A smattering of interesting posts from the blawgosphere and beyond
- “Some Small Firms Find Smooth Sailing Through Turbulent Times” from Thomas Adcock on law.com. Many good ideas come from this article, but my favorite quote is from Michael C. Rakower, the NY State Bar’s 2006 Outstanding Lawyer of the Year: “There's no magic bullet. All I know is that I worked my tail off for four years, and I think you reap what you sow.” Now where have I heard that before?
- The Layoff Tracker from Law Shucks. I am drawn to the Layoff Tracker charts, much like I am drawn to gawk at things I don’t want to see while driving. I know that I never ever wanted to see stats like this, but I can’t stop myself from looking. Again and again.
- “Do ‘Archaic’ Professional Ethics Hurt Consumers of Legal Services More Than They Help?” from Maxwell Kennerly on his Litigation & Trial blog. Yet another response to Larry Ribstein’s suggestion that ethics rules are hurting, not benefiting, clients. Kennerly asks a different question: how does the client gain from the profession’s consolidation into mega-firms?
- “Why What I'm Doing With My Law Degree Matters” from Alexis Martin Neely doing a guest post on Carolyn Elefant’s MyShingle.com. Neely’s story is a positive one, and we certainly need positive stories right now. Did you see that her success is built on “real lifetime relationships with her clients.” How many of us could say the same?
- “Economy Pinches the Billable Hour at Law Firms” by Jonathan Glater on nytimes.com. Billable-hour bashing goes mainstream. Debra Cassens Weiss' report on the Times story, at the abajournal.com, is more cynical: "Big Law Turns to Alternative Billing; Is Greed a Reason?" Can someone tell me how all of this debate helps fix the true problem?