a month-by-month collection of things about law practice management, technology and the future of law that I found interesting and worthy of sharing. I don’t always do a blog post about each new Reading Room. But the last two months of 2017 yielded an embarrassment of riches. So I decided to pass along these link sets to my readers.
The total is thirty great, if often discomforting, articles to read that will help you focus on the future direction of your law firm.
November begins and ends with features from AttorneyatWork features. If you care anything about artificial intelligence and the practice of law you shouldn’t miss Running With The Experts: Takeaways From The 2017 Futures Conference and I have to acknowledge the final edition of Bob Denny’s annual wrap up, What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession (Say it’s not so Bob!). In between those items you’ll find two great features on VPN services, philosophical thoughts from Mark A. Cohen in Forbes Forbes on What’s A Lawyer Now? And there is an absolute “must read” for solo and small firm lawyers primarily serving individuals: The Decline of the PeopleLaw Sector.
Experts posted a lot of useful content in December as well. IPhoneJD’s feature on iPhone charging tips is very useful. Law Departments and the Foundation of Law Firm Marketing BS is the more family-friendly title I’ve given to a great take by D. Casey Flaherty that will be of interest to larger law firms and legal departments. I also included several articles containing predictions, trends and other end of year content. And in case you missed it, there is a quite scary report from my podcast teammate Sharon Nelson that “E-mail Open Tracking Has Quietly Taken Over the Web.”
I hope each of you will find some interesting and challenging wintertime reading contained in these 30 featured articles. (OK, please note this correction. One was a podcast.)