As things get literally hotter this summer, one of the “hot” topics on many people’s minds is sustainability. Also, ice cream, but I digress.

At the ILN, we’ve been thinking about sustainability for a while now. As the Network’s only employee, it has made sense for many years that I work remotely from a home office and we used the pandemic as an excuse to go completely paperless at our conferences, except for our name tags. I’ve been paperless at our office for much longer. Continue Reading Sustainability in Professional Legal Organizations

In today’s dynamic work environment, one of the key questions I often get is about the essential skills people need to thrive.

In my view, achieving success involves three key elements: resilience, a commitment to continuous learning, and fostering a supportive network.Continue Reading Essential Traits for Success: Persistence, Learning, and Strong Support

It’s safe to say that most of us didn’t pursue a career in law because of our love for data, right?

If we were passionate about data, we’d probably be in a different field altogether.

But here’s the reality check: embracing data is crucial to staying relevant as the legal landscape evolves. It might sound daunting, but once you invest the time to establish processes for collecting and analyzing your data, the payoff can be immense. You’ll uncover opportunities to enhance efficiency, deliver more value to clients, and identify strategies for improving firm profitability. More value and higher profits? Suddenly, data doesn’t seem so intimidating, does it?Continue Reading Unlocking the Power of Data: A Roadmap for Modern Legal Practices

Recently, I noticed an EXPLOSION of interest in my post from last year on the state of the legal industry, where we talked about relaxing because the industry was familiar with contractions. This is still true, but the word for this year is ADAPTATION.

I’m just gonna say it now, if you’ve been here a while, you already know that I’ve said this before. Back in August of 2016, we starting talking about how the law firm of the future was going to need to be flexible – what did I mean by that? Continue Reading State of the Legal Industry: the Key Word is “Adaptation”

There’s only one answer that my lawyers give when I ask them what they’re curious about when it comes to the practice of law, and that’s generative AI.

We’re not the only ones talking about it. Last year, the Thomson Reuters Institute surveyed more than 440 lawyers in the US, UK, and Canada, and they found that lawyers are talking about it too, and have some very definite opinions. Continue Reading Generative AI: The Hot Topic on Every Lawyer’s Mind

Vilius Bernatonis is the managing partner of TGS Baltic, a top-tier commercial law firm in the Baltics and a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, Lindsay and Vilius discuss the war for talent, why collaboration and leadership are essential across all levels of law firms and how that benefits clients, and the current market in the Baltics.

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.Continue Reading Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Vilius Bernatonis

In this ongoing saga, we’ve witnessed the rise of virtual gatherings over the past couple of years, with many of us now yearning to return to in-person interactions. So, which mode of meeting takes the crown? The answer might surprise you—it’s a tie!

Virtual meetings have become an indispensable part of our professional lives, offering a plethora of advantages. But before you ditch your webcam for good, let’s delve into the benefits of both virtual and in-person meetings, and why you should embrace them both.Continue Reading Clash of Meetings: Virtual vs. In-Person – Which Reigns Supreme?

It’s been just over four years since the world shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic.

In some ways, it feels like another lifetime, and I believe that’s a trauma response. But a LOT has changed since 2020. I do firmly believe, however, that the pandemic and the months that we spent at home were not a blip, but a sea-change. Continue Reading The COVID Anniversary – Not A Blip but a Sea Change

You may have heard that Robert Downey, Jr.(RDJ) won the Screen Actors Guild award a few weeks ago for his portrayal of Lewis Strauss in Oppenheimer. I didn’t watch the awards ceremony, but I heard later that RDJ mentioned Mel Gibson in his speech – he was thanking several celebrities who had influenced his career, and Gibson was one of them.

Because of RDJ’s decades-long work on his sobriety, he works hard not to be judgemental of other people, and supposedly this is where his willingness to forgive Gibson for his previous harm to others comes in. Gibson isn’t the only one that RDJ has so willingly forgiven – RDJ has also recently helped Armie Hammer, who was credibly accused of several things (I won’t detail them here, but you can easily google them; no actual charges have ever been filed).Continue Reading RDJ, Mel Gibson, and Cancel Culture