Where is the 'Quality Movement' in Law Practice?

22 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2012 Last revised: 26 May 2012

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William H. Simon

Columbia University - Law School; Stanford University - Stanford Law School

Date Written: April 4, 2012


The "Quality Movement" that originated in industrial production and has since influenced the professions prescribes standardized work, root cause analysis of errors, peer review, and performance measurement. While these reforms have transformed medicine and some other professions, their influence has lagged in the legal profession. This Essay reviews the limited progress of the reforms in law and assesses the cultural, institutional, and doctrinal obstacles they face.

Suggested Citation

Simon, William H., Where is the 'Quality Movement' in Law Practice? (April 4, 2012). Wisconsin Law Review, Forthcoming; Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 2034503; Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. WP 12-303. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2034503

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