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August 2007 Issue

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Cover Story

The Billable Hour Must Die

SIDEBAR: New Routes into the Corporate Door

Three summers ago, my wife and I were driving my two older kids to the airport. The academic year was about to resume. The younger child, my son, was returning to college; the older, my daughter, to law school.

“Say,” I heard my son ask his sister in the backseat, “what do you think you’ll do when you get done with law school?” My daughter expressed some uncertainty but ended up answering, “I think I’ll become a litigator.”

I nearly hit the brakes.

“Oh,” I heard myself moan, “don’t be a litigator.”

Feature Section

ABA Connection

Erosion of Trust

Arrogance was just one ingredient—but a crucial one—in the trouble at Hawaii’s powerful Bishop Estate. It finally boiled over in 1999, when all five trustees were removed from office after the Internal Revenue Service threatened to strip the estate of its status as a tax-free charitable organization.

Supreme Court Report

Reagan Arising

McElhaney on Litigation

Discovery Is the Trial

Associates

Punching the Clock

Career Audit

Go Google Yourself!

Life Audit

Speed Trials

Tech Audit

The Cost of Free

President's Message

A Year of Service

Report from Governmental Affairs

Third Time Around

Obiter Dicta

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