I read recently that solid thinkers should never ignore the obvious. In that vein, here is an obvious observation about governance in law departments as it is affected by the size of the department.
The smaller the law department, the more voice every lawyer has. Conversely, the bigger the department, the harder it is for lawyers to feel engaged, part of the whole function, and collegial with the entire group. Peter Leeson, The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates (Princeton Univ. 2009) at 74, prompted this observation as he discusses “decision-making costs.”