Joe Calve


  • Sunday, March 12, 2017
    It sounds like a bad science fiction movie. The people of planet Earth are, as usual, blissfully unprepared for the alien invasion. Spindly, big-headed creatures – legions of them – emerge from their improbable flying machines. They are nothing like us. What are their intentions? Are they friend or foe? How will we communicate? Can we work...
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017
  • Friday, November 4, 2016
    In an attempt to jumpstart what it calls “stalled progress” for minority and women lawyers, the New York City Bar is getting tough on firms in the world’s biggest legal market.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    In a post this summer to the Seyfarth Shaw blog, Seytlines, Ken Grady, the firm’s “Lean Law Evangelist” and former CEO of SeyfarthLean Consulting, conducted a fascinating thought experiment. Here is how he framed it: “The chatter today is about a world with different types of large law firms. In this essay, I’m going to ask a...
  • Friday, September 2, 2016
    Unless You Ask bills itself as a “guide for law departments to get more from external relationships.” As such, it is an important addition to the lengthening shelf of self-help resources for in-house counsel (many offered up by consultants themselves eager to help). It is also an odd duck of a document – by turns a menu, checklist,...
  • Tuesday, July 5, 2016
    Altman Weil, a management consultancy dedicated exclusively to the legal industry, kicked off its “Law Firms in Transition” survey on the heels of the Great Recession. Now in its eighth edition, the survey, released earlier this month, reveals a frightening gap between lawyers and clients.
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    For Ben W. Heineman, Jr., the heart of the matter is tension. In his nearly 20 years as the top legal executive at General Electric, Heineman redefined the role of the GC in the modern corporation. The key to a GC’s success, he says in his indispensable new book, “The Inside Counsel Revolution,” turns on her ability to resolve the tension...
  • Thursday, March 31, 2016
    A year ago this month, I wrote a column in this space about the state of legal operations in corporate law departments. It was called “Suddenly, Legal Operations Professionals Are ... Sexy.” 
  • Thursday, March 3, 2016
    In his latest book, “The Future of the Professions,” Richard Susskind, the celebrated legal tech guru and provocateur, joins forces with his son, Daniel, a lecturer in economics at Balliol College, Oxford, to chart the decline of the professions. While Richard has generally focused on law in his previous books, father and son define “...
  • Sunday, January 31, 2016
    In his 2015 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, Chief Justice John G. Roberts uses the 1838 publication of a rule book for dueling to frame his extraordinary exhortation on the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that took effect on December 1.“Our Nation’s courts are today’s guarantors of justice,” Chief Justice...