Alyson Reed Legal Tech Fellow Spotlight

Why did you want to work at a legal tech startup?

Two reasons: practicality and versatility. First, I had wanted to take intellectual property and other business technology courses in law school, but had been unable to fit either into my schedule. I knew from past internship experiences that I gained more practical knowledge by performing hands-on skills. Evisort gave me this opportunity.

Second, one of my goals in law school was to gain many different experiences in multiple areas of law. In the past, I had completed internships in courts, government agencies, and a law firm. However, I had never experienced the exposure of corporate life and the impact that legal technology has on many in-house counsels, as well as major law firms.

What skills did you gain working with Evisort? How will you apply those skills in your future career?

Evisort broadened my skills by providing a unique perspective for thinking outside the normal legal mindset. Projects included researching legal matters and marketing strategies, editing and reviewing materials, preparing and giving presentations, and drafting business cases, blogs, and white papers.

In addition, I learned firsthand from business personnel and their attorneys how legal tech impacts their companies and firms. I learned to listen and anticipate their questions and concerns. I also learned how to apply these concerns to future projects later in my fellowship.

I was even able to use these skills when giving presentations in my final semester of law school. In fact, I use many of the skills I gained at Evisort in my current post-graduation job.

What did you learn at Evisort that you didn’t learn in law school?

I learned many practical matters about legal tech that I did not know were issues. I also learned a lot about contract problems. For example, I learned what types of contractual clauses are pitfalls for many corporations, and how much time manually reviewing contracts takes away from other valuable tasks.

I also learned a lot about sales and marketing. On one marketing project, I got to use my research and writing skills to turn what would otherwise have been a very dull read into something that would grab the reader’s attention. I was even able to take these concepts and apply them to persuasive legal writing.

How did working at Evisort change your perspective on the legal industry?

Evisort exposed me to how legal tech is transforming the legal community and is improving the quality and management settings of the corporate community at large.

There is a lot about legal tech that is intimidating to attorneys generally. No attorney wants to be replaced, and as a member of the profession, this makes sense to me. However, legal tech is not aimed at replacing attorneys, but rather serves to help attorneys work smarter and potentially expand their services.

How did Evisort impact your current employment, judicial clerkship?

Currently, I am clerking for a trial court judge. In this job, I am often looking at a variety of legal issues. I also interact with people in different careers. While a lot of them are attorneys, I also interact with non-attorneys and occasionally business personnel. Some of what I do involves basic customer service skills. Evisort gave me the background to empathize with all kinds of personalities and better assist others in a professional environment.

Giving presentations was one of the most helpful skills that I took away from Evisort. I often write and present summaries, as well as legal arguments, to prepare for a variety of court proceedings. Because of my experience at Evisort, I am able to narrow down the major points and articulate them in a clear and organized fashion.

Most importantly, I am a more well-rounded individual. I often hear from experienced attorneys and even judges that you never know when and where you might use the experiences you are given. So it is important to grab onto opportunities and learn to apply skills in every capacity possible.

What was your favorite part about working with Evisort?

The variety of individuals I worked with was a highlight. Not only did I work with other law students and law post-graduates, but I also worked with marketing gurus and interacted with business-minded individuals generally.

Each individual had their own perspective and their own agenda to accomplish. However, we were all able to work together to understand each other’s viewpoints and ultimately further the progress of legal technology.

What advice do you have for current law students who may be interested in non-legal careers but may be nervous of losing opportunities in Big Law?

The most important advice I can offer is that you do not know what it’s like until you try it. As law students we are often told that classroom experiences do not equate to practical experiences. It’s not fully disclosed that you may enjoy an area of law academically, but hate its hands-on, practical application. Law school is not just about learning the black letter law and theories. Rather, it is the time to shape the type of career you will enjoy for the foreseeable future.

If you know that you want to do Big Law and you’ve had previous experiences with it, why not try something different? You have nothing to lose. If you are worried about losing Big Law opportunities because it’s what everyone has told you to do throughout law school, then consider whether you want a cookie-cutter law school experience or a toolbox full of variety. Plus, Evisort offers opportunities during the summer and school year, thus you may be able to do both.

I would also say that when I applied for post-graduate employment, my experience at Evisort was a plus. For example, I applied for a judicial law clerk position with a business court that only heard cases dealing with business litigation and commercial transactions. Academically, I did not have more than basic business classes. However, I was given an interview for this position in part because of the experiences at Evisort that I was able to highlight. In fact, many of my post-graduate interviewers were very interested in my Evisort experience because it was different from the norm.

Why did you want to work at a legal tech startup?

Two reasons: practicality and versatility. First, I had wanted to take intellectual property and other business technology courses in law school, but had been unable to fit either into my schedule. I knew from past internship experiences that I gained more practical knowledge by performing hands-on skills. Evisort gave me this opportunity.

Second, one of my goals in law school was to gain many different experiences in multiple areas of law. In the past, I had completed internships in courts, government agencies, and a law firm. However, I had never experienced the exposure of corporate life and the impact that legal technology has on many in-house counsels, as well as major law firms.

What skills did you gain working with Evisort? How will you apply those skills in your future career?

Evisort broadened my skills by providing a unique perspective for thinking outside the normal legal mindset. Projects included researching legal matters and marketing strategies, editing and reviewing materials, preparing and giving presentations, and drafting business cases, blogs, and white papers.

In addition, I learned firsthand from business personnel and their attorneys how legal tech impacts their companies and firms. I learned to listen and anticipate their questions and concerns. I also learned how to apply these concerns to future projects later in my fellowship.

I was even able to use these skills when giving presentations in my final semester of law school. In fact, I use many of the skills I gained at Evisort in my current post-graduation job.

What did you learn at Evisort that you didn’t learn in law school?

I learned many practical matters about legal tech that I did not know were issues. I also learned a lot about contract problems. For example, I learned what types of contractual clauses are pitfalls for many corporations, and how much time manually reviewing contracts takes away from other valuable tasks.

I also learned a lot about sales and marketing. On one marketing project, I got to use my research and writing skills to turn what would otherwise have been a very dull read into something that would grab the reader’s attention. I was even able to take these concepts and apply them to persuasive legal writing.

How did working at Evisort change your perspective on the legal industry?

Evisort exposed me to how legal tech is transforming the legal community and is improving the quality and management settings of the corporate community at large.

There is a lot about legal tech that is intimidating to attorneys generally. No attorney wants to be replaced, and as a member of the profession, this makes sense to me. However, legal tech is not aimed at replacing attorneys, but rather serves to help attorneys work smarter and potentially expand their services.

How did Evisort impact your current employment, judicial clerkship?

Currently, I am clerking for a trial court judge. In this job, I am often looking at a variety of legal issues. I also interact with people in different careers. While a lot of them are attorneys, I also interact with non-attorneys and occasionally business personnel. Some of what I do involves basic customer service skills. Evisort gave me the background to empathize with all kinds of personalities and better assist others in a professional environment.

Giving presentations was one of the most helpful skills that I took away from Evisort. I often write and present summaries, as well as legal arguments, to prepare for a variety of court proceedings. Because of my experience at Evisort, I am able to narrow down the major points and articulate them in a clear and organized fashion.

Most importantly, I am a more well-rounded individual. I often hear from experienced attorneys and even judges that you never know when and where you might use the experiences you are given. So it is important to grab onto opportunities and learn to apply skills in every capacity possible.

What was your favorite part about working with Evisort?

The variety of individuals I worked with was a highlight. Not only did I work with other law students and law post-graduates, but I also worked with marketing gurus and interacted with business-minded individuals generally.

Each individual had their own perspective and their own agenda to accomplish. However, we were all able to work together to understand each other’s viewpoints and ultimately further the progress of legal technology.

What advice do you have for current law students who may be interested in non-legal careers but may be nervous of losing opportunities in Big Law?

The most important advice I can offer is that you do not know what it’s like until you try it. As law students we are often told that classroom experiences do not equate to practical experiences. It’s not fully disclosed that you may enjoy an area of law academically, but hate its hands-on, practical application. Law school is not just about learning the black letter law and theories. Rather, it is the time to shape the type of career you will enjoy for the foreseeable future.

If you know that you want to do Big Law and you’ve had previous experiences with it, why not try something different? You have nothing to lose. If you are worried about losing Big Law opportunities because it’s what everyone has told you to do throughout law school, then consider whether you want a cookie-cutter law school experience or a toolbox full of variety. Plus, Evisort offers opportunities during the summer and school year, thus you may be able to do both.

I would also say that when I applied for post-graduate employment, my experience at Evisort was a plus. For example, I applied for a judicial law clerk position with a business court that only heard cases dealing with business litigation and commercial transactions. Academically, I did not have more than basic business classes. However, I was given an interview for this position in part because of the experiences at Evisort that I was able to highlight. In fact, many of my post-graduate interviewers were very interested in my Evisort experience because it was different from the norm.