Earlier this year this website listed my blog as one of their Top 30 Law Blogs of 2013. I failed to mention it here at the time, but I'm always greatly appreciative of any recognition of my blogging. I happened to visit the website again recently and realized that I should mention it, not so much for repeating the accolades, but because this is a really nice collection of law blogs. Check them out if you are looking for some new places to visit on the web or something of value to add to your newsreader.
Jared Correia had a nice piece on AttorneyatWork.com today entitled Fee Tale: This Is Not Your Father’s Engagement Agreement in which he outlines some "upgrades" to attorney-client fee agreements that perhaps have not be reviewed or refreshed for a number of years. He links to some other well-written articles and of course, as Jared often does, links to a few irreverent references that might make you laugh. Nice work, Jared. And if your law firm had been using the same old engagement agree for the last ten yuears, maybe you should read Jared's work and share the link to the article with your firm's management committee.
Doing business in today's world is about innovation and improving efficiency. Sometimes this is a challenge for law firms as they are steeped in precedent, history and tradition. But Jordan Furlong has given us some other reasons in his post "Why lawyers don’t innovate." Hard work and talent will, hopefully, continue to be rewarded. But innovation in the legal profession may also determine real success in the future. I think Jordan has some valuable insights and he also draws liberally from a great article by Atul Gawande, a medical professional with much to teach the legal profession.
Hopefully after reading this, the next time you are encountering challenges while trying to persuade any group, lawyers or otherwise, to take innovative action, you will think of a rural birth-delivery nurse in India and smile broadly rather than showing frustration.
No one thinks it is unusual or wrong for a professional copy editor to write copy for a law firm's website. But blogging has always been a more personal endeavor. Some lawyers who are time-challenged or whose writing skills are better for briefs than blog posts have turned to "ghost bloggers" and now some lawyer blogging services will include the blog content seemingly written by the lawyer for a fee. So does that practice mean a lawyer is posting "misleading" advertising content that violates a lawyer's ethical responsibilities?
I've never really used the term BigLaw. It seemed a bit pejorative and I tend to think lawyers are lawyers, no matter their practice setting. In a recent New Republic article “The Last Days of Big Law - You can't imagine the terror when the money dries up” author Noam Scheiber defined them as the largest 150 and 250 law firms in the
United States. In these firms PPP (Profits per Partner) are often in the 7 figure range. As you might assume from the title, this piece was controversial and generated some strong push-back. AmLaw Daily with “Don’t Bury Big Law Just Yet” and The National Law Journal rushed to refute the claims with statistics. Then Bruce MacEwen on his AdamSmith Esq blog and Patrick J. Lamb in this New Normal feature responded to those numbers and came to different conclusions. Many more postings followed.
This is all great fun, unless, of course your life and livelihood depends on who is right.
If you are a lawyer in a different practice setting and care more about your future than BigLaw's, I direct you to my recent blog post Big Ideas in Law Practice: Your Handbook for The Future. In the referenced material there, we tried to talk at least as much about solutions as challenges.