From large law firm lawyering to legal coworking to blockchain lawyer, this week’s guest, Yev Muchnik, has a really cool perspective on future-forward law practice.
Yev makes some great points about how the traditional law practice model isn’t working for many attorneys in 2019 and how coworking spaces focused on legal can help solve this issue.
Ethics of legal coworking:
- Many state bar associations have decreed that coworking is ethical for lawyers and law firms to do.
- Make sure conference rooms are enclosed and bring your own white or blue noise machine to keep conversations private.
Blockchain Lawyering: Currently focused on securities and corporate law, and smart contracts.
Engaging in a new practice area and becoming the go-to expert:
- Collaboration & ‘distributed lawyering’
- Conferences within that niche
- Speaking engagements
- Facebook groups, Slack channels, etc
*Stay away from being ‘salesy’ and focus on providing information or being a resource.
In this practice area and moving into the legal world in general, clients are looking for tech-savvy lawyers. Yev is using security and technology to be an asset for her clients, instead of a burden.
Here is the technology Yev is using to make her client experience easier:
- MyCase, case management software
- HelloSign, to be a remote office
- Signal, a secure phone app for texting and phone calls
- Zoom, for video conferencing with clients
Yev works with Citizn Company which uses smart contracts to help customers become more aware of what they are signing. They discuss the ethics of AI and smart contract readers
Technology makes us more efficient, accountable, and provide better service for clients. As Yev says, technology = superpowers. Legal consumers are beginning to have expectations that their lawyers will be technologically aware.
Yev’s mission of Access To Justice with the Colorado Bar Association and how unbundled services will allow clients better access to legal services. Which means there is also a place in the market for lawyers who are willing to unbundle their services and gain more market share.
Find Yev at Yev@launch-legal.com or her website at techlawstartup.com.
Yev Muchnik is a corporate, securities, startup and technology attorney and has carved out a successful practice counseling blockchain technology clients in various stages of their life cycles, from formation to funding. Yev started her legal career at the international law firm of Squire Patton Boggs and then moved in-house to counsel a publicly traded tech company and then moving into the role of General Counsel to a private aviation tech unicorn startup company.
Yev is also an avid entrepreneur and is the founder of ESQLegal, which is at the forefront of disrupting the traditional legal services model and, at its core, is built on the principles of distributed legal services. She is also currently the Chief Product Officer of Citizn Company, a legal tech startup using AI and blockchain to increase corporate social responsibility and provide transparency into consumer contracts and a venture partner at Vive Capital.
Yev acts as legal advisor to Playpal, the Divi Project, Blackbox AI, amongst many others and is also on the board of Global Women in Blockchain. She is passionate about expanding the involvement of women in the blockchain space. Yev has been an authority on current legal issues in blockchain and digital currency and has been invited to speak on panels at a number of blockchain conferences.
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