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REDESIGN – Dentons partner Jana Cohen Barbe says the mental health problem in the legal profession demands that law firms rethink their business models. As part of our Minds Over Matters project, Barbe has penned an open letter calling for firms to move away from the billable hour. “Time sheets are the bane of our collective existence,” writes Barbe, the first woman appointed to the law firm’s global board. “It is time to modify our performance standards and, in turn, our compensation systems to encourage sensible levels of productivity.” Among other changes, she suggests paying bonuses when work is shared among multiple partners and not penalizing lawyers for working “regular” hours.
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