"Agile Bar Leadership as a Catalyst for Innovation" -- Legal.io to give Innovation Workshop at the 2017 ABA Bar Leadership Institute

The American Bar Association's flagship event will feature an 'innovation workshop' showcasing bar association technology partnerships undertaken with Legal.io and offering blueprints for other bar associations to build upon.

From March 15 to 17, 2017, the American Bar Association will be hosting incoming presidents and leadership from the nation's state, county and specialty bar associations at the annual Bar Leadership Institute, the ABA's premier bar leadership program. 

The keynote speaker for the event is slated to motivate bar associations to discover their "Uber opportunity". Fresh off the heels of a successful platform implementation with the New York State Bar Association, Legal.io will be showcasing exactly how this "Uber opportunity" can be parsed and acted upon, with concrete examples and blueprints from their peers that can be followed by bar association leaders to empower innovators within the organization.

Here is the description for the Innovation Workshop:



As bar associations face increasing competition from commercial marketplaces, bar leaders face increasing pressure to provide answers and direction regarding how their organizations can and should leverage technology, data, and innovative business processes.

Join leaders and executives from state bars and metro bars as they lay out case studies and specific blueprints for how they were effectively able to lead, motivate, and manage their staff and stakeholders in implementing strategic change programs designed to drive revenues, increase membership engagement, and provide service to the community.

Our speakers and bar leaders in membership benefits and lawyer referral services will walk-through the entire strategic change process, with specific emphases on how to leverage strategic assets at their bar associations, and on how to identify and overcome a variety of internal and external obstacles. Attendees will leave with several successful blueprints for how other bar leaders have successfully led their organizations through change and their own roadmap for how to lead an innovative project from stakeholder buy-in to implementation.



Uber, AirBnB, and other examples of disruptive platform businesses all share in common the function of matching supply and demand in an accessible, low-cost way, so providing consumers with diverse goods or services. They all allow both parties to interact and give feedback. They all enable trust in new ways to enable the more effective use of underutilized assets and resources.

With Legal.io, bar associations can adopt an Uber-like platform business model as part of their own transition, and to support their members' transition, into the Second Machine Age, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or the Age of Accelerations (pick your transformation meme! All essentially revolve, though, around the huge transformations taking place in the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community).  Rather than setting up and running its own platform, Legal.io partners with and provides platform technologies to institutions within the legal industry that already have a base of trust and (potentially underutilized) member attorneys. Legal.io is an award-winning, Stanford-backed legal innovation firm, using data and machine learning best practices alongside proven service and process innovation frameworks such as Jobs To Be Done, Lean Six Sigma, and Design Thinking to drive revenues and impactful services for bar associations, their members and the communities they serve.

If you're considering attending the Bar Leadership Institute, we hope you'll consider joining us also for our Innovation Workshop. If you cannot join, please subscribe to our blog, or connect with us! We've an exciting roadmap of further partnerships to announce through 2017 but it's not too late sign up for your own platform-based innovation program.  

From promoting non-violence to privacy, free speech, civil rights, and lowering barriers to creating wealth, the legal profession has never been more important. If its leaders continue to embrace collaborative technology and ethical platform business models to work smarter, not harder, the legal profession's future might be brighter than we think.