↪ “Better-Faster-Cheaper” Work Model for Lawyers Has Led to Burnout
According to the ABA Journal, a recently-released report on the future of the legal profession by the New York State Bar Association observes that increased global competition encouraged by economic hardship and technological advances has put considerable pressure on law firms to deliver the highest quality legal services in the cheapest and fastest way possible. At the same time, the report calls for limiting hours worked by attorneys in order to, in the words of the State Bar President, “figure out where our boundary is as lawyers and as human beings.”
Let’s see how that recommendation goes over. The reality is that law firms value billable hours, not human beings. Unfortunately, I suspect that increased competition will only place more emphasis on the bottom line, thus making it harder for lawyers to attain that elusive work-life balance.