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Table of Contents VOL 36 NO 5 - SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2010

FEATURES

Building a Better Talent Game Plan: Best Practices for Training and Developing Lawyers

Putting a strong focus on developing your firm’s bench strength today can provide the edge you need to compete in the future. Here’s advice on thinking strategically about your talent needs.

By Marcia Pennington Shannon

 

Law Practice Roundtable
Professional Development: Building Talent for a More Successful Firm

Karen MacKay leads a discussion about trends on the talent front with law firm professional development leaders Susan Clarke of Gowlings, Sari Fried-Fiori of Fulbright & Jaworski, Susan Hayes of Stewart McKelvey, Richard Pearson of Davis Wright Tremaine and Scott Westfahl of Goodwin Procter.

 

Leadership Development: Should Your Firm Invest in Growing Its Leaders?

The painful law firm failures of the past few years have placed the issue of leadership squarely in the spotlight. Now firm leaders must seriously consider these questions: Should we invest in developing leadership skills in our lawyers? If no, why not? If yes, what, who, when and how?

By Kathleen Bradley

 

Rules of Engagement: Generation Y

They’ve been called high-maintenance and self-centered, lacking in many of the skills older generations take for granted. Yet they’re also noted for being creative, resourceful and collaborative. These are your new lawyers, and they cannot be ignored. Here’s how to tap into their better traits.

By Stephanie West Allen

 

Turning the Tables: How Young Lawyers Can Educate Your Firm

While you’re spending time enlightening newbie lawyers on the daily practice of law, consider these five tips for mining the golden insights that young lawyers have to offer in return.

By Ryan Sullivan
 

TECHNOLOGY

Product Watch

Simple, Affordable Backup for PCs

While it has its quirks, there’s a lot to like about the Rebit SaveMe line of backup software.

By Nerino J. Petro, Jr.

 

Legal Web 2.0

The Less-Than-Ideal State of Web 2.0 in Law Schools—And How to Improve It

Law schools have been slow to adopt and promote the benefits newer Web tools offer. What shifts would improve the situation?

By Simon Fodden

 

Hot Buttons

Virtualization: What It Means for Your Law Office

Pointers to help you understand what virtualization is and whether your firm should consider using it.

By Sharon Nelson and John Simek
 

BUSINESS

Feature

Changing Places: Tips for Finding a Job in a New Locale

If you are looking for a job today, searching across state lines may be your best option. Here’s advice for moving beyond your geographic comfort zone.

By Kirsten Keegan Vasquez

 

Career Steps

Having a Winning First Year on the Job

Suggestions to foster success in your critical first year, whether you are new to the law or simply new to your current employer.

By Wendy Werner

 

Marketing

Professional Development: It’s Not Just for Lawyers

In-house marketing staff should be continually improving their skills and credentials—just like the firm’s lawyers do. These activities can help the marketers and the firm’s bottom line.

By Sally J. Schmidt

 

Feature

Lawyer, Know Thyself: Fundamental Tips for Building a Strong Brand and a Strong Practice

What makes you better than the competition? Get to know yourself, and take these steps to win new business.

By Mark Ivener

 

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