Posts Categorized: General Advice

Two Hiring Practices Are Key to Diversity in Corporate Law Departments

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The American Bar Association (ABA) finds that within the entire legal profession only 15% of attorneys identify as racial or ethnic minorities and only 36% identify as women. The lack of existing diversity in the field makes it even harder for corporate law departments to cultivate varied backgrounds and perspectives within their organization. Consulting firm… Read More »

What Recruiters Look For In A Resume

by Debra Vinikour, Senior Recruiting Attorney Candidates and recruiters have a shared goal: candidates want the opportunity to be considered for a position, and recruiters want the opportunity to make a placement. We often hear from candidates who wonder why they were not considered for a particular role. Recruiters, who typically receive numerous responses to… Read More »

Do You Know When It’s Time to Supplement With Temporary Attorneys?

Changes can sneak in on a legal team. Over time, the workload may increase, or key aspects of cases and issues may shift to overlap new practice areas or emerging topics in the law. Because these changes are subtle, it can be difficult to tell when the balance has tipped far enough to justify supplementing… Read More »

4 Questions to Ask When Your New Hire Isn’t Working Out

Sometimes, a new hire seems promising on paper and in the interview, but struggles on the job. When this happens, you may wonder whether you’ve made a mistake. If a new hire isn’t doing as well as you’d hoped, start by asking the following questions: How was the new hire trained and onboarded? Training and… Read More »

How Seasonal Temporary Attorneys Can Help Your Workplace

Whether it’s vacation time, cold and flu season, or a rush period for your practice, working with temporary attorneys can improve your workflow and reduce stress. Here’s how seasonal use of temporary attorney help can improve your practice: Mitigate Vacation Losses The summer season and the winter holiday season are two highly popular times for… Read More »

How to Make People Feel Good About Their Jobs

People perform better when they feel good about what they do, and attorneys are no exception. A sense of ownership, optimism, and accomplishment are a must for lawyers seeking to maximize their engagement and productivity. Do this to help your team feel good about their jobs and reap the benefits:   Break up the routine.… Read More »

3 Keys to Successful New Placement Onboarding

When you work with a temporary attorney, onboarding is essential to a strong, focused relationship. Without onboarding, even a highly skilled temporary attorney may struggle to provide the support your team and clients need. Here are three points to consider when you plan onboarding for a new temporary attorney. Separate onboarding from orientation. Orientation is… Read More »

How Solo Practitioners Are Boosting Their Income

Congratulations! You’ve made the leap from working in a law firm or a corporate law department to launching your own solo practice. You have the motivation, you have the credentials, you have the skills. Now all you need are the clients.   START OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT Building a practice can be challenging, as… Read More »

3 Basics To Having Successful Virtual Employees

by Robert Murphy, co-founder of Assigned Counsel / photo credit: Croissant on Unsplash   For twenty-seven years, I have managed an operation in which 100% of the personnel have worked from home. My first client account manager, a single mother with several young children, needed to be home-bound. This initial experience set the foundation for… Read More »

How Modern Technology Has Changed Law Firms

Technology has revolutionized every area of our lives, and the legal industry is no exception. While law firms and legal departments were initially slow to adopt technological advances, today these tools are allowing lawyers and support staff to reimagine the way they practice law. Here are just a few of the tech tools that have… Read More »