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Books for Lawyers

Anonymous Lawyer: A Novel
by Jeremy Blachman

Beyond the Bottom Line: The Search for Dignity at Work
by Paula M. Rayman

Billing Innovations: New Win-Win Ways to End Hourly Billing
by Richard C. Reed

Boo to Billable Hours: A Lawyer's Guide to Better Billing
by John Derrick

Burying the Billable Hour
by Ronald J. Baker

The Destruction of Young Lawyers: Beyond One L
by Douglas Litowitz

Double Billing: A Young Lawyer's Tale of Greed, Sex, Lies, and the Pursuit of a Swivel Chair
by Cameron Stracher

Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law
by Lauren Stiller Rikleen

The Firm of the Future: A Guide for Accountants, Lawyers, and Other Professional Services
by Paul Dunn and Ronald J. Baker

Full Disclosure: The New Lawyer's Must Read Career Guide
by Christen Civiletto Carey, Esq.

Fundamentals of Law Office Management (West Legal Studies Series)
by Pamela Everett-Nollkamper

Gender on Trial: Sexual Stereotypes and Work/Life Balance in the Legal Workplace
by Holly English

The Handbook of Law Firm Mismanagement for the 21st Century
by Arnold B. Kanter

The Happy Lawyer: How to Gain More Satisfaction, Suffer Less Stress, and Enjoy Higher Earnings in Your Law Practice
by Larry Schreiter

How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds
by Jean Stefancic, Richard Delgado

In the Interests of Justice: Reforming the Legal Profession
by Deborah L. Rhode

Inside Outside: How Businesses Buy Legal Services
by Larry Smith

Judging Bertha Wilson: Law As Large As Life (Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History)
by Ellen Anderson

Knowledge Management and the Smarter Lawyer
by Greta Rusanow

The Law Firm and the Public Good
by Robert A. Katzmann

Law School Confidential (Revised Edition): A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students
by Robert H. Miller

The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work: Taking the Stress Out of Success
by George W. Kaufman

Lawyer's Lives Out of Control: A Quality of Life Handbook
by Gerald Levan

Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Delmar Paralegal Series)
by Jonathan S. Lynton, Terri Lyndall

Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practices, Second Edition
by Patricia W. Iyer

Lives of Lawyers: Journeys in the Organizations of Practice (Law, Meaning, and Violence)
by Michael J. Kelly

Managing People in Today's Law Firm: The Human Resources Approach to Surviving Change
by Ellen Weisbord

Overcoming the 6-Minute Life
by Bentley J Tolk

Pricing on Purpose: Creating and Capturing Value
by Ronald J. Baker

Proceed With Caution: A Diary of the First Year At One Of America's Largest, Most Prestigious Law Firms
by William R. Keates

Professional's Guide To Value Pricing (Professional's Guide to Value Pricing W/CD)
by Ronald J. Baker

Reach for the Top: Women and the Changing Facts of Work Life
by Nancy A. Nichols

Stress Management for Lawyers: How to Increase Personal & Professional Satisfaction in the Law
by Amiram Elwork

Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life
by Steven Keeva

Why Lawyers Should Eat Bananas
by Simon Tupman

Why Lawyers Should Surf: Inspiration for Lawyers at Work and Play
by Tim Kevan and Michelle Tempest

Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour, 2nd Edition: Strategies That Work
by James A. Calloway and Mark A. Robertson

Books for Paralegals and Other Support Staff

Introduction To Paralegal Studies
by David G Cooper, Michael J Gibson

Introduction to Paralegalism: Perspectives, Problems, and Skills, 6E (West Legal Studies Series)
by William P. Statsky

Law Office Skills (West Legal Studies Series)
by Linda L. Edwards

Paralegal Careers (The West Legal Studies Series)
by Angela Schneeman

The Paralegal Handbook (Paralegal Series)
by Terry Hull, Vicki Brittain

Paralegal Studies : An Introduction (Paralegal Series)
by Paul D. Jordan

The Successful Paralegal Job Search Guide
by Chere B. Estrin, Stacey Hunt

Surviving and Thriving in the Law Office (West Legal Studies)
by Richard L. Hughes

Studies and Reports

Time IS Money When You're Paid by the Hour
Sanford E. DeVoe, Stanford Graduate School of Business, August 2006

Report of the Missouri Bar Alternative Billing Methods Committee
September 15, 2003

ABA Commission on Billable Hours Report 2001-2002

Value Based Legal Fee Survey Results
Examen, Inc., 2002

An Empirical Study of Associate Satisfaction, Law Firm Culture, and the Effects of Billable Hour Requirements (Part Two*)
Susan Saab Fortney, Texas Bar Journal, January 2002

The Economics of Practicing Law: A 1998 Snapshot
Dianne Molvig, Wisconsin Lawyer, November 1999

The Truth about the Billable Hour
Yale Law School Career Development Office


Law Firm Honored for Nap Perk, Flex Time
ABC News International, September 1, 2006

When a Family Pays For the Home Office
Jeff D. Opdyke, StartupJournal.com, July 24, 2006

Using Technology to Increase Profitability: Moving into Alternative Billing Via Technology
Dennis Kennedy, DennisKennedy.com, June 21, 2006

The Billable Hour's Staying Power
Karen Dean, Small Firm Business, June 20, 2006

Battle of the Bills
Jonathan Selden, Austin Business Journal, June 9, 2006

Ron Baker's Value Pricing Mission
Niquette M. Kelcher, SmartPros.com, June 2006

Lawyers and the Success Trap
Joseph R. Bankoff, Fulton County Daily Report, May 8, 2006

Law-Firm Life Doesn't Suit Some Young Associates
Ashby Jones, Wall Street Journal Online, May 4, 2006

Extricating Yourself From the Stress Trap
Dustin A. Cole, Immigration Daily, April 7, 2006

Why Do So Few Women Reach the Top of Big Law Firms?
Timothy L. O'Brien, The New York Times, March 19, 2006

Getting the Balance Right: This NYC-Based Firm Has a New Take on Flexible Scheduling
Lisa Holton, ABA Journal e-Report, March 17, 2006

Discontented in the Law: Supervised Lawyers Report Struggle to Balance Work and Family, Survey Shows
Jill Shachner Chanen, ABA Journal e-Report, March 17, 2006

Four Realities of Value-Based Pricing
Michael W. McLaughlin, Law Practice Today, March 2006

In the Land of the Fee
Tim Hunter, Sunday Star-Times, February 5, 2006

How Much Does Your Hour Cost to Produce?
Ellen Freedman, Freedman Consulting, February 2006

The Billable Hour: Are Its Days Numbered?
Douglas McCollam, The American Lawyer, November 28, 2005

Beyond the Billable Hour: True Partnering Makes Alternative Fee Arrangements Work
Patrick C. Dunnican Jr. and Stephen R. Reynolds, GC New York, November 14, 2005

Time is Money: Alternatives to the Billable Hour
Joanne Sammer, Small Firm Business, March 7, 2005

Your Right From Your Wrong: Hourly Billing
Dylan Gallagher, The Docket, February 22, 2005

The Tyranny of the Billable Hour
Robert Pack, Washington Lawyer, January 2005

The Bane of the Billable Hour, Don't Miss the Next Great Opportunity
Jim Logan, AllBusiness.com, April 11, 2005

Alternative Billing for the "Main Street Lawyer"
James A. Calloway and Mark A. Robertson, Law Practice Today, September 2004

The Billable Hour: If You're Gonna Use it, Use it
Andy Havens, Sanestorm Marketing, September 2004

The Tyranny of the Billable Hour
Remarks of Jim Spigelman (Chief Justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court), Lawyers Weekly (Australia), August 19, 2004

Value Billing
Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, August 2004

Has the Billable Hour Made Fools of Us?
Irene Leonard, King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, May 2004

The Billable Hour: Putting a Wedge Between Client and Counsel
Thomas L. Sager and Steven A. Lauer, Law Practice Today, December 2003

Create Success: Stop Thinking Like a Lawyer
Andrew Razeghi, Kellogg School of Management, March 7, 2003

Has Time Run Out for The Billable Hour?
Vis-à-Vis Online, February 2003

Why We Don't Bill by the Hour
Derrick Van Mell, www.vanmell.com, January 9, 2003

The Hours
Niki Kuckes, Legal Affairs, September/October 2002

Hildebrandt International, September 1, 2002

The Curse of the Billable Hour
aish.com, July 7, 2002

Beyond Billable Hours
Irv Belzer, Ingram's, July 2002

Looking Beyond the Billable Hour: Delivering Added Value Through Alliances and Ancillary Products/Services
Susan Jacobsen, The Sugarcrest Report, April 19, 2002

Common Alternative Billing Methods and When to Use Them
David Goehl, The Sugarcrest Report, April 19, 2002

The 15 Elements of Alternative Fee Success
Felice Wagner, The Sugarcrest Report, April 19, 2002

10 Ways to Capitalize on Your Alrternative Fee Success
Felice Wagner, The Sugarcrest Report, April 19, 2002

Help Me Hillary: Why are Lawyers so Unhappy?
Hillary Mantis, Vault.com, September 1, 2000

To Raise Your Prices, Change Your Theory
Ronald J. Baker, accounting.smartpros.com, January 24, 2000

Money and Ethics: The Young Lawyer's Conundrum
Patrick J. Schlitz, Washington State Bar Association Bar News, January 2000

Alternative Fees for Litigation: Improved Control and Higher Value
James Shomper and Gardner Courson, ACCA Docket, 2000

Time, Billable Hours, Electronic Research and Ethics
John T. Hall, published in The True Bill, (newsletter of the North Carolina Bar Association's criminal justice section), November, 1999

Not Snow, Nor Sleet, Nor Gadget Boom Will Kill the Billable Hour
Wendy R. Leibowitz, National Law Journal, August 31, 1998

Off The Clock:Need an Attorney? New Fee Structures Offer Alternatives to the Billable Hour
Steven C. Bahls & Jane Easter Bahls, Entrepreneur Magazine, September 1997

Why Lawyers Can't Manage
Daniel B. Evans, Law Practice Management, October 1993

Healthy Lawyers are More Fully Engaged
Don Hutcheson interviews Ellen Ostrow, PhD., The Complete Lawyer

Creative Billing: Is the Reign of the Almighty Billable Hour Over?
Cary Griffith, LawCrossing.com

Four Alternatives to Hourly Billing for Small Firms
Sylvia Hsieh, Lawyers Weekly USA

Hookers, Cotton Gin Workers and Other Professionals
Michael Willard, The Ukranian Observer

Value Billing: Its Time Has Come
Timothy L. Takacs and Gill E. Wagner, tn-elderlaw.com

120 Hours a Month Billing Policy
Aurora Law Offices, Korean and International Lawyers

Time is Money
Seltzer Fontaine Beck, Legal Search Consultants


Why do Lawyers Leave the Law?
Allison Shields, Legal Ease Blog, March 9, 2007

How Much Do We Sacrifice For More Income?
Susan Cartier Liebel, Build a Solo Practice, LLC, March 6, 2007

Hourly Billing Reduces Firm Profits
Enrico Schaefer, The Greatest American Lawyer, March 4, 2007

Lawyer Unhappiness: Chicken Little at Law
Stephanie West Allen, idealawg, March 3, 2007

Value Billing and Random Acts of Humanity
Susan Cartier Liebel, Build a Solo Practice, LLC, January 26, 2007

The Billable Hour Turns People into Workaholics
Bob Sutton, Work Matters, January 13, 2007

Pressure to Bill Leads to Questionable Billing Practices
Allison Shields, Legal Ease Blog, January 12, 2007

Hot Worms Revisited: Extreme Lawyers Often Love their Work
Stephanie West Allen, idealawg, December 3, 2006

Happiness Equals Reality Divided by Expectations
Chuck Newton, Spare Room Tycoon, November 30, 2006

Monica Parker: A Fun Exercise to Improve Work Life Balance
JDBliss Blog, November 30, 2007

When You Value Bill, Be Sure To Tell The Client
Carolyn Elefant, MyShingle, November 12, 2006

Independent Practitioners Balance Work With Play
Enrico Schaefer, The Greatest American Lawyer, October 10, 2006

Report Finds Married Parents' Combined Work Hours on the Rise
JDBliss Blog, September 6, 2006

One Step Closer to Value Billing
Ed Poll, LawBiz Blog, August 23, 2006

The Flexible Law Firm: Reality or Pipe Dream?
Arnie Herz, Legal Sanity, July 19, 2006

Lawyers Taking Time to Smell the Roses?
Arnie Herz, Legal Sanity, June 23, 2006

Lawyers & Love
Anonymous Law Student, June 21, 2006

Value Billing: Too Nebulous to be Effective?
Allison Shields, Legal Ease Blog, June 15, 2006

How Can Lawyers See the Value in Value Billing If No One Will Tell Us What It Is?
Carolyn Elefant, Law.com Legal Blog Watch, June 13, 2006

The Dilemma Over Legal Fees
Allison Shields, Legal Ease Blog, June 13, 2006

Is This Model Sustainable in the Long Term?
Bruce MacEwen, Adam Smith, Esq.June 8, 2006

Setting Boundaries to Avoid Lawyer Unhappiness and Depletion
Arnie Herz, Legal Sanity, June 8, 2006

If You Don't Discuss Value, Expect to Discuss Hours
Ron Baker, VeraSage Institute, June 6, 2006

Why Doesn’t Alternative Billing Take Hold? It Will Eventually
Tom Kane,Legal Marketing Blog, May 14, 2006

Do You Enjoy Practicing Law?
David Swanner, South Carolina Trial Law Blog, May 9, 2006

Let's Assume Everyone Here's an Adult
Bruce MacEwen, Adam Smith, Esq. April 26, 2006

Value Pricing Isn't Easy, But Neither is Writing off a Bill
Michelle Golden, Golden Practices, April 13, 2006

Balance of Life
Ed Poll, LawBiz Blog, April 8, 2006

Work/life Balance in the Law Firm
Tom Collins, morepartnerincome, April 6, 2006

Is It The Hourly Bill Or The Lack Of Budget Which Is Most Harmful To The Client Relationship?
Greatest American Lawyer, April 4, 2006

Market This: Only 17% of Partners are Women
Larry Bodine, Larry Bodine's Legal Marketing Blog, March 19, 2006

Minimum Billing Increments and Rounding of Hours
Ellen Freedman, Law Practice Management, March 14, 2006

Charging a Client for Telling Him What He Owes You
Ed Poll, LawBiz Blog, March 17, 2006

Be a Master
Matt Homann, the [non]billable hour, February 16, 2006

The Firm of the Future - Ron Baker
Ron Baker, the [non]billable hour, February 7, 2006

The Firm of the Past - Ron Baker
Ron Baker, the [non]billable hour, February 6, 2006

As Our Clients See Us
Matt Homann, the [non]billable hour, January 5, 2006

Set Your Billing Rate at $10,000 Per Hour
Matt Homann, the [non]billable hour, November 30, 2005

Yea or Nay on the Billable Hour
Bruce MacEwen, Adam Smith, Esq., October 19, 2005

Is Billable Hour Here to Stay?
Tom Kane, The Legal Marketing Blog, October 21, 2005

A New Billing Model
Rob Hyndman, robhyndman.com, October 19, 2005

Have You Considered Alternatives to Hourly Billing Yet?
Tom Kane, Legal Marketing Blog, August 26, 2005

Trust Me Capitalism
Greatest American Lawyer, August 10, 2005

The Business of Lawyering-the Billable Hour Model is Unfair to the Client
William G. Gannon, A View From the Property Line, June 24, 2005

Another Argument Against Hourly Billing
Matt Homann, the [non]billable hour, June 17, 2005

Another Example of What's Wrong With the Billable Hour
Richard A. Hall, Managing the Business of Law with Richard A. Hall, May 19, 2005

Billable Hour Isn't Good for Clients or Lawyers
Tom Kane, Legal Marketing Blog, May 24, 2005

Alternative Billing for Small Firms
Tom Kane, Legal Marketing Blog, May 14, 2005

The Stankowski Report #2: The Billable Hour Requirement
Evan Schaeffer, Evan Schaeffer's Legal Underground, May 12, 2005

"No" on Hourly Billing
Paul B. Macchia, Esq, MBA, RFC, Resecarchxtra.com, May 7, 2005

And That Inspiration You Had Jogging in Central Park Is What Fraction of a Billable Hour?
Bruce MacEwen, Adam Smith, Esq., April 27, 2005

Marketing Your Firm With Alternative Billing
Greatest American Lawyer, April 26, 2005

Ron Baker & Price Sensitivity
David Giacalone, f/k/a, April 21, 2005

Ron Baker: Sensitive Guy?
David Giacalone, f/k/a, April 21, 2005

David Giacalone, f/k/a, April 19, 2005

Billable Hour Obsession Born of Firm Manager Laziness?
Greatest American Lawyer, April 15, 2005

Alternatives to the Billable Hour
Russ Krajec, Anything Under the Sun Made by Man, April 11, 2005

The Bane of the Billable Hour, Don't Miss the Next Great Opportunity
Jim Logan, SFGate.com, April 11, 2005

Is Your IP Attorney Stuck in the Sand?
Douglas Sorocco, rethink(ip), April 10, 2005

Can Patent Legal Work be a Commodity?
Stephen R. Albainy-Jenei, Patent Barristas, April 7, 2005

Billable Hour Cliff Notes
Greatest American Lawyer, April 6, 2005

LexThink About Higher Fees (er, Value Billing)
David Giacalone, f/k/a, April 6, 2005

Savvy Blawgers' Query #2: The Future of the Billable Hour
Bruce MacEwen, Adam Smith, Esq., April 1, 2005

All Apologies, Part Two
Phila Lawyer, February 15, 2005

Alternative Fees vs. Billable Hour
Tom Kane, The Legal Marketing Blog, January 23, 2005

Time to Overthrow the Billable Hour?
Arnie Herz, Legal Sanity, January 5, 2005

fee fie foe and fum
David Giacalone, f/k/a, January 5, 2005

The Billable Hour is Dead: Long Live the Billable Hour
Bruce MacEwen, Adam Smith, Esq., January 5, 2005

Comments on Five-by-Five by Managing Partner
Phosita: an Intellectual Property Blog, November 9, 2004

Hourly Rates-Confusing Effort with Results
Michael McLaughlin, Guerilla Consulting, October 23, 2004

Billable Hours
Sherry, Stay of Execution, April 21, 2004

Value Billing or Venal Bilking?
David Giacalone, f/k/a, February 17, 2004

Billable Hours Redux
Sherry, Stay of Execution, May 20, 2004

Value Billing Unethical?
Matt Homann, the [non]billable hour, January 30, 2004

Charging by the Hour
David Starkoff, Inchoate, February 15, 2004

Value Billing and Lawyer Ethics
David Giacalone, f/k/a, January 28, 2004

One Good Reason for Value Billing
Matt Homann, the [non]billable hour, January 27, 2004

The Problem With the Billable Hour, Part 1
Matt Homann, the [non]billable hour, January 26, 2004


Ed Poll of LawBiz Management Associates interviews attorney Hugh Q. Gottschalk about alternative fee billing
Ed Poll, LawBiz Blog, September 5, 2006

Ed Poll of LawBiz Management Associates interviews Jeff Carr about alternative fee billing
Ed Poll, LawBiz Blog, August 28, 2006

Ed Poll of LawBiz Management Associates interviews Jeff Carr about alternative fee billing and shared risk
Ed Poll, LawBiz Blog, July 24, 2006

Ed Poll of LawBiz Management Associates interviews attorney Rick Simses about alternative fee billing
Ed Poll, LawBiz Blog, June 29, 2006

Get Another 22 Days Each Year! Ed Poll of LawBiz Management Associates interviews Gayle Carson, president of Carson Research Center, about time management
Ed Poll, LawBiz Blog, June 19, 2006

Ed Poll of LawBiz Management Associates interviews Ron Baker, author of Burying the Billable Hour, about value billing
Ed Poll, LawBiz Blog, May 15, 2006

Ed Poll of LawBiz Management Associates interviews Patrick J. Lamb, a partner in Chicago litigation firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP, about value added billing
Ed Poll, LawBiz Blog, November 2005

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