(video) Andrew Baker: Sherpa to build a Death Star (fully operational)

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Another instalment from the Forum on Legal Evolution held November 2017 in Chicago. Brilliant presenters and audience.

This video is eight minutes long and aside from being impactful + insightful, it’s also pretty funny.

You can download the presentation slidesĀ here.

Personally, I loved watching Andrew describe his role because it was validation that such a job can in fact and does exist. In enunciating where his time goes and probably he is speaking not just generally, but also specifically relative to how he’s helped Wendy Rubas on her journey, he highlighted a few key buckets.


So how does Andrew Baker spend his time?

  • 10% is encouragement, something always needed for change agents and Wendy is hilarious in her comments interspersed through Andrew’s presentation.
  • 30% is bringing new ideas which innovators love to do — endlessly.
  • 60% is that of being a Sherpa – simply helping people navigate to achieve big audacious goals in a timeframe and an amount invested that makes sense.

There was also very little argument (i.e. none) from anyone in the room that this is an exciting time to be in the industry.

Although early days, through companies like LexPredict, counting things actually matters. And practice specific data is starting to enter into the data models over and above the basic stuff.

And this can lead the holy Grail of true predictive models. That’s kind of the point of lawyering in the first place. Will I succeed at trial? Will this transaction withstand regulatory scrutiny? Do our processes and policies put us into compliance in the event of audit? How much will it cost to get there?

The fact that folks are trying to crack this nut in the legal services industry using something other than anecdotes and varied experiences and are preparing executive level dashboards — this is a mark of progress.

Yes, there’s math, don’t worry.


Seven Lessons from Andrew Baker

  1. There are no data projects, there are only business projects.
  2. You must be realistic about where you are now.
  3. There is a typical evolutionary path (you can’t skip steps).
  4. Sunlight can be the best disinfectant – simply bringing things out forward and putting data in front of people is what leads to it ultimately becoming cleansed and meaningful.
  5. Must account for the typical lawyer persona (and this has been documented — lawyers do fall into broad Caliper types).
  6. Build your iteration muscles
  7. The best work occurs at the overlap of many disciplines (AMEN!)
  8. Something about plants? I don’t know — he mentions the Death Star earlier — so maybe he meant planets?