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Ten most interesting posts (IMHO) from February’s 90+, with URLs

Fear of being seen as a “sales person” inhibits general counsel from portraying the value of their department (Feb. 1, 2010)

General counsel need to publicize the work and accomplishments of their team.

Pushing past the standby of lawyers per billion of revenue (Feb. 4 2010)

What sounds so simple – lawyers per billion of revenue – breeds definitional and operational complexity lurks.

During the past year, seven articles by this blogger, collected for you to download (Feb. 4, 2010)

Here are the posts that announced them.

Not CYA, but speed sometimes justifies calling a big brand law firm (Feb. 5, 2010)

When you need help, fast, the well-known large firms can usually leap into action.

Visual analytics (VA) and its potential (or mirage) to help legal department managers make sense of voluminous data (Feb. 10, 2010)

Software exists that could go so much farther with visual manipulation of legal department data, but it will take years to penetrate.

Commitment contracts as a way to induce lawyers to monitor budgets, alternative fees, discounts, etc. (Feb. 15, 2010)

A clever method to harness commitments and give them some bite.

Cost per hour of inside counsel interacts with lawyers as a percentage of all legal staff (Feb. 17, 2010)

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15 percent more productivity from wide-screen flat-panel monitors (at least for discovery) (Feb. 19, 2010)

Two monitors doesn’t double productivity, but as a low-cost boost, they could make a difference to a legal team.

Institutional isomorphism and legal department practices and benchmarks (Feb. 23, 2010)

“[t]he tendency of organizations in a particular sector to converge on a common way of working and set of beliefs that justify that way of working” probably applies to legal departments.

Intriguing idea based on Sabine Chalmers’: post-mortem competitions by law firms (Feb. 25, 2010)

After a major deal, ask some firms that were not involved to suggest how it could have been handled more efficiently.