At its second annual conference in Las Vegas in May 2017, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) offered professional development sessions on a range of topics to more than 1000 attendees – twice the turnout of its first conference, which was held a year ago. CLOC describes itself as a “non-profit organization consisting of legal operations professionals providing education,...… Continue Reading
Help for Stressed-Out Lawyers Are you anxious? depressed? chronically stressed? Jeena Cho, who with Karen Gifford has co-authored a book for the American Bar Association entitled The Anxious Lawyer, has some reassuring news that may not come as much of a surprise: your mental state is common among lawyers. In an article on their anxiouslawyer website, Jeena Cho argues that these...… Continue Reading
Law Firm Pairs with Cybersecurity Company to Help Businesses with Data Breaches Bloomberg Law reports that the law firm Jackson Lewis has formed an arrangement with the identity-theft and data-breach management firm Merchants Information Solutions to provide legal advice to businesses that have experienced data breaches. Gayle Cinquegrani at Bloomberg quotes Merchants’ vice president of marketing, Robert Ward, who says this is “the first program in the country” to offer legal services as part...… Continue Reading
Could Regular Interviews Help Law Firms Retain Valuable Staff? A brief article in Canadian Business suggests a way that businesses and professional companies like law firms can help to identify areas of concern among valuable legal and support staff before they lead to major problems. The article is based on a book co-authored by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans. In Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss, the authors suggested that interviewing “star employees” on...… Continue Reading
Literary Essay Assignment as a Recruitment Tool? Bloomberg’s Big Law blog reports on an intriguing hiring tactic recently deployed by the intellectual property boutique Fisch Sigler LLP of Washington, D.C. Applicants for the position of associate at the firm were invited to submit an essay on the subject of “Whether Nobel Prize winning novelist Saul Bellow deserved his 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature,” along with the rest...… Continue Reading
Facing and Overcoming Law Firm Business-Development Challenges I was pleased to have been invited recently to contribute my thoughts to an article by Jody Glidden, cofounder and CEO of Introhive. Introhive provides relationship intelligence automation (RIA) support to law firms and other professionals who are using customer relationships management (CRM) platforms. Jody asked me to talk about “the most critical business-development mistakes law firms are making...… Continue Reading
Lessons from HBO’s Game of Thrones about Email Security A recent article in The Verge describes the challenges faced by the wildly popular Game of Thrones series on HBO when it comes to protecting secrecy around the plots of future episodes. Among the steps the show has taken to address these privacy challenges is two-step verification of emails, a strategy any industry or profession that deals with secure matters on a regular basis would be wise to...… Continue Reading
Gary Kasparov:  “Work with – Don’t Fear – Intelligent Machines” In a humorous and entertaining, but also thought-provoking, TED Talk, Gary Kasparov recounts his historic confrontation with IBM’s “Deep Blue” in 1997: the never-to-be-forgotten day when the world champion chess player was beaten at his own game by a computer. Kasparov goes on to talk about the value of the capacities – such as passion and the ability...… Continue Reading