Do clerkships matter? Many young lawyers fresh out of law school wonder about the merits of a clerkship. The typical lawyer answer is; it depends. If the plan is to embark upon a litigation career path, then a clerkship is highly recommended
This week, an attorney was filmed [going off] on the manager of a local quick service restaurant (QSR) in midtown Manhattan. The attorney became very upset when he overheard a Spanish-speaking employee talking to a customer in Spanish. Apparently, this upset the attorney and what everyone wants to know is, why?
Recruiter Corner: Top legal recruiters seem to master their schedules and energy levels in a way that increases productivity. What’s their secret? We take a closer a look at what helps the best legal recruiters stay at the top of their game:
How do you gather the right intelligence? Many competitive intelligence strategies and concepts are borrowed from the military and governmental agencies. Just like any good officer in the military, you will need to employ effective practices that can help you get reliable information as efficiently as possible. Here are a few best practices you should adopt when gathering competitive intelligence:
A new job can be exciting but it can also be a time when you are facing a high level of distrust from new coworkers or even from superiors at your law firm. Distrust could be because the last person working the position wasn’t trustworthy. Or, it could be that people are letting their biases get the best of them. Whatever the case, it is up to you to decide how you are going to break through the distrust and begin to build relationships.
Starting a new job is both exciting and overwhelming. Having so many things to do can make it difficult to get focused and complete your tasks. Here are a few tips on how to get and stay focused on a new job.
Overworking your new hires not only has a negative impact on their health and productivity, it can lead to a high turnover rate. A poor retention rate has many negative impacts on a firm. Try to work with new hires to make sure that they’re pacing themselves and getting what they need to adjust to their new work environment. Consider having more senior associates or partners check in on them and their workflow. Overworked associates become sick associates with no work-life balance. They are not only unhealthy, but they are also unhealthy for the firm.
Finding the perfect associate for your law firm is difficult. It is always such a relief once you find a good match for your firm/organization. Sometimes, when you find the perfect associate who is competent in a specific area of law and fits into the box you need them for; you fail to help them expand their horizons and can be disastrous for the firm and the associate's career.
Celebrating the successes of your associates is just as important as offering raises each year. When an associate’s success is celebrated it lets them know that their hard work is appreciated and it encourages others to work harder to achieve excellence. But how should a law firm celebrate an associate’s successes?