Any kind of innovation role (whether at a law firm or in-house) will involve keeping up to date with the latest developments and opportunities.
For my role, it's important both for the firm and our clients that I keep my finger on the pulse of advances in practice and matter management, legaltech and other areas.
Relying on emails and bookmarked websites means being exposed to a firehose of information in an already busy inbox, or relies in setting aside time to browse and read. I have become more strategic about what information I consume, how and when - relying on some new and not-so-new technologies to do so!
Below are my (evolving) notes on how I keep up to date, when and what I consume.
How I read
Almost everything I read is funneled through Inoreader, which is a modern RSS/newsfeed reader but has a few superpowers, principally the ability to subscribe to emails and read them alongside all my other news feeds, and filter and alert based on keywords.
Here's a good description of the benefits of Inoreader:
I receive a handful of email newsletters via my firm's subscriptions and they are filtered using Rules in Outlook into a Newsletters folder for reading later and preventing noise in my inbox.
When I read
I bookend my day with times set aside for catching up on web content. I try not to dip into Inoreader during the working day as it knocks me off my schedule, unless I have some downtime (e.g. travel, time over lunch).
I find it valuable reading content in Inoreader in chunks, as I can draw comparisons and connections between stories - e.g. a variety of perspectives on a recent law firm or legaltech announcement.
What I read
Here's a breakdown of my principal sources and a note on how and when each category is digested.
For general news, discovery of longer-form content and subscribing to a few specific services (e.g. The Times/The Sunday Times and The WSJ) I use Apple News+, part of our Apple One Premier subscription. I use the Save icon quite liberally to bookmark longer-form content for the train etc.
When not using AN+, I tend to gravitate to FT.com and Sky News (either their websites of dedicated apps on iPhone & iPad).
The Verge [Link]
Law, Innovation, LegalTech
Nate's News at LegalTech Fund [Link]
Crafty Counsel Legal News [Link]
The Behavioural Insights blog [Link]
IDEO Blog [Link]
Exponential View [Link]
There is plenty of useful activity and reading materials shared on LinkedIn. What follows is a list of people I follow and find their writing useful:
- Electra Japonas and Roisin Noonan from The Law Boutique and oneNDA+Claustack
- Crafty Counsel
- Mat Jakubowski
- Mary O'Carroll
- Jason Smith
- Stephen Allen
- Caroline Hill (Legal IT Insider)
- Sarah OUIS
- Jack Shepherd
- Alex Su
- Lucy Bassli
- Marc May (The Legal Technologist)
- Craig Conte