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Pitfalls of Lawyer Problem Solving and Eminence-Driven Decision Making

Lately I’ve been thinking about what I see as one of the great shortcomings of the way we lawyers approach problem solving,  i.e. our proud tradition of following the Case Method and tenets like stare decisis and adherence to precedent. These tools all have their benefits, especially in the context of maintaining a consistent set of legal rules for society …

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The Role of Technology in Legal Innovation

I’ve just finished my second watching of a great video posted this week by the Stanford Center for the Legal Profession titled “Implementing Innovation: The Challenges to Changing Big Law” (embedded below, h/t to Steph Kimbro). It features Stephen Poor, Chair of Seyfarth Shaw, Ron Dolin, Research Fellow with the Center on the Legal Profession, …

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The Best Little Book about Lawyering You’ve Never Heard Of (That isn’t Really about Lawyering)

We lawyers are accustomed to borrowing from the worlds of other professionals. We share much with consultants and accountants, maybe a little less with doctors or architects, but they’re all smart folks with fancy educations like ours, and we glean things every now and again that improve our own practices. I recently stumbled across a …

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Is Dynamic Pricing an Alternative to Hourly Billing?

A quick detour from my search for the Grand Unified Theory of Legal Value… I had high hopes for Carolyn Elefant’s blog post The Billable Hour Stifles Pricing Innovation. I heartily agree with Elefant’s premise that the billable hour can stifle innovation. Unfortunately, I don’t especially like her article’s logic for getting to that conclusion.