Management

Letting an Attorney Go? Consider Outplacement to Soften the Blow

Letting an Attorney Go? Consider Outplacement to Soften the Blow

A traditional severance package typically includes two weeks of pay or more for each year that an attorney worked and a continuation of benefits for a period of time. However, another growing component of a severance package is outplacement assistance which is intended to help attorneys find work following job loss. The attorney can pay for outplacement themselves, but it is an added bonus when the company provides it as part of the severance agreement.

Why Solo/Small Law Firms are Using Freelance Attorneys to Meet Their Staffing Needs

Why Solo/Small Law Firms are Using Freelance Attorneys to Meet Their Staffing Needs

In an attempt to more effectively manage their practices and caseloads, the utilization of freelance attorneys is becoming an increasingly popular option. A freelance attorney is an experienced attorney who works with other attorneys on a project basis. Here are three reasons why freelance attorneys can be a lifesaver to solo and small law firms.

How to Prevent Your Associates From Leaving

How to Prevent Your Associates From Leaving

Employee retention should be a top priority for your firm. It is expensive both financially and in terms of lost of productivity to have a revolving door of attorneys coming in and out. According to HR Dive, 75% of the causes of employee turnover are preventable. I speak with unhappy attorneys often and a lot of their complaints and reasons for wanting to leave a firm are things a firm can easily fix. Here are the top 3 reasons associates leave their firms and what you as an employer can do about it. 

How to be a Great Mentor

How to be a Great Mentor

Great mentoring relationships don’t happen by accident; they are intentional. As a mentor, you have tremendous influence over the trajectory of another person’s career. Whether you are part of a structured mentoring program at your firm or have taken it upon yourself to mentor an associate at work, it’s important to keep the following 5 things in mind to ensure that both you and your mentee get the most out of the relationship.

3 Reasons Why You're Struggling to Fill Open Positions

3 Reasons Why You're Struggling to Fill Open Positions

You’ve crafted the perfect job description and blasted it on various job boards. You’ve conducted some interviews, but no candidates knocked it out of the park or you’ve had numerous candidates turn down your job offer. Now you’re scratching your head trying to figure out why you’re having such a hard time filling your open position.

Here are 3 reasons why you’re struggling to fill open positions that maybe you haven’t considered.

What Law Firms Get Wrong About Diversity

What Law Firms Get Wrong About Diversity

The lack of diversity in the legal profession has been a hot button topic for decades now and the industry has recently seen small gains. The National Association of Legal Placement’s 2016 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms reported that the representation of minority associates has continued to increase (from 19.53% to 22.72%) since 2010 following widespread layoffs in 2009. In 2016, minorities accounted for 8.05% of partners in the nation’s major firms. However, minority women continue to be the most underrepresented group of partners at just 2.76%. Despite the small gains in minority representation at both the associate and partnership level, the legal industry still has a long way to go to be considered a diverse industry.

[Article] Understanding the Millennial Lawyer

[Article] Understanding the Millennial Lawyer

The millennial generation encompasses those born anywhere from the early 1980s to the late 1990s and make up the largest portion of the U.S. workforce. Despite being the most educated in comparison to previous generations, they are often stereotyped as entitled, lacking work ethic and job hoppers. The millennial that went to law school and passed the bar doesn’t escape this stereotype either. The truth is that the millennial lawyer is accomplished and has high expectations for themselves and their employer.

Making the Case for Diversity

Making the Case for Diversity

The lack of diversity in the legal profession has been a hot button topic for decades now and the industry has recently seen small gains. The National Association of Legal Placement’s 2016 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms reported that the representation of minority associates has continued to increase (from 19.53% to 22.72%) since 2010 following widespread layoffs in 2009. In 2016, minorities accounted for 8.05% of partners in the nation’s major firms. However, minority women continue to be the most underrepresented group of partners at just 2.76%. Despite the small gains in minority representation at both the associate and partnership level, the legal industry still has a long way to go to be considered a diverse industry.

5 Tips for Retaining Your Best Employees

Every firm desires to have its best employees continue to contribute to the organization indefinitely. However, this is often easier said than done. Obviously paying your employee well and providing benefits can entice them to stay put, but a lot more goes into making sure an employee feel valued enough to not wander off to greener pastures.