Posts By: Jordan Furlong

CLE’s steep learning curve

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@LTNY online networking panel. This is not what I expected. Must either leave/kill self soon as possible. Haven’t we all been there at one time or another? Stuck in a presentation that we devoutly wished we’d never signed up (or been obliged) to attend? Up till now, all we could do was suffer in silence… Read more »

What the recession will bring

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Clients, Recession.

My newest Law21 column is up at Slaw. Click the link to go read it, and then take some time to peruse all of Slaw’s other great posts and conversations at what Dennis Kennedy calls the best law blog in the business. As always, I’ll also post the article here. “Are we looking at a… Read more »

Staff cuts and short-term thinking

Posted by & filed under Management, Recession, Research.

That sound you hear is the rapidly accelerating crash of dominoes. The mainstream legal media is tracking, body blow by body blow, the shocking personnel reductions taking place at law firms throughout the US and UK. One after another, firms are laying off employees, and it seems each firm’s announcement gives three others the confidence… Read more »

The crossed purposes of legal education

Posted by & filed under Law School.

One of the signs that change is underway in the legal profession is that elephants in the room are becoming easier to talk about. One such pachyderm is growing increasingly obvious in legal education: the disconnect between what prospective law students imagine about the profession and what they eventually find when entering the legal workforce…. Read more »

Avalanche alert

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Finance, Recession, Talent.

“[F]irms still have too many lawyers,” says the Chicago Tribune in the course of a rather grim 2009 forecast for American law firms. That might not be a problem for too much longer, because we’re about due for another round of bloodletting. But the next stage of the inexorable rationalization of the private bar won’t… Read more »

Deconstructing prestige

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Marketing.

I’m currently taking part in an intriguing conversation at Legal OnRamp about the reasons why GCs hire prestigious, big-name law firms. A recurring theme in the discussion is that in-house lawyers often default to using big, well-known (and often highly inefficient) firms because of the protection these firms’ prestige affords to corporate counsel. Just as… Read more »

Renovating or tearing down?

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Billing, Innovation.

I grew up in a small city of about 80,000 and went to law school in a similarly sized town, so my first experience of a major metropolitan center was when I began working in downtown Toronto. I remember being a little overwhelmed by the massive bank towers in the financial district — not a… Read more »

India: Beyond legal process outsourcing

Posted by & filed under Globalization, Outsourcing.

The symmetry was remarkable. Magic Circle icon Clifford Chance caused major waves in the mainstream legal media this week by announcing plans to cut up to 80 lawyers from its flagship London office, about 10% of the legal professionals there. The move, following layoff notices issued to 20 litigation associates in CC’s New York office… Read more »

Law21 honoured with CLawBies

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I don’t have any other words for it — I’m honoured and humbled that Law21 received the Best Canadian Law Blog Award, and tied (with David Bilinsky’s marvellous Thoughtful Legal Management) for the Practice Management Award, in the 2008 edition of Steve Matthews‘ CLawBie Awards for Canadian legal blogging. It’s just a huge compliment when… Read more »

Regeneration

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Thacher Proffitt & Wood, a 160-year-old US law firm established the same year The Communist Manifesto was published, the Second French Republic was founded and Wyatt Earp was born, will close its doors tomorrow. Following failed merger talks with Spalding & King, Thacher Proffitt arranged for 100 of its lawyers, including its managing partner, to… Read more »

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