Blind! Drunk! Justice!

Welcome to the pilot episode of America’s newest and greatest legal news, gossip, and commentary podcast, Blind Drunk Justice, starring The Namby Pamby and yours truly.

Blind Drunk Justice – Test Show

This week (well, technically last Thursday) we discuss whether young lawyers are useless, the best value law schools, ABA plans to accredit foreign law schools, the greatest fictional lawyers (snubbed by the ABA Journal), and the boilerplate crap you put in client e-mails.

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10 Responses to “Blind! Drunk! Justice!”

  1. wlmingtonwave Says:

    Does management consulting extend to the legal profession? I was browsing around and found a few more niche firms that dabbled in law firms, but you all probably are more familiar with this. I would think with the days of corporate excess behind us (well, compared to the late 80s/90s) big law firms would be under much more scrutiny regarding their billing. Granted, I have no idea how much money a company is allocating towards legal expenses in their budget.

    Your question got me thinking and looking at my e-mails I just use “I hope this finds you well.” Although when dealing with recruiters and HR people I have taken to using the first line to bluntly tell them why I the other job applicants are mere mortals compared to me. As you might expect, this strategy has not worked as well as I would have liked.

    Actually one show I watch has a character (who in his role as a sometimes-lawyer is great) who went to the University of Phoenix (the online one). White Collar, 9 pm i think, on USA/Hulu.

  2. wlmingtonwave Says:

    Also, something I do sometimes is throw something personal in the first line. Like if I we had also talked about something like what we were reading, I’ll throw in “I hope this finds you well (and with XYZ read–the sequel is also fantastic).” I think if you take an interest in the other person, your interactions (e-mails included) will not be taken insincerely, because you are being genuine.

  3. Debbie Says:

    You guys are very hard up and would probabley be happier if you had steady girlfriends.

  4. bl1y Says:

    Wave: I’m sure some firms must hire consultants, but I believe it’s far more common for them to use consultants for PR issues, not for internal management. For one, there are ethics guidelines that might come into play if a non-attorney gets too much of a role in the management process (the worry being that a non-attorney manager will be telling attorneys how to handle cases).

    But, I think more importantly it’s a culture issue. If you’ve worked 20 years to finally make it to equity partner, you’re not going to hire some schmuck to come in and tell you how to handle your case management. You’re going to do it in the same ineffective way in which you were trained to work.

    Besides, a consultant might find a more cost effective way for you to work for your clients, and that’s going to bring down your billable hours. You don’t want to risk that.

    If I was a big business, I’d have an in-house counsel basically work as a “case manager” when I hired a firm for a major project. Tell the firm I want my case manager to work out of the firm’s office to facilitate communication, explain technical portions of contracts to junior associates, blah blah blah. Secretly, this guy is monitoring how the work is being managed to make sure we’re not getting screwed on the bill.

    Debbie: Ain’t that the fuckin’ truth.

  5. thenambypamby Says:

    I think Debbie wins the award for most accurate statement

  6. Shark Says:

    I would like to see if Debbie would like to be our steady girlfriend. She had better be pretty supple downstairs to handle me.

  7. Laura G Says:

    You are gross, Shark. And you probably don’t even have a wiener big enough to see without a microscope. I don’t think a woman would loose her virginity if you penetrated her. Looser!

  8. bl1y Says:

    Microscope? You need a periscope to see mine. Yeah…yeah, think about that.

  9. Chris Says:

    This was hilarious and awesome. Then again I’m biased because I only read you, namby, bitterlawyer and ATL when it comes to law.

    Still, this is an excellent show and I look forward to the next episode!

  10. bl1y Says:

    Chris, that’s the most intelligent thing I’ve heard all day.

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