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 of Legal Management, a publication of the Association...
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:
dangling, shoeless one , and the one that told
the caller to get lost .
It has always amazed me that businesses, including...
"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 the
blog's author is too kind. Airline jargon...
Terri L. Sjodin is a speech geek. Her
experience on her speech and debate teams in high school and college laid the
groundwork for her 2011 book, "Small Message, Big Impact : How to put the power of the
elevator speech effect to work for you."
Persuasive and instructional, Ms. Sjodin...
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 of the law firm.
This is particularly...
The other day, I added a "new"
Friend to my Facebook network, someone I see maybe once a year at a
professional gathering. I thought: This is great. Can it get any easier to stay
in touch and up to speed on what's going on in her life so that the next time
we meet we can immediately...
I'm rather passionate about legal writing. In particular, I'm looking for ways to improve my own writing. I think my writing is pretty good (I was number one in legal writing in my class for what it's worth), but I know I have a long way to go to get my writing to "great." As such...
Over the years I have met many a lawyer
who wasn't into marketing or sales. The reason: the firm will do it. Well, the firm
can't do it. Individual lawyers must, because clients continue to hire lawyers,
not law firms.
In a recent article entitled "How
to Make It Rain By Marketing...
Now there is a brilliant title,
right? Obviously, any client who sues for malpractice (or even files a
grievance with the state bar), is probably not going to hire you again. Not to
mention how many people they will bad mouth you to. Okay, so that is pretty
darn obvious. But stay with me a minute...
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 may be an
easier path, but it is a sure path...
I have a confession to make.
I'm an information junkie. All my life
I've been a voracious consumer of books, magazines and newspapers.
From burying my nose in novels as a child,
through reading 3-4 books a week when commuting as a lawyer, to teaching myself
to speed-read early in...
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 order to make the improvements that