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How to Create a Firm Mentoring Program That Is Efficient, Effective, and Motivational [Q&A]

A professional services firm is only as good as its providers and the right program in place can help you to also attract and retain the high caliber talent you need to stand out from the rest....more

Which Business Development Activity Is Best For You? Consider Your Personality...

The good news is that there is at least one type of marketing activity out there that will fit your distinct approach to things....more

How'd You Get That Job? Erin McClarty, Head of Legal: Sub-Surface Imaging at CGG

Erin McClarty is Head of Legal: Sub-Surface Imaging at CGG. In addition to drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements, Erin is responsible for advising on worldwide business matters, training on contractual issues,...more

New Lawyers Need to Understand the Business of Law to Succeed in Private Practice

A position in a law firm not only requires performing well for the attorneys you are working for and ultimately the clients, but understanding and embracing the business of law....more

Beyond the Law: John Carnes

For John Carnes to find inspiration, he does not need to go far. From his perch at the Artdogs Studio in Gardiner, Carnes has an enviable view of the Kennebec River, which is always within earshot. Although these roaring...more

How’d You Get That Job? Manny Schecter (@MannySchecter), Chief Patent Counsel, IBM

I grew up believing that if I worked harder than most the rewards would follow, but I was not focused on the nature of the rewards. ...more

How’d You Get That Job? Richard Russeth, VP, Corporate Affairs & GC at Leprino Foods Co

Half the advice you give on any given day is more likely to be business advice than legal advice....more

How'd You Get That Job? Michelle Sherman, Senior Corporate Counsel, Litigation, at Farmer's Group

Relationships matter, and I was glad to be of service to a former client. Many law firm attorneys are hired in house as a result of this attorney-client relationship....more

How’d You Get That Job? Josh Beser (@josh_beser), Assistant General Counsel at Lonza

Do excellent work no matter who is watching. Excellent work is the price of admission for anyone to want to help you do something professionally....more

How’d You Get That Job? Rebecca Signer Roche (@rsigroche), Senior Labor & Employment Counsel at DynCorp International

I get to be an employment lawyer, I get to help my client solve its employment law problems, I get to be involved in the delicate interplay between law and business, I get to learn how to assess risk real-time and how to make...more

How’d You Get That Job? Jared Cohen (@jaredcohe), VP Ops & GC at Kickstarter

I applied to almost every entry level job at any startup on either coast. If they had no jobs listed, I applied anyway. I figured I’d prove myself and work my way up....more

Overcoming Diversity Challenges — Interview With Director Of Professional Development & Inclusion Michelle Wimes

Michelle P. Wimes, Esq. is the Director of Professional Development & Inclusion at Ogletree Deakins. She leads the firm’s efforts to attract, develop, and advance diverse attorneys in the firm’s 45 offices across the United...more

What All Professionals Can Learn from the New England Patriots

Full disclosure: I am a Carolina Panthers fan and had the good fortune to be at the game on Monday night. If you follow pro football, even casually, you have heard or seen the replay of the controversial call/no call at the...more

Creating an Incredible First Impression: When a Soprano Calls

First impressions are forever. Whether you are Carmela Soprano, Tony Soprano or Average Joe calling, the person who takes the call must make an impression as well as get an impression of the potential client. ...more

Civility in the Practice of Law: How the Legal Profession Can Do Better

Civility is defined as something said or done in a formally polite way. In court, it is a professional obligation: ABA Model Rules, Rule of Professional Conduct 3.5 states that lawyers may not "engage in conduct intended to...more

“Rookie” Mistakes Every Retirement Plan Provider Should Avoid

Whether you like it or not, first impressions mean the most. If you fail to make a good impression the first time out, many times you never get a chance to make a second impression. Some times that bad impression is because...more

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