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Surveys of law departments written about on this blog during 2007

Surveys of law departments go on all the time (See my post of Oct, 17, 2005 on the plethora of law-department surveys.), and I implore readers to send word of any to me. I warmly embrace every survey of law departments that I can lay my hands on (See my posts of Oct. 10, 2005: 10 surveys cited in 2005; June 27, 2006: collects 9 surveys by interested parties; and Aug. 5, 2007: suggests several more.).

What I hadn’t realized was how common surveys of law departments are. Metrics buff that I am, I laboriously looked at the 1,000 posts I published in 2007 and looked for ones that drew from a multi-department survey. I have listed them below in chronological order by quarter: an astonishing 72!.

The first quarter started with 18 posts (See my posts of Feb. 11, 2007: ACC’s Seventh Annual Chief Legal Officer Survey on pro bono; Feb. 11, 2007 [four posts]: ACC’s Seventh Annual Chief Legal Officer Survey; Feb. 16, 2007: American Lawyer survey of law firms on markups of contract attorneys; Feb. 18, 2007: Corp. Secretary: corporate responsibility officers; Feb. 19, 2007: Altman Weil/LexisNexis Martindale-Hubble time needed to find outside counsel; Feb. 19, 2007: ACC’s Seventh Annual Chief Legal Officer Survey on firing law firms; March 7, 2007 [Brad Blickstein]: In-house Tech survey; March 9, 2007: International Paralegal Managers Association on billable hours; March 13, 2007: on procurement; March 17, 2007: Legal Week and UK firings of firms; March 26, 2007: InsideCounsel on hiring preferences [four posts]; and March 31, 2007: LexisNexis Martindale-Hubble/Altman Weil on obstacles to alignment with clients.).

During the second quarter of 2007, there were another 21 posts (See my posts of April 8, 2007: InsideCounsel on small firms’ receptivity to alternative fees [two posts]; April 13, 2007: 2006 ACC/Serengeti Managing Outside Counsel Survey on savings from matter management systems; April 13, 2007: Law Dept. Quarterly on quality management initiatives; April 15, 2007: Lloyds on collective action on legal fees; April 23, 2007: LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell on law departments in Europe; April 27, 2007: Edge Legal Marketing on attendees of LegalTech NY; May 4, 2007: BTI on prestige of firms hired; May 11, 2007: 2006 ACC/Serengeti Managing Outside Counsel Survey regarding inexperienced law-firm associates; May 23, 2007: Juristes Associes on French law departments and education; May 23, 2007: law firm reputations; May 24, 2007: Canadian Corporate Counsel Association on hours worked per week; May 26, 2007 [two posts] and May 27, 2007: Canadian Corporate Counsel Association on cost control; May 27, 2007: American Arbitration Association; May 4, 2007: PriceWaterhouseCoopers on international arbitration; May 9, 2007: 2006 ACC/Serengeti Managing Outside Counsel Survey on low numbers of RFP responses; June 18, 2007 on a consultant’s headlines about law departments “firing” law firms; June 16, 2007 [Brad Blickstein]: LexisNexis survey on early case assessment; and June 20, 2007: ALM on preferred counsel overseas.).

In the third quarter, 10 more surveys provided material (See my posts of July 2, 2007: GCR Outside Counsel Management Survey [three posts]; 10, 2007: Legal Week on professional development training; July 17, 2007: InsideCounsel about Different views on cost efforts of law firms; July 19, 2007 [two posts]: InsideCounsel on creativity by law firms; July 27, 2007: InsideCounsel on bill padding; July 29, 2007: InsideCounsel on minor factors in selecting outside counsel; Aug. 5, 2007: ALM and selection of international outside counsel;

The year closed with 23 survey-based posts (See my posts of Oct. 25, 2007: 2006 ACC/Serengeti Managing Outside Counsel Survey on discounts for early payments of bills; Oct. 26, 2007, 29, Oct. 31, and Dec. 6, 2007: Fulbright & Jaworski’s Fourth Annual Litigation Trends Survey on discovery costs; Nov. 10, 2007: Corporate Board Magazine and FTI Consulting on compliance [five posts]; Nov. 6, 2007 #2: ACC and Empsight with compensation data; Nov. 6, 2007: Hildebrandt on long-term compensation; Nov. 11, 2007: Commerce & Industry (C&I) and BDO Stoy Hayward on value delivered for law firm fees; Nov. 11, 2007: C&I about strengths of the hourly billing model; Nov. 24, 2007: C&I on fixed fees and commitments by law departments; Nov. 28, 30, and Dec. 2, 2007: the Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard (LEDES) Oversight Committee on e-billing; Dec. 5, 2007 – two posts: Hildebrandt and little change in basic metrics; Nov. 27, 2007: CMS Cameron McKenna on four cost-control methods; Dec. 12, 2007: Lovells and reporting lines of European GCs; and Dec. 19, 2007: Altman Weil about prohibitions of some associates from working on matters.).

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