After a brief summer hiatus, Counsel to Counsel is back! In my latest episode, I speak with Jon Klavens of Klavens Law Group about how he has built a mission driven law practice. Jon is a fellow alum of Northeastern University School of Law. Like many NUSL students, Jon came to the school with a strong interest in the public interest. After a prestigious clerkship and a long stint at the Boston firm Goodwin Procter, Jon decided he wanted to have more impact on the world. He didn’t want to work for a non-profit so he found a way to serve the public good by representing companies involved in clean energy, clean technology, resource recovery, sustainable agriculture and food ventures, and social enterprise. You can hear the episode wherever you get your podcasts. Stay tuned for many other interesting interviews throughout the Fall.
For many lawyers, travel is something to do for a business trip or on vacation. But for Robert Finkel, travel was a way for his family to live abroad and experience a new culture. For two years, Bob lived in Israel with his wife and three children while continuing to work for his law firm in Boston. In my latest podcast, Bob tells his story and discusses how he leveraged his expertise in tax to make this adventure become a reality.
Looks like a good place to find inspiration for making change in your own legal career. Here is a description in an e-mail I received about the launch: Over the course of the next three months, we’ll be profiling 50 of the profession’s leading innovators at http://www.legalrebels.com . The first seven profiles, along with videos … Read more
Answer: You can’t. At least according to the Brazen Careerist. This does not mean that you will never earn as much as you earned as a lawyer; but don’t expect to immediately replace a high six figure salary with another six figure salary (i.e. if you decide that something besides law is your calling.)
Lawyers who are thinking of switching to a management role at a firm have some advantages over non-lawyers. Presumably, they understand how lawyers think, how work gets done and how to best serve clients. But management requires a set of skills that is very different than the skills required to be a good lawyer. For … Read more
Are you eager to give up your high paying law firm job for the chance to earn a salary that is based 100% on commissions? Would you like the chance to have your income depend on highly irrational decision making over which you have very limited control? If so, then a career in legal recruiting … Read more
Do you believe in an afterlife? Are you wondering if lawyers can do anything but practice law after spending 5 years as an associate? Well stop wondering. Evidence of a legal afterlife is all around you. Many law school faculty and administrators once practiced law. Many legal recruiters like myself were once practitioners (while I … Read more
Are you thinking about leaving the legal profession? Not sure what’s next? Are you considering quitting your law firm job so you can figure out a good next step? I have written a piece which appears on the BCG website. You may want to read it before you pull the trigger!
There are a huge number of talented lawyers who would happily work 3/4 time for 3/4 pay. You would think that by now, some major firm would have figured out how to capitalize on this reality. Instead, we see large firms in all the of the major legal markets rushing to match their competitors in … Read more
My colleague Danice Kowalczyk in BCG’s New York office offers some interesting thoughts about when it makes sense to take a job as a legal temp. Temping has been around for a while now in the legal profession. Temping arrangements can be a win/win for firms who need to quickly build an army or fill … Read more