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We recently attended the Inspire.Legal conference at New York Law School in New York City. Billed as a crowdsourced problem-solving gathering of lawyers, clients, and technologists, this meeting-of-the-minds was founded by our good friend Christian Lang. Christian is the Head of Strategy at Reynen Court LLC as well as the author of the Blacklines & Billables blog which, by the way, has its own podcast. Christian is a self-proclaimed recovering corporate lawyer who travels in legal technology circles and also known for organizing the monthly NY Legal Tech Meetup. That meetup was his inspiration for starting Inspire.Legal, an event he aimed to make larger, more interactive, and highly focused on real problems within the practice of law.
Audaciously planned and executed in 8 weeks (through a holiday season), Inspire.Legal brought together some of the most prominent attorneys, businesses, journalists, educators, and investors in the legal profession. Wielding names and representatives from the likes of Orrick, Cravath, Price Waterhouse Cooper, White & Case, Baker McKenzie, Morrison & Foerster, Cornell, Northwestern, Penn State, Thomson Reuters, and more… this conference quickly became a who’s who in the legal ecosystem.
But what did they discuss?
Rolled up in presentations, workshops, and “unpanels”, the architecture of Inspire.Legal was designed to immediately get attendees out of their comfort zones and deeply entrench them into interactive discussions. Everyone was encouraged to contribute and debate. Sometimes there was disagreement which occasionally got a little fiery… but in the end, the mechanism worked. Problems were identified, minds had met, and a deeper understanding of the pressing challenges was achieved.
Among the many issues addressed were the following:
To hear our audio coverage from Inspire.Legal, please tune in to our embedded players and list of interviewees below:
Interviewees from our Inspire.Legal Coverage (in alphabetical order):
After receiving his J.D. and MBA, Laurence Colletti went into solo practice with emphasis in general business and commercial real estate. He has always carried a strong passion for web-based media with a particular interest in podcasting and video. Laurence leverages his legal background against that passion to help bring sophisticated, relevant content to Legal Talk Network podcasts. You can follow Laurence on Twitter at @LaurenceEsq.