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    The challenges of change in managing lawyer careers

    Our firm is currently advising several law firms about improvements to their career management policies and procedures. In some legal markets this has become a very important strategic issue - not just one of internal human resources management. In...

    Women stunt their careers - unintentionally.

    (Comments on a post from HBR Blog Network) Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath and Mary Davis Holt start their HBR Blog post like this: "Having combed through more than a thousand 360-degree performance assessments conducted in recent years, we've...

    Steve Jobs tribute - "The only way to do great work is to love what you do."

    I can't imagine any world leader today who will have at his or her death more news coverage or outpouring of grief by the masses in the world as Steve Jobs. The ubiquitous, yet iconic nature of Apple products has infiltrated the world of more...

    What’s the end game?

    I was with a group of law firm partners from different City firms this week, listening to them discuss a case study about super-profitable US law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Aside from their phenomenally successful business model and profitability...

    The Joy Of Secs (secondments)

    I've been hanging out with a lot of in-house counsel recently, and one thing's clear. They love their secondees. Really love them. Whether it's a GC who is relying on a specialist skill set that he or she can't quite find the...

    Lawyer with a video game addiction

    I just received the monthly newsletter of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board. Not Fun and Games: Lawyer with Video Game Addiction Suspended This month's most interesting disciplinary decision is the case of Office of Disciplinary Counsel...

    Law Firm Management Ideas | The Benevolent Dictator

    Listening to a law firm administrator explain how he handles internally sensitive issues at his law firm over a business dinner one evening, I remarked, "You're a benevolent dictator! Sounds like it's working for you! Management by consensus...

    Life after managing partner

    The Lawyer reported this morning that Mark Walker, until recently the managing partner of Cleary Gottlieb in New York, has moved to Paris and into the world of finance as a senior advisor to the global sovereign advisory group at Lazard. One of...

    After the honeymoon

    What happens when things don't work out after a merger as well as the partners had hoped? There are almost always some rough spots after any merger of two businesses. However, these can be become life-threatening for recently merged law firms...

    Law Firm Staff: Overlooked Marketers

    Most employees of law firms are in a great position to help in the firm's business development efforts - or help damage them. A lot of that depends on how they are treated, how much that love or hate their job, and are otherwise engaged in the...

    Business plans for gigantic canoes

    For several months now, I and some of my colleagues in the Public and Professional Interest Division of the International Bar Association have been reviewing the business plans of the PPID committees and other entities. These groups range from very...

    Aloof and clueless

    The Economist's "Johnson" blog had an entertaining, and all too true, post several days ago: " Airlinese ." It pokes fun at the awkward butchering of the English language on commercial airlines. To some extent, I think that...

    Don't Fire Your Receptionist...

    Fire the person who hired him or her. Over the years, I've told a few horror stories involving receptionists. Two that immediately come to mind, include: the cigarette dangling, shoeless one , and the one that told the caller to get lost . ...

    Just Being Social | by Jay Strother for Legal Management

    If you're looking for the latest "buzz" about social media ethics and professional responsibility for lawyers (and their employees), I highly recommend Jay Strother's article, Just Being Social , published in the March/April edition...

    Starting Young Pays Big Dividends: Increasing Business Development for Female Associates

    This article was co-written by Janet Brichard, Transformation Management Women associates who learn business development skills can become significant business generators as they hone their legal skills. Based on a study of 426 women attorneys, we...

    Managing Partners -- who is your successor?

    KPMG's Audit Committee Insights for July 14, 2010 featured a Corporate Board Member article about CEO succession planning. A new research study of 140 public and private CEOs and boards in North America released by Heidrick & Struggles and Stanford's...

    Career management plans: a good step forward, but…

    Focus groups of more than 900 law firm associates, conducted by Walker Clark members worldwide, have consistently identified the availability of career planning as one of the most important factors that cause good associates to stay at their firm. Associates...

    Lessons of Recession Could be Forgotten after Turn-around

    Taking into account all of the trends and statistics of the new economy, there will be several imminent changes that will appreciably affect new legal careers. Most likely, firms will keep the billable hour, will move to merit-based compensation, and...

    When It’s Too Late for Succession Planning

    Business succession and generational transition are no longer just theoretical issues or problems to be deferred until sometime in the future. By our estimates, a majority of the law firms in the world - perhaps as many as 75% of them - are now or within...

    Building Cross-Competency in Law Firms

    Many law firms invest considerable time, effort, and resources in cross-training younger lawyers to work in more than one practice area. Cross-training is a worthwhile investment, but often a very costly one. This Green Paper outlines a new approach to...

    Law Firm Succession Planning

    A recent article in the Journal of Accountancy offers timely succession planning insights for certified public accountants, which are equally relevant for attorneys who own their own practices. In "A 2009 Tuneup for Your Firm's Succession Planning"...

    Moneyball Indeed!

    Research by Kerma Partners and the Redwood Think Tank shows that incorporating "success factors" into law firm recruiting can have a big impact on firm profits. Read full article authored by James Bergin and Ron Paquette.

    Integration, Training & Professional Development

    Employers have an enormous stake in the transition from law school to law practice. If personnel costs are the firm's largest expense, and people are its most important assets, it is good business to make every effort to protect such valuable assets...

    Managing Partner Performance

    Now that 2009 has come to an end, law firms are breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward with hopes of a better year to come. As with any year-end, it is also time to dole out partner compensation, and many firms are hop­ing they were able to...

    Double Check that e-mail Message Before You Hit Send!

    Since the era of electronic mail began, computer users have been inadvertently hitting the wrong buttons (i.e., "Reply to All") when sending e-mail messages, often resulting in embarrassing - or even worse - consequences. Recently a company...