In our new era of intense media attention to scandal, law firms should also be prepared with outside professional help from a crisis management firm. Leah Johnson, a crisis management and public relations professional who heads LCJ Solutions, encourages law firms to bring in outside professionals even though they are often involved in managing their clients’ crises. She emphasizes the importance in a time of crisis for firms to avoid “groupthink”. Many law firms these days, like their clients, have a crisis management firm on speed dial. … [Read more...] about Abuse of power within law firms: The rainmaker dilemma
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Macfarlanes, which has more than 300 lawyers, introduced blind recruiting in 2014. When recruiting for the new trainee intake, the graduate recruitment team sees all the resumés, but the assessors on the assessment days don’t even get to glance at them. “Three-quarters of the assessment day is conducted CV-blind, including the written, group and in-tray tasks,” Morgan-Guest says. “This means that a large part of a candidate’s assessment is based on their actual performance on the day, which we believe promotes greater fairness.” … [Read more...] about Law firms embrace blind recruiting to promote diversity–but does it work?
About a third of the firm’s partnership is diverse, including women, people of color and LGBTQ partners, Karp said. The firm’s deputy chair is a woman, and more than 30 percent of the firm’s practice groups and departments are led by women, he said. … [Read more...] about Partner promotion photo shows little diversity; law firm blames ‘idiosyncratic demographic pool’
To develop soft skills in young lawyers, law firm leaders need to encourage associates to get out of their offices, interact with colleagues on a personal level, go to firm social events and take advantage of career development opportunities. Sitting in offices and staring at computers all day will not turn associates into client development assets and will not produce future leaders. … [Read more...] about Law firms shouldn’t overlook value of soft skills
In the late 1960s, the country’s largest law firm, Shearman & Sterling, had 169 lawyers, the article reports. Today, 29 law firms in the United States have at least 1,000 lawyers. The country’s largest law firm, Dentons, has 10,000 lawyers in 78 countries. … [Read more...] about As law firm culture changes, being a partner ‘is all but dead’