Document Assembly as Disruptive Legal Technology

Darryl Mountain pointed me to an online pdf version of his new article, “Disrupting conventional law firm models using document assembly,” in the International Journal of Law and Information Technology.
From the abstract:

Document assembly software is a technology that is fundamental to disrupting law firms. This article uses the framework set out by Clayton Christensen in The Innovator’s Dilemma and subsequent books to examine the range of business models that use document assembly software, from those that are sustaining in relation to law firms to those that are disruptive in relation to law firms. It looks at three barriers that slow down the pace of disruption: a shortage of the right people, rules against unauthorised practice, and inadequate capitalisation of law firms. These barriers will be overcome on a piecemeal basis as disruptive forces advance and undercut the billable hour.

Darryl is one of the truly innovative thinkers in the legal profession and I highly recommend this article. The article is based on a presentation Darryl gave last year (I wrote about it here) and the lively discussion that followed.
The article reminded me about that conversation and some follow-up thoughts I had on the insurance aspect of what Darryl is discussing, something I may write about in the near future.
Another great article from Darryl that I hope reaches a big audience. It will give you much to think about.
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Philips READUS e-reader

Reading 2.0? I rarely write reviews anymore, but here’s something that tempts me to offer to write one for the chance to get my hands on a product early. Philips can add me to the potential reviewer list for the READUS E-Reader. This looks like it will be cool, and something that I’d find useful (as would my audience). I’ve been intrigued by the idea of a portable electronic book reader for a long time.
Here’s the intro from the post on the jkOntheRun blog that got my attention:

We’ve been hearing about ebook readers that will appear with e-ink screens that roll up into a very tiny form and then extend out to provide a nice decently sized screen for reading.

Check out the video of it here.
Combine this type of product with a wireless capability and the news river approach, and you have something that would be truly useful and not just a gadget for gadget’s sake.
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Remembering Katrina by Email

I checked my old email and saw that a year ago today, we got an email on our Between Lawyers back-channel email lst from Ernie Svensen that said:
I’m on the road now. This storm will cause CATASTROPHIC damage!
It was chilling then – still is.
Then I see a flurry of frantic messages between us for a few days as we lost touch with Ernie and didn’t know what happened to him.
We finally heard from him, with his usual wry wit, a few days later in an email that said:
Hey thanks! I’ll be okay. Trying to set up moblogging. Gotta have the proper tech thing going. Right?
But the message that struck me the most came from Ernie later that day:
Thanks. I am safe and so are my friends and family. Now I sit back and watch how my city adjusts to radical change.
Except that we knew Ernie could not just sit back and watch.
Much of what I know about the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans comes from Ernie’s reporting, as is true for many other bloggers.
It is true that we are learning what radical change for a city means, and, unfortunately, in some ways what radical “stays the same” means. There are lessons to learn and lessons we should not forget.
Take a moment and remember.
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Hey, It’s Ross Kodner’s Blog

It’s official. Legal technology wizard Ross Kodner has debuted his new blog, Ross Ipsa Loquitur. I know that it will be a source of great info – already has some great posts. I’ve learned a lot from Ross over the years and had a lot of fun presenting with him on legal tech topics. Welcome to the blogosphere, Ross. I think that you’re really going to like it here.
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Web 2.0 and the Web Office

Lots of discussion today on announcements from Google and web-based alternatives to Microsoft Office, all of which bring us into the zone of Web 2.0.
I’ve written quite a bit about Web 2.0, but it remains a difficult concept to explain.
Two excellent blog posts I read today will help you develop a core understanding. Well, they certainly reflect my point of view and I found them especially insightful.
The first is from a blog I’ve spent a lot of time on in the last few days – Rod Boothy’s Innovation Creators blog. It’s called “Web Versions of MS Office is a Tiny Niche.” For further study, check out his post on Excel Services.
The money quote #1:

Web Office or Enterprise 2.0 applications should not about “solving problems” – as in providing end solutions. Instead, at their best, Web Office should provide productivity tools that knowledge workers can use to build their own ad-hoc solutions.

The money quote #2:

This is the real vision of Enterprise 2.0 / Web Office / Office 2.0. It is the radical shift from IT developing full solutions to a new era, where IT provides productivity tools and knowledge workers use those tools to build end solutions.

The second post is from Ed Yourdon. It’s called “Recurring themes from my Web 2.0 visits” and it’s a great, succinct summary of the current Web 2.0 landscape. It’s must-reading if you are interested at all in Web 2.0.
The money quote (excerpting the five common themes):

1. Email is broken;
2. Young adults use the Internet in a different way than do 30-something and 40-something professional workers;
3. People don’t like to “break context” to grab additional information to perform a work task;
4. Most vendors believe that mobile devices will play a large role in the evolution of their products and services, but they’re not sure what form it will take;
5. Web 2.0 may be over-hyped, and some of its vendors may not have a rational business model, but it’s nevertheless “real”.

Lots to think about in those posts.
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