Title
03 Winter tpl.qxd
By
CraneL
Description
he billable hour, long one of the principal measures by which lawyers are compensaate by their clients, is under siege once again. The chief criticism of hourly billing traditionally has been that it is a disincentiiv to practice efficiently.1 When lawyers bill by the hour, critics contend, slow, inefficient attorneey are rewarded, while knowledgeable attorneys and those who seek to achieve efficiency through technology are penalized. Furthermore, hourly billing encourages over-lawyering; if...

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