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Changing roles for support staff

Smart attorneys know that their support staff – secretaries, clerks, and paralegals – play a vital, if often unheralded role in the smooth functioning of a law office. Not only are these professionals often the ones who know and understand the real hows and whys of dealing with court clerks and officials, they can greatly […]

Tech training for lawyers

We recently came across an interesting article on the hows-and-whys of technology training for attorneys. The subject is one many lawyers would prefer to avoid, being either traditionally technophobic, or simply just “too busy” for training beyond what might be required under their state’s CLE rules. But, as we’ve discussed before, this is a mistake. […]

You’re a businessperson

Lawyers don’t like to think of themselves as business people. They are “professionals” above the fray of business, claim many. But ask any attorney fired from a lack of a solid book of business, or the ever-increasing number of attorneys who are mere commodities, slaving away on endless document-review projects, what they think of this […]

Expansion isn't always a good thing

Expansion isn’t always a good thing

Roy Ginsberg had a nice piece on lawyerist regarding the dangers of solos expanding too quickly and/or too rashly. Indeed, this is a serious problem that is probably responsible for the failure of many a solo law office – you get busy, you hire help, the business goes away (since it is often cylical) and […]

Appearances Matter

Appearances matter

An article on LinkedIn from Jeff Haden reminds us that appearances often do matter in the workplace. Although written from a non-legal background, the lesson is equally true for lawyers. Leaving aside “appearances” of gender or ethnicity (topics for whole other discussions), other attorneys and potential clients often want someone who looks “lawyerly” Facial hair […]

Costs And Responsibilities

Costs and responsibilities

Sam Glover had an interesting and thought-provoking piece earlier this week over at lawyerist, where he laid out the reasons why lawyers are so expensive and his opinion, at least, that this really can’t change unless there is a also a corresponding change to the rules of professional responsibility. Sam makes some good points, which […]

Employees Can Make The Firm

Employees can make the firm

Most of us have seen examples of lawyers who treat their employees poorly and, unsurprisingly, get poor performance and indifferent attitudes in return. A new article from Jeff Weaver discussed some of the many reasons this behavior is short-sighted, at best, and can be downright harmful to your firm. The fact is, your staff is […]

Lawyer Demographics

Lawyer demographics

Interesting data shared by Bill Henderson on the demographics of the legal profession. The numbers are showing a trend, which is not generally a positive one – namely, the graying of the profession. Put simply, although (until recently), law school attendance numbers have remained high, the number of lawyers under age 35 has been going […]

Sharing Is Caring

Sharing is caring

Kevin O’Keefe recently had a piece explaining his answer for the commonly-asked question, “How Do You Get Lawyers to Blog?” It’s interesting to note that his answer (a good one, of course) touches on the reasons an attorney should blog – not just to hear their own voice, but to act as a valuable resource […]

Can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Lee Rosen had a thought-provoking piece recently where he challenged the idea that lawyers can be “better” and “cheaper” as fallacy. The more we thought about it, the more we have to agree. You simply can’t be the best lawyer if you’re always trying to compete on price; you might be able to make an […]