As we begin to look ahead to a post-pandemic world, what will the legal market look like in 2021 and beyond? Has the pandemic’s impact on law firms resulted in a tipping point that will forever alter law firms and the business of law?

A report by the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at the Georgetown University Law Center and Thomson Reuters Institute2021 Report on the State of the Legal Market, speculates that the combined effects of the pandemic may have so softened partner resistance to fundamental change as to create a tipping point in favor of a significant redesign of our legal delivery systems — including law firms.

Joining LawNext this week is the lead author of that report, James W. Jones, senior fellow at Georgetown and director of its Program on Trends in Law Practice. Formerly a law firm managing partner, corporate general counsel, and management consultant to the legal industry, Jones specializes in strategy and trends in the legal profession.

In a conversation with host Bob Ambrogi, Jones details the financial and organization impacts of the pandemic on law firms and shares his thoughts on whether 2020 was indeed a tipping point for law.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.