As a law firm administrator, you manage the processes, systems, and technology at your firm. This varied portfolio of responsibilities makes you the best person at your law firm to know what’s missing.  Accordingly, law firm administrators and managers have invaluable insights when evaluating new technology for their firm. But what’s the most effective way law firm administrators can persuade partners to adopt the best tech solutions for the firm? Firm administrators often see the value in legal technology like Clio. But it can be challenging to get law firm partners on board. By researching and sharing legal technology recommendations…
You’ve put in the work, you’ve made plans, and you’ve started a law firm. Now, it’s time to let the world (and your new firm’s future clients) know you’re ready to open for business. You need a new law firm announcement. If you’re preparing to launch a new law firm, you need a plan to announce it, build buzz, and attract clients—the following guide can help. Read on to learn how to announce a new law firm, and how your announcement can align with your existing law firm marketing plan. We’ve also included a press release template and sample…
Thanks to the fluctuating demand for legal services throughout the pandemic and subsequent recession, many areas of law experienced shifts in their growth trajectories. This sudden change jumpstarted many new and growing legal practice area. Also, the past year spotlighted more recession-proof legal practice areas. We know that the pandemic helped contribute to these emerging areas of law. However, many other social, political, technological, and environmental factors in the background also affect the growth of different legal practice areas. Read on to learn more about the highest growth legal practice areas for 2021 and beyond. What areas of law are…
Most of us may know that a project manager takes responsibility for planning, executing, and monitoring a project. But what about the emerging role of a legal project manager at law firms? Lawyer-client relationships have become increasingly critical to law firm success. More firms are seeking ways to create a more consistent, efficient experience for clients—which has led to a greater need for standardized processes and systems for lawyers to manage matters and projects. In response, the legal industry is experiencing a rise in demand for legal project management solutions—and the profession of legal project managers. Legal project management takes…
At one point or another, most professionals have worried that robots or artificial intelligence (AI) may replace their jobs in the future. Lawyers have the same fear: “Will a lawyer AI or automation system take my job?” Throughout history, people feared technology or automation replacing their jobs. Unfortunately, in many cases, those fears came true: Technological advancements have rendered jobs and—in some cases entire industries—obsolete. The advent of the automobile industry destroyed the horse-drawn carriage industry. ATMs significantly reduced the number of bank teller jobs.  But the good news is: No lawyer AI, supercomputer, or robot is coming to take…
Cloud-based technology is on the rise for law firms. Clio’s 2020 Legal Trends Report found that 79% of lawyers use cloud technology—such as Dropbox for lawyers—to store their firm’s data. In addition, 62% of firms let clients securely share and sign documents electronically. These numbers show that legal professionals are increasingly benefiting from more flexibility, efficiency, and adaptability when dealing with documents.  However, not all cloud-based document management systems and tools are created equal. This prompts an important question: Is a cloud-based tool like Dropbox an effective and secure option for lawyers? Dropbox is one of the most popular…
Time is money—especially when it comes to how many billable hours in a year an attorney can accumulate.  Lawyers work hard, and they work a lot. Many firms expect attorneys to reach minimum billable hour requirements ranging between 1,700 and 2,300 hours per year. According to the 2020 Legal Trends Report, lawyers spend just 2.5 hours each workday on billable work. It’s clear that lawyers must find ways to track their hours as effectively and accurately as possible to reach their targets—without losing valuable time on the act of tracking With this in mind, there are tools that lawyers…
Dallas-based attorney, bestselling author, and addiction recovery advocate Brian Cuban is no stranger to depression and mental health issues. His long-term recovery journey included visits to psychiatric facilities, a near-suicide attempt, and failed marriages—all of which revolved around drug and alcohol addiction. Since he went into recovery on April 8, 2007, Brian has redefined his life and purpose. He spent the last decade (and more) sharing his story and tirelessly advocating for mental health and addiction treatment—both inside and outside the legal profession. Recently, we had the privilege of chatting with Brian about what struggling legal professionals can do to…
The gig economy is no longer a novelty. Having multiple income streams of income is increasingly valuable, smart, and possible—even for legal professionals. These income streams can come in the form of lawyer side hustles—a job that you work on top of your main full-time job. According to this recent Zapier survey, 34% of American adults have a side hustle and 24% plan to start a side hustle in 2021. While some attorneys may balk at the idea, a lawyer side hustle can be a convenient, clever way to advance your career or financial position. The right side hustle…
Depression and stress are so prevalent in the legal profession that lawyer happiness seems like a myth.  And no one can deny that legal work is often stressful and requires long hours of hard work. The stress from focusing on winning a case and knowing that the results could potentially change lives can weigh heavily on a lawyer’s mind. But, happiness on a personal level is possible.  With the right mindset, some tools, and the willingness to change (when needed), achieving happiness as a lawyer is well within reach. Are lawyers happy? According to ABA, 20% of lawyers have alcohol…
Depression in the legal profession is widespread, with far-reaching impacts. For attorneys struggling with lawyer depression, the illness can have devastating personal and professional repercussions—but it also affects clients, partners, staff, and business.  Depression affects a significant portion of the general population, with 7.1% of all adults in the United States—17.3 million adults—having suffered a major depressive episode in 2017. But the rate of attorney depression is even higher: ALM’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey in 2020 noted that 31.2% of the more than 3,800 respondents feel they are depressed. This means that lawyers are roughly three times as…
Lawyers are high achievers by necessity. To succeed in the competitive, pressure-filled legal industry, successful attorneys have exceptional work ethic and perseverance. But that heightened capacity, unfortunately, also applies to increasing levels of lawyer stress.  While any career in legal inevitably comes with some level of stress, an abundance of stress can negatively impact your physical health. Stress can manifest through mental health issues and physical symptoms like headaches, muscle pain, and digestive issues. Too much stress can even result in conditions like insomnia, burnout, and anxiety.  Why is being a lawyer stressful? Every day, attorneys juggle challenging deadlines,…
Are you striving to take your legal career to the next level, but feel like you’re not performing at your full capacity? If so, lawyer coaching could make all the difference. To elevate your career, law firm, and work-life balance efficiently and effectively, a lawyer coach can save you time and energy in the long run.  Just as a swim coach trains an athlete to achieve their personal best time in the pool, law coaches help lawyers reach their full career potential and realize their goals. Attorney coaches can offer you a fresh perspective, expert guidance, accountability, and more. Put…
Being a paralegal is stressful, and paralegal burnout is real. Paralegals work notoriously long hours, and their tasks include everything from office management to doing case research and preparing and editing legal contracts and documents. Paralegal’s tasks have a direct impact on the outcomes of matters and cases. In addition, paralegals often work on critical documents that are presented in court.  Because of this, paralegals’ bosses—who are often stressed-out attorneys—can be demanding perfectionists who require an extremely high standard of work from their legal support staff. A mistake or omission can be incredibly costly—to the firm and attorney. These…
It’s widely known that lawyer working hours are long and grueling. For attorneys, a full-time role rarely means nine-to-five: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of lawyers work full time, with many putting in more than 40 hours each week—especially private practice and large-firm lawyers. If we look at the complexities of the typical career path of lawyers, it’s evident why lawyers work so much. There’s so much to do—from meeting billable hour requirements, managing clients, going to court, and staying on top of case prep. With the workload comes a lot of pressure to…
What are the top legal writing tips that any lawyer and legal professional could benefit from? Whether or not you’re a confident writer, legal writing is an important skill for any lawyer, no matter what area of practice you choose. From court documents like motions, discovery documents, briefs, and memoranda to in-office communication like letters, client emails, internal memos, and more—it’s a whole lot of writing. Lawyers also need to make sure their writing style, tone, and voice in legal documents and communication are appropriate for a wide range of audiences such as courts, judges, and clients. Documents filed at…