Legal Management Magazine

Legal Management reports on topics within ALA’s five knowledge areas: Legal Industry/Business Management; Human Resources Management; Financial Management; Communications and Organizational Management; and Operations Management.

April: On the Cover

Who’s the E-Billing Boss? Likely Your Client
As more clients dictate e-billing processes, legal organizations of all sizes will need to get acquainted with outside counsel guidelines.

Pop quiz: Who controls legal billing and case management: the law firm or the client? If you picked “the law firm,” you may be in for a surprise. That’s because more companies are looking for ways to optimize their legal spend by dictating payment terms to law firms. Clients communicate billing requirements through outside counsel guidelines (OCG), a document that defines what the law firm can or cannot bill for, how much can be billed for specific services, the experience level of attorneys working on matters and many other aspects related to quality, cost and delivery. Read more about what this means for your legal organization. 



The State of the Summer Associate Experience 
Unprecedented workplace changes affected summer associate programs nationwide last year. Find out how the industry reacted — and what this year’s efforts may look like.

For law school students, law firms’ summer associate programs essentially act as an extensive, detailed job interview — offering students real-world experience and both parties a chance to gauge if they’d be a good fit for each other. Last spring, however, as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded and offices transitioned to working remotely, a number of firms had to adjust, pause or otherwise alter their summer program. Read more.

The Role Laterals Play in Succession Planning 
Succession planning can be a touchy subject for firms, but lateral hires can be integral to making it run more smoothly.  

Lawyers can’t work at their firms forever. Though many of them would like to, at some point, they will have to retire and pass the legal torch over to someone else. To ensure the longevity and success of their firms for years to come, lawyers will need to do succession planning. As legal managers, you know these conversations can be a struggle, but one way to move the process along may be to include lateral hires as a way to bridge the transition.  Read more.



Big Ideas
Don’t Look Back — You Aren’t Going That Way 

BP Perspective
Pandemic Liability Protections Aren’t Immunity 

Marketing Matters
7 Marketing Tips During COVID-19 and Beyond

Thinking Out Cloud
For True Disaster Recovery Readiness, Think Beyond Cloud Basics



Industry News
The Role of Tech in Client Communications

Tips and Trends
Build Client Satisfaction Through Active Listening


ALA Faces
Members on the Move

What’s Happening at Headquarters

Advertising Index

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