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Reasons to Not Conduct Client Feedback Interviews

The list of reasons to avoid client interviews goes on and on. Obviously, none of these statements are actually reasons to not do client feedback interviews. They are excuses....more

Success: Plan Your Career As If It Is More Important Than Your Vacation

How much time are you spending planning your career? How much time are you spending planning your 2015 vacation? I remember meeting with Lisa, a young partner in my old law firm, She wanted career planning advice from me. I...more

How Do You Handle Negative Feedback in a Performance Review?

Kate McGuinness is back to answer a question from a lawyer who received some pretty harsh feedback during a performance review. Kate is an attorney-turned certified executive and life transition coach, and the founder of...more

4 Steps to Drafting a Contract to Your Client’s Advantage

Yes, drafting a contract takes a lot of work. But it generally takes less time to draft a contract document that advances your client’s interests than it does to modify another party’s document to achieve that result. So...more

In the Cybersecurity Hot Seat: How Law Firms are Optimizing Security While Reducing Cost and Risk

Your Highest Priority is also Your Greatest Challenge - Data breaches are not just dramatic headlines in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times—they are events that increasingly are affecting companies and...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - Take the Test [Video]

Dec. 11, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Columbia Law School is giving students "traumatized" by the recent grand jury decisions related to the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown the option to postpone their final exams, but...more

The Vietnam Peace Talks and the Idiocy of Lawyers

The talks to settle the war in Vietnam were stalled for five months while the participants negotiated the shape of the table at which talks would occur. Five months!! I wonder how many mothers lost their sons during that five...more

For Law Departments’ consideration: Self Help is an investment in a solution

Ronald Reagan once famously said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” His quote tapped into our natural fear of both the government and unsolicited offers...more

Emails: How much time can we waste?

I just received an email. It said: “Please review the attached notice.” So then I had to click open the notice, which contained information I could not find less interesting. Why did I have to waste the time to...more

The Three Things You Should Do to Make Your Performance Review Useful

Kate Mayer Mangan is back to talk about a subject that so many attorneys face. You may recall her previous post about whether personality tests are an actual indicator of career success and litigation for introverts. Today...more

How Do “Relationship-Forward” Companies Market and Sell? (Part II)

Chart a course and measure progress. As the maxim goes, what gets measured gets done. Relationship success can be planned and measured over time, and relationship-forward companies take important steps to make that...more

Friending and Following Jurors: The Ethical Boundaries of Researching Jurors on Social Media

What are the ethical boundaries of an attorney’s internet research of jurors? Before the ubiquity of the internet, an attorney obviously couldn’t walk up to a potential juror in a restaurant and strike up a conversation. But...more

The Number 42

So what is the real question? Some argue that the question is different for law firms and for clients. But if the questions are different, can the answer be the same? While I suppose it can, it would almost be...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Dec. 5, 2014)

From Around the Web - 3 Tips for Landing A “Perfect Fit” Job: Finding that “perfect fit” job can be a long journey. But it’s easy once you know what you’re looking for. (Careerealsm)...more

The 2012-13 Meritas Leadership Institute Model Mentorship and Associate Development Program

Purpose - This Model Mentorship and Associate Development Program is designed to help junior lawyers adjust to and excel in the practice of law at your Firm, with the support and guidance of their more experienced...more

What I Wish Someone Told Me as a Young Lawyer

We are excited to welcome Jacqueline S. Vinaccia to Trebuchet for a guest post about the advice she wishes she received when graduating from law school. Jacqueline is a partner and head of the litigation department at a...more

Project Management, Process Improvement, and the Number 42

After a bit of a hiatus, I have returned to my blog with a series of posts about project management and process improvement. Some of the discussions in this series of posts will seem repetitive to regular readers, but they...more

Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Bradley Arant's Hope Cannon

Hope Thai Cannon is a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Birmingham, Alabama. She is licensed in Florida, Alabama and Texas, and actively litigates cases in all three states, focusing primarily on Florida and...more

International Bar Association Releases Guidance for Lawyers on the U.N. Guiding Principles

The Business and Human Rights Working Group of the International Bar Association (“IBA”) recently released draft guidance for bar association and business lawyers on implementation of the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business...more

It is the season for miracles!

It is that season again, just as it is every year. Everywhere around us, miracles will be occurring. All we have to do is open our eyes to see. You probably think this has something to do with Christmas. Nope. I’m...more

JD, CIPP/US, CIPP/E - The Purpose of Credentials and Examinations?

Last week I passed an examination on European privacy that entitles me to add CIPP/E after my name. So what?...more

Safeguard Your Litigation Privileges When Working With Insurance Brokers On Complex Insurance Claims

Businesses facing catastrophic losses, whether as a result of an accident or a natural disaster, or due to mass tort claims, frequently will engage both their insurance broker and legal counsel to identify and pursue...more

California Appellate Court Rejects Class Action Settlement Due to Excessive Attorney Fees

Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered, so the saying goes. As we’ve noted before on Oct. 7, June 5, and Dec. 18, courts are starting to examine attorney fee awards in class action settlements much more closely, and the...more

Convergence: Growing Dissatisfaction with Biglaw and the Rise of the Alternatives [Video]

Evolutions in technology, the economy and business culture are forcing a change in the legal industry. Rimon’s CEO and COO share how Rimon and other alternative legal services companies are changing the way lawyers practice...more

Practice Makes Perfect

Amber Dolman and Robert Bishop came to Goodwin Procter in much the same way: Both started at the firm right out of law school, after having worked there as summer associates. While Bishop began in the REIT practice, he soon...more

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