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The legal industry is facing the kind of pressure and undergoing the kind of consolidation that other services industries, like accounting and consulting, went through decades ago. Clients are not satisfied with the results they get when law firms do everything manually, solving problems by hurling bodies at them. Clients deserve, and now are demanding, high-quality legal services, delivered in a predictable and repeatable way and at a cost that reflects both the value delivered…
Some of you may remember the 1986 hit movie “Top Gun”, where Tom Cruise’s character, F-14 pilot Maverick, turns to his back seater, Goose, and says “I feel the need . . . the need for speed!” Having flown jet fighters myself, I know that speed often equates to whether you live or die in the air-to-air combat scenario. Having flown a desk as a lawyer now for a few years, I find that there…
For months after law school I would periodically wake up in a cold sweat, heart pounding, thinking not only that I was late for class, but that I had missed most of the semester and was about to walk into an exam completely unprepared. This fit right in with the classic dream of showing up for class in underwear.…