Friday, April 11, 2008
May 1 Conference in Chicago on the Business of Legal Practice: Death to Billables? Cynicism in Business Advising?
Posted by Alan Childress
I posted this announcement two weeks ago on a symposium by DePaul's law school, to be held on May Day in Chicago, about the ethics of the business of practicing law. One of the hot topics is on the issue of billable hours. Here is another blog post about it, from an interested party planning to go. The post is by our own blogeague Nancy Rapoport, on her own blog.
Nancy has also posted a thoughtful post on what a law school ideally wants in a faculty. See it at Madisonian.net here, and the reaction to it by Michael Froomkin at Miami here. Froomkin gives her post "the biggest cheer" among Madisonian's mobblog on legal education. Every law teacher should read it.
Finally, Nancy references, recommends, and links an excellent post on business ethics from our own Jeff Lipshaw, posted over at Concurring Opinions, entitled Realism and Idealism in Business Ethics: A Post-Bear Reflection. Jeff fights the notion that the accurate message to law students about corporate legal advising is cynical, that "the corporate world is corrupting and essentially random and beyond your control, and there's not a whole lot you can do about it, except hope that your figurative airplane doesn't crash."