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Ageism Is Not the Answer for the Legal Profession

Posted in Management, Marketing
For the 2013 academic year, law school admissions were headed for a 30-year low, a decline driven by student worries about rising tuition, debt load and unemployment after graduation. Potential law students increasingly understand that today it is a fool’s gamble to spend many thousands of dollars in the hope of getting a well-paying job … Continue Reading

Ageism comes to the legal profession

Posted in Management
Most people will agree that there are too many lawyers, an oversupply. (Parenthetically, I disagree; it seems to me that there is a dislocation between the supply and the demand for legal services, a situation that the organized bar has never been able to reconcile with successfully.) But I digress. Assuming, for the moment, that … Continue Reading

Guest post: Lawyers on the move

Posted in Guest Blog, Technology
Nicole Black is an attorney in Rochester, New York, is the Director of Business Development at MyCase, a web-based law practice management platform, and is the ABA-published author of “Cloud Computing for Lawyers” and the co-author of “Social Media for Lawyers.”   There’s no doubt about it–21st century lawyers are on the move and are … Continue Reading

Professional Competence requires Technology Proficiency

Posted in Management, Technology
Visiting ALM LegalTech conference today was eye popping in both its simplicity and complexity. First, the simple:  D. Casey Flaherty, corporate counsel at Kia Motors America, suggests that law firms don’t need more software. They need to use their existing software more efficiently and effectively. What a concept. Reminds me of the scientists’ suggesting that … Continue Reading

Pricing contract lawyers

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, Management
Are contract lawyers an expense or a fee item?  This issue has been litigated before and, according to my reading, has been resolved in favor of the law firm. The law firm is entitled to engage contract or temporary lawyers for one price and charge the client a higher price. One rationale for this is … Continue Reading

Lawyers for sale

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, Management, Marketing
In today’s Wall Street Journal, the writer suggests that high priced lawyers are for sale, that is, that clients are pushing back and demanding lower fees irrespective of the stated hourly rates of their lawyers. The reporter’s perspective is skewed only to the larger law firms, “Big Law.”  Small firm and sole practitioners have always … Continue Reading

Fact checkers are needed

Posted in Personal Thoughts
Fact checking should be the backbone of every lawyer. I’m wondering why so many politicians, many of whom are lawyers, fail to fact check, or if they do fact check, fail to tell the full truth in their assertions. Below is a list of "fact checkers" concerning recent assertions by politicians. Knowing that no political … Continue Reading

Legacy = Goodwill

Posted in Buying & Selling a Practice, Life After Law
I have been getting more calls from lawyers wanting to retire, wanting to sell their law practices. As a result, I started writing a new book. I just finished Life After Law: What Will You Do With the Rest of Your Life?  It is being edited now and will be available for sale in October. … Continue Reading

Mentoring Lawyers

Posted in Coaching, Management
I’ve talked about internships for lawyers. We’ve discussed articling in Canada. And now I find out that the State of Georgia has a mandatory mentoring program for brand new lawyers. Perhaps we’re not so far away from the internship process. On the other hand, since Georgia has been working this path for quite a few … Continue Reading

Knowledge – Who Owns It?

Posted in Management, Technology
I had the pleasure of keynoting a recent conference sponsored by LexisNexis.  During a panel discussion among practitioners, technology consultant and myself, the topic of the cost of new technology was discussed. One of the suggestions I made was that the successful law firm of the future will use technology to create and enhance its … Continue Reading

Surgically remove lawyers

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, Marketing
For the second day in a row, the WSJ ragged on lawyers. It’s front page headline says "How to Surgically Remove Lawyers From Hospitals" ….  Without reading more than the front page headline, one would think that lawyers are a problem for hospitals and need to be removed … and here’s how to do it. … Continue Reading