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Rethink the billable hour to give middle class access to justice | Julius Melnitzer

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 12:02 AM | By Julius Melnitzer

The best thing the legal profession’s regulators could do to ensure access to justice for the middle class is to ban hourly billing — or at least mandate some sense into its use.


For almost a decade, we’ve been askew in concepts like the “value proposition” and “alternative billing.” These initiatives have coalesced lawyers and their business clients around the idea that their real problem wasn’t cost or quality of service, but rather a misalignment between the two. Alternative fee arrangements are also taking root....