Duly Noted . . .

ABA book explores how to improve the delivery of legal services and the happiness of lawyers

Change is inevitable, and has hit the legal profession as never before. Once-hallowed law firms face unprecedented financial pressures, with corporate clients negotiating rates, reducing reliance on outside counsel and demanding more value. Lawyers, overworked and worried about job security, are more anxiety ridden than ever.

The American Bar Association’s new book, Finding Bliss: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers, provides creative and disruptive solutions to improve the delivery of legal services and the daily lives of lawyers.

The book was written by Deborah Epstein Henry, Garry A. Berger and Suzie Scanlon Rabinowitz, co-founders and managing directors of Bliss Lawyers, a new legal model that hires attorneys to work on engagements for its corporate and law firm clients.

Henry is an internationally recognized expert, consultant and speaker on the future of the legal profession, new legal models, and work/life balance. She has been featured in The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal and as a Philadelphia Business Journal “Women of Distinction.” Berger is a pioneer in the legal services industry, having founded Berger Legal, an innovative virtual law firm serving Fortune 500 clients as well as small to mid-size companies. He spent three years at The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters) and previously practiced at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Rabinowitz recently launched SRD Legal Group, a women owned virtual law firm. She has been of counsel at Berger Legal for more than a decade and previously practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

The book provides compelling examples of how to achieve greater success in terms of profitability, productivity and satisfaction. It explores seven themes: innovation; value; predictability and trust; flexibility; talent development; diversity and inclusion; and relationship building in order to demonstrate ways traditional and new model firms can more effectively deliver legal services and align the skills of the legal talent pool to client needs.

The book costs $29.95 and can be ordered at ShopABA.org or by calling 800-285-2221.

What others are saying about Finding Bliss:

“An important book for all of us interested in the future of our great legal profession. Too many lawyers are unhappy in outdated models. Finding Bliss - with its wonderfully challenging title - discusses the many innovative ways the profession is changing and how to change it much, much more.”  — Brackett B. Denniston III, Sr. VP and General Counsel, General Electric.

“The authors paint a new and appealing reality emerging for lawyers and their clients. Finding Bliss is a must-read, offering a path back to meaning and purpose for lawyers, and a reasonable bottom line for all.” — Claire Shipman, Sr. Correspondent, Good Morning America and author, Womenomics and The Confidence Code