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    Legal Spending Is Down, Opportunities and Project Management Will Rise

    An article in Tuesday's ABA Journal online reports that legal departments cut spending for the first time in 10 years. This is based on the Hildebrandt Baker Robbins 2010 Law Department Survey. The results are significant because the 9 previous yearly...

    Another bad year ahead for real estate practices in U.S. law firms?

    Let's continue this week's discussion of the business challenges facing smaller U.S. law firm in smaller legal markets ( i.e., metropolitan areas with populations of less than 500,000). An article in yesterday's New York Times , "...

    Should Clients Pay for Meetings

    Yesterday I noted in passing the client objection to paying for meetings . This is also a question that has come up repeatedly at recent training courses I've done. In all my years on the client side, I usually pushed against paying for meetings...

    The Biggest Technology Boost in Legal Project Management

    This week, I've written a series of articles pointing out that Legal Project Management is not dependent on project-management technology. So what's the most important thing a project manager can do to improve her use of technology, to use...

    Three Inexpensive Productivity Boosters

    Happy December. Yesterday I wrote about multiple monitors, calling them the third-least-expensive productivity tool you can get for your team. I suspect that raises an obvious question. If multiple monitors are #3, what are #2 and #1? 3. Multiple...

    “What Has to Be Accomplished”

    This is the fifth in a week-long series of articles about plans and planning, collected as Planning Week. The U.S. military (and various other armed forces) has the concept of Commander's Intent. Any (battle) plan needs to be accompanied by the...

    Pam, Jim, Steve, and GrizzlyBear

    Yesterday the three leading voices in Legal Project Management training had a mini-summit. The Center for Competitive Management invited Jim Hassett, Pam Woldow, and me to speak for an hour on Legal Project Management for law firms: the 50,000-foot...

    “Have a Clear Vision; Hire Smart, Committed People; Get Out of Their Way”

    In Planning Week so far, we've heard from Helmuth von Moltke about plans, Dwight Eisenhower about planning , and Alfred Korzybski about the limitations of abstractions . Are we to throw up our hands? Of course not. Go back to yesterday's...

    Certification

    There are some recent posts going around about certifying project managers, particularly one from the always interesting Paul Easton. I continue to be the contrarian in this debate, based on almost two decades of working with other professional project...

    Turning a Disgruntled Client Around

    In the majority of cases, if a law firm has a disgruntled client, it is the firm's fault. As I have written about in the past, if the client is the problem, fire them . But in the 99% of cases where it is the lawyers who forgot the basics of client...

    Legalnomics and on-the-Road Internet Access

    Here's another observation from my recent road-trip vacation. It seems that the more expensive the hotel, the more likely they'll charge for Internet access. We spent half the nights tent camping, half in hotels. Every single campground we...

    Legal Project Management (Part 17): Warning signs

    This post was written by LegalBizDev Principal Steve Barrett . In an hourly billing environment, few incentives exist to be alert for warning signs of threats to matter schedules or costs. More than a generation of lawyers has practiced without the...

    Book Review: How to Land a Great Job in Litigation Support

    Despite the recession, demand for litigation-support talent, especially for e-discovery project managers, continues to grow. This blog frequently covers this job market and so I was interested to learn that David Netzer, founder of LitigationSupportCareers...

    Free webinar: How one law firm eliminated the burdens of large file attachments

    According to the 2009 ILTA Member Purchasing Survey, e-mail management continues to be the number one challenge for Legal IT. It will only get worse as e-mail attachment size continues to grow. The frustration level of attorneys and staff increases...

    Why Implement LPM? Good Reasons and Bad

    Greg Lambert over at 3 Geeks and a Law Blog wrote recently about reasons firms might want to begin a Legal Project Management program. As I sat through a day-long session at [a conference], I listened to speaker after speaker talk about LPM and how...