Friday, May 9, 2014

Working with Millennials

We've heard lots of people grumbling about working with millennials, sometimes with good cause, sometimes based more on stereotype than reality; this short article from Entrepreneur discusses some of these stereotypes and why they might be wrong.

But like many things, both positive and negative generalizations only go so far - it's difficult to pigeon-hole millenial attorneys just as one would be hard-pressed to pigeon-hole baby boomer attorneys and so forth.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Personal branding

Attorneyatwork had an interesting article recently on personal branding.

Most attorneys don't like to think of themselves as a "brand" - and, we suppose, if you're a BigLaw drone or something similar, you're not (your firm certainly is, though).

But as you move down to solo and small firm attorneys, you very much are a brand - potential clients may hire you for your legal acumen, but just as many might hire you because of something about you - maybe a shared culture or affinity or hobby, or a myriad of other things you are and can be.

So give some thought to it and make sure your brand reflects what you want it to be.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Retracting offers and the state of the profession

A snippet came out in the ABA Journal recently about a firm retracting offers it had made to new first-year associates.  Not, by itself, a shocking thing.

What drew laughter and snide comments was the firm's excuse: that "declining client demand for first year associates" was amongst the factors behind the move.

As commentators pointed out, it's highly unlikely any client would demand a first-year associate.

After all, while paid very well (at these firms at least), the average first-year associate does little besides busy work and is, by and large, far less valuable than a half-competent paralegal.

That's one of the bigger problems the profession (and law schools) still need to find a better solution for.

Friday, May 2, 2014

How much obsolete tech are you using?

Sam Glover has a nice little slideshow over at Lawyerist discussing obsolete technology that many lawyers are still using.

How about you?

The only one of these that's still useful for many people, in our opinion at least, is the copier - since many courts don't have e-filing and there's still often a need to produce copious amounts of paper.  While scanning everything and printing on demand works for most things, it can tax many a printer to have to print hundreds of pages (and have them properly collated, stapled, etc.)

Everything else though?  Yeah, it's been replaced.