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Ten most intriguing posts (Nov. 2009) from Rees Morrison’s Law Department Management Blog

I picked these out of around 95 posts in November on my blog. Click on the link to read the full post.

Seven variations on rate freezes from the traditional choice of one or two years (Nov. 17, 2009)

Seven ideas, all eligible for variations and combinations.

Any logic to adjusting volume discount levels to the overall rates of a firm? (Nov. 25, 2009)

Discusses whether higher-billing rate firms should be asked for deeper discounts.

Do you know enough to know when you don’t know enough and ought to retain outside counsel? (Nov. 3, 2009)

Most of us are somewhat blind about our own weaknesses.

Wal-Mart to require outside law firms to have flextime policies – over-reaching? (Nov. 6, 2009)

An imposition by a well-meaning legal department on how its law firms should operate.

Evaluating recent posts on evaluations of law firms (Nov. 6, 2009)

Cites to and organizes 19 posts of recent vintage on law firm assessments.

Global contracting staff outnumber legal staff by two to one (CSC) – a useful metric? (Nov. 6, 2009)

A typical ratio between contract professionals and legal professionals must exist. Here is one company’s.

A neat way to keep your outside counsel guidelines current: embed online references (Nov. 8, 2009)

Use internet links to keep outside firms up to date with your guidelines.

Arguments for and against tracking internal time (Nov. 10, 2009)

Eight reasons for and six reasons against.

A framework for improved decisions (Nov. 13, 2009)

Four basic steps that will help in-house counsel grapple with significant decisions.

Minimum loss of $14,000 every time a law firm lawyer leaves your team (Nov. 29, 2009)

Turnover in your core team at a firm costs in several ways.