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May 2009

Twittering the Blow by Blow of Courtroom Action Is the Latest Onslaught by Technology on the Court System

A hardy thank you to Robert J. Ambrogi over at Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites for posting the following article on Facebook titled “Judge Shuts Down NewWest.Net Twitter Feed from Yellowstone Club Trial” by Courtney Lowery.  Federal Bankruptcy Judge Ralph B. Kircher shut down the use of Twitter in his courtroom.

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Ronald J. Baker Continues His Push to Kill the Billable Hour

For those of you who don’t know, Ronald J. Baker is one of the foremost advocates for alternative billing and killing the billable hour.  He started his accounting career with KPMG in San Francisco.  Today, he is the founder of VeraSage Institute, a think tank dedicated to teaching value pricing to professionals around the world.

If you haven’t checked it out, he was interviewed on blogtalkradio recently about his mission to kill the billable hour.

CCM Conference: "How to Set Alternative Fees for Max Profits and Increase Client Satisfaction"

I will be a presenter for the Center for Competitive Management with regard to setting alternative fees, along with my co-faculty member, Pamela H. Woldrow, Principal, Altman Weil, Inc., on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  Here is the link to sign up for the Conference if you are interested, as well as the points which will be covered:

   *  Pros and cons of alternative fees
    * Best practices for setting fees
    * What value billing is and how it can affect your bottom line
    * How and why to include pricing in firm marketing
    * How clients are driving new fee setting standards

By the end this session, you’ll also know more about:

    * Hourly billing – why it’s under the gun
    * Value billing
    * Flat fees
    * Ethical considerations
    * Best timing and methods for raising fees