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Mobile Apps Are a Resource Law Firms Can No Longer Afford to Ignore

Enterprise mobile apps provide a range of features and benefits that attorneys and law firms can no longer afford to overlook. From increased visibility to brand management and promotional strategies, firms may be able to utilize apps in much the same way as commercial businesses. While the ever-growing number of reasons why businesses need a mobile applications are commonly known, there are plenty of benefits to be had by law firms and those who provide legal services that may warrant consideration.   Brand Management Reputation, image and prestige can all be key assets for a firm, especially those who may…

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Five Small Ways You Can Combat the Motherhood Penalty

The ABA recently released research from its inquiry into why women leave the law.  The study revealed issues all too familiar to many practicing female attorneys--discrimination, salary dissatisfaction, caregiving responsibilities that are incompatible with the pace of practice.  And while the ABA’s efforts are ongoing, I was surprised to see a lack of focus on what numerous other studies have dubbed the “motherhood penalty”--or the earnings (and corresponding promotion) gap between mothers and non-parents in the workplace.  Research shows a significant decline in a woman's earnings after the birth of her first child, with that disparity continuing throughout her career.…

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5 Tips to Become the Executive Director at A Law Firm

Becoming a lawyer is one of the most common dream jobs in the United States. The earning potential is huge and the ability to help other individuals is a great feeling. However, the road to becoming a lawyer is not easy. Some people even aspire higher to the position of Executive Director at a law firm. This requires even more hard work and dedication. Here are five tips for becoming the Executive Director at a law firm. 1. Earn Trust One of the foundations of a good and successful lawyer is trust. As the representative that stands between a citizen…

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The Process for Applying to Prestigious Firms

Step 1. Preparing to Apply for a Job with a Prestigious Firm Clean up your social media accounts. Open your social media accounts and clean them up. If they see you with an alcoholic drink or supporting controversial positions, they may walk. Be a top performer. Prestigious firms want top performers. Your performance in school, prior jobs, and volunteer positions will all be scrutinized. Personality matters. Firms are not looking for people who stand out; they are looking for team players. They like people who are humble, energetic, and enthusiastic about whatever they are asked to do. Step 2. Understand…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: In a recent Podcast with Christina Martini, you said new lawyers should show enthusiasm. Is “show enthusiasm” code for “work 70 hours a week as a new attorney?” How would you advise a new attorney who is not physically able to put in those hours to demonstrate commitment or worth, or is working long hours the only acceptable method? A: This is the second part of my answer to the question. In my column last month, I focused on ways to show that you are “all in” so that senior lawyers are more likely to invest in your career…

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All Legal Jobs Are Not Created Equal

Whether you have just passed the bar exam or have been practicing law for years, keep in mind that every legal job has its own unique situation. Not every job will be right for every job seeker, but there are indicators that can guide you in determining which job offer be a good fit for you. The Interview Liz Ryan, an HR expert, gives ten reasons you should run away from a job offer. Asking to read the employee handbook at your interview, prior to receiving a job offer, is her first tip. Reviewing that handbook in order to see how…

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Obtaining Accommodations at Your New Law Job

Now that the bar is over, many of you will soon head off to your first post-law school job. Congratulations! You’ll be making choices about healthcare, retirement savings and life insurance. If you’re disabled, it’s never too soon to start thinking about the accommodations you’ll need to work efficiently. What follows are some tips to help ensure that your accommodations are in place as soon as you need them. Don’t Wait to Ask for Accommodations To qualify for reasonable accommodations at a new workplace, you’ll often be required to fill out a stack of paperwork and obtain medical documentation of…

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Plant Seeds to Make It Rain: 5 Things New Lawyers Can Do to Begin Developing Business

     When I was a new attorney, I knew that I needed to develop business in order to advance in my firm. I had a lot of anxiety about that at the beginning because there was no well-marked path that I could take to make it work. This is not surprising since even established rainmakers will tell you that new business development is hard work,and studies keep coming out suggesting that female attorneys struggle even more than their male counterparts with it.      It was a happy accident for me that my dad went back to private practice…

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Five Ways to Explode Your Law Firm Growth Right Out of the Box

Everyone who owns a business is looking for one thing when they start out: visibility. You have a product, you have the personnel in place to sell it, but now you just need people to know who you are.   But how are you supposed to do that in a marketplace that is growing by the second? Nearly half a million people open up a brand new business every single month, so the competition for high-quality keywords, valuable leads, and ultimately revenue is only going to increase.   If you're looking for a few ways to help your law firm…

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Using Your Website to Gain Trust with Potential Clients

Trust is a tricky thing. It's not easy to earn, and it's even harder to keep. In the law field especially, people often take on the attitude that lawyers can't be trusted. But we have the power to change that attitude through our actions and the way we present ourselves. You can start building trust with potential clients before they even call or meet with you – through your website. Here's how: Design with Your Clients in Mind Professionalism is of the utmost importance when designing your website, but you must also keep your clients in mind. From color choices…

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