Some time back I wrote an article [click to view PDF] Download when_law_departments_auction.pdf about various kinds of auctions that law departments might conduct. That article extended my thinking as expressed in several posts to that date (See my post of May 21, 2007 and 7 references cited.).
Since the article came out, only one other item on this blog has returned to the topic of auctions used by law departments to select law firms (See my post of Jan. 14, 2008: competitive bids and market cost.). Since I have continued to read just as widely, the drop-off in citations confirms my earlier view that it is the rare situation where an electronic auction makes sense for obtaining legal services.