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    Making the Most of Your Resources: Support Staff

    Making the Most of Your Resources: Support Staff In the American army the first sergeant, the senior noncommissioned officer in a company, has long been deferentially referred to as the "top kick" and affectionately called "Top."...

    Alternative Careers for Lawyers

    With the current economic downturn and the grim hiring market overall, what options are available to lawyers and graduating law students? Whether you are disappointed that you won’t be making a great deal of money, haven’t found a job...

    Unwanted Social Attention in the Office

    When you start a new job, you are generally informed about the company or firm’s sexual harassment policies. But what about a coworker or superior who takes a romantic interest in you? How do you handle that situation? Sexual Harassment Defined...

    Alternative Billing Practices

    The wisdom of using alternatives to the billable hour has been debated for years. Although the billable hour is still the mainstay in the legal profession, alternative billing is becoming increasing popular. But is it truly a better option? The best...

    How to Get Your Law License

    Starting the Bar Exam process early with the check list below will help you get organized and on your way to your Esquire. Some of these steps, like the MPRE, can be accomplished before you decide which Bar you will take. The Board of Law Examiners (click...

    Writing an Effective Cover Letter

    It's bad form to send out a résumé without a cover letter. The prospective employer wants to know how you heard about the position, why you're interested in it, and what you know about the employer. A cover letter also gives you...

    Mind Your Manners, Pt. I

    Do you break out in a cold sweat just contemplating a lunch interview? Does the thought of attending a firm formal fill you with trepidation? How about the myriad dinners scheduled for summer associates? When I was a new associate, I had pretty much mastered...

    Mind Your Manners, Part II: Interviewing While Dining

    Potential employers often conduct interviews during a meal to gauge how well you will interact with clients and superiors. A firm wants to be assured that its associates, as representatives of the firm, will make a good impression on clients and others...

    Considering Flying Solo?

    If you are considering starting your own law practice, congratulations! It is a huge step, but it can also be a very rewarding one. With proper planning and a true entrepreneurial spirit, you can be quite successful. Although law school gave you the...

    Overworked or Underproductive?

    At one time or another, everyone feels overwhelmed by their workload. Attorneys are certainly no exception. In fact, most of us fully expect to spend far more than 40 hours per week at our jobs. But are we really being asked to do too much? It the...

    Networking for New Lawyers

    You’ve probably read articles about the tactics of networking for lawyers, such as volunteering for committees, attending events, writing articles, and so on. If you’re already sold on networking, then you should be doing those things. But...

    Not the Boss’s Favorite?

    As bad bosses go, having a favorite employee seems to be one of the most commonly stated complaints. If you have a bad boss, and are clearly not his favorite, there are some things that you can do to make the situation more bearable. 1) Become allies...

    Thank You for the Interview

    You’ve just slam dunked your interview for that coveted associate position at a prestigious firm, having done everything to present yourself as perfectly as possible. Your resume is impeccable, you’ve practiced for your interview, and your...

    Women in Law & Business

    For both an educational and networking event, HB Litigation Conferences is hosting “Women in Law & Business: How to Arrive, Survive & Thrive at the Top,” an afternoon program on March 3 at the Westin Grand in Washington, DC. The...

    Missouri Bar’s New Lawyer Survival Guide

    The Missouri Bar Association provides a free online “New Lawyer Survival Guide” with helpful tips on issues ranging from dealing with clients and other attorneys to client development and court personnel. The introduction provides, The...

    Part-Time Practice Programs

    The Project for Attorney Retention, an initiative of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law, has posted a table that summarizes several essential features of part-time programs at selected law firms. According to the site, Over...

    Women in the Legal Profession Summit

    Statistics show that women are going to law school, graduating law school and becoming associates in law firms at a percentage that is consistent with male counterparts, according to NALP. However, women are not staying in the legal profession at...

    Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women: Creating Pathways to Success for All

    Building on the success of its 2006 report, Creating Pathways to Success , the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s (“WBA”) Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women (“Initiative”) moved into...

    Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women: Creating Pathways to Success

    In 2006, the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (“WBA”) launched its groundbreaking Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women (“Initiative”). The Initiative focused on three questions. What do DC firms...

    Rescinded Offers

    The Legal Intelligencer recently reported that the 300-lawyer Philadelphia district attorney's office has revoked its earlier offers to all 12 of the new attorneys who were scheduled to start there this fall. JDJournal reported that Lowenstein Sandler...

    Tips for Cyber Job-Hunting

    Karen Sloan recently penned an article for The National Law Journal with helpful tips regarding job searching on the internet. Some of the highlights: Tailor your resume for each position and focus on the jobs you really want and are suited for ...

    Work As If You’re Staying

    I just read yet another great blog by Dawn Wagenaar, principal with Ingenuity Marketing Group and contributor to The Complete Lawyer. She provides Four Impeccable Reputation Builders to assist you in building a career even when you plan on leaving your...

    Resources for Unemployed Attorneys

    Multiple resources exist to assist unemployed members of the bar. Here are a few to get you started on your quest for dealing with current realities and landing a new position: American Bar Association State Bar of Georgia New York State Bar Association...

    Michael Frankel: Using a Law Degree to Its Fullest Potential in M&A

    The diverse educational and professional experience of lawyer turned corporate development and finance executive Michael Frankel offers a unique insight into where and how education can take you along your career path. Frankel left the University of Chicago...

    Ten Tips for Surviving Life as an Associate

    In last October’s issue of the Hawaii Bar Journal, Hawaii State Bar YLD President Jill Hasegawa published an article setting forth 10 survival tips for surviving life as an associate. Given recent market events, her advice is more timely than ever...