Scarceness of “new or noteworthy initiatives implemented by your outside firms”

One of the questions in ACC’s Seventh Annual Chief Legal Officer Survey at 4, asked the 848 respondents to describe “any new or noteworthy initiatives implemented by your outside firms to improve the relationship with your law department.” The initiative checked most frequently was “Seminars/Training/CLE Sessions” at 21 percent of those who responded.

The notable aspect was that of 848 people who responded to the survey as a whole, 747 of them skipped this question. Sixteen different initiatives were listed by at least one person, but almost nine out of ten respondents had nothing to report! Same old same old, I guess, with nothing innovative done by their law firms, nothing that stood out. I hope that was false modesty or poor memory, not the utter absence of law-firm creativity or improvements.

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