Some Brief Thoughts on “The Failure of Crits and Leftist Law Professors to Defend Progressive Causes” {By Brian Tamanaha)

Obviously, this account could be generalized beyond the Crits to many other groups of law professors. However, the Crits should be particularly singled out because they should have been all over this topic.  As a group – they have collectively failed.

In his article – Practicing Theory – the late Larry Ribstein noted “legal education has developed in a hothouse, insulated from markets by licensing laws and accreditation standards. The hothouse walls are falling, leaving law schools to cope with markets.”  Larry’s was absolutely correct and the question at this point … is how to go forward.

We do need some radical thinking on the question but the crits are generally speaking – nowhere to be found.  Indeed, at least some of them are even arguing in favor of more liberal arts style legal education (as if having even more liberal arts style law classes was going to help get a law student a job).  The pendulum has swung way too far in that direction.

As I outlined in my Keynote Speech at the Stanford CodeX Future Law Conference, what is NOT needed is for law schools to double down on liberal arts legal education.  What is actually needed (in terms of giving their students the opportunity to have reasonable labor market outcomes and the skills that are actual in demand in today’s and tomorrow’s labor market) is a polytechnic style of legal education.  I have outlined my thinking on these questions under the umbrella of a so called “MIT School of Law.”

Here at MSU Law – under the flag of the ReInventLaw Laboratory – we believe that part of the solution to the crisis currently facing the law profession and legal education involves leveraging technology, legal analytics, design thinking, entrepreneurship and the advent of new, process-driven delivery models.  Given there will never be civil version of Gideon, the (plausible) solution to the access to justice problem in the United States is a market driven combination of substantive expertise and the skills described above {law + tech + design + delivery}.  Check out the ReInventLawChannel for just a few examples …

The hothouse walls are down and the race for the future is underway.  But the point of all of this should be our students and their lives in the law … somewhere along the way team crit lost sight of this fact.  It is time for them (and everyone else) to refocus and get in the game  The future is NOT self executing.  It is up to all of us to go make it happen!

RoundUp of Coverage of ReInvent Law Silicon Valley 2013 – More Events Coming in 2013 and Beyond – Including ReInvent Law London + ReInvent Law New York

This is Hardly a Complete List but These Provide a Good Overview ….
The Future of Law as Seen From Silicon Valley (The AmLaw Daily – Aric Press)

‘Law is Broken.’ Will These Legal Tech Gurus Bring About Change? (ABA Journal – Law Scribbler/Rachel M. Zahorsky)

Thoughts on the Future of Law from ReInvent Law – Silicon Valley 2013 (The Legal Whiteboard – Jerry Organ)

ReInvent Law is a Really Big Deal  (The Legal Whiteboard – Bill Henderson)

ReInvent Law Recap: A Speaker’s and Attendee’s Perspective  (The Bionic Lawyer – Kevin Colangelo)

Twitter Recap of #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley  (Innov8Social)

Five Core Themes of Legal Services Industry Reinvention (Legal 2050 Blog – J.B. Ruhl)

New Perspectives on the Legal Sector (Virtual Intelligence)

Enough Pain?: Time to Reinvent Law  (ERM Legal Solutions – Larry Bridgesmith)

Live Blogging from ReInvent Law Silicon Valley 2013  (Prism Legal – Ron Friedmann)

Archived Tweets and Other Resources from #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley 2013 (Legal Informatics Blog – RC Richards)

Couple More Things …
Here is the Conference Website
Here is the Official Schedule of Presentations from March 8, 2013

And Finally More Events Coming in 2013 …
ReInventLaw London  – June 14, 2013
ReInvent Law New York – Fall 2013

ReInvent Law – Legal Services Start Up Competition – 15 Student Teams Pitching Their Entrepreneurial Idea to ReInvent the Legal Services Industry!

Monday, Feb. 25 from 4:00 – 6:00PM – is our inaugural ReInvent Law Start Up Competition.  This event is generously supported by resources from MSU Credit Union, the Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation and the MSU College of Law.

15 MSU Law Student Teams – most of whom have been perfecting their idea under the direction of the ReInvent Law Laboratory and our Entrepreneurial Lawyering Course – will pitch their business idea and business plan in the Castle Board Room @ Michigan State University College of Law.

Your Hosts: Professor Daniel Martin Katz & Professor Renee Newman Knake
Your Judges: Joan Howarth, Joshua Kubicki, Shelley Davis Mielock, Michael J. Bommarito II, Jeremy Mulder & Mike Morin

This is one of the first events of its kind hosted by a law school.  An entrepreneurial culture is what we are building here at ReInvent Law Laboratory under our four pillars of legal innovation –> {Law+Tech+Design+Delivery} !