Category Archives: 21st Century Lawyering

A 7-Prong Learning Framework for 21st Century Lawyers and Legal Professionals to Excel in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

A 7-Prong Learning Framework for 21st Century Lawyers and Legal Professionals to Excel in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Hey, Lawyers and Legal Professionals, I’m sure you are wondering whether AI will replace you in the not too distant future. You are wondering whether you should go learn computer programing as soon as possible or consider leaving the legal profession altogether (i.e., change your career!).

Most legal tech vendors insist that AI will not replace you. They claim that AI will simply replace a substantial portion of the mundane work that you do, freeing you to concentrate on the high value-add work that only humans can do. In short: lawyers and AI will work together to deliver high value solutions to their clients.

Many lawyers that I meet, particularly in my recruiting and career coaching practices, take comfort in these responses and often proceed to lawyer without considering what actual knowledge, skills, mindsets they will need to develop in order to be able to work effectively and efficiently with AI and other emerging processes and systems. They spend little effort considering what learning & development approaches they should take to lawyer better in this 21st century.

Since early 2014, I have been researching and thinking of ways to improve learning & development systems for lawyers. Being that I live and work in Japan, I have especially been thinking about an effective and efficient learning & development framework for Japanese lawyers and legal professionals.

After much thought and research about learning & development and the changing legal landscape, I have concluded that there are 7 elements that should be a part of a comprehensive learning & development program for lawyers and legal professionals. I label this approach ExC7eL™. In my ExC7eL™ Model, lawyers and legal professionals work to improve their mindsets, knowledge, and skills to excel in the following areas:

  1. being Centered
  2. Constant Learning
  3. Critical Thinking 
  4. Communication
  5. Compassion
  6. Creativity 
  7. Connecting

I explain each below.

Being Centered means that each individual has self-awareness of her personal vision and mission, core personal values, personal and professional goals, individual strengths, and then tries to align her daily work based on this self-awareness.

Constant Learning means that each individual has a commitment to improving his lifelong learning mindset and takes concrete actions to increase his ability to learn, unlearn, or relearn strategically, effectively, and efficiently the most important competencies that he needs to learn (e.g., legal updates, how to use new technologies, soft skills, etc.).

Critical Thinking means improvement in (1) observation, (2) interpretation, (3) analysis, (4) inference, (5) evaluation, (6) explanation, and (7) self-regulation. For more on this topic visit this link.

Communication means superior oral and written skills. It also includes the ability to engage in active listening and good questioning, and a commitment to improving one’s cultural intelligence.

Compassion means defining one’s commitments to local and global communities, acting in ways that honors these commitments, and improving one’s emotional intelligence.

Creativity means in the case of lawyering, thinking not only as a lawyer, but having broad thinking. In other words, looking at issues from multiple perspectives and looking for multiple possibilities and opportunities to provide innovative solutions.

Connecting means the ability to connect networks and communities to add more value to society. It also means continuously improving one’s personal brand.

These are 7 areas where I personally always try to improve. I think lawyers (and non-lawyers) who excel in each of these areas will have the mindsets, knowledge, and skills necessary for working in the 21stcentury and for dealing with the chaotically changing times, including how to work with emerging technologies, such as blockchain.

I will continue to coach around these 7 elements and help my clients and candidates consider these elements. My future workshops and trainings will continue to enhance one or more of these elements.

What are your thoughts about my ExC7eL™ Model? Let me know which elements resonate most with you and which ones do not.

Maurice L. Rabb

Live D!perTM and ExC7eL™

Excelling and Thriving in 2018








Happy 2018!

I’m very excited to be working on some EdTech initiatives that I think will help professionals, especially lawyers, ExC7eL™ and thrive in 2018 and in the years to come. I’m also involved in some groundbreaking Legal Tech projects that I’m sure will impact the legal landscape in Japan and Asia Pacific.

I’m looking forward to sharing these EdTech and Legal Tech initiatives with my community in Japan. 

2018 will truly be a year of innovation and growth! 

Maurice L. Rabb

Live D!perTM and ExC7eL™

Action-Oriented Diversity & Inclusion




I recently had the honor of sitting on a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) panel hosted by the Women in Law Japan (WILJ) organisation. WILJ is a new and innovative networking platform for women in the legal profession in Japan, comprised of legal practitioners working in private practice, in-house, in government, and in the citizenship sector, as well as those engaged in professional support capacities within legal service firms and other similar organisations.

I was excited to hear about the D&I work that co-panelists Suzanne Price of Price Global and Elizabeth Masamune of @Asia Associates Japan, Inc. are doing in Japan and in Asia.  And I admire the frank self-reflections that the moderator Kana Itabashi of Baker & McKenzie shared with the participants about her initial views on the need for Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

The objective of the event was to help raise awareness of current trends and initiatives in Diversity & Inclusion and to address questions such as: What do we mean by “inclusion”? What is the relationship between Diversity and Inclusion? Why does D&I matter? We also explored various strategies for creating more inclusive workplaces. 

I challenged each of the participants to pick at least one action that they will take following the event to help further the D&I movement in Japan, such as improving their D&I knowledge, reflecting on their own attitudes toward D&I and its value in the workplace, or gathering the perspectives of their colleagues regarding what aspects of work are inclusive and what aspects are not inclusive.

To “Walk the Talk”, I decided to share this post as one of my own next action steps to raise Diversity & Inclusion awareness.  I will also work with some of the participants from the event to create a group where we can regularly brainstorm potential D&I initiatives for our respective organisations.  Finally, I plan to explore more ways to integrate D&I approaches into my ExC7eL™ Model

I extend the same challenge to readers of this post.  What will be YOUR next action with respect to Diversity & Inclusion?

I look forward to hearing about the actions the participants (and you) took and to having more conversations that raise awareness about Diversity & Inclusion in Japan and globally.

Live D!perTM

Maurice L. Rabb

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