Early in my legal career, an experienced lawyer told me about what he referred to as the “doctrine of apparent progress.”
It goes something like this.
Whether or not you are actually making progress with a client engagement (or other matter), it is important to demonstrate to the client that you are making apparent progress. Thus, the experienced lawyer instructed me, it is important to update the client on any development – no matter how basic or mundane – to make it appear as if you are making progress.
I thought of the “doctrine of apparent progress” upon receiving this recent DOJ press release titled “Justice Department Anticorruption Task Force Launches New Measures to Combat Corruption in Central America.”