Perhaps one of the scariest “crowd sourcing” websites I’ve seen lately is the “Rate My Professor” site that allows anyone to register (for free) and comment on and rate their college professors. I’ve gone in and looked at some of my old college professors and others that I know from other law schools and the ratings are pretty interesting to read (to say the least). So when I read about the ongoing saga of the upcoming U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of “America’s Best Law Firms“, I think that we should just skip out on the formalities of filling out questionnaires and just put up a website that allows Corporate Counsels to create anonymous names and rank those attorneys at BigLaw firms. It has to be about as good a way to rank law firms as the U.S. News rankings will turn out.
Forget about diversity, pro-bono hours and boring statistics and metrics… skip right to the juicy stuff about your attorney’s overall quality, helpfulness, clarity, easiness, and whether he or she is “hot”. That’s what we all really want to know. Take notes Martindale-Hubbell. This kind of “Client Review & Rankings” system might not be the most professional… but it would sure be popular!!