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COVID-19 Provides the Impetus for Change in the Way Big Law Recruits and Hires Junior Lawyers

Posted by Jon Greenblatt on May 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

There are lessons to be learned from COVID-19 that should provide the impetus for change to address some of the structural flaws in the way Big Law recruits and develops legal talent.

Any analysis must acknowledge that while it may be easy to make broad proclamations about the permanent changes to Big Law that will arise from COVID-19 and its aftermath, it is dangerous to do so. Traditionally, Big Law does not change quickly or permanently by way of seismic shifts. It changes cautiously and slowly, often only after a strong market leader breaks with the past to provide cover to the entire profession – and particularly when clients press for, or at least approve, of a new approach.

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Topics: Diversity and Inclusion, Recruitment, legal, COVID-19, Alternative Legal Services Provider, Big Law, Remote Work

[Virtual Roundtable] Getting Your Business Past COVID-19: Resolving Disputes Through One-Stop Mediation

Posted by Legal Innovators on May 7, 2020 6:01:06 PM

For small and medium sized businesses, legal disputes as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic are probably inevitable. To help professionals consider their options as well as their legal rights and obligations, we're hosting a webinar, together with FTI Consulting, The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and other partners. 

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Topics: COVID-19, Alternative Legal Services Provider, mediation, Disputes, litigation

Three Geeks Podcast: Why Retention of Legal Talent Can’t Be The Equivalent of a Coin Flip, Featuring Bryan Parker of Legal Innovators

Posted by Bryan Parker on Apr 29, 2020 10:00:00 AM

On April 10th - in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic - Legal Innovators CEO and Co-Founder Bryan Parker spoke with two of the Three Geeks, Marlene Gebauer and Greg Lambert, to talk about the Legal Innovators model and why the retention of junior legal talent today can't be the equivalent of a coin flip. 

Here's what Greg and Marlene had to say after their conversation with Bryan:

Greg: “This issue of spending seven figures on recruits to your law firm over the years and then having the retention of your investment be essentially a coin flip…it’s something we’ve been saying for a long time now that’s ripe for disruption and it seems like Bryan is one of the people on the cusp of that wave.” 

Marlene: “Exactly. This is a perfect time to start examining that because you cannot do all of the traditional things that you’ve done before. So attempting to look at this in a different way is quite timely.”

If you haven't tuned into the Three Geeks podcast and blog yet, you'll want add it to your list. They share resources, predictions, and strategic insights from their geeks...and guests. You can access episode #74 featuring Bryan through:
Apple Podcasts
Overcast Podcasts
Spotify 

In the meantime, here are a few excerpts you won't want to miss, including a very fun and informative segment with Bryan Parker at the very end of the episode (hint: he's a "Sneaker Head") . Click on each timestamp to listen to the podcast. 

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Topics: On Campus Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Pricing, recruiting, workforce, hiring, COVID-19, Alternative Legal Services Provider, ALSP

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Risks and Mitigation Strategies

Posted by Legal Innovators on Apr 28, 2020 9:45:00 AM

            The coronavirus pandemic has pushed telecommuting and digitalization of offices into overdrive, with many companies now requiring employees to work remotely and most large cities ordering non-essential employees to stay at home. Where the option to video conference into a meeting was once the exception, it is now the rule. And where office workers could once rely on IT departments to monitor and support all of their technological needs, work from home employees must now be more proactive than ever in understanding and adapting to a new remote work culture. Working from home has added many new variables into companies’ cybersecurity platforms that IT professionals are struggling to keep up with and that cyber criminals are exploiting.

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Topics: legal, COVID-19, cybersecurity, Cyber Threats, Remote Work

Prudent Operations in a COVID-19 Environment

Posted by Bryan Parker on Apr 22, 2020 8:30:00 AM

With the global economy besieged by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are trying to figure out how to operate amidst a global crisis that has produced a major market disruption. After taking time to slow down and assess the situation, businesses must start thoughtful planning on how to survive this unprecedented time. This planning may include right-sizing cost structures for an unknown time period and investment in activities that can keep the business going as much as possible during this interim period. If a business can successfully navigate these murky waters, it gives itself the best chance possible to re-build and successfully compete in the marketplace on the other side of this market disruption.

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Topics: COVID-19, Small Business

Understanding the Importance of “Inclusion” as part of “Diversity and Inclusion”

Posted by Jon Greenblatt on Apr 17, 2020 9:30:00 AM

We in the business and legal communities talk about diversity and inclusion.  Most of the people of privilege who I know focus on the diversity component, but far fewer truly understand the importance of inclusion.  I plan to work harder to ensure inclusion in my personal and professional life.  And when I fall short, I beg to be informed.  I ask all of us who have had the privilege of inclusion to do the same.

As a white man who ultimately attained a relative degree of privilege, I did not sufficiently understand or appreciate this for far too long. 

I’ve been married for 33 years to an African American woman with whom we have three grown bi-racial daughters.  My current business partner in Legal Innovators is African American.  I co-founded Shearman & Sterling’s Diversity Committee 30 years ago and my legal practice has been highly international, causing me to work closely with people from a multitude of nationalities and cultures.  But we all see the world through our own lenses, and I have rarely been excluded or unheard.  I’m ashamed to say that this has led me to be insensitive to the hurt, anger and powerlessness of exclusion.

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Maintaining Health and Wellness as an Attorney During COVID-19

Posted by Elaine Chamberlain on Apr 16, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Among the chaos that is COVID-19, the practice of law has shifted from a professional office environment to at-home counseling. The change in the legal industry undoubtedly brings tension and uncertainty as lawyers grapple with maintaining a sense of normalcy during a global pandemic. When faced with new challenges resulting from the crisis mitigation efforts, we must continuously adapt to maintain our physical and mental health in highly limited circumstances.

While we’re hunkered down at home and attempting to manage our work and care for our families, now, more than ever, is the time that we must consider the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I appreciate that my company, Legal Innovators, places high importance on mental health and has shared resources and best practices for a positive state of wellbeing.

In this post, I'll share my perspective as a junior lawyer including the things that have worked well for me in terms of managing stress during these unprecedented times as well as several of my favorite resources and best practices.

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Topics: workforce, legal, COVID-19, "wellness", Health

Are Big Law's hiring practices sacrificing diversity and overlooking star performers? Observations from a First-Generation African-American Junior Lawyer

Posted by Tanisha Mitchell on Apr 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

As an African American woman, and first-generation college student, my initial goal in law school was to keep my head above water. Commonly, first-generation college students lack the cultural, social, and financial capital that allows them to navigate higher education spaces smoothly.[1] Moreover, they are also overwhelmingly minorities.[2] We often do not have the same level of resources and support as some majority counterparts, who benefit from previous family guidance. Unfortunately, I had little direction on how to navigate higher education spaces which made it difficult to focus both on my grades, as well as my career aspirations after graduation. Considering these pressures, I felt underprepared.

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Topics: workforce, legal, employers

Legal and Practical Concerns for Employers — One Employer's Approach to COVID-19

Posted by Bryan Parker on Mar 11, 2020 5:41:42 PM

As leaders of a new company in the Alternative Legal Service Provider (“ALSP”) space, the news of a possible pandemic weighs heavily on our hearts and minds.  Each day brings more news of cases of people contracting the COVID-19 virus, which is spreading at a rapid rate.  The constant news flow has raised questions about business travel, meetings, interviews for new talent, and employees working from home, among other considerations.

Legal Innovators is a start-up company, so we are running hard adding new clients, raising capital and adding new talent to our business.  We cannot afford a significant business interruption.  However, what is of greater concern to us is the health of our team (both existing and future members), our clients, and the general public. 

We thought in this moment, we would lead from the heart and head, listen to the medical professionals, and be as innovative as possible to run our business while protecting our teammates.

Toward that end, here are several legal considerations and practical tips for employers trying to develop a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Topics: workforce, legal, COVID-19, employers, COVID-19 response

Announcing partnerships with eight new law schools

Posted by Legal Innovators on Feb 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM

 

Our team is very excited to announce new partnerships with eight new law schools. We now have partnerships with 11 schools in total. These additions are a pivotal part of our growth and recruitment strategy, especially as we interview candidates for the fall 2020 class of junior legal professionals. 

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Topics: On Campus Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, recruiting, workforce, hiring, legal