Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law

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This short (approx. 5,000 words) essay, which forms the basis of a keynote address to the Federal Bar Association that I’m doing next month, discusses how much of a lawyer’s embedded assumptions and cognitive errors can come across in something as simple as a time entry on a bill. So much can be revealed about how a lawyer views himself or herself in society and about the lawyer’s relationship with the client that it’s worth examining what we can find when we look at legal bills. One note, though: my writing style is informal and distinctive in that regard (especially when the article forms the basis of a keynote speech), and I like to keep my writing style that way, so if you hate informal writing, my article isn’t likely to be right for you. On the other hand, if you like footnotes that can be amusing, then please read on.