What Do We Mean When We Say #Altlaw and #Newlaw

I’ve made my third attempt at mapping out the various forms and shapes of meaning for when someone is talking about New Law or Alt Law.  I added in virtual law firms, which I cannot believe I forgot since that was one of my first exposures to the changing world of legal practice due to technology.   I also added a circle to emphasize the part I put in my first post on the subject since that seems to have be lost in some reviews of this map.   To wit, “Two things are not included as boxes:  ethics and access to legal services/access to justice.  That’s because, in my opinion, they permeate everything that a lawyer or someone working in legal services does.  The ultimate goal is providing justice in an ethical manner.  Everything else is just details.”

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  4 comments for “What Do We Mean When We Say #Altlaw and #Newlaw

  1. Alan
    May 3, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    First time caller, and also first time listener. (Sorry). But, what is Alt Law?

  2. Sarah
    May 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    It’s a catch all name for some of the possible changes coming to the legal profession. Some people call it New Law, some people call it “Susskind-ian changes” or “future law.” Unfortunately, there’s not a good term out there for it. That’s why I made this chart – to try and nail down and categorize exactly what people are talking about when they do talk about it. I get tired of hearing words like “the future” or “innovation” because, when said enough, they start to lose all meaning.

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