67 Hastings L.J. [i] (2015-2016)

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A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


It is a dynamic time for the legal profession. Law firms, big and small, are
innovating the way they run their businesses and deliver their services,
resulting in positive changes for both clients and attorneys.' On the one
hand, firms are increasingly placing emphasis on delivering value to clients
at a faster rate and for lower fees than ever before through adjustments to
the types of services they offer and the manner in which they deliver them.2
Lawyers, also, are benefitting as legal employers increasingly offer
innovative approaches to schedule flexibility, discretionary billing rates, and
attorney entrepreneurialism to appeal to the large market of viable legal
candidates discontented with the traditional big firm model.3

On the Hastings Law Journal, we too continually fine-tune and innovate
how we engage with authors and legal scholarship, support and mentor
our membership, and contribute to the San Francisco and UC Hastings
community to maximize the value delivered by our organization. For
example, this year, the Hastings Law Journal transitioned to Scholastica
to manage online article submissions to increase the ease and clarity with
which we communicate with authors, and to streamline and systematize
administrative processes for our editors. As a result, we aim to provide
authors with a more efficient and valuable editing experience, and free
up more time for editors to dedicate to thoughtful review and selection
of the very best submissions in collaboration with the Hastings Law
Journal Faculty Review advisors.

As well, we are proud to engage with UC Hastings and the San Francisco
legal community in hosting two symposia this year. The first, Advancing
Equal Access to Justice: Barriers, Dilemmas, and Prospects, was hosted
this fall in conjunction with UC Hastings faculty and the Stanford Center
on the Legal Profession. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani
Cantil-Sakauye delivered the keynote address for the multi-day conference
that also honored Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Associate
Justice Joseph Grodin. The Journal will publish the papers generated
from the interactive panels, break-out discussion groups, and extensive
empirical studies in a special issue in June 2016. Thank you in particular
to Professors Mark Aaronson, Joseph Grodin, and Nancy Stuart for the


    i. See Joan C. Williams, Aaron Platt & Jessica Lee, Disruptive Innovation: New Models of Legal
Practice, 67 HASTINGS L.J. I, 9 (2015).
    2. Id. at 9 II; see also Leigh McMullan Abramson, Law Firms Are Learning: Work-Life Balance
Isn't Just for Moms, ATLANTIC (Sept. 24, 2015), http:/www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2o5/09/
lawyers-work-life-balance-men/4o7oJ i/.
    3. Williams, Platt & Lee, supra note i, at 12 21.

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