Among many other evidences of change, Deragon notes:
Legal-project management is becoming increasingly common, especially in law firms working under alternative fee arrangements such as fixed or flat fees, cost limits, and success bonuses. Such cases require management of schedule, risk, and cost in a more rigorous and measured manner than firms have practiced in the past. Professor Larry Bridgesmith, of the Vanderbilt Law School, has developed an enterprise digital application, called Lean2Legal®, which enables project management, and all the participants, to effectively and efficiently apply the tools and techniques of lean thinking to legal practices. The client outcomes are faster, smarter and at lower cost.
The future of legal service will be a world of virtual courts, Internet-based global legal businesses, online document production, commoditized service, legal process outsourcing, and web-based simulated practice. Legal markets will be liberalized, with new jobs, and new employers, for lawyers.
Those who resist are being swept out to sea by the tsunami.