What would the legal industry look like if its foundational organizations — courts, law firms, law schools were more agile? If they had ambitious visions of what their value could be, and ran quick, intentional experiments to get there?

What does agile mean?

Agile can creep towards jargon, as it’s formalized into a project management style or a start-up ethos.

As its used here: agile is a benchmark for being experimental, process-driven — having big ambitions and working in quick, responsive cycles to move towards them.

What would an aspiration be, for what this could look like?

One vision of an agile organization is to have internal groups of change-makers.

Or, another: to have outside groups partnering with them to inspire, provoke, and lead change efforts.

How can we experiment in getting there?

New types of organizations

Partnerships with universities, like my pop-ups and classes

Contracting with service design companies and innovation consultancies

Running internal labs

Doing the process-mapping and modeling


What does this look like in reality?

Who are doing interesting things right now?

De Novo law lab

Seyfarth lean

The British Columbia experiment

State Dept. innovation team

National Center on the State Courts

What can we take away from this?

A process-based view is essential


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