Raise the Bar: Real World Solutions for a Troubled Profession

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American Bar Association, 2007 - Law - 299 pages
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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Contents

Our Gilded Cage By Scott Turow
3
End Billable Hour Goals Now By 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 By Michael H Trotter
33
Organizational Perspectives on Raising the Bar Five Tentative Solutions By Robert L Nelson
53
Law Firms as Great Places to Work By Dr Scott Cawood
69
Being Honest
85
A View from Outside the Law Firms By Bruce D Collins
87
Mentoring Alive and Well? By Louise A LaMothe
167
Theres No Turning Back Five Practical Ways to Motivate the New Breed of Associates By Coke Morgan Stewart
183
Developing Young Lawyers By Dean Zipser
199
Serving the Wider World
215
Pro Bono More Than a Professional Responsibility
217
Lets Start a Ripple Building Diversity in the Legal Profession By Kay H Hodge
237
Should We Mandate Doing Well by Doing Good? By Lawrence J Fox
251
The Statesman Lawyer An Oxymoron? By Robert N Sayler
257

The Death of Partnership Can We End the Trend? By Lawrence J Fox
103
The Work
111
A New Path to Excellence Balanced Hours 101 By Cynthia Thomas Calvert and Natalie M HiottLevine
113
Solving the Legal Worlds Problems A Sole Practitioners Perspective By Roland Baggott
137
Associates and Mentoring
165
Service to the Bar By Robert Grey Jr
265
Valediction
271
The City Upon the Hill By Michael E Tiger
273
Index
291
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