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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

Cinderella And The Legal Industry

March Madness is upon us, and this year’s tourney did not disappoint. From Mercer’s thrilling win over Duke to Dayton knocking off both state rival THE Ohio State University and heavily favored Syracuse, touted underdogs have...more

Why Understanding Generational Differences Can Make All The Difference to Your Attorney and Client Relationships

Notes from a fascinating presentation by Heather Morse and Jonathan Fitzgarrald, hosted by the LMA's Bay Area Chapter. The focus: Generational Marketing: Strategies and Tactics for Engagement with Boomers, Gen Xers, and...more

A Counterpoint To “The Most Robust Legal Market That Ever Existed In This Country”

There is a line in Professor Reich-Graefe’s recent essay, Keep Calm and Carry On, 27 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 55 (2014), that is attracting a lot of interest among lawyers, law students, and legal academics: [R]ecent law...more

The Importance of Molding Junior Employees for Future Leadership

Human resource departments are constantly challenged with solving new problems presented by the changing composition of the workplace. This is particularly true this year and for the upcoming years as Baby Boomers, those...more

Making the Case for Employee Engagement: A Hard Numbers Approach

Are your employees engaged or are they transactional? Do you believe that employee engagement has a substantial impact on your bottom line? If so, what are you doing to increase employee engagement? In a 2008 study,...more

Disruption From Within

On March 6, 2014, I watched what I could of the live stream webcast (thank you, Harvard Law School) of the Conference on Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services. The keynote speaker was, to quote Keith Jackson,...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

Navigating Potholes in the Road to Success

Anyone who has ever driven through Michigan during the freeze/thaw season has probably hit a few potholes. Sometimes the potholes are impossible to see before you plow right into them, and other times they are clearly visible...more

The Changing Definition of Value: What Matters Most to In-House Counsel

The rules have changed. Law firm partners worldwide reached professional maturity in a much simpler world: One delivered a quality work product and everything else fell into place. Clients were satisfied, lawyers were...more

How To Confront A Performance Problem Without Being A “Quiet Herd Cutter”

In a previous post, I described the “Quiet Herd Cutter” problem, a term I have used to describe a phenomenon especially prevalent in law firms where employees’ failure to meet expectations results in being quietly excluded...more

3 Things Law Students Can Do Today to Build Their Future Solo Practice

Setting yourself up for a successful virtual law office (VLO) doesn’t have to wait until you graduate from law school. You can begin to build a solid foundation for your future VLO, right now! Here are 3 things you can...more

Help! The Partner Thinks I’m an Idiot

We are pleased to welcome Katie Slater to the blog today. Katie Slater is a recovering attorney turned professional coach who helps lawyers and other analytical types with their professional development. She’s also one of the...more

New Lawyers and Their Legal Secretaries

Like most law school graduates, I never had a secretary until I started working as an attorney at a law firm. She was a seasoned legal secretary, and I shared her with a senior partner. Originally published in Los...more

Signs of the Times

When you spend a lot of time looking at the world through the lens of developments in the legal profession, sometimes the ironies of happenstance can slap you right square in the face. Take, for example, page B3 of the of...more

Skill Development Through Public Service

Helping others through pro bono advocacy is not only a professional obligation, but it is also a potent tool for professional growth. Ignore— just for a moment—the hopefully obvious benefits to your community, the legal...more

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