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You’ve gone out on your own, built a healthy client base, and your practice is thriving. The work is steady, your revenue is increasing, but all of a sudden you’re panicked about something you didn’t think you would worry about:  How to handle all of the work.  You never want to turn work away because maybe the work will all of a sudden stop coming, right? What to do….
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"Will discovery be handled by an algorithm in the Philippines? Divorce lawyers replaced by a drop down menu on LegalZoom? An army of associates in Wheeling, West Virginia, that can be deployed with a click from one partner in a bunker in Midtown? Will the law jobs of the future be going to the kid who griefed your cabin in Minecraft last night?"
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This is going to be a real showdown!
"What’s at stake with these lawsuits and protests? The very definition of "employee" in a tech-enabled, service-driven 21st century American economy. Gig economy companies do not own cars, hotels, or even their workers’ cleaning supplies. What they own is a marketplace with two sides. On one side are people who need a job done—a ride to the airport, a clean house, a lunchtime delivery. On the other are people who are willing to do that job. If Uber and other companies are going to be as big as some claim, a new deal has to be brokered, one that squares the legal rules governing work with new products and services. What benefits can you expect from a quasi-employer? What does it mean to be both independent and tethered to an app-based company? The social contract between gig economy workers and employers is broken. Who will fix it, and how, will determine the fate of thousands of workers and hundreds of millions of dollars."
If Uber, Lyft, and others don't stop relying on contract workers, business could crumble. Is it time for a new definition of employee?
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I would assume very likely especially as it relates to claims discussed in the original article.

Uber claims it has a $1m excess policy for vehicle crashes (http://blog.uber.com/ridesharinginsurance). However, I wonder what would happen in a state where they are not "licensed" to provide rides, such as here in Nebraska.
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"Many lawyers remain techno-dinosaurs because they don’t want to invest the time to learn how to use new and more efficient technology. They shortsightedly view an investment in training through the lens of billable hours. They focus on a temporary loss of revenues instead of the future improvements in productivity. Meanwhile they drop farther and farther behind, which only increases their anxiety with regard to technology."
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"If you’re thinking about a startup, don’t leave your firm until you absolutely must, try to negotiate a flexible position at the firm, start a company that addresses a problem you face as a lawyer, work at a firm that works with startups and, before founding a startup, consider starting your own practice." (Great advice!)
Be the kind of person that everyone wants to accommodate. It will help both transitioning out of law and in building your next venture.
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Very excited to have +Justin R Key  back with us teaching Probate Practice and Procedure...only at Solo Practice University!
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"It’s a startling assertion because it threatens the faith that many economists place in technological progress....that technology boosts productivity and makes societies wealthier, but ...it can also have a dark side: technological progress is eliminating the need for many types of jobs and leaving the typical worker worse off than before. ­ (charts) indicating that median income is failing to rise even as the gross domestic product soars. “It’s the great paradox of our era. “Productivity is at record levels, innovation has never been faster, and yet at the same time, we have a falling median income and we have fewer jobs. People are falling behind because technology is advancing so fast and our skills and organizations aren’t keeping up.”
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"What’s at stake with these lawsuits and protests? The very definition of "employee" in a tech-enabled, service-driven 21st century American economy. Gig economy companies do not own cars, hotels, or even their workers’ cleaning supplies. What they own is a marketplace with two sides. On one side are people who need a job done—a ride to the airport, a clean house, a lunchtime delivery. On the other are people who are willing to do that job. If Uber and other companies are going to be as big as some claim, a new deal has to be brokered, one that squares the legal rules governing work with new products and services. What benefits can you expect from a quasi-employer? What does it mean to be both independent and tethered to an app-based company? The social contract between gig economy workers and employers is broken. Who will fix it, and how, will determine the fate of thousands of workers and hundreds of millions of dollars."
If Uber, Lyft, and others don't stop relying on contract workers, business could crumble. Is it time for a new definition of employee?
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"One of the biggest roadblock to adopting the public cloud for Rich Roseman, former CIO at 21st Century Fox had nothing to do with bandwidth, vendor-lock in or security. It had to do with lawyers. Specifically, old lawyers who couldn’t adapt their contracts to the new world of the cloud.

“If your attorneys are in their 40s, 50s or 60s, you’re hosed,” he said at the eCloud Summit, an event hosted by Actifio in Austin, Texas. He added that younger lawyers still offered hope..."
One of the biggest roadblock to adopting the public cloud for Rich Roseman, former CIO at 21st Century Fox had nothing to do with bandwidth, vendor-lock in or security. It had to do with lawyers. Specifically, old lawyers who couldn’t adapt their contracts to the new world of the cloud. “If your attorneys are in…
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"Freedom
This is about the salary, benefits, and flexibility you need to live the life you want. For some people, this may mean a high paycheck that allows you to take exotic vacations. For others, it could be the freedom to work when and where you choose. Here you need to know the lifestyle you want and ask whether your job is helping you fulfill that."
Practical steps you can take toward the larger goal.
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Founder & CEO, Solo Practice University(R) - the 'practice of law' school
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Founder & CEO of Solo Practice University(R), the only web-based educational and professional networking site for lawyers and law students who want to go solo or wish to grow their solo/small firm practices.

Entrepreneurship Mentor to students from across the globe in the groundbreaking Law Without Walls program.
 
Advisor - Suffolk School of Law- Institute on  Law Practice Technology and Innovation - Member of the advisory board charged with guiding the Institute’s future, particularly as it considers possible curricular innovations that will help law students prepare for the 21st century legal marketplace.
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