WE GO TOGETHER - Precarious law firm partnerships have been disrupted by pandemic-era working conditions, industry leaders and observers told Law.com’s Justin Henry. New alliances have been formed across offices at the expense of the ties that used to bind lawyers with regular office attendance. And competitive fervor has made winners and losers out of the largest firms in a hiring environment when entire practices can be lifted out of a firm. “You didn’t used to see as many big group departures as we’re seeing more recently,” said Kent Zimmermann, a partner and law firm consultant at the Zeughauser Group, adding, “It speaks to the need for a cohesive and well-integrated firm that’s on the same page about aspirations for the future.”

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? - The good news: not everyone in the legal industry is terrified of using generative AI. The bad news: a decent chunk of folks could stand to be just a little more scared than they are. According to the LegalTech Survey 2023 conducted by data, information and analytics software company Outsell,  nearly 44% of the 800 respondents said they found generative AI technology to be “generally reliable,” followed by 30% who said they found it “extremely reliable.” About 15% were neutral on the subject and a little over 5% found it unreliable. Hugh Logue, the vice president and lead analyst at Outsell, told Law.com’s Isha Marathe that the 30% who said it was “extremely reliable” is a slightly concerning number, since the technology is known to have its inaccuracies and pitfalls, and some experts have advised against using it for legal  tasks at this stage.