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The First Great Myth Of Legal Management Is That It Exists

I reject Weserman’s main title.  Corporate counsel make decisions every hour that change how the law department operates – they manage.  Those decisions range from asinine to sublime, because of their consequences to quality, productivity, cost, client satisfaction, and personnel. A few lawyers make progressive, defensible management decisions most of the time; many make good decisions some of the time; some have tin ears for the tunes of good management.

Managing legal departments is not herding cats.  It is not an oxymoron.  Managing a law department is a set of skills, values, perspectives, and intuitions that most people can improve, understand and apply with at least a modicum of skill.

Ed Weserman’s title, catchy and ironic to be sure, irritates me. Described in a book review as having “vast experience consulting to diverse law practices,” Weserman’s new book announces in its (self-contradictory) sub-title that it takes on “tough issues for law firm managing partners and administrators.” []

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