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Legal Career Advice: How to Bounce Back from a Blunder

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 10/30/14 9:00 AM

Q: I recently made a stupid mistake at work. I know these things happen to everyone, but now I’m afraid my boss and colleagues won’t be able to trust me anymore. How can I make things right again and regain their confidence?

Topics: Career advice, Ask the Legal Career Expert

“Must Do” Strategies Help Legal Managers Boost Team Productivity (Part 2)

Posted by Billie J. Watkins, Esq. on 10/28/14 9:00 AM

Have you ever managed a team project that required everyone to work 12-hour days, for weeks on end – only to realize that at the end of the assignment, you missed the mark? I remember a project I handled a number of years ago before I joined Robert Half -- I was responsible for planning and implementing a last-minute event. In my zeal to meet the deadline, I selected a venue that yielded half the attendees we’d anticipated. In hindsight, it wasn’t the best decision, but you can be sure I played Monday morning quarterback following that project to analyze what transpired so I never suffer that kind of missed opportunity again.

Topics: Management advice

Security Breach? Urgency for Law Firm Management to Assess Cyber Risks

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 10/23/14 3:45 PM

Cybercrime. This one word is enough to send chills down any legal or IT professional’s spine; and it’s no wonder why. The estimated annual cost to the global economy from cybercrime now exceeds $400 billion, according to a report from The Center for Strategic and International Studies and McAfee.

Topics: Management advice, Technology

5 Ways to Retain Legal Professionals (P.S. - Counteroffers Don't Work)

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 10/23/14 9:00 AM

Because the market for experienced legal staff with in-demand skills continues to grow, retaining top talent has never been more difficult -- or important. As a result, law firms and legal departments are making more counteroffers to valued employees who give notice: Twenty-eight percent of lawyers polled in a recent Robert Half Legal survey said they were more willing now than a year ago to extend a counteroffer. 

Topics: Management advice

6 Simple Steps to Maximize Productivity in Your Legal Job (Part 1)

Posted by Billie J. Watkins, Esq. on 10/21/14 9:00 AM


“Too much to do, too few hours in the day” -- sound familiar? It’s a frequent lament among legal professionals today as we face the challenges of expanding workloads, leaner budgets and the fast pace of our daily schedule. Amidst increasing workplace pressures, optimizing productivity is critical if you hope to successfully manage workload expectations. And mastering time management is a fundamental strategy to achieve enhanced productivity.

Topics: Management advice, Career advice

Need a Free CLE Credit? Sign up for our Oct. 22 Webinar and Learn How Client Dynamics Are Driving Change in the Legal Profession

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 10/20/14 9:00 AM

RHL_Future_Law_Office_cover_goodLooking to earn more CLE credit? Robert Half Legal is offering a one-hour educational webinar, “Client Dynamics Driving Change in the Legal Profession,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at 12 p.m. EDT. Produced in conjunction with West LegalEdcenter, a Thomson Reuters business, the live webinar event is complimentary and pre-approved for one CLE credit in 28 states.*

Topics: Industry trends, Future Law Office

Back-to-School Basics: Why Legal Professionals Should Pursue CLE

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 10/16/14 9:00 AM

No matter your age, the back-to-school fall season can still conjure up a heavy dose of nostalgia for fresh beginnings. Even if your classroom days are far behind you, as a legal professional, you never really stop learning. Though lawyers and support staff need continuing legal education (CLE) to keep their licenses and certifications current, those shouldn’t be the only reasons to look to professional development.

Keeping up with industry trends, learning about recent regulatory changes and mastering the latest legal technology tools are all part of your job. The importance of CLE affects legal professionals at every stage of their careers. Not only can continuing education help you excel in your current role, but additional qualifications and new skills can also aid with re-entering the field after a long absence, sprucing up your resume or jumpstarting a stalled career.

Topics: Career advice

IPMA Conference Offers Legal Professionals Opportunity to Network and Learn

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 10/14/14 9:00 AM


Conference season is in full swing and Robert Half Legal is pleased to again be a sponsor of the 30th annual International Practice Management Association (IPMA) Annual Conference & Expo, which will be held at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta from October 15-17. We are exhibiting at the conference and handing out copies of our latest research, including the just-published Robert Half Legal 2015 Salary Guide.

Designed specifically for law practice support managers, the conference will provide numerous opportunities for attendees to network with their peers and learn about the latest trends affecting the legal profession and the practice of law. It includes general sessions and professional development workshops with educational tracks focusing on personnel management, finance, technology, and more.   

Topics: Management advice, Industry trends

Why Informational Interviews Offer Advantages in Your Legal Job Search

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 10/9/14 9:00 AM

We're often asked if informational interviews should be part of a legal job search. And, if so, what’s the best way to go about contacting people in the legal field and what types of questions should be asked? 

Whether you’re a recent law grad or a seasoned pro contemplating a career change, informational interviews are a great way to gain valuable advice, learn about current employment trends, expand your legal network, and get job-search tips from industry veterans. Another plus: Though you’re not yet interviewing for a legal job, you are getting your foot in the door by letting practitioners get to know you.

Topics: Job seekers

The Value of Finding -- and Being -- a Mentor in the Legal Profession

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 10/7/14 9:00 AM

There are many different types of mentoring relationships, but all provide benefits to both the advisor and the protégé. These pairings are becoming more and more desirable, to the point that many legal job applicants inquire about a firm’s mentoring program during the interview process.


Topics: Management advice, Career advice

Blog Contributors

Charles A. Volkert, Esq.
Charles ("Chad") Volkert is the executive director of Robert Half Legal ...

George Denlinger
George Denlinger is the senior district president for Robert Half Legal ...

Frank Wu
Frank Wu has more than 22 years of professional experience working ...

Billie J. Watkins, Esq.
Billie Watkins is a district director for Robert Half Legal ...

Lisa M. Hamilton
Lisa Hamilton oversees public relations for Robert Half Legal ...