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Many firms have appeared in recent weeks to be signaling compassion, embracing (relative) transparency and sharing sacrifices across lawyers and staff. That can help make even painful cuts less harmful for a firm’s internal morale and outside reputation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the biggest industrywide toll on law firms since the Great Recession, with many of the same unfortunate hallmarks: layoffs, furloughs, compensation cuts and deferred classes. (See, “Pay Cuts, Layoffs, and More: How Law Firms Are Managing the Pandemic,” The American Lawyer (April 20, 2020).
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By Kimberly Rice
With national shelter-in-place orders in place now for several months with information on resuming business in the new normal changing every day, lawyers must consider pivoting how they operate their businesses in today’s sub-normal climate.
By Glennie Green
It is critical that lawyers determine strategies that match their skills, personalities, and perceptions and experiences.
By Sharon Meit Abrahams
Conscientious development of associates through training and mentoring enables them to become dynamic, professional, and ethical attorneys who provide high quality service that clients expect.
By Patrick Smith
The largest law firms are pouring substantial resources into business development training, cultivating leadership skills and professional coaching, according to a new report, and they’re fielding teams of marketing professionals and lawyers to court and maintain clients. But the report found that the efforts — and the results — have been uneven, especially when it comes to developing leadership and building effective client teams.