Generational Issues for Delivery of Service

Technological and social change has moved so quickly in the last several decades that the “generation gaps” loom larger than ever.  Today, legal departments must work with and provide services to members of at least three diverse generations.  Each generation approaches information and problem-solving differently, and flexibility in working with members of each generation is… Read More »

4 Reasons Your Corporate Budget Matters

Between juggling legal issues, mentoring upcoming attorneys, and negotiating the relationship between the legal department and the rest of a corporation, managers of corporate legal departments often find that budgeting falls to the bottom of the priority list.  However, the corporate budget can be crucial to a legal department’s success – especially in tough economic… Read More »

3 Ways to Make Your Department More Efficient Using Non-Lawyer Personnel

Many in-house legal departments seek to improve efficiency in the delivery of legal services.  Attorneys are encouraged to work productively and to boost their billable hours and projects whenever possible.  But a department that places the responsibility of boosting efficiency only on its income-generating staff is missing half its chance to maximize efficiency and productivity.… Read More »

Top Apps for Lawyers: Become Efficient

Smartphones and tablets have revolutionized the information world – including the corner of that world occupied by attorneys.  By adding specific programs or “apps” to your device, you can tailor its performance to your needs, increasing your efficiency and improving your ability to stay organized and complete projects whether you are in the office or… Read More »

How In-house Counsel Achieve Success

Law Departments are resources consumers, not revenue generators, so when law department managers start to discuss ways to demonstrate efficiency, the most common – and least original – idea is to decrease overhead.  The most effective law departments, however, have found that cost-cutting is not the only way to create successful results, and that for… Read More »

4 Efficiency Trends in Legal

Every year, the costs of doing business in the legal field continues to rise as work becomes more complex and the costs of associated goods and services also increase.  The recent recession put further pressure on law firms and corporate legal departments, forcing many to learn how to do more with less – or risk… Read More »

Cost Efficiency: Control Your Costs

Controlling costs is a constant struggle in the legal field.  Although the costs per attorney among corporate legal departments are often lower than with private law firms, corporate legal departments face the challenge of juggling their budget within the competing concerns of other corporate departments. Every year, the cost to provide legal services by in-house… Read More »

Interview Tips From a Legal Recruiter

When you’re interviewing in the legal field, some of the classic interview advice still applies.  However, lawyer candidates often face tough questions for which job-seeking in a different field may not have prepared them. Legal recruiters offer candidates a number of tips for showing their best qualities during a legal interview.  From how you dress… Read More »

Corporate Law Departments Turn to Cost Control

As 2014 dawns, corporate law departments are maintaining their focus on cost control.  According to a survey of chief legal officers (CLOs) conducted by Altman Weil, the focus in the coming year will likely shift to internal change.  Corporate law departments are looking at the skills possessed by in-house counsel and staff, renegotiating relationships with… Read More »

Resumes…and peeking behind the cyberspace curtain

Hello.  I am Elissa Outtrim.  As the Senior Recruiting Attorney for the Delaware Valley office of Assigned Counsel, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking and meeting with many of you over the past five years.  Rest assured, I genuinely enjoy our conversations.  I’ve been asked to set “pen to paper” with a blog entry.  I… Read More »