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Future of Law by Goodlawyer Brett Colvin

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Goodlawyer's podcast series dedicated to exploring what is, and what could be when it comes to the business of law, and how we as lawyers can improve access to legal services for everyone, and live more fulfilled lives.

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    #41 Finding Your Way - The path to authenticity in the legal profession, with Ryan Clements, Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law

    #41 Finding Your Way - The path to authenticity in the legal profession, with Ryan Clements, Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law

    Today's guest is Ryan Clements, a lawyer, entrepreneur, author and Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary faculty of law. Ryan received his LLB (with distinction) from the University of Alberta, as well as his Master of Laws, and Doctorate of Juridical Science from Duke University Law School.

    In our conversation we cover: 

    What attracted Ryan to law in the first place, and what influenced his trajectory from Big Firm lawyer, to entrepreneur, and now into to academia;

    How a law degree is like a owning a swiss army knife that can be used in numerous settings both within and outside of a law firm setting; 

    Why it is critical to become an expert in your chosen area to achieve professional success; and

    Ryan also gives a fantastic blueprint for law students and young lawyers who are trying to sort out their career path that I wish I had when I was going through law school. 

    If you want to hear more from Ryan, make sure you follow him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn. 

    @ryanjclements (twitter)

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanjclements/ (LinkedIn)

    Goodlawyer Summit

    Be sure to sign up for the Goodlawyer Summit taking place on November 3rd & 4th where Ryan will be gracing the stage as a member of our legal tech panel.  

    The Goodlawyer Summit is a hybrid virtual and in-person event that will empower entrepreneurs and startups to level up their businesses, while bringing together some of the brightest minds in law to reimagine a future where legal work is seen as a catalyst and not an obstacle. 

    Make sure you reserve your free (but limited) tickets today!

    https://www.goodlawyer.ca/summit/future-of-law

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    • 56 min
    #40 Returning to Our Roots: the case for a decentralized legal future with Mitch Kowalski

    #40 Returning to Our Roots: the case for a decentralized legal future with Mitch Kowalski

    Today's guest is Mitch Kowalski, a lawyer, visiting professor at the University of Calgary faculty of law, author, speaker, and co-host of the Podcast series “Pardon My Objection”, a show dedicated to exploring legal innovation and the future of law. 

    As you will hear, Mitch is a voice for change in the legal profession. Our conversation covers many topics including:

    Why lawyers need to base their pricing on value to the client, rather than how many hours they put in;

    The need for regulation reform including implementing a national regulator for all common law provinces; and 

    The case for a more decentralized legal profession (firms not regulators), and why lawyers need to humble themselves in order to usher in some of the change we so desperately need.

    Mitch pulls no punches when it comes the difficult or controversial topics, and getting this unadulterated perspective is one of the reasons we love him as a guest. 

    If you haven't already, check out Mitch's podcast and pick up his fantastic books titled Avoiding Extinction, and The Great Legal Reformation, links included below. 

    https://kowalski.ca/books/

    The Goodlawyer Summit

    Make sure you sign up for The Goodlawyer Summit this November 3rd & 4th. This two-day virtual and in-person hybrid event will empower entrepreneurs and startups to level up their businesses, while bringing together some of the brightest minds in law to reimagine a future where legal work is seen as a catalyst and not an obstacle. 

    You can reserve your tickets today by clicking on the link below:

    https://www.goodlawyer.ca/summit/future-of-law

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    • 48 min
    #39 [Startup Sessions] Strategy Shift: A new approach to innovation with Dr. Grant Wilson

    #39 [Startup Sessions] Strategy Shift: A new approach to innovation with Dr. Grant Wilson

    Our guest this week is Dr. Grant Wilson. Grant is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Regina (a position he recently accepted so big congratulations to him)!

    His teaching includes marketing, strategy, and innovation. In addition, Grant is an esteemed researcher and  has been published multiple academic journals on business, entrepreneurship and management.

    He also has an active consulting practice that specializes in strategic planning, business development, and market research.

    Grant joins us today to discuss innovation. Specifically:

    What innovation means (spoiler alert, it doesn't always mean technological innovation); 

    Why it matters to the success of your business; and 

    Some tips on how to implement an innovative culture into your organization. 

    If you are interested in hearing more from Grant, you can contact him at grant.wilson@uregina.ca or though his University of Regina faculty page as soon as it is set up. 

    https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/SL-11-2020-0136/full/html

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    • 28 min
    #38 [Future of Law] - The Missing Art of Hospitality and a Legal Industry in Transition: a conversation with Taylor Smith, Director of Client Experience at Goodlawyer

    #38 [Future of Law] - The Missing Art of Hospitality and a Legal Industry in Transition: a conversation with Taylor Smith, Director of Client Experience at Goodlawyer

    In this episode of the Goodlawyer Show, Matt Scrivens sits down with Goodlawyer's Director of Client Experience, Taylor Smith to discuss the historic lack of customer service in the legal industry, and what Goodlawyer is doing to change it. 

    As you will hear, Taylor is not a lawyer by trade. Rather he cut his teeth in the hospitality industry, and has brought many of these sorely lacking best practices to the legal profession. 

    Taylors task at Goodlawyer is simple - make sure clients have a great experience. This means everything from setting clients up with the right lawyer the first time, facilitating communications between clients and their lawyer, and ensuring they get a quality piece of work returned on time and on budget.

    You can think of Taylor, and our other members of our Legal Concierge team, as mini-project managers making sure your legal experience is as smooth and as productive as possible.

    On the show we discuss:

    Why customer service is lacking in the legal profession;

    Best practices for improving client relationships;

    The "First Drink" principle that Taylor has been implementing at Goodlawyer; and 

    Questions he asks potential hires entering a client focused role.

    While the conversation focuses on the legal profession, the principles can be applied pretty much anywhere, so no matter what industry you find yourself in, we hope this insightful conversation proves useful to you.  

    https://meetings.hubspot.com/goodlawyerlegalconcierge15min/legal-concierge (Legal Concierge Booking Link)

    https://joincolossus.com/episodes/21049021/meyer-the-power-of-hospitality?tab=mentionedcontent

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    • 44 min
    #37 [Future of Law] - Legal Perspectives from Down Under: Should Non-Lawyers be Permitted to Own Law Firms?

    #37 [Future of Law] - Legal Perspectives from Down Under: Should Non-Lawyers be Permitted to Own Law Firms?

    On the show this week, we are re-releasing one of our favourite episodes with Nathan Hepple.  Nathan is a Lawyer and a Director of the law firm HBA Legal based out of Sydney, Australia. He is also half of the talent on the podcast "Pardon My Objection”, a show that challenges the status quo in the legal industry with one of our past guests, Mitch Kowalski.

    In this wide ranging discussion, we cover many topics including:

    How in Australia, law firms are permitted to be organized as corporations, and owned by non-lawyers, and how this type of structure can lead to better outcomes for all involved; 

    How our current partnership model is failing both the lawyers who work within the system and the public at large, except for the very few at the top of the pyramid;

    The high rates of depression and mental health issues currently being experienced by lawyers; and

    What we can do to reform our legal system to make it...just a little more human.

    Despite the heavy nature of some of the topics, as you will hear, the tone of the show is quite upbeat. Nathan has an infectiously positive outlook, and it is inspiring to know that Goodlawyer has allies all over the world who are working towards positive change in our antiquated legal system.

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    • 49 min
    #36 [Future of Law] - Legal Rebels & Contrarian Views: a conversation with Aaron Baer, Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP.

    #36 [Future of Law] - Legal Rebels & Contrarian Views: a conversation with Aaron Baer, Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP.

    Today on The Goodlawyer Show we welcome Aaron Baer, a typically clean-shaven Bay Street lawyer tackling the world of big law a little differently than most. Aaron has quickly ascended the LinkedIn pecking order by sharing his (often cutting) thoughts on how the legal profession works today, and how it ought to tomorrow. 

    In today's episode we dig into some of the most frustrating issues that plague lawyers and impact their mental health. We also assess:

    The billable hour and it's significant drawbacks (for clients and lawyers alike); 

    The challenging aspects of working remotely; 

    How to add real value to your clients' business; 

    And why in most cases, fixed-fee services provide an elegant solution for lawyers and clients alike. 

    We close off with some ideas about how to train lawyers in the future, systemic issues found in law schools, and ways that we can make the legal services industry a kinder, more compassionate place for lawyers and clients. Needless to say, Aaron's approach to law resonates with our mission at Goodlawyer. 

    We hope you enjoy this truly insightful episode of The Goodlawyer Show as much as we did.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronbaer2/

    https://www.adamgrant.net/podcast/

    https://brenebrown.com/podcasts/

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    • 53 min

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