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Mindful Monday: Do Clerkships Matter?

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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

Attorney News: Midtown Manhattan Lawyer Rant

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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?

Law Firm Management: Gathering Law Firm Intelligence

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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:

Work Place Tips: How To Overcome Distrust at Your Law Firm

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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.

Law Firm Hiring: Three Signs You’re Overworking Your New Hires

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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. 

Law Firm Hiring: Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Pigeonhole Your Associates

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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.

Law Firm Management: Celebrating an Associate’s Success

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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?