21st Century Armageddon

By now the news is well and long since out (WSJ Law Blog, AboveTheLaw) that Howrey has decided to fundamentally change the nature of the first and second year associate experience, by focusing on training and an apprenticenship model in exchange for a substantial cut...

An International Perspective (And a Guest Column)

Today we have an extremely unusual–for Adam Smith, Esq.–guest column.  Indeed, if memory serves, this is only the third column in the history of this site (5 years, nearly 1,000 columns) not written by me.   Leigh Dance is today’s...

In Search of Execution (And, Happy Thanksgiving)

Twenty-six years ago Tom Peters and Robert Waterman published In Search of Excellence, and to some extent the genre of writing for business managers hasn’t been the same since.  If for no other reason, it’s worth taking a moment to revisit...

What’s Your Time Horizon?

Time to take stock.  This dratted credit crunch has now celebrated, if that’s the word, its first birthday, and there is no clarity about when it may end.  What’s a law firm to do? If you believe McKinsey, and if you believe that where investment...

A Conversation with Jay Zimmerman

I recently had the chance to sit down with Jay Zimmerman, Chairman of Bingham, to discuss the changes he’s seen over his career, and to talk about the future of the legal industry and Bingham. Herewith a synopsis. Jay (Harvard, Harvard Law) started his career in...

How High Quality Are Your Lawyers? (How Can You Tell?)

This is a column about wringing our hands. Our first text, from the Old Testament conventional debate, stems from today’s WSJ story on "Axiom Legal," headlined Newcomer Law Firms Are Creating Niches with Blue-Chip Clients, discussing the business model...
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