There is nothing more obvious than the notion that the relationship between a lawyer and his or her client should be based on good communication, but communication seems to be a consistent problem on both sides. I routinely hear outside counsel say they wish their in-house counsel talked to them more about what they need so they could collaborate better. At the same time, I hear in-house counsel say that they wished their outside counsel talked to them more about what new things they could bring to the table to help them so they could collaborate better. There is a fundamental disconnect in the way we are doing law.
Director, Center for Law, Technology & Innovation Michigan State University College of Law
Dennis Kennedy is the Director of the Michigan State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation, the author of the book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law, and the founder of the Law Department Innovation Library. He writes and speaks frequently on legal innovation and technology topics. He has co-hosted The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on legal technology with Tom Mighell since 2006.