A few months ago, I spoke to a friend of mine who does transactional work for a large law firm. He was bemoaning the fact that the pace of his workload was unsustainable. He felt like he was drinking from a fire hose. Clients and partners were emailing him at all hours, he was spending … Read more
I’m not a big reader of fiction. With three teenagers, a wife who works full-time, a coaching business to run and a dog who also deserves some attention, I can still find time for squash. I even find time to do a fair amount of professional reading. Unfortunately, reading fiction doesn’t often make it to … Read more
Increase your profitability while increasing work/life balance at your firm–that according to a study published in the ACC Docket.
The Progam on Attorney Retention has teamed up with corporate counsel to look at the interconnection between increasing diversity and offering flexible schedules to women and minorities (as reported in the National Law Journal).
I first stumbled across Kathleen J. Wu’s article in the Texas Lawyer almost two months ago. In the article, Wu, a partner with large law firm Andrews & Kurth, was curious as to the effect that now larger law firm salaries would have on practicing attorney mothers in Texas. As she notes, female attorneys understand … Read more
I was on vault.com today and noticed that the firm rankings for 2008 are out. Of particular interest are their Quality of Life rankings with the Top 20 Law Firms to Work For. Looks like McKee Nelson takes the top overall honors this year. I always find the “hours” section of the quality of life … Read more
Frank M. D’Amore had this interesting article last month in the Texas Lawyer on stemming associate attrition at law firms. Frank had some compelling recommendations for firms, like requesting direct regular feedback (not just yearly) from associates, more associate integration activities (like one-on-one attention from partners and well-thought out events), and also really rewarding associate … Read more
The central career issue of our day is finding meaningful work which leaves time for our personal lives. Professionals who charge for their time know this firsthand. In the legal profession, where the pressure to bill more hours has never been greater, this is particularly true. But choosing a career in law does not automatically … Read more
Life at the Bar linked to this interesting post by Doug Constant. I am always intrigued when I receive reminders to live in the moment as I’m always two steps ahead. This is a real problem area for me. I am ALWAYS thinking of my “to do list” or the next entry on my personal … Read more
Almost 80% of women who leave law firm practice end up staying in or returning to the workforce; and more than 50% of them stay in the legal profession. In other words, female attorneys are not leaving either the workforce or the profession to be stay at home moms. But they are opting out of … Read more