Raise the Bar: Real World Solutions for a Troubled Profession

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This book examines the dissatisfaction within the legal community and offers practical, real world solutions for increasing lawyers' satisfaction with their careers. Contributors, including Scott Turow and Michael Tigar, explore the gap between aspiration and experience and share the experiences that have led them to this urgent call to reinvent the practice (and business) of law. Written with insight and candor, Raise the Bar shines much-needed light on the modern law practice and offers recommendations to ...

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Overview

This book examines the dissatisfaction within the legal community and offers practical, real world solutions for increasing lawyers' satisfaction with their careers. Contributors, including Scott Turow and Michael Tigar, explore the gap between aspiration and experience and share the experiences that have led them to this urgent call to reinvent the practice (and business) of law. Written with insight and candor, Raise the Bar shines much-needed light on the modern law practice and offers recommendations to restore some of the age-old satisfactions from a life as a lawyer in our society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590318799
  • Publisher: American Bar Association
  • Publication date: 1/25/2008
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     vii
About the Editor     xi
Introduction     xiii
The Billable Hour     1
Our Gilded Cage   Scott Turow     3
End Billable Hour Goals...Now   Lawrence J. Fox     15
The Law Firm     31
A Pig in a Poke? The Uncertain Advantages of Very Large and Highly Leveraged Law Firms in America   Michael H. Trotter     33
Organizational Perspectives on Raising the Bar: Five Tentative Solutions   Robert L. Nelson     53
Law Firms as Great Places to Work   Dr. Scott Cawood     69
Being Honest     85
A View from Outside the Law Firms   Bruce D. Collins     87
The Death of Partnership: Can We End the Trend?   Lawrence J. Fox     103
The Work     111
A New Path to Excellence: Balanced Hours 101   Cynthia Thomas Calvert   Natalie M. Hiott-Levine     113
Solving the Legal World's Problems: A Sole Practitioner's Perspective   Roland Baggott     137
Associates and Mentoring     165
Mentoring: Alive and Well?   Louise A. LaMothe     167
There's No Turning Back: Five Practical Ways to Motivate the New Breed of Associates   CokeMorgan Stewart     183
Developing Young Lawyers   Dean Zipser     199
Serving the Wider World     215
Pro Bono: More Than a Professional Responsibility   Joanne Martin   Stephen Daniels     217
Let's Start a Ripple: Building Diversity in the Legal Profession   Kay H. Hodge     237
Should We Mandate Doing Well by Doing Good?   Lawrence J. Fox     251
The Statesman Lawyer: An Oxymoron?   Robert N. Sayler     257
Service to the Bar   Robert Grey, Jr.     265
Valediction     271
The City Upon the Hill   Michael E. Tigar     273
Index     291
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