Business Development

1220 ABA Journal Business Development articles.

DC Bar considers relaxing its already-lenient rules to allow nonlawyer ownership of law firms
The District of Columbia Bar is considering changes to its ethics rules that could allow external ownership of law firms, as well as businesses in which lawyers and nonlawyers provide both legal and nonlegal services.
What you need to know about virtual and chatbot assistants for lawyers

Many lawyers are reluctant to delegate, preferring to handle everything themselves. The problem with this approach is that it leaves them overburdened, overworked and overstressed. That’s where virtual legal assistants and AI-based chatbots come in. To get you started, Nicole Black of MyCase breaks down some of the more popular options available.

CEO discusses the disrupting, displacing and deconstructing of legal services
Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Varun Mehta, the new CEO of Factor, formerly Axiom Managed Solutions, an organization focused on performing complex legal work at scale.
Why you should insist on diversity in your law practice

How women are perceived matters. As partners like to remind associates, when it comes to making it, perception is reality, writes author and lawyer Suzie Scanlon Rabinowitz.

Too big too soon: How LeClairRyan went under

While there was no single point of failure, undisciplined acquisitions, ad hoc and expensive compensation schemes, and financial mismanagement coalesced to bring LeClairRyan’s ruin, several former shareholders say. Its demise—one of several firm failures in the last decade—is as much a story about a single firm as it is a warning to others in a softening economy.

9 tips on how to dress for the courtroom
We’ve all heard the cliches: You only get one chance to make a first impression, dress for success, and you are what you wear. While these maxims are familiar, they are also true. You are judged in less than seven seconds, so dressing appropriately can help you win or lose your case.
How to kick off 2020 with more productive business meetings
When considering our New Year’s resolutions, we all want to be more resourceful with our time, especially with our workdays. We don’t realize how much time meetings can take up if they are conducted in an inefficient manner.
BigLaw firm defends its commitment to diversity after Al Sharpton’s criticism
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is defending its diversity efforts after the Revs. Al Sharpton and Dale D. Dennis II criticized the law firm for having few racial minorities in its Wilmington, Delaware, office.
Online courts, the future of justice and being bold in 2020

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Richard Susskind, who has worked on technology for lawyers since 1981. He is the author of a newly released book, Online Courts and the Future of Justice.

4 exercises to improve your legal abilities in 2020
Being a lawyer is such a mental exercise that we often forget that we have physical bodies we need to maintain and nurture. This often results in poor health, stress, fatigue and even addiction. What better time to start a new habit than the new year! We all have unused resolutions. Here are some that are actually good for you.
The financial costs for firms when women and minority lawyers leave

In this new episode of Asked and Answered, Ripa Rashid of Culture at Work talks to the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward about how can firms keep female and minority lawyers from leaving and the potentially high cost if and when they depart.

A lawyer’s personal take on making New Year’s resolutions that stick

We’re nearing the beginning of a new year. That means resolution time. During the 40-plus years of his litigation practice, Marcel Strigberger made his share of resolutions on how to optimize his practice habits and routines, winning some and losing some.

What resolutions do you have planned for 2020?

The year is almost over, and it’s time to think about how you’re going to start off 2020.

Lawyer James Gray Robinson wrote earlier this year, “If we were…

Career confessions of an atypical law school graduate

“I’m excited at what lies ahead. My circuitous professional path since law school reflects a profession in flux. … At the same time, there has never been a more exciting moment to create a new path,” writes law professor Jason Tashea.

More corporate counsel predict a rise in disputes, signaling a need to prepare for ‘turbulent times’
Some corporate counsel are failing to embrace the most effective measures to mitigate litigation risk, despite an increase in the percentage of companies anticipating an uptick in disputes, according to a survey by Norton Rose Fulbright.

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