ALA Spotlight

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Investing in Our Profession’s Future

The Foundation of ALA is supporting students as they work toward careers in legal.

Best Practices for Making Your Law Firm More Inclusive for People with Disabilities

Creating an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities should be a top priority for law firms — especially considering how many individuals in the firm may be living with a disability or may develop one in the future. Unfortunately, many law firms overlook this critical demographic when crafting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policies and programming.

Law Firms’ Evolving Take on Sustainability

Today’s firms are giving clients a front-row seat as they work toward their intended environmental goals.

Sustainability has become a key consideration in more than half of consumers’ product purchasing decisions — and it’s also increasingly factoring into legal services’ marketability.

Five-Alarm Warning: Modern Data Threats Are Too Hot to Handle

Most legal management professionals require a hat rack to hold the caps of their various roles: accountant, marketer, recruiter, HR director, IT coordinator, drill sergeant, therapist, confidant … and, of course, fire marshal.

6 Legal Workflows Worth Automating

The pressure is on legal organizations to be more digital and automated than ever. But that’s not exactly easy to do in a legal industry still operating in a world of paper documents, legacy systems and siloed data. Needless to say, the move to hybrid or remote offices brought on by the pandemic has accelerated a transition to an “anywhere-operations” model.

The Shadow Pandemic: How Firm Staff Can Show Up for Struggling Employees

In the past two years, humans have had a collective moment when it comes to mental health and well-being. No person has been immune to the disruption, fear and insecurity that the COVID-19 pandemic has ignited. We regularly hear about the cost and consequences of isolation and loneliness. The increase during COVID is staggering: A recent study by the Integrated Benefits Institute indicates a 400% increase in anxiety and depression directly related to COVID-19.

Law Firm Pricing and Budgeting Trends for Optimized Profitability

In August 2021, BigHand gathered 800 responses to an industry survey from senior legal finance professionals, managing partners and legal pricing managers in firms of over 100 lawyers in North America and the United Kingdom. The resulting report is an accurate view of the latest legal pricing and matter budgeting trends.

The Big Quit

How to keep the Great Resignation from visiting your firm.

There’s an exodus happening in many workplaces. According to the most recently released U.S. Department of Labor data, workers are walking away from their jobs, voluntarily, in record numbers. In November 2021, more than 4.5 million people joined the Great Resignation, re-evaluating their careers and searching for different opportunities.

Making an Impact in a Whirlwind of Change

As the year winds down, I am trying to reflect back and actually remember what happened in 2021. Forget every day feeling like “Blursday” — this entire year went by in a flash, and I can barely differentiate between 2020 and 2021.

How Legal Organizations Can Restructure Their Culture and Adapt to Changing Norms

Employees are driving the industry to make positive shifts in the work environment.

It’s no secret that law firms are typically traditional when it comes to culture. They may have set working hours every day and are not as flexible as other companies. They might encourage competition, expect lawyers and staff to give their all to their jobs, and not be concerned about burnout, even though it’s quite common.