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Texas Bar Journal

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The discussion of the effects of increased billable hours expectations and related study findings reveal how the hours derby has transformed law firm culture and economics, adversely impacting individual attorneys, firms, the legal profession, and the consuming public. Given the multifaceted and complex nature of the problems facing individual attorneys, and their firms, some attorneys and firm managers may be resigned to working in a "broken" profession. Rather than assuming that little can be done, creative and dedicated attorneys should explore changes within firms and within the regulatory and competitive environments in which firms operate.