Reading Carol Bartz's Employment Contracts

Here at the DiligenceEngine Blog, we ususally restrict ourselves to discusssing (1) legal tech and efficiency and (2) what we’re up to.

Making Junior Lawyers Better Value

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog recently ran a piece on Debevoise & Plimpton and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s moves to have a significant number of their junior associates complete four weeks of business training put on by Fullbridge.

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Law Firms Being More Efficient

Law firms can increase profits by being more efficient. Sure, this is obvious for firms that bill fixed fee: lower production costs (or the less time time spent on matters) mean greater profits, all other things equal.

The End of Lawyers?

Anyone interested in the future of legal practice should read Richard Susskind’s “The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services”.


Clients are increasingly pushing back on passed-on fees for disbursements, according to an Administrative Director in an AMLaw 100 firm (who I was fortunate to speak with recently).

Automating Law

DiligenceEngine is focused on a specific problem: improving legal due diligence. But our work fits into a broader issue: making lawyers more efficient and effective.

Issues Considered in Legal Due Diligence

In line with previous posts explaining the background to what we do (make legal due diligence better, faster and cheaper), this post will focus on some of the issues considered in legal due diligence.

Low-End Work in High-End Law

The Wall Street Journal ran a piece on the expanding use of contract attorneys. For the unfamiliar, contract attorneys are lawyers hired to work on a temporary basis, frequently on document review projects as part of large litigation matters.