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Five arguments against legal departments using non-lawyers for significant tasks, with counter-arguments
Posted on 22 Mar 2010 by Rees W. Morrison

Here are five points that traditionalists might advance against reliance on employees without law degrees for important undertakings. They come from a recent presentation. "Attorneys are ultimately responsible" - but this argument, carried... Read More

“People just like us”
Posted on 23 Mar 2010 by Norman Clark

A managing partner of a reputable and reasonably successful midsize law firm recently told me, "We look for partners who are just like us, who we know will fit in." This is not the first time that my colleagues and I have heard about this... Read More

In-house lawyers admit some resistance to alternative fee arrangements, but blast law firms, perhaps unfairly
Posted on 9 Apr 2010 by Rees W. Morrison

A survey of corporate lawyers conducted by Serengetti asked them to scale their own resistance to alternative fee arrangements (AFA) and their perception of law firm resistance to AFAs. On the scale given, a 1 means "no resistance"; a 3 presumably... Read More

What every lawyer needs to know about project management, Part 1 of 5
Posted on 24 Mar 2010 by Jim Hassett

This five-part series is an expanded version of an article I published last week on AmericanLawyer.com entitled "Teaching Lawyers How to Manage: Can It Improve the Bottom Line?" When I interviewed AmLaw 100 chairmen, senior partners and C... Read More