Ten most stellar posts from LawDepartmentManagementBlog during November 2009

Wal-Mart to require outside law firms to have flextime policies – over-reaching? (Nov. 6, 2009)

In light of Wal-Mart’s request that law firms it uses must offer flextime, thoughts on the impositions by a legal department on how its law firms should operate

Evaluate firms on attributes, but also ask your attorneys to say how important those attributes are (Nov. 6, 2009)

When lawyers evaluate attributes of law firms – responsiveness, knowledge of the law, etc. –they should also rank the importance of the attributes

A neat way to keep your outside counsel guidelines current: embed online references (Nov. 8, 2009)

Insert in your outside guidelines a URL to a site where you publish updates

Costs of arbitrators as compared to costs of presenting the arbitration case (almost 1 to 4) (Nov. 8, 2009)

The transaction costs of the arbitration forum are four times more than court costs

Arguments for and against tracking internal time (Nov. 10, 2009)

Regarding tracking time, eight pros and six cons

Six personality reasons why change may be particularly difficult in legal departments (Nov. 12, 2009)

Personality obstructions to doing things differently that crop up with lawyers in legal departments.

Seven variations on rate freezes from the traditional choice of one or two years (Nov. 17, 2009)

Ways to structure rate stabilization agreements

Why set restrictions on firms if you can’t monitor or enforce them? (Nov. 18, 2009)

Ask the law firms that represent you to act primarily in ways you can observe and monitor

A suggestion about the value equation law departments and law firms are struggling over (Nov. 22, 2009)

Law departments as a group need to have standard, quantified rating systems for their lawyers to evaluate the services of their firms

Minimum loss of $14,000 every time a law firm lawyer leaves your team (Nov. 29, 2009)

Putting a dollar value on turnover in law firms that represent you

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