I loved every minute of law school. And because I enjoyed it, I did really well there. I made Law Review, and was on the National Moot Court Team. Best of all…
I graduated top 10 in my class (and finally made my parents proud).
After law school, I got a job clerking for a federal judge who challenged my thinking in ways I had never experienced.
I’ve written about him over here. The two years I spent working for the Judge taught me to question all kinds of assumptions, especially my own.
I emerged from my clerkship with one flawed assumption, which had to do with…
Once I entered the practice of law, I encountered many people all thinking the same. This surprised me. Many lawyers seemed afraid to go against the grain.
And there was not much openness to new ideas. Such as…
I was curious about technology. I thought it might improve the way I practiced law.
One day I discovered that I could scan paper into a computer. That meant I could put the equivalent of hundreds of boxes of paper into my 2 lb laptop.
This blew my mind.
Up until that point, managing case documents was complex, cumbersome and expensive (think lots of paralegals). But then, the game completely changed.
Now, I could go to court by myself and easily compete with old-school lawyers surrounded by boxes of documents.
All my documents were text-searchable, so I could find whatever I needed instantly.
My opponents, on the other hand, wasted time rummaging through their boxes — infuriating impatient judges.
Those lawyers were happy thinking like everyone else. I was more interested in efficiency, which sometimes requires…