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Praise for What's to Become of the Legal Profession?

A half-century perspective on the legal profession: Michael Trotter comes at the legal profession (as an earlier reviewer implied) as someone who started practicing in 1960, and can deliver a truly long-range perspective on what has changed and what has not during that lengthy career. Trotter is not an alarmist about the future of demand for legal services nor, specifically, for that subset of the market provided by law firms pretty much as we know them.

My own most just-released book, Tomorrowland, presents my own set of scenarios on how this might all play out, so I would like to think I'm in a position to have a view on all of this.

Trotter is deeply sympathetic to the highest and best values and traditions of the profession, which is an admirable quality in and of itself. For an extended perspective from one practitioner who clearly loves what he does, you could do no better.

Bruce MacEwen

author of Tomorrowland: Scenarios for law firms beyond the horizon; A New Taxonomy: The seven law firm business models; and Growth Is Dead: Now What? Scenarios for law firms beyond the horizon

Mike Trotter is the best commentator and prognosticator on the legal profession-period! The end of the "End of Lawyers". "What's to Become of the Legal Profession?" is the third book in what I think of as the Trotter trilogy; methodically debunks Susskind's theories about the end of the legal business. He is the best commentator and prognosticator on the legal profession and its future in my opinion. He's a Harvard trained lawyer who has practiced "big law" for 55 years. Enough said!

Robert Graff

I recently had the privilege of reading Michael Trotter's latest book on the future of the legal profession. A fascinating exposition of a storied profession that has experienced more than its share of problems and changes in recent years.

While, as Trotter frankly notes, predicting the future is always an uncertain venture, the exigencies of the profession, technology, the increase in specialization and the ever increasing turbulent world scene render precise predictions no more than a flight on gossamer wings.

Addressing the burgeoning advent of internet technology, which dominates today's scene, together with attendant services and source materials, Trotter points out the information generated has long been available to the general public. While of assistance to both practitioners and the public, technology is incapable of negotiating most agreements, resolving most disputes or facilitating settlements without human participation. Thus, although change is inevitable, Trotter believes the profession will continue to expand in volume and number.

Trotter's exhaustive and impressively detailed research augmented by a long and highly distinguished practice with numerous public service commendations provides the basis for debunking self-proclaimed experts who predict, inter alia, a winnowing of the profession particularly with respect to small firms and sole practitioners.

The book is a treasure of predictions for the future of the profession and one that should find itself in the library of every practitioner.

Charles H. Turner

United States Attorneys Office, Chicago, Illinois 1962-1965; Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorneys Office, San Diego, California 1970; Department of Justice, Legislation & Special Projects Unit, Washington, D.C. 1971-1972; United States Attorneys Office, Portland, Oregon 1967- 1970, 1972- 1993; United States Attorney for the District Oregon 1982 - 1993

Michael Trotter's current work refutes concern that technology will eliminate need for lawyers. For over 40 years I have observed and admired Michael Trotter in his roles as partner in prominent law firms, as founder and leader of entrepreneurial firms and in more recent years as thoughtful analyst and wise commentator on the legal profession. I know of no one better qualified to advise on the state and future of our profession, and I believe What's to Become of the Legal Profession? is his most important work. It provides a good summary of the current status of our profession, and it thoughtfully refutes the pessimism of those who noisily express concerns that technology will largely eliminate the need for lawyers. If you know a young person considering a career in law or starting out in practice, give him or her a copy. It will provide a wonderful introduction to the current practice of law and, more importantly, it will shine a bright light on the road ahead.

An engaging retrospective as well as prospective outlook on the legal profession. For those of us in or associated with the legal profession, Trotter offers a wide-ranging commentary starting with the aftermath of World War II. The lesson is the changes in the profession since that time have been accommodated and the constant nature of change is to be expected. But no stone is left unturned as the book delves into the shortcomings of current law school curricula, structural changes in the UK as well as bravely addressing the well-publicized predictions of Richard Susskind. Trotter's encyclopedic perspective creates a real page-turner.

Peter Roberts

Review in October 2017 edition of the Georgia Bar Journal. This compact book summarizes the changes that have taken place in the practice of law over the past 70 years and what the author expects to happen in the future. His mood is optimism anchored by realism--there will be a role for lawyers in the future, even though the way that they practice is likely to change. . . . In opposition to professor and author Richard Susskind, Trotter reminds the reader that legal services are not just information services: "The core of legal service is the amalgamation of factual and legal information, analysis, advice and action."

Donald P. Boyle, Jr

Summer 2017 edition of "Colloquy" magazine, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Trotter is no gloom-and-doom prophet: he stresses the resiliency of his profession. Despite dire predictions that online resources or the flood of new lawyers would undermine it, Trotter does not "expect the legal profession in the United States to change beyond recognition in the foreseeable future."