Author Archives: Stephen Poor

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Automation to Squeeze the ‘Muddy Middle’ of Big Law (Perspective)

Automation to Squeeze the ‘Muddy Middle’ of Big Law (Perspective)

By J. Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP A recent Gartner report observed that, “by 2022, smart machines and robots may replace highly trained professionals in tasks within medicine, law and IT.” The report goes on to conclude that the ability of automation techniques to substitute for a lawyer means that “what the enterprise

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Making a Goal Line Stand for Legal Aid (Perspective)

By J. Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP Last month, Jim Harbaugh (yes, the former NFL quarterback and current University of Michigan coach) tweeted the following: I hope reports that White House trying to defund Legal Services Corp aren't true. LSC is CRUCIAL to making justice system fair. #LSCmatters — Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 28,

Senior Engineer Olivia Norton positions Thormang, a full scale humanoid robot used for research, on a couch at the Kindred AI office in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Kindred is an ultra-secretive artificial intelligence company based in Vancouver and funded in part by Google's venture capital arm. Photographer: Darryl Dyck/Bloomberg

Will There Be Non-Humans in the Legal Industry? (Perspective)

By J. Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP Five percent of Accenture’s workforce is no longer human. One of Accenture’s managing directors, Michael Redding, shared that figure this month at a summit in New York on artificial intelligence. If five percent does not sound like much, note that, at Accenture, it equates to 20,000

Investing in Tech Is Just One Piece of ‘Big Law’ Puzzle (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author of this post formerly chaired a major law firm. By J. Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP It’s budget season in Big Law, and firms face the always challenging need to make long-term investments. One such investment — and a hot topic in Big Law these days — is the

Semi-automated trucks are driven on the E19 highway in Vilvoorde on April 5, 2016 as part of the 'EU Truck Platooning Challenge 2016', during which the trucks will travel together in a 'platoon' from Sweden to Rotterdam via Belgium. Photo by Eric Lalmand (AFP/Getty Images)

Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (Perspective)

By J. Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP In April of this year, semi-autonomous trucks from six manufacturers throughout Europe left their home bases and converged on the Port of Rotterdam. It was a demonstration of “truck platooning,” the ability to electronically connect a convoy of semi-autonomous trucks behind a human-driven lead truck. The

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‘Future’ Report from ABA Plays it Too Safe (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author of this post chaired a major law firm for 15 years. By Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP Big Law does not exist in a vacuum — although we might prefer it that way. There is a lot of discussion around the forces reshaping how Big Law delivers services. At the

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Business is Great for Big Law. Wait… (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author of this post chaired a major law firm for 15 years. By Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP Life is good, apparently. As written here July 7, Citi released its quarterly survey measuring law firm leaders’ confidence in the business of law. Leaders from over half of the AmLaw 200 responded

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The Cravath Pay Raise: Challenges and Opportunities for Law Firms (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author of this post chaired a major law firm for 15 years. By Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw And so it begins. Last week, Cravath announced a material move in their associate compensation scale, increasing starting salaries from $160,000 to $180,000. Predictably, a swath of firms announced matching compensation scales over the

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