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William Lerach, David Boies, Joe Jamail, and Thomas Mesereau are examples of successful attorneys who have built significant wealth through their careers in law. These attorneys have achieved success in various practice areas, including plaintiffs' law, trial law, and criminal defense. The wealth of these attorneys is a testament to their success in the legal profession and their ability to achieve both financial success and social impact through their work.
The "Great Resignation" has been going on for a while, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic should have halted this, but many companies are still reporting an influx of resignations. In September 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million who have quit their jobs amidst 10.4 million job openings.
The concept of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is not entirely new. It has been a hot topic in the workforce for decades. It became clear that this was an issue with many facets that must be addressed individually if we want all employees - regardless of ethnic backgrounds or gender identities- to feel valued at work.
Summary: LawCrossing shares 2021’s 10 most-read articles for legal employers.
When it comes to the legal industry during the pandemic, there are a lot of mixed reports. Many are saying that law firms are doing well and experiencing growth in some areas.
"What is the importance of Law Firm Diversity?" Law firms and legal departments are constantly striving for diversity in their hiring. Large law firms want to hire employees from diverse backgrounds to represent society and its needs while also making sure they find people with the right skills and experience. However, many law firm leaders struggle with how best to go about this process. This article will discuss strategies for recruiting a diverse legal staff from diverse law students to prospective attorneys.
If someone asked you what is normally meant by the abbreviation ‘CYA,’ you might not know what they are talking about. But you are more likely to know what this abbreviation is when it is explained to you. CYA is a shortened version of ‘cover your ass.’ While this can seem like a vulgar choice of words, it has often been used to describe people in the legal industry. Let’s take a closer look at what this means and how it affects clients and the legal industry overall.
There are a lot of movies that show violent people in the legal workplace. Colleagues are screaming at each other and intimidating new associates, as well as other staff. In particular, these would-be partners of a law firm in charge, shouting insults and hurling abuse at their employees. In fact, there were scenes of attorneys throwing objects at each other and really getting belligerent.
Since COVID-19 was discovered, life has been affected around the globe. Every country has made changes that affect how businesses operate on a day-to-day basis and in the long term. For instance, many people have been furloughed, and a lot more have lost their jobs.
Many people do not admit to favoritism in their personal and professional lives, whether this is a favorite friend or colleague they work with. But it is something that does exist whether we want to talk about it or not. Instead of denying it, it is easier to acknowledge that some people will get along better with others due to having similar traits, beliefs, and personalities. It is almost impossible not to have a favorite person in a group.
Law students who interview with numerous firms before making a final decision can tell you that each firm makes a standard pitch largely undifferent from every other firm of a similar size. If the firm is large, they all try to emphasize the diversity and experience, and if they are small, they pitch the angle of a faster trip up the ladder. The same is true when attracting new clients. If a business shops for new counsel, they are likely to hear the same pitch about why they should choose this firm over and over again.
The American economy tanked fast as soon as closures started rolling out because of the coronavirus pandemic. The country needed a stimulus bill and needed it quickly, and every politician in Washington knew it was in their best political interest to appear bipartisan on the issue. A global pandemic and the tumbling economy was not enough to stop them from padding the bill with ridiculous amounts of money for their pet projects, though.
Performance check-ins can be a formal review or a casual conversation between the parties, but it is essential that they happen frequently. Performace reviews, or check-ins, help attorneys, partners, and legal support staff address problems and acknowledge improvements promptly.
Every business knows that productive employees are critical to success. In law firms, productivity and the ability to effectively collaborate are essential components that directly affect the bottom line and the overall morale of the entire law firm. If you are seeking ways to boost productivity and foster better collaboration, these tools and techniques are showing great promise.
Summary: LawCrossing shares the most-read articles for legal employers in 2019.
Employee motivation matters just as much in law firms as it does in any other industry. In fact, we happen to think it’s more important. It’s imperative that law firms attract and retain talented staff who are engaged in fulfilling the values of the office. Retention is important for two distinct reasons. First, there is the expense of hiring and training new staff, even if they’re experienced. To keep this cost to a minimum and to break even with it, retention of staff is crucial. Second, many law firms rely on the creation and nurturing of long-term relationships with their clients. That is much easier done when a law firm doesn’t experience massive or frequent turnover.
These days there’s a blog about almost everything—from the daily headlines to pictures of pets in embarrassing costumes. That’s not surprising given blogs are easy to start, usually free, and a great way to tell the world what you’re thinking. But what many people don’t realize is that a blog can also be a vital tool for job hunting.
Summary: If you have been thinking of either transforming or establishing a virtual law firm with a remote workforce, you need to read this article.
Summary: Perks can be the difference between hiring the best legal talent out fresh out of law school and missing out on the cream of the crop.
Summary: If you want your law firm to be more efficient, consider becoming a data-driven law firm.