Allison Rhodes, co-chair of Holland & Knight’s Legal Profession Team, advises law firms dealing with troublesome behavior to involve the troublemakers in adopting new policies when possible. She calls this strategy “getting their fingerprints on the weapon.” When they violate a new policy, they can’t complain as much if they were involved in its formulation. For example, one firm had a partner who may have been sending excessive bills to clients because he did not record his time daily. The firm adopted a policy that if hours for the week were not recorded by Sunday, they could not be billed at all. The partner who sparked the policy left the firm. … [Read more...] about Abuse of power within law firms: The rainmaker dilemma
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In July, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin, a Toronto law firm, announced it would start using blind recruiting for its summer associates. The firm, which has about 60 lawyers and typically hires between five to eight summer associates, said it would use software to remove an applicant’s name, according to the Canadian Lawyer. The firm expressed hope that, between this and subconscious bias training, interviewers would speak with and hire a more diverse crop of law students—and that other firms in Canada would follow its lead. … [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’