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Current and Historical Blawg Rankings
What is the measure of a blawg? Well, one is metrics, and the folks at Justia are using metrics derived from their blawg and podcast search tools to rank the most popular law blogs currently and historically. As Justia CEO Tim Stanley announces here, Justia has added historical snapshots of the most popular blawgs on a monthly basis dating back to its launch of BlawgSearch in October 2006. For each month, Justia lists the 200 most popular blawgs overall, as well as the top 20 blawgs in various categories. Justia ranks blawgs based on the number of visits or podcast plays the blawg receives from the BlawgSearch.com and Blawgs.FM sites. Stanley says that protections are in place to guard against rankings click fraud. He explains:
The rankings reveal the most consistently popular blog to be Above the Law, which is at or near the top of the list nearly every day, Stanley says.
Pushback on Rising Lawyer Fees
Have legal fees and associate salaries reached the tipping point where client pushback will force fees (and potentially salaries) back down? If the postings from this past week in the blogosphere are any indication, I'd say that law firms may need to make some modifications to their pricing structure if they want to keep clients happy.
This post from the WSJ Law Blog cites an April survey by legal consulting group Altman Weil that found that GCs aren't too happy about associate salary increases -- which will put more pressure on associates to bill hours to justify the increases. According to the posts, some in-house counsel are restricting firms from using first- and second-year associates on client matters. And other firms have already insulated themselves from the fee increase by using smaller, lower-cost firms.
Next, there's this article, Ex BigLaw Associate, Now Fortune 500 GC Calls Pay Surge Ridiculous (NY Lawyer 5/23/07), which profiles John Chou, GC of Amerisource. Chou criticizes associate salaries as "ridiculous" and notes that his company has started looking for other representation because of fee increases by its existing firms.
Finally, Larry Bodine writes here that large and small firms are abandoning the billable-hour method to attract new business. And as clients grow increasingly disatisfied with increasing rates, perhaps firms will turn to alternative billing to retain existing clients.
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