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Wednesday
Aug252010

Review of "Checklist Manifesto" by Atul Gawande

My review of the book "Checklist Manifesto:  How to Get Things Right" by Atul Gawande appeared in this Month's Colorado Lawyer (here's the link, must be a member to read the review).  It's not surprising that lawyers have been slow to adopt checklists--we tend to think that such a simple tool can't possibly help in something as complex as a lawsuit.  That's the brilliance of Gawande's book:  he shows how checklists have gradually been adopted, and have made a stunning and quantifiable difference, in other highly-complex fields as diverse as surgery, piloting aircraft, and constructing large engineering projects.  It's time for lawyers to realize the potential of checklists.  This is something I'm working to promote with my Litigation Checklist Project, which is also an attempt to capture and index best practices as a form of open-source legal knowledge management.

Monday
Aug162010

Law 2.0 Roundtable

Last Friday I was among 25 thought-leaders from around the country invited to the University of Colorado/Silicon-Flatirons "Law 2.0" roundtable discussion at CU Law School.  The discussion primarily focused on process automation and the ideas of Richard Susskind such as open-source knowledge management, document assembly, cloud computing and blogging.  The panel agreed that firms that are able to implement these innovations effectively will be able to both provide high-end bespoke legal services at lower cost to large clients and also provide high-end legal services to smaller clients and smaller cases (six figure or less) where it was previously unaffordable.  I'm actively working to apply these innovations to small business and personal injury litigation to better serve my clients--learn more about my firm's focus on innovation, or visit my Litigation Strategy & Innovation blog.

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