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Whither the dearth of AFAs?

Despite the plethora of articles and presentations over the years, and the expressed interest (as evidenced by numerous surveys over the years) of in-house attorneys in abandoning (or, at least, reducing the prevalence of) the hourly rate, it persists.

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To delegate or not to delegate?

In order to realize the greatest value in legal service, the work should be performed at the most appropriate level by the most appropriate individual. Does this general rule require that all work be “downstreamed” or delegated to the most junior level?

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Small law departments and value

Small corporate law departments (i.e., those with no more than ten in-house attorneys) face the same challenges as their larger brethren when seeking to maximize the value of the legal service that they purchase and manage for their companies.

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The language of value

As long as law firms define a “productive” associate as one who bills more hours (the more hours, the more productive), value will remain an elusive quality at best for the clients of those firms.

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Value is not an immutable term

Value means different things to different people and, often, different things at different times or in different contexts. In litigation, cost may be the most important consideration or it may rank much lower in the priority list than, say, a quick resolution.

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