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Legal Evolution is an online publication that focuses on the changing legal industry. Legal Evolution was founded in 2017 by Bill Henderson, Professor of Law and Stephen F. Burns Chair on the Legal Profession at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
The mission of Legal Evolution is to provide lawyers, legal educators, and allied professionals with high-quality information to solve very difficult industry-specific problems. Our content reflects a mix of theory, data, and carefully drawn examples of what is working in the field. Some academics might view Legal Evolution as too descriptive or applied, while many practitioners may find it too theoretical or data-oriented. Yet, for those willing to venture beyond their own professional turf into the middle ground of theory and practice, this forum will provide useful examples and guidance on the future of the legal industry. Legal Evolution publishes bi-weekly on Sundays or Holiday Mondays except during the summer months when it publishes a longform essay on Sunday and occasional short posts during the week. See Post 160. For readers interested in making a guest contribution, read the criteria in Post 201.
Many of Legal Evolution’s articles are grounded in diffusion theory, which is an applied research field pioneered by the eminent sociologist Everett Rogers. Rogers was an iconoclastic professor who skillfully pulled together empirical research from a wide variety of disciplines to create a general theory of how innovation diffuses. Rogers’ theory was first published in his seminal book Diffusion of Innovations (1962) with each subsequent edition over the next 40 years providing ever richer examples of how diffusion theory could be used to accelerate the adoption of innovation, often for important, socially beneficial ends.
Readers will obtain maximum value from Legal Evolution if they have a working knowledge of diffusion theory. However, you don’t need to leave Legal Evolution to get this knowledge.
I am Professor of Law and Stephen F. Burns Chair of the Legal Profession at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where I teach courses on business law, leadership, legal innovation, and the economics and structure of the legal profession.
I am also the founder and primary editor of Legal Evolution, an online publication that helps lawyers, legal educators, and allied professionals understand and solve very difficult problems related to legal industry change
Title: Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Country: United States of America
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