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You’re Hired! Here’s How to Stay That Way

"Second Chances" was the theme for the reality show “The Apprentice” this past season. The contestants were jobless, once-successful professionals hit hard by the economy. All were looking to prove themselves, competing to be the one to hear ...

Lauren Egan and Michael Sachs - February 3, 2011

Nine Questions to Ask About Your Firm’s Website

Law firms are investing more in the design and development of their Web sites than ever. But are your visitors any happier? No matter the size of your firm or budget, visitors expect the same intuitive experience they have with CNN.com, WSJ.com ...

Deborah McMurray - February 2, 2011

The Art of “We”

I had lunch recently with a partner of a Big Four accounting firm, a conversation that was illuminating less for what he said than for how he said it. Whenever he talked about his work and objectives, it was always based on the firm’s work and ...

Jordan Furlong - January 27, 2011

Is Freelance Lawyering Your Thing?

Think the term “freelance lawyer” is an oxymoron? Well, it might have been, back in the day when the legal profession’s delivery model had something to do with UPS. Back then, there were “contract lawyers.” Typically, they worked through ...

Donna Seyle - January 26, 2011

Developing an Online Research Workflow: Second Step, Instapaper

How do you get all of your online research under control when there’s just so much to find, read and capture? In part two of his three-part series, Tom Mighell describes how he uses Instapaper to manage his online research workflow.

Tom Mighell - January 25, 2011

Buff Up Your Bio

This time of year, many of us resolve to buff up our physical appearance—but what about our personal and professional appearance online? Outside of the home page, lawyer biographies are the most-frequently visited pages on law firm websites. ...

Janet Ellen Raasch - January 24, 2011
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Question All Assumptions

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time to take five. Here are five items from the past week that strike us as particularly useful—or entertaining. From the Department of Very Cool. It’s a tiny credit-card reader called Square that plugs ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - January 14, 2011
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Make Meetings Count

“What’s going on in your day today, dear?” “Oh, nothing. Just a bunch of meetings.” Exactly. That’s how most of us feel about meetings. You get together and do nothing. I once knew a managing partner who routinely counted heads and multiplied ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - January 13, 2011

Five Tips for Getting Writing Right

Poor writing skills can turn off potential clients and others, whether it's in an e-mail message or a formal proposal. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best lawyer for the job because people do draw conclusions based on the quality of your ...

Steven Taylor - January 12, 2011

Developing an Online Research Workflow: First Step, Google Reader

How do you get your online research under control when there's just so much to find, read and capture? Tom Mighell manages his online research with a system of quick steps that you can put to work in your practice, too. The process involves ...

Tom Mighell - January 11, 2011