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Balancing Tradition with Progress

Law firms juggle digital efficiencies with the human touch.

Summer Jurrells, PHR, SHRM-CP, arrived as Administrator of Husch Blackwell LLP’s Austin, Texas, office in March 2020 — one week before the entire staff was sent home to work remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shaking Up the Law Firm Management Structure

Alternative business structures are allowing non-lawyers to share in law firm profits.

It’s been one year since Arizona announced it was implementing a new way for law offices to “bring long overdue innovation to the legal field.” That innovation? Licensing alternative business structures (ABS), which “opens the door for non-lawyer investment in law firms, and profit-sharing within firms with non-lawyers as incentives to bring in top talent.”

Finding Common Ground

We’ve got advice for managing conflict in your legal organization.

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable — including within legal organizations. Failing to address such discord can negatively affect firm morale and potentially drive away valued lawyers and staff.

Business Foundations with The Successful Firm Project

    Business Foundations with The Successful Firm Project ALA partners with new initiative to create a brighter future for law firms Kate Raftery Content Specialist ALA Lawyers know the law, but they may not…

Quick Poll: What Perks Attract New Associates to Your Firm?

As most firms prepare for a re-entry or evolution of their workforce environment, a new focus is being placed on what the 21st century attorney finds valuable in their compensation and benefits package. What types of benefit has your firm embraced to attract associates in 2021? Take this one-question poll and compare your answer with other firms.

How to Tackle Unconscious Biases

Everyone has these biases; here’s how you can keep them from seeping into your hiring process.

In 2018, a study revealed that racial and gender bias are still widespread within the legal industry. In fact, 63% of women of color reported that they had to go “above and beyond” to gain the same recognition as their coworkers. Furthermore, men of color and white women reported feeling like they were held to higher standards more often than white men.

Best Practices for Adopting Client-Driven Practice Tools

As legal tech continues to rise, how you approach these platforms is more important than ever.

More and more corporate clients are asking law firms to partner with them in using project management tools and other platforms to streamline their work together. For many administrators, this means not only learning how to use these platforms themselves but also coming up with ways to effectively train lawyers and staff on them.

Responding to Stressful Workday Situations

If we look closely at how we think throughout a workday, it turns out that for most of the day we’re simply bouncing from thought to thought — without much awareness of the quality of those thoughts.

Getting to the Bottom of Burnout

If you’re seeing signs of employee burnout, these tips can help you cut it off before it becomes a bigger problem.

Burnout is a tricky thing, and it feels like an even weightier term given the last year. You have to be on your toes when it comes to it, and when you least expect it, it can pause or even derail a career. If it’s happening with one of your firm’s lawyers, it can trickle down to the firm’s support staff.

How to Offer a Successful Long-Term Care Insurance Benefit

Long-term care insurance (LTCI) products and enrollment have gone through many twists and turns in the past 10 years. The question many law firms ask is “How do we successfully offer an LTC benefit?”