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83 Women Law. J. 24 (1997)
Book Reviews

handle is hein.journals/wolj83 and id is 24 raw text is: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO CONTRACT
LAWYERING,What Every Lawyer and
Law Firm Needs to Know About
Temporary Legal Services
by Deborah Aron and Deborah Guyol
317 pages, softbound
includes in-depth appendix covering ethical considerations,
office equipment, legal personnel agencies and
supplemental resources
Niche Press, 1995
ISBN: 0-940675-45-5
For information, call 800/468-1994

Reviewed by Kacy C. Eaves

Everybody's talkin' 'bout it.. .from CLE meetings to cor-
porate counsel meetings. The latest hiring trend in the le-
gal profession is contract lawyers. Many of us started our
careers believing we would be hired by big firms, settle
into partnership tracks and be crowned partners seven
years later. Economic changes have shattered this career
pattern for many.
Attorneys are now contracting out on projects. The le-
gal profession faces the latest craze of contingent work-
ers, previously endured by lower-skilled employees. Vari-
ous reports imply contingent lawyers are a new
phenomena; in fact, contract lawyering is a mere modifica-
tion of the classic solo practitioner. Our images of the large
practice are a fallacy. As late as the mid-1950s, only 2 per-
cent of all lawyers were in firms of over ten attorneys. Since
law began in America, attorneys have been performing
work exclusively for other attorneys, which is the defining
element of a contract lawyer. There are few distinctions
between a solo practitioner working directly for a client and
a contract attorney working for another lawyer. The solo
practice is slightly altered since the contract attorney per-
forms work solely for another attorney or in addition to an
independent client practice. This book shows us that temp
attorneys are not new but re-invented for the '90s.
The legal profession is undergoing radical changes in
hiring patterns. In 1988 there were an estimated 1,300 at-
torneys temping; by 1994 over 10,000 attorneys contracted
their services and the numbers continue to climb. Cata-
clysmic economic changes are forcing attorneys and those
who hire attorneys to change their approach to work. Pres-
sures in the form of record numbers of law graduates, the
purported attorney glut-along with numerous
downsized mid-career attorneys-have plunged the le-
gal community into this form of work.

The Complete Guide To Contract Lawyering details
the benefits and risks in contract relationships. Written in a
tightly organized style, it is organized by topic and interest
area.You can focus on contracting as a process, as a con-
tractor or as a firm. The well-organized chapters are topi-
cally focused. This structure permits you to skip around
the book, allowing you to find answers you are looking for
quickly. You can get the information you want by simply
scanning the table of contents and reading the chapters
that apply. Besides contracting advice, the book offers tips
for new office setups, providing good information on equip-
ment and management of your own contract office.
For those considering contracting out their services,
you will learn many lawyers have found temping as an ef-
fective way for them to control their work hours; a way to
bring quality of life back into their lives. Others have found
that it provides them opportunities to be their own boss
without the risks of a solo practice. Some find contracting
out can nurture and insulate a young solo practice, provid-
ing needed income. Still others find contract lawyering
meets their immediate economic needs while seeking more
traditional employment arrangements. Many have found it
to be an effective time out where they can evaluate their
feelings of burnout and decide their future. This book is a
must for any attorney-novice or seasoned veteran-who
is considering contracting.
The Guide also shows how hiring attorneys, firms and
small partnerships may benefit professionally and economi-
cally by using short-term employment relationships. Firms
can try out potential hires with no long-term commitments
and with immunity from Title VII ramifications. in-house
counsels are able to protect their associates by filling in
large projects with temporary contract attorneys. Others
find contracting tedious tasks can enhance their law prac-

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