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About Law & Reorder: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance
How and where legal work gets done is changing like never before. Clients are demanding more value and predictability. Firms are re-evaluating their business models, including the billable hour structure. Baby Boomers are changing the way retirement is done and a new generation of lawyers is demanding more flexibility. The need for change has become clear. Employers need to revamp their traditional models or invent new ones. Lawyers and law students must take charge of their careers and become entrepreneurs.
This ground-breaking and timely book will inspire you to effect changes in your own work methods and those of your employer. It will provide you with the foundation, insights and strategies you need to redesign the legal workplace, re-align the interests of lawyers, clients and legal employers, hone your individual skills as a lawyer, and embrace a more hospitable, productive and profitable environment.
Law & Reorder is two books in one. Part I focuses on the needs of legal employers, providing solutions for the changes facing the legal industry. These include the threat to the billable hour, the rise of new models of practice, the morphing of large law firms, the development of talent management strategies, and the creation of work/life and women-friendly employers. Part II is directed to lawyers and law students and provides a roadmap for how to navigate today's -- and tomorrow's -- changing legal environment. Law & Reorder provides essential understanding of the new legal world of productivity, work/life balance, transition, leadership, mentoring, promotion, compensation, and networking.
11/1/10 4-minute video excerpt of Law & Reorder book launch with Lisa Belkin of The New York Times
What Others Are Saying...
"Debbie has been a path-breaker, and this wonderful book is, like Debbie, path-breaking. . . . I unhesitatingly recommend it -- to law students, lawyers and leaders in the profession." --Brackett B. Denniston, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, General Electric Co.
" . . . Combining meticulous research with insights developed over years spent in the trenches, Debbie offers the reader proven strategies that will lead to improvements in the development, promotion, and retention of attorneys -- women and men. Law & Reorder is a must-read for law firm leaders." --Walfrido Martinez, Managing Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP
"Dinosaurs running law firms and legal departments had best read Law & Reorder, and quickly. Debbie expertly surveys the creative alternatives to traditional law firm billing, hiring and retention policies that will eventually put some firms -- and the legal departments that use them -- at a competitive advantage. . . ." --Randal S. Milch, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Verizon Communications Inc.
"This excellent book . . . comprehensively addresses the many unique challenges that continue to confront women lawyers, and it sets forth a number of concrete ideas and suggestions as to how law firms can help their women lawyers advance and, equally important, maintain a work/life balance. . . ." --Roberta D. Liebenberg, Chair, American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession
" . . . I recommend Law & Reorder for those who want to thrive through change rather than be left behind by it." --Michael E. Nannes, Chairman, Dickstein Shapiro LLP
"Study after study shows that flexibility in the workplace correlates with sustained attorney retention. Kudos to Debbie for writing such a compelling case for the use of flexible schedules in the legal industry." --Jeffrey Gearhart, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, & Corporate Secretary, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
"Law & Reorder is a must-read for anyone who wants a clear-eyed view of the future of the legal profession. . . . Its thoughtful analysis and creative suggestions for the future will change for the better how we think and what we do." --JoAnne A. Epps, Dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law
" . . . As a managing partner and a mother, I applaud this important work." --Marianne D. Short, Managing Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
"Empowering and clarifying, Law & Reorder is a real manual for navigating the disorienting change that's seizing this industry." --Mark Harris, CEO & Founder, Axiom
"Debbie asks tough questions and provides smart answers. Law & Reorder is a must read for lawyers and their employers seeking to redesign career paths to better align work and life." --Sylvia Ann Hewlett, President, Center for Work-Life Policy
"For lawyers -- just as for everyone else -- work is crucial to happiness, and happiness is crucial to work. Law & Reorder is packed with practical, creative ideas for anyone striving to make the demanding lives of lawyers more satisfying, productive and profitable -- all at the same time." --Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project; Former law clerk, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
" . . . Law & Reorder is a unique "hornbook" for law firm management in the 21st century." --Ralph Baxter, Chairman & CEO, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP