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Business of Law

711 ABA Journal Business of Law articles.

Paralegal market is red-hot thanks to hybrid and remote work

It’s a seller’s market for paralegals. Remote work arrangements, which were uncommon pre-pandemic, today are nonnegotiable for many candidates. That’s been hard for some lawyers to accept.

How law departments can survive or even thrive in the event of a coming recession

The pandemic’s global economic and human impact has created new challenges for in-house legal teams. Supply chain disruptions, sharp increases or decreases in consumer demand, and the impact of uncertainty surrounding remote work options have pushed in-house legal teams to rethink the work they are doing and how they are doing it.

The metaverse and Web3 are all the rage, but the law is stuck at Web1

The metaverse and Web3, including virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens and more, are evolving to become another Wild West technology frontier where existing laws are hard to apply, legal experts say.

Warm Welcome: Law firms are using wellness programs to recruit new lawyers

Attorneys generally choose a law firm based on prestige, salary, location and future goals. But today, many are adding another criterion to the list: wellness programs. Self-care, which used to be a foreign concept to law firms, has finally entered the conversation.

Going Viral: Once unpopular, QR codes have taken off, thanks to the pandemic

When the pandemic hit, QR codes became very popular as people looked for a contact-free way to share information. Privacy advocates, however, see a darker side to QR codes. “Really sensitive information about you is being collected and monetized by the QR code-generation company,” says Nicole A. Ozer, technology and civil liberties director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

Some firms expand and revamp offices to lure back remote and hybrid workers

Firms bucking that downsizing trend say they’re investing in real estate to spark collaboration and camaraderie that lawyers, associates and support staff simply can’t experience when they’re siloed in home or remote offices.

Customers are relying on web searches, but some lawyers aren’t prioritizing SEO and social media marketing

Law firms are slowly but surely making the jump from email marketing to social media and SEO advertising—but they’re not all on the other side yet.

Participants were pleased to be at the first in-person ABA Techshow in 2 years

This year’s Techshow, which took place March 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, wasn’t quite a return to normal. Nevertheless, for some vendors, setting up shop in the in-person exhibit hall again for the first time since the ABA Techshow 2020 gave them a chance to cement relationships that they have built online with customers.

Law firms can attract and retain talent by providing purpose for young attorneys

As much of the world begins, hopefully, to emerge into post-pandemic life, finding purpose in one’s career has become more crucial than ever. While the legal field in particular can often be perceived as grueling work, it’s also an industry that enables its professionals to feel that they’re truly contributing to the greater good of society.

Uber-ads: Always on the lookout for effective ways to advertise, lawyers are turning to ride-share vehicles

Miami-based personal injury attorney Amanda Demanda says since she started using Carvertise last year, she has frequently heard from people in the community who have seen ride-share cars with her image on them.

Keep Austin Wired: Driven by a tech boom, lawyers are flocking to Austin, Texas

Austin had become a vibrant and mature tech hub—so much so that Perkins Coie in February 2020, seeing “significant strategic opportunities in Texas as Austin and Dallas continue to grow as business centers for startups, medium-size companies and large global corporations,” opened an office in Austin. This February, it moved into an 18,000-square-foot space after signing a multiyear lease in June.

Much Ado About Nothing? When it comes to lawyers, is the ‘Great Resignation’ really just the ‘Great Reshuffle’?

BigLaw partners and associates joining the Great Resignation are not so much rejecting the legal industry as they are embracing new possibilities and bidding for greener pastures. Maybe the term should instead be referred to as the “Great Reshuffling,” as lawyers are voting with their feet against job discontent and optimistically seeking new paths.

Making the Move: What should legal organizations consider when assessing how the cloud fits into their future?

The COVID-19 pandemic—coupled with the remote and hybrid work models that arrived in its wake—has spurred a move to the cloud for many of the key business systems that legal organizations rely on, from document and email management to collaboration and more.

NYC firm has taken the unusual step of hiring a psychologist to assist clients and lawyers

It is not uncommon for law firms to contract with jury consultants and other professionals knowledgeable about litigation to assess how witnesses are being perceived and how they may want to present themselves. But Harris St. Laurent & Wechsler leaders call the decision to hire a psychologist as a member of the firm’s staff a unique initiative.

Some lawyers are reluctant to return to the office and leave their pets

One side effect of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is that lots of people have adopted pets. Turns out, a lot of these pet parents enjoyed spending time at home with their furry friends—some so much so that they refused to be separated from their best buddies. In fact, 75% of U.S.-based remote workers surveyed in July said they wanted to stay remote so they could take care of their pets.

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