Ask the Experts

Social Media

Does Social Media Really Work as a Marketing Tool?

Question: I read so much about lawyers engaging in social media, but I see little evidence of its effectiveness. How is social media being used by lawyers in a way that is beneficial? For this edition of "Ask the ...

The Editors - January 8, 2015

I Hate Public Speaking! Is It Worth the Effort?

Question: I hate public speaking, but I do it because I’m told it’s good marketing. But when I take days to prepare for a single speech that brings me no new business, I’m inclined to refuse the next invitation. What am I ...

The Editors - December 15, 2014
Women Lawyers

Gender Bias: Time to Leave Your Law Firm?

Question: “I’m a young female lawyer working in a midsize law firm. It’s fairly obvious that women are treated as second-class citizens around here. Are there ways that you have seen to effectively battle this bias — or do I ...

The Editors - November 20, 2014

What ‘Creative Perks’ Boost Morale?

Question: For a smaller firm without a huge budget, what kinds of "creative perks" could we offer employees to show appreciation, to help boost morale and motivation? The truth is, your employees are being asked to do more ...

The Editors - November 5, 2014

Embarrassed About Your Elevator Speech?

Question: I need help with my “elevator speech.” When I begin to tell people about my practice, I tend to get flustered and embarrassed. Do you have any advice that would help me feel more comfortable telling people ...

The Editors - October 29, 2014
Disagreements

How to Handle Disagreements in the Law Office

Working together in a law office isn't always rainbows and puppies. There can be some serious dustups, and we all know what that means — somebody's work isn't getting done. We asked a couple of experts from the Association of Legal ...

The Editors - October 1, 2014

Shy? How to Make It in a Networking World

Question: I'm an inexperienced lawyer, and naturally timid. How can I be expected to thrive in a networking environment? What's the best way to follow up after meeting someone? When should I ask for their business? In this ...

The Editors - September 8, 2014

How to Welcome a Lateral Attorney

Question: A partner from a local firm is joining our practice in a few weeks. It's been several years since we hired a senior lateral attorney, and, honestly, it didn't go so well the last time we did. Can you give some good ...

The Editors - July 29, 2014
Performance Evaluation

Best Way to Handle Staff Performance Problems?

Question: What’s the best way to deal with staff performance problems? It seems like attempting to work them out during performance evaluation discussions between the assistant and the lawyer she works for is just going to ...

The Editors - June 30, 2014

Law Firm Dress Code Too Much Trouble?

Question: With the warm weather, the annual "what to wear" debate is underway at our firm — and it's probably time to update and enforce a dress code policy. Do most law firms have a dress code? Should we have ...

The Editors - June 9, 2014
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