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How Corporate Legal Can Implement AFAs without FUD

AFAs Matters by Industry

Alternative fee arrangements (AFA) sometimes invoked FUD – or fear, uncertainty and doubt. There’s always risk in trying something new or different, however, we have in among our corporate legal department clients a sizable volume that have found success. Recently, our own Brandi Gunn presented a very compelling, clear and concise webinar that presented the fundamentals of AFAs.  The slides ... Read More »

Power of Lists: 51 Twitter Handles for Legal Pros to Follow

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A little while ago, LexBlog founder Kevin O’Keefe  gave us a compliment in a post titled Two legal companies doing Twitter the right away.  While we can’t attest to whether or not we’re doing it the “right away” as Mr. O’Keefe said, we do work at it and just like the rest of the professionals in the legal industry, we ... Read More »

Infographic Friday:  Job Prospects Brighten for Lawyers

Job Prospects Brighten for Lawyers

It’s been a long hard slog for jobs in the legal sector, especially for newly minted lawyers.  There have, however, been indications that the opportunities are ticking up.  The optimism makes it a good fit for this week’s Friday Share series. Jacob Gershman, penning a post for the Wall Street Journal’s Law blog cited the ABA’s 2013 Law Graduate Employment ... Read More »

3 Tips for more Effectively Managing Legal Spending

3 Tips for more Effectively Managing Legal Spending

The general counsel needed a report. The corporate legal department had spent more than $20 million on external legal fees in the previous year, and he needed to know how much of that was spent specifically on litigation, where it was spent, and why. He tasked Mary Stich with generating a report which would allow him to identify areas to ... Read More »

Seven Ways to Influence Change in Your Legal Department

Seven Ways to Influence Change in Your Legal Department

Many corporate legal leaders find that they are far more successful in developing a vision than in turning it into a reality. While these legal visionaries are able to articulate a new and exciting way of practicing law, or managing the business of law, the true challenge often arises in affecting change within their department. While each legal department and ... Read More »

Webinar:  Corporate Counsel on Enterprise Legal Management

Rackspace Corporate Counsel on Enterprise Legal Management

The promise of Enterprise Legal Management or ELM is to provide corporate counsel with data to make better legal decisions – decisions about legal matters, legal hold and legal spending. It’s a big promise and as it is so common with enterprise-wide projects, expert advice usually recommends starting with a few small hunches, demonstrating success and then rolling the project ... Read More »

Top 10 #BusinessofLaw Posts you Might have Missed in June

Top 10 Business of Law Posts you Might have Missed in June

If there’s a lesson to be learned for legal bloggers from this month’s analysis, it would be this:  While we think of a blog as an external communications tool, it has implicit internal communications value as well. While we keep most posts focused on the legal community,we occasionally share what we’re doing in our own local community.  Case in point:  ... Read More »

How ELM Drives Predictable Corporate Legal Spending

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One of the primary benefits of enterprise legal management (ELM) systems is the ability to aggregate information from previously disparate sources including e-billing, matter management and accounts payable. Once the data is assemble, corporate legal departments have an incredibly powerful source of existing information about their legal matters, to analyze: How long a specific matter should take to resolve? How ... Read More »

Stubborn Facts: Lawyers as the Unsung Patriots of July 4th

Stubborn Facts Lawyers as the Unsung Patriots of July 4th

The U.S. might have won its independence with soldiers but it might not have even gotten into the fight without lawyers. While it’s easy to see the influence of the modern lawyer on our system of government – it’s worthwhile to point out the influence lifetime students of law had on its origins. Here are five interesting, if not stubborn, ... Read More »

SlideShare Friday:  9 Trends Impacting Paralegals

SlideShare Friday 9 Trends Impacting Paralegals

The ABA Journal recently reported compensation for paralegals is on the rise with managerial positions in law firms earning just under $80 per hour.  The average hourly rate earned however, was substantially less, running between $34 and $37 per hour.  According to the data, paralegals at law firms tend to earn slightly more than those working for corporate legal departments. ... Read More »