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LawNext is a weekly podcast hosted by Bob Ambrogi, who is internationally known for his writing and speaking on legal technology and innovation. Each week, Bob interviews the innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving what’s next in the legal industry. From legal technology startups to new law firm business models to enhancing access to justice, Bob and his guests explore the future of law and legal practice.

Aug 10, 2018

What does legal innovation look like? For all the talk about innovation in law, who are the real innovators and what are they doing? This week’s guest, Daniel W. Linna Jr., an attorney and law professor, helps us answer that question.


Linna is the creator of the Legal Services Innovation Index, where he is cataloging and indexing innovations at law firms and law schools. Through his work, he is helping us understand how law firms can better deliver legal services to their clients and how law schools can better prepare students to practice law in the 21st Century.


In addition to discussing the index, Linna, a visiting professor of law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, also discusses how he will teach his students about innovation and technology, and about the Innovation Lab he will help lead at Northwestern.

Before moving to Northwestern this year, Linna was director of LegalRnD, The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law. He is an affiliated faculty member of CodeX, The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and cofounder of the Chicago Legal Innovation & Technology Group. He is a 2015 Fastcase 50 honoree, recognizing the law’s “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.”