At a conference, it is easy to daydream, lose yourself with your iPhone, edit a memorandum, and generally miss what the panelists say. Or, you can focus on extracting from even the dullest presentation nuggets that inspire you about law department management.
Well, I can at least.
The InsideCounsel SuperConference in May proved to be a fertile source of ideas for me. Even though able to attend only some of the many, many sessions, I wrote 17 posts. Many have to do with outside counsel management (See my post of May 26, 2010: liability of general counsel if the fail to pursue alternative fee arrangements; May 28, 2010: why companies do not track spending data; May 31, 2010: assessments of a department by the firms it retains; June 1, 2010: boundary conditions for alternative fee arrangements; June 2, 2010: $340 as a median hourly rate for outside counsel; June 3, 2010: standard hourly rate is a myth; and July 14, 2010: approval required by junior lawyers to retain counsel.).
Other posts from the SuperConference covered a range of topics (See my post of June 1, 2010: three contract management packages; June 10, 2010: crises, curves, and counselors; June 10, 2010: GC as advocate for department; June 18, 2010 #1: free book on e-discovery from EMC; July 7, 2010: software and service to format policies; July 15, 2010: difference between POs and contracts; July 15, 2010: value from merely a description of spend; July 15, 2010: structure of Motorola’s legal department; Aug. 25, 2010: trademarks, newsletters, and business plans; and Aug. 25, 2010: talent management techniques.).