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The trend towards online settlement services may be a good thing, minimizing posturing, bluffing, and delays in the settlement process, but we can’t help mourning a certain loss of glory. While the trend may cut through a myriad of woes and ultimately be a boon for clients, it also takes some of the fabulous, messy humanity out of the practice of law. What’s wrong with a little good, old-fashioned “in-your-face” gamesmanship? For lawyers who never get to trial, settlement conferences are the closet they get to their Clarence Darrow fantasies.

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