Richard Susskind on the End of Lawyers

Legal Blog Watch

Bob Ambrogi spent the tail end of last week at ABA Techshow in Chicago. It was a good conference in many ways. But the highlight for Ambrogi was the keynote address delivered Thursday by Richard Susskind, the legal technology consultant, adviser, author and Big Thinker.

His talk was based on his new book, “The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services,” which followed from his 1996 book, “The Future of Law.” His key point was that the delivery of legal services will see rapid and fundamental change — not that lawyers need to make it change, but that change will come and is coming despite us. Ambrogi has summed up a few of Susskind’s key points.

Click here for Ambrogi’s take on the speech that has lawyers on line buzzing.

FINDLAW: Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court – 4/06/09


US v. Navajo Nation, No. 07-1410
In an action by an Indian tribe against the U.S. resulting from the Secretary of the Interior’s failure to promptly approve a coal royalty rate, summary judgment for Defendant is affirmed, where Plaintiff’s claim for compensation fails because none of the sources of law cited by the Court of Appeals and relied upon by Plaintiff provides any more sound a basis for its lawsuit than those previously discussed by the Court.


Corley v. US, No. 07-10441
Defendant’s bank robbery conviction is vacated, where the District Court erred by denying Defendant’s motion to suppress his confession under McNabb v. US, 318 U.S. 332 (1943), and Mallory v. US, 354 U.S. 449 (1957), based on the government’s delay in bringing him before a judge, where 18 U.S.C. section 3501 modified McNabb-Mallory but did not supplant it.