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Future Firm Competition

April 18, 2009
University of Indiana Maurer School of Law, Bloomington

Organizers William Henderson, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and Anthony Kearns, Legal Practitioners Liability Committee (Australia), devised FutureFirm as a game of strategy, skill, and endurance. The goal of the game is to craft a new law firm business model that is likely to survive and thrive 20 years into the future. The event consisted of ten teams of four players each, with each team representing one of three key constituencies:

1. In-house lawyers/general counsel

2. Law Firm partners and managers

3. Associates and law students

The four Partner teams controlled a fictional Am Law 200 law firm. Each team elected a Managing Partner whose role involved that of spokesperson for the team and otherwise had the authority determined by the Partners. Each team had the benefit of one seasoned law firm consultant. The winners were determined by Judging Panel comprised of law firm partners, academics, in-house lawyers, at least one Gen-Y lawyer/student, one malpractice insurer, and one consultant.

For a related article on the winning concept and team, please click on the following link: FutureFirm