Most people in the legal industry understand that the legal job market is one of the strongest in several decades. Basically, this means that it is very competitive to have successful recruitment of associates. But, the flip side of that is that attorneys know they have the upper hand and are looking for new law firms to call home. So, they are looking, too. With a few tricks, or strategies, you still can successfully recruit your dream candidate of their dream, in almost any role.
It is important to have a positive and intentionally created culture will support your law department’s vision and attract and retain talent to ensure positive results. In the absence of leadership-driven culture can lead to a lack of focus that can result in issues with recruiting and retention.
Both the general public and a great number of lawyers see the legal practice as a confrontation. Whether in a trial for child custody after a bloody divorce, or a claim over the simplest commercial transaction, litigation is a synonym of war. This idea is reinforced by the fact that client/lawyer agreements often include a fixed rate for the lawyer/firm, based on the received compensation and amounts paid.
Last week started the conversation of lawyer secrets in reference to substance abuse - this week we continue the conversation asking first, what, if anything, is being done? It starts with leadership. Law firm leadership can take simple steps to help attorneys preserve their mental health through work-life balance. There are various resources and options that can easily be implemented in most law firms. The most appropriate solutions will depend on the size and resources of your firm. But regardless of the steps taken, what matters is that the firm is taking the time to address the health and wellness of its associates.
There is a very thin line between going the extra mile and becoming a micro-manager. A micromanaging lawyer becomes the filter of all the tasks related to a case: from feedback and updates sent by email, to depositions and hearings scheduled by paralegals, everything must be reviewed by the micromanager.
It is a very common issue for lawyers across the country - the struggle with stress and work-life balance. Part of the stress comes from the nature of legal work. Client needs can make it difficult for attorneys to live a balanced life. Another factor is the firm’s culture. Law firm leaders have significant influence on the stressful imbalance in lawyers’ lives, especially when they ignore the signs.
Today, we fast forward and move on to shutting it down. Is it time for retirement? There are specific guidelines an attorney must follow in order to shutter their law firm. A quick search on your state bar’s website can help guide you in the right direction. However, it is a good idea to consider the options long before you retire.
There are many reasons why you joined Biglaw after graduating from law school. Among them perhaps was the opportunity to work among the best and work on cases that will bring valuable legal experience. But as you progress in your legal career, your needs and desires may change due to other parts of your life, including family and well, life. This is particularly true if you are seeking a healthier life and work balance. Is it time to fly solo?
The number of women becoming lawyers continues to increase every year. According to the US Census Bureau, from 1960 through 2016, the number of female attorneys increased from way under 100,000 to over 400,000 per year. Why is lawyering so popular with women? There are many reasons why the legal field attracts women for starters, the work is highly rewarding.
The internet and technology have disrupted every aspect of human interaction. From online dating to online banking, e-commerce, and working remotely from home or anywhere in the world, we are living through an incredible revolution. Before the internet, companies knew almost nothing about their consumers. Privacy existed. It was understood and respected. Today, many internet users blindly trust websites and platforms with almost every aspect of their lives, their personality, and their private data. The vast majority of all sensitive data has been provided voluntarily by the user, no questions asked. This is the very reason why the entire concept of online privacy and protection is extremely important and extremely complex.