In-House Legal Departments

Screenshot of some of the codebase for Hercules, Bodhala’s AI tool for cleaning and restructuring spend management data.

If buyers lack data on price and quality, sellers will charge more and be reluctant to innovate. Market data solves this problem.


When my co-founder Ketan and I were at Harvard Law School together in the late 1990s, we knew something was fundamentally broken in the legal profession. We saw the massive dollars being thrown at law school graduates, the perverse incentives in how law firms deliver their work, and the absence of any true market forces in how the industry functioned. Any high school economics student could make the obvious conclusion—there is no capitalism in the legal services market.

And strangely, virtually no one talked about this enormous elephant in the room. Everyone accepted this bizarre paradigm because “that’s the way it’s always been.”  Despite the huge role the law plays in our society, culture, and government, the emperor has no clothes—yet, no one was willing to say it.
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When taught in context, one-to-many law practice is relatively simple and intuitive.


Many of my colleagues in the NewLaw elite often laugh that there’s no such thing as legal project management or data analytics for lawyers.  And I get their point.  The application of decades-old disciplines to the practice of law does not change


The story of how one legal department is using legal operations to engage stakeholders and reduce risk.


In 2019, I graduated from Northwestern’s Master of Science in Law.  After graduation, I got a job in the legal department at VillageMD, a healthcare and technology growth company. I am actually one of three graduates


COVID era is creating conditions for more and faster legal innovation. 


The widespread havoc that COVID has wrecked on corporate supply chains mirrors the impact that it has had on society at large.  Key suppliers that once were highly dependable now find themselves unable to staff their factories and distribution centers and unable to reliably


Reflections on the connection between specialization and innovation


Your mother needs heart valve replacement surgery, and it’s time to choose between doctors. You will have to explain yourself to two siblings and a few other relatives, but as a practical matter the choice is in your hands. You interview two potential surgeons. Here’s what they have to say:
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General counsel exert an outsized influence on the legal market.  Through the open letter below, some of them are taking the long view by trying to influence the health and vitality of the legal talent supply chain. They are looking for other general counsel to join them.

Want to make a difference?  Encourage your general

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The legal profession’s commitment to diversity has a credibility problem.


Since the early 2000s, law departments and law firms have advanced ambitious public initiatives to diversify the legal profession. In law firm power centers, however, the disconnect between public proclamations and empirical reality is staggering.
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