Legal Education

Episode 11: Lucy Bassli on The Modern Legal Ecosystem and Unicorn Lawyers

In Episode 11 we talk to Lucy Bassli founder of InnoLegal Services and Chief Legal Strategist at Law Geex.

Lucy started her career in Big Law (at Davis Wright Tremaine) and ultimately landed a job in Microsoft’s legal department where she served as Assistant General Counsel. At Microsoft, Lucy was responsible for, among other things, the legal department’s procurement operations and contract management systems.

Lucy left Microsoft in 2017 and started InnoLegal Services–part law firm and part consultancy–where she helps law firms and law departments develop new ways to deliver and receive legal services.

In her role as Chief Legal Strategist for Law Geex, Lucy advises on the use of artificial intelligence in contracting, helps with product roadmaps, consults with corporate customers, and assists with the development of go-to-market strategies.

During our talk, Lucy explains who the players are in the modern legal ecosystem (regulators, industry groups, service providers, consumers of legal services and educators) and why to be really successful and efficient, all of them should work together.

She also explains what it means to be a unicorn lawyer–a lawyer that knows law, but also loves, understands and values process and technology.

We also talk about the “Big 4” entering the legal market and how law firm associates have a real opportunity to push for change.

Lucy can be found on LinkedIn and at lucy.bassli@innolegalservices.com.

 

Legal Tech Founder Segment: Nehal Madhani of Alt Legal

 

In our legal founder segment, we talk to Nehal Madhani, founder of Alt Legal. A docketing system for intellectual property matters. You can follow Alt Legal on Twitter or contact Nehal at nehal@altlegal.com.

 

Things We Talk About in This Episode

 
 
 
 
 
Lucy’s Articles on the Legal Ecosystem
 
 
Suffolk Law School’s Legal Tech Certificate Program

 

Episode Credits

 

Editing and Production: Grant Blackstock

Theme Music: Home Base (Instrumental Version) by TA2MI

 

Episode 9: Gabriel Teninbaum on Legal Tech Education

For Episode 9 we hit the road and headed to Boston to visit Gabriel Teninbaum, Director of the Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology and a legal writing professor at Suffolk University School of Law.

To say that Gabe does a lot of interesting legal tech related stuff would be an understatement. Not only does he head up the legal tech Institute at Suffolk, he also holds positions at Harvard and Yale.

Suffolk’s Legal Innovation and Technology Institute has three main programs: A legal tech concentration for law students, the LIT Lab that pairs law students with legal organizations to do R&D work and an online legal tech certificate program for legal professionals.

And, if holding all his positions in academia was not enough, Gabe’s side hustle is an app he developed called Spaced Repetition that helps law students with their studies and prepare for the bar exam.

Finally, Gabe has a great weekly legal tech newsletter called Lawtomatic.  You can subscribe to that here.

 

Legal Tech Founder Segment: Rick Merrill of Gavelytics

In this episode, we also talk to Rick Merrill. Rick is a former litigator and the founder of Gavelytics, an AI powered database containing information about judges, their tendencies and rulings.  Gavelytics provides actionable insights that help litigators win more motions, win more cases, and win more business.

 

Things We Talk About in this Episode

Suffolk’s Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology

Suffolk’s LIT Lab

legaltechcertificate.com

Legal Lean Sigma

Florida’s Legal Tech CLE Requirement

Ross Guberman’s Legal Writing Pro

Casetext

IBM Watson Health

Tomorrow’s Lawyers by Richard Suskind

Spaced Repetition

Lionel Hutz Attorney at Law and Owner of “I Can’t Believe it’s a Law Firm” at the Springfield Mall.

 

Episode Credits

Editing and Production: Grant Blackstock

Theme Music: Home Base (Instrumental Version) by TA2MI

Photo Above of Suffolk Law School: Wally Gobe