“As client needs, expectations and behaviors are changing, we are seeing many firms adopt highly innovative approaches to drive greater efficiency, predictability and cost-effectiveness. Clients have more choices than ever for meeting their legal needs, and leading firms are now tailoring their strategies and delivery models to provide legal services in the manner that most effectively intersects with clients’ considerations.”

That was my statement when the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute and the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law issued the “2019 Report on the State of the Legal Market,” and clients continue to look to their firms to engage in innovative approaches and possible alternative methods to meet their needs.

But this does not only apply to firms; all legal professionals must explore and evaluate new opportunities and innovative approaches to perform their work more efficiently at a higher level.

At the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), I have the privilege to moderate “Fostering the NextGen Library Professional: How the Changing Legal Market Shapes Our Roles.” We will discuss how the changing legal landscape will impact the current and future role of information professionals, what skills will be required in the future, how to engage the next generation of lawyers and more.

The esteemed panel for our discussion will include:

  • Alma Asay, chief innovation officer, Legal Solutions, Integreon Managed Solutions
  • Scott Bailey, director of Research Services, Eversheds Sutherland LLP
  • Jamie Baker, associate dean & director, Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law Library

In addition to the changing landscape, we will present and discuss findings from various market studies on shifting roles and the state of the industry, as well as discuss challenges the practice of law faces, responding to client pressure, the emphasis on efficiency, increased competition from alternative legal service providers, and new technology.

Our goal is for those attending to walk away with a deeper understanding of the impact the evolving legal market has on information professionals and how they can navigate and lead through this evolution.

This post was written by Mike Abbott, vice president, Enterprise Thought Leadership and Content Strategy, Thomson Reuters. Follow him on Twitter @Abbott_Michael.

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