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The year is drawing to a close at last and as we bid adieu to 2008, we welcome the dawn of a new era in our collective history.
What’s In (and what’s out) at Law Firms and Beyond
 

This was a year for the record books. "Change" was the word of the day for over 300 days in a row. The past eleven and a half months were a lesson in the contrast between abysmal and exhilarating. The year is drawing to a close at last and as we bid adieu to 2008, we welcome the dawn of a new era in our collective history. It is a fitting time for an inventory of what is "out" and what is "in" as we begin 2009. I am crossing my fingers like everyone else that the next Baby New Year is a bundle of joy and a lot less colicky than 2008. I am tempted to take off my shoes and toss them at the back of the departing year’s head! But that would be so 2008 of me..... Here’s the list:



 
 

OUT


 

IN

 

The seven deadly sins: Pride, Gluttony, Wrath, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth

 

The seven heavenly virtues: Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Courage, Faith, Hope, and Love

 

Law firm parking garages filled with luxury cars and SUV’s

 

Riding the bus, zip cars, and bicycles

 

 

 

Fourteen hour days at the office in a suit

 

Twelve hour days working from home in your gym clothes (minus the two hour commute)

 

Premium billing rates

 

Competitive billing rates

 

Paper holiday cards and gift baskets

 

E-cards and charitable donations

 

Shopping at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Shopping at Target and Walmart

 

General Practice Areas

 

Niche Practice Areas

 

Large Raises and Fat Bonuses

 

Having a Job

 

Suspenders with Bulls on them

 

Corporate executives outside Starbuck’s begging for lattes

 

Bashing the President

 

Supporting the President

 

McMansions in the suburbs

 

Downtown condos in revitalized neighborhoods

 

Expensive vacations

 

Local site seeing and public golf courses

 

Dumping toxic waste

 

Picking up trash

 

Worshiping Money

 

Conversations with God

 

Partisan Division

 

Cross Party Cooperation

 

The crush of large firms merging into “mega” firms

 

Mid-size specialty or boutique spin-offs

 

Looking Out for Number One

 

Teamwork and Altruism

 

Fast talking, bet the farm deals

 

Fiscal responsibility and corporate discipline

 

Consumer Debt

 

Savings Accounts

 

2008

 

2009

 

Is it New Year’s Eve yet? Best Wishes for the holidays and an abundant and enjoyable 2009.

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