Law Practice Today | September 2013 | The Staffing/HR Issue
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The Dos and Don'ts of Conducting a Legal, Yet Helpful, Social Media Background Screen

By Sara H. Jodka

Employers are increasingly using social media to vet applicants in hiring. Recent studies show that employers eliminate applicants based on what they find on social media, but also misunderstood what information on social media says about an applicant. Equal employment concerns also make social media background screens a potential landmine for employers. This article outlines some dos and don'ts that will lower the risks.

As Easy as X-Y-Z? Managing Generational Issues in the Workplace

By Jonathan T. Hyman

When it comes to managing different generations of employees, a one-size-fits-all approach is likely to fail. From benefits to communication tools and training, each generation has its own needs and preferences, and your policies should take those into account.

Tips for Junior Associates to Effectively Communicate and Build Relationships at All Levels of the Law Firm Food Chain

By Christopher D. Durham

Junior lawyers know they need to do top-notch legal work to make it in their career. But you also need to work hard at how you communicate and work with co-workers – from the mailroom to the boardroom. Follow these tips to get off to a strong start.

Five Lessons Lawyers Can Learn from Lean In

By Sharolyn C. Whiting-Ralston

Sheryl Sandberg wrote her best-selling book primarily for and about women, but the lessons gleaned from Lean In apply to people of both sexes – and are especially appropriate for lawyers.

Ending Hierarchical Thinking

By Michael Maslanka

Rigid adherence to hierarchy – long a tradition of the legal profession – is poisonous to effective working relationships. Here's how to end it.

Hiring/Staffing Trends in the Legal Market

Moderated by Nick Gaffney

The recession of 2008 had an enormous impact on the legal hiring market, one that still lingers today. However, this month's Roundtable panel sees some signs of improvement.

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Managing the Law Firm Business—By the Book, By the Numbers

By Ed Poll

Every solo or small firm should be savvy in the business of running a practice. Two tools are essential to proper management: Set policies and procedures, and accurate benchmarking of financial performance.



Managing Off the Clock

By Laura Sankovich

Tempted to ask your hourly employees to work off the clock? Don't be. Ensuring that workers are paid for hours worked – and that your workplace policies enforce that requirement – is essential to compliance with federal law.


Managing Partners Work Together to Encourage Diverse Lawyers to "grab LAW"

By Carol Ann Martinelli

Law firms in Grand Rapids, like those in many cities, are struggling to reach their diversity and inclusion goals. A coalition of managing partners in the city's top firms, however, are out to change that, with its innovative "grab LAW" campaign.

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Micah U Buchdahl, HTMLawyers, Inc


Margaret M. DiBianca, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP


Andrea Malone, White and Williams LLP


Janis Alexander, Ambrose Law Group LLC

David Ambrose, Ambrose Law Group LLC

Priya Barnes

Leah Beckham, BillBLAST

John Bowers, Fox Rothschild LLP

Anne Collier

Margaret M. DiBianca, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Amy Drushal, Trenam Kemker

Chase Edwards, Paul M. Hebert Law School, Louisiana State University

Nicholas Gaffney, Infinite Public Relations

Nancy Gimbol, Eastburn and Gray, P.C.

Richard Goldstein, Goldstein Patent Law

Katy Goshtasbi, KG Consulting Group Inc, d/b/a Puris Image

Megan Greenberg

Alan Craig Haston, The Haston Law Firm, P.C.

Elizabeth Henslee

William Henslee, Florida A&M University College of Law

Kathryn M Jakabcin, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

James Matsoukas, Pierce Atwood LLP

Lisa McBee, Roberta F. Farrell, LLC

Thomas "Jason" Smith, Duff & Phelps, LLC

Jay Roderik "Rod" Stephen, The Stephens Law Firm

Pegeen  Turner, Turner IT Solutions, Inc.

Gabriela Vega, Vega Acosta Law Firm, Chtd.

James Zych, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

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