In the current month’s ABA Law Practice Journal, Susan Saltonstall Duncan of Rainmaking Oasis wrote a nice, concise commentary about Pfizer’s relatively new model for engaging outside counsel.  While other corporate legal departments have branded their particular models for internal operations (DuPont) and engaging and paying for law firm representation (FMC Technologies’ ACES program), Pfizer seems uniquely committed […]

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This past weekend, the new Massachusetts Benefit Corporation statute went into effect, making us the 11th state to enact such a law. Benefit corporations are structured like traditional C-corporations.  They have Articles of Organization (you know, the charter…what we in the Bay State call your Certificate of Incorporation).  They have by-laws.  They’ll likely need all the usual business formation documents: incorporator consents […]

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International legal recruiter Taylor Root is out this week with its annual survey of the General Counsel and in-House Legal Department job market in Australia.  Summing the report up in one sentence?  In-house lawyers Down Under are under increasing pressure to do more with less. In-house hiring is flat.  The number of companies who recruited […]

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Much is made in certain states about lawyers’ continuing education. In New York, everyone bemoans the often boring and somewhat difficult to obtain “ethics credits.” Here in Massachusetts, a proposed class for newly minted lawyers on how to run a practice can be traced to the lawyer unemployment numbers, the idea being that lawyers can’t […]

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Westwood, MA (PRWEB) August 17, 2012 Lawyers Draft and Collaborate from iPads Brightleaf v3.10 Makes Legal Document Automation Easier and More Mobile. Boston-area Brightleaf Corporation today released version 3.10 of its popular Legal Document Automation platform. The release significantly streamlines how lawyers automate their own forms to enable faster, more accurate drafting. It also further extends […]

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Brightleaf is happy to announce the publication of our Strategy Brief entitled “How Law Firms Use Document Automation to Turn Today’s Price Pressures into a Competitive Advantage.” And the best news is, we’re happy to give you a copy. Brightleaf has always been focused on helping lawyers get their work done better, faster, and with […]

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Being a sports-savvy group of New Englanders, we Brightleaf folks pay attention to goings-on around the Red Sox clubhouse. Like most people here, we were beside ourselves in 2004, thrilled to be thrilled again in 2007, and in 2011, we felt like the “25 guys, 25 taxis” team was making a resurgence. Needless to say, […]

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We’re not shy about saying that we’ve really enjoyed working with Charles Knight and Bryan McKae at Venture Law Advisors in Denver. They’re super innovative and are just a pleasure to work with. So we were really excited when they came to us with the idea of launching VentureExpress. Here’s our conversation with Bryan McKae […]

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We were very happy to see this announcement that Foley Hoag’s own Mark Haddad had been honored by being named to M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40.”  Mark’s the Deputy Chair of Foley Hoag’s superb Business Law Practice, and is generally acknowledged as one of the top young attorneys in Boston…particularly for emerging technology companies and the angel fund, […]

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total number of lawyer jobs in the U.S. is expected to rise to 801,800 by 2020.  In 2010, there were 728,200 U.S. lawyer jobs.  That means we’re looking at a projected increase of 73,600—or just over 10%—over the span of the present decade. So, yay….job growth. That’s the good news. Here’s […]

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The world of document automation has grown up a lot over the past few years. Each day, more law firms and corporate legal departments figure out ways to improve efficiency and draft smarter, better documents using automation. For example, many of our clients here at Brightleaf use our platform to draft corporate formation documents, employment […]

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We at Brightleaf spend a lot of time helping law firms market and deliver their legal services to their clients the right way.  Maybe that’s why we get vexed when we encounter legal service providers who market the wrong way.  In legal services marketing, “the wrong way” usually just means bland or indistinct or not timely.   Sometimes though, it instead means sleazy and deceptive […]

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