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Clint James

To be honest, I think law schools really need to be teaching courses in firm management. As an undergrad who has worked through high school and through college for lawyers I have seen some pretty abhorrent practices when it comes to the treatment of staff and how some lawyers run their firms. Whether it be management by memo or out and out telling someone to not socialize with a former member of the firm on their own time, some of the best lawyers just don't get it when it comes to running the personal and personnel side of a business.

Gary Zeiss

Fascinating concept - teaching manners and social skills to attorneys. My last law firm job (and in many ways, I mean last) even had "firm values" that included treating people with respect. Too bad that the partner that I worked for, however briefly, didn't bother to read them - nor did firm management bother to tell him to read them.

I'm sure this is true at other firms, where management committees hire consultants to come up with "firm values." These are put on the firms intranet and touted to prospective hires. Those of us (and I include myself) fool enough to believe them are quickly disabused of that notion - as partners, particularly rainmakers, find themselves "above the law."

Thank heavens for the third wave!

Gary.

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