New Rules for Public Apologies

May 1, 2019

Joe Biden’s apology to Anita Hill last week about his role in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearing was not very effective—and, according to Hill, it cannot even be called an apology at all.

In a time-honored embrace of the passive voice, Biden expressed regret for “what happened to” Hill, as if her treatment at the hands of the Senate Judiciary Committee—chaired by Biden...

Do Recruits Know That Your Firm “Gets It”?

April 23, 2019

“There’s no question that this generation operates differently than their predecessors, and the law firms that are best situated for future growth are the ones that are open to changing the status quo.”

This prediction comes from Ru Bhatt, managing director of Major Lindsey’s associate practice group, in his recent statement on the results of the 2019 Millennial Attorney...

The Billable Hour “Hurts Women’s Careers”? No Kidding!

April 16, 2019

Recently, Legal Week highlighted another aspect of the billable hour-alternate fee arrangement debate: not only do clients grumble about the question of value when attorneys are incentivized to bill as much as possible, but the billable hour might also be impeding women’s career paths.

How’s that? Well, some women lawyers argue that the structure dings them...

Do Men and Women Network Differently?

April 9, 2019

A recent study of new male and female MBAs discussed in the Harvard Business Review reveals interesting gender differences in social networks—both the makeup of those groups and the value they provide their members. It will come as no surprise that while both men and women credit their social networks with aiding professional advancement, women need a few different kinds of...

Tweet Others the Way You’d Want to Be Tweeted

April 2, 2019

As we’ve noted, more attorneys are using social media to promote their practices and keep up with current industry trends. Such a surge in Twitter use has led to the formation of new online legal communities, according to recent article “Law in the Time of Twitter: Do Chatty Lawyers Help or Hinder Their Legal Careers?” Attorneys can share stories, keep up with national cases, and engage with...