‘Post-It Note Shortage Leads Firms To Abandon Legal Innovation’

Law firms have today announced a global moratorium on all legal innovation projects in the wake of the on-going Post-it note shortage that is gripping the world. (Note: see below)

The news follows weeks of uncertainty over this year’s Post-it harvest, following a catastrophic outbreak of Postittello weevil that has blighted the Mexican sticky note industry, killing the trees they grow on and driving up prices to stratospheric levels for the few remaining innovation enabling squares of colourful paper.

Axel Springroll, a spokesperson for the Global Legal Innovation Alliance, told Artificial Lawyer: ‘It’s a tragedy, but after an emergency meeting over the weekend, the leading members of the Alliance decided there was no longer any point in trying to innovate.’

‘Without the ability to stick Post-its on walls and on white boards there is basically no point in continuing with the many innovation projects currently taking place. Moreover, all hackathons, design sprints and other events of this type will be cancelled until further notice,’ he added.

Artificial Lawyer asked: ‘But, isn’t it possible to cut out squares of paper, colour them in and then maybe use some sticky tape as an alternative? Surely ending all future legal innovation is a bit drastic?’

Springroll replied: ‘No. Without genuine Post-its (TM) there cannot be true innovation. It would just be a shadow of the real thing. No. It’s all over.’

Artificial Lawyer has been calling a variety of legal services businesses around the world about this and they have all confirmed this to be true.

What will become of the many innovation teams in a myriad of leading law firms remains to be seen, but one managing partner said: ‘It’s a very painful time. We have literally just hired an entire innovation team of excellent people. They were about to start later this week. Then we heard from Post-it – the terrible news – there would be no more deliveries of those lovely, bright little rectangles. It’s all over.’

So, basically, that’s it. Artificial Lawyer is not really sure what it will be writing about from now on, as there will be nothing to write about.

But, right now, that is of little importance. Today, 1st April, we must all stand in solidarity and simply pray that the Postittello weevil is one day vanquished and those bright little pieces of sticky paper once again flutter in the powerful breeze of legal tech innovation.

+++++ Thanks to everyone who read this one, looks like from all the comments and likes on social media that people found this April Fool’s story to be amusing. AL will keep it here for posterity. ++++


  1. I know the feeling, the lack of post-it notes has been the catastrophe that has gone under the proverbial radar, like you I don’t think people realise to seriousness of the situation.

  2. I have a lot of sympathy for those legal innovators and how they must feel. Personally have been rendered inert, my life ran on post-it notes. I tried mind maps, filo-faxes, brainstorming, white boarding and a host of other ways of organising my thoughts but none worked. Post-it notes were the only way. Now I am totally lost, my thoughts being completely disorganised. Artificial Lawyer, please do what you can and see if you can resolve the shortage by tomorrow.

  3. My condolences to those legal innovators that relied on this essential tool (post-it) to advance their groundbreaking initiatives. But is in this tough times where true innovators must stand up and show character and determination to embrace new alternative innovative tools. Take this tragedy as an opportunity to have a fresh view about what innovation really is!

  4. There is a need for an annual award for comedy in innovation (or perhaps innovation in comedy). There must be an appropriately named firm of solicitors to sponsor it.

    Last December I attended a pitch at the Institution of Civil Engineers to celebrate its bicentenary..

    It says a lot about my prejudicial belief that CEs are as dull as ditchwater that I emailed the organisation beforehand to check on the dress code. And a lot about their tolerance that they didn’t tell me that it was fancy dress.

    The event ran the theme that civil engeneering could be fun.

    The highlight for me was when a young engineer from Hong Kong announced that he was promotong sticky rice-pudding concrete.

    There was a ripple of movement throughout the audience as attendees reached for ther smartphones to check if this was a wind-up before voting for or against the proposal.

    It not only exists but is holding up the Great Wall – Google it if you don’t believe me.

    I shall never again assume that civil engineering is boring and have told my grandchildren to consider it as a career

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