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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts, Technology
Just today, in reviewing materials preparatory to moving my office after 25 years at one location, I reviewed the June 6, 1983 issue of Time magazine. Two articles were of particular significance. One was the cover article about “…stress, seeking cures for modern anxieties…” The other was about education, “…have degree, will travel.” “The class [&hellip… Continue Reading

Value of Human Assets vs. Value of Capital Assets

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts, Technology, Uncategorized
John Claassen, in a “guest column” in the February 4, 2015 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal entitled “PROTECT THE VALUE OF HUMAN ASSETS,” quoted Bill Gates’ opposition to increasing the federal minimum wage as follows: “If you raise the minimum wage, you are encouraging labor substitution, and you’re going to go buy machinery [&hellip… Continue Reading

Service is still the name of the game

Posted in In The News, Management, Marketing, Personal Thoughts, Services, Technology
A New York consulting firm recently conducted a survey and found that eight of the top 10 companies that no longer provided extraordinary support for their products and services for technology companies. Companies like Samsung, Apple and others apparently are appealing to a younger audience that is not accustomed to having handholding as an element [&hellip… Continue Reading

Another swing for the politicos

Posted in In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts
A member of the California State Legislature announced that he will ask for “…a financial and operational audit…” of the State Bar. In his press statement, the Assemblyman said he wants the State Auditor “…to investigate, study, analyze, and assess the financial practices and the performance” of the bar. The politician said “… “(m)andatory bar [&hellip… Continue Reading

Purchasing a Lamborghini is easier than purchasing a house

Posted in Management, Marketing, Personal Thoughts, Services
Achieving success in business—including, of course, the business of law—is an art. The artist (lawyer) must create a scene on a canvas (atmosphere) that draws in clients, making clients want to immerse themselves in that canvas. Last night, I was talking with a friend and venting about the paperwork requiring signatures in order for us [&hellip… Continue Reading

The Glass Must Be Half Empty

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
Those who are worried about there being too many lawyers may have their wish come true.  The reports (LA Times, Dec 8) are that, for the first time in nearly a decade, the pass rate of the bar examination is less than 50%.  And, there are fewer candidates.  And law school enrollment is declining.  This [&hellip… Continue Reading

You know what “… hits the fan”

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
When an organization is arrogant and ignores the best interests of its members or customers, there will be no support for the organization in challenging times. The State Bar of California finds itself, once again, in a time of challenge with little support from its members, the attorneys of the state pay dues to keep [&hellip… Continue Reading

The Law Suffers and Benefits as Do Other Economic Endeavors

Posted in In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts
Jeffrey Toobin, legal writer for the New Yorker Magazine, notes the following in this week’s edition: “… As with law firms, the top law schools are doing fine. Graduates of the most highly regarded institutions may not have the cornucopia of options that their predecessors enjoyed a few years ago, but few, if any, will [&hellip… Continue Reading

Bring Your Best Game!

Posted in Personal Thoughts
A day of college football upsets … and UCLA was no exception …. My wife and I were guests on the field before the game.   As in football, lawyers must bring their best game to court and to the office every day if they want to succeed and satisfy client needs …… Continue Reading

In with the new, out with the old

Posted in In The News, Marketing, Personal Thoughts
When I first heard the news, I was surprised that Baker Hostleter accepted the assignment from the Republican Party to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping the boundaries of Executive Power. Why? The first reason that came to mind was that such a high profile assignment would identify them as a Republican oriented law firm. [&hellip… Continue Reading

The police are never wrong!

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
Perhaps, if we want to stay safe, we should listen to the advice of a police officer who said “… just do what I tell you to do.” In a recent  OpEd piece, Erwin Chemerinsky, noted legal scholar and Dean of the University of California, Irvine Law School, suggests that the police are, with rare [&hellip… Continue Reading

Is the Bar Prosecutor Alleging Murder When Only Manslaughter Is Appropriate?

Posted in Articles, In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts, Uncategorized
“The state bar is overcharging its cases.” Thus started the commentary by Carol M Langford, in the newspaper, The Recorder, in San Francisco. Langford is a defense counsel and former chair of the State Bar’s Law Practice Management and Technology Section. She quotes the California Supreme Court to the effect that “bar matters are ‘quasi [&hellip… Continue Reading

Kill Switch – A Threat to Democracy?

Posted in Personal Thoughts, Technology
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last month that requires all smartphones sold in California to include a  “kill switch.” The purpose of this bill is to enable an owner who loses  his/her smart phone to, remotely, make a smartphone worthless to a thief.  By flipping a switch remotely, the owner of the phone can [&hellip… Continue Reading

Happy Labor Day

Posted in Personal Thoughts
During the Labor Day holiday, we spent some time traveling to several “food spots” in Los Angeles that were highlighted by the food editor of the Los Angeles Times.  One of them was Bulgarini Gelato, maker of one of the best gelato delights we have had; another was The Oinkster, serving pulled pork as good [&hellip… Continue Reading

A global market reacts

Posted in In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts
As we begin to look at how the profession will change in 2015 and beyond, we must look at the Australian market. Here, large accounting firms are  adding major law practice components to their stable of professionals. In at least two instances, more than 100 lawyers were engaged by accounting firms. Multi-disciplinary connections are back [&hellip… Continue Reading