What’s Holding Back the Legal Industry? Could it be Data?

If you are a vendor in the legal ecosystem, you want to know how much market share you hold. If you’re a legal journalist or thought-leader in the legal space espousing a position, you may want to know if what you're advocating makes sense.  If you’re a law professor who wants to respond to how the practice of law is changing, you want to understand what the catalysts for this change...
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New Minimum Salary For Overtime Exemption Proposed By Department of Labor

National Law Review, Mar 14, 2019, Womble, Bond, Dickinson "In a long-awaited decision, the Trump Administration’s Department of Labor proposes to increase the salary threshold for white collar overtime exemptions to $35,308 per year." Solo and small firms: be sure you don't miss the proposed changes for overtime exemptions. Click here to read the entire article.
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Clio 2018 Legal Trends Report: Is the 30% Lawyer Utilization Rate Understated?

I ran across an article recently referencing the Clio 2018 Legal Trends Report; specifically, the 30% lawyer utilization rate. I have taken note that attention is frequently paid to this surprisingly low level of lawyer productivity by legal pundits and writers. However, I am skeptical of the survey finding regarding this performance measurement. It is not consistent with my historical...
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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear (or read)!

Law Firm data is a hot commodity these days – and it should be.  It is a critically important tool in the internal management of law firms and the external (client) management of outside counsel spend.  Legal departments who disregarded the value of this data for the past 10 or more years have come around to understand its importance, and they want it.  An article that first...
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Failure to Focus on 80% of Lawyer Population Will Have Most Impact on Legal Industry and A2J

The legal industry is in a frenzy that is ignored by 80% of the lawyer population.  Just as well, since little of the "frenzy" is about them. Industry consultants and writers are crying "Wolf," once again sounding the alarm for BigLaw lawyers to wake up or face their demise. While all of that is interesting, solo and small law firm practitioners (SmallLaw) face challenges just as...
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Small Law: The Heart of the Profession

Many years ago, I found myself sitting in my car in the middle of “the projects” in Memphis, Tennessee. I wasn’t lost. I was there at the request of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility (TBPR). I had been asked to evaluate the practice of an attorney against whom an ethics complaint had been filed. At that time, I was the serving Practice Management Advisor for the Tennessee...
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Think Differently: Change the Rules

Arguments for overhauling the legal ethics rules to reflect the way legal services are delivered today are occurring across the legal landscape.   William Hornsby a well-known name in legal ethics, takes attorneys somewhat to task for whining rather than engaging directly with this issue; and then shows them how to get started.  Great short read for new attorneys as well.
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