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Ten most interesting posts of October 2011 on this blog

A portent of the future: apps on tablet computers for in-house lawyers, supported by SAP and Tata Consulting (Oct. 10, 2011)

Two big players and the advent of tablets and apps for law departments.

Sumptuary laws in 14th century Florence and their echoes in outside counsel guidelines on disbursements (Oct. 14, 2011)

Tracing the idea of clamping down on excessive spending back to 1330 in Florence

Pros (mostly) and cons (a few) of an IT Committee in a law department (Oct. 16, 2011)

Sometimes standing committees in law departments, other times set up for specific task, there are reasons in support of technology committees and reasons against.

Knowledge management efforts falter since they are perceived as a tax on a lawyer’s personal “income” (Oct. 17, 2011)

“Lawyers don’t want to contribute their ‘intellectual property’ to the common good.”

A clue that “globalization” hasn’t the burdensome effect on law departments often claimed (Oct. 18, 2011)

If law firms’ didn’t fare so well who they set up camp all over the world, doesn’t it suggest that law departments were not demanding cross-border legal services.

Ineptitude, forgetting a step, assails in-house lawyers, maybe more than inability or ignorance – use checklists! (Oct. 25, 2011)

If professional errors stem more from forgetfulness than inability or ignorance, checklists have a “forcing function” that pushes uses to follow the minimum steps in a process.

Just what is the total spend by legal departments, in the United States or globally? (Oct. 28, 2011)

This number eludes capture.

The allure of what psychologists call cognitive fluency: too simple explanations for a much more complex world (Oct. 29, 2011)

Cognitive fluency is “the tendency to hold on to things that are simple to understand and remember.”

Costs of financial printers, proxy, and directors should not be included in the law department’s budget? (Oct. 29, 2011)

Thoughts on whether a general counsel’s budget should not include expenses that a company would have to pay even if there were no law department at all.

Data, and thoughts, on allocation of work between inside and outside counsel (Oct. 30, 2011)

What are the considerations or bases for in-house counsel coming up with some estimate of the allocation of legal services?

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