Slug-’em-out, take-no-prisoners politics is nothing unique to the American system. In fact, our system is tame when compared to those contemporary and historical. In Turkey the dominant political party, the AKP, has allegedly trumped up coup charges against rivals in ...Read More »
Coach's Corner: There's more than one way to add a lawyer to your firm
A coaching client recently asked for help with a dilemma. He had the opportunity to enhance the profitability of his practice by adding the services of a lawyer who focused in a very specialized field of health law. The problem ...Read More »
Quill & Parchment: No oil slicks in my back yard — or beaches
We all know about the NIMBY syndrome. You know some corporate suits show up from nowhere and announce plans for a new coal plant next to a Civil War battlefield, and everybody’s suddenly up in arms, all yelling, “Not in ...Read More »
Commentary: Law firms can be theft victims, too — here's how to quash it
Stealing by one’s own employees is a grim reality that many organizations find difficult to face. Further, many companies take a reactive approach to fraud prevention only after they’ve been a victim. Embezzlement can be a problem even at law ...Read More »
Firms must exercise care in hiring unpaid interns
Summertime means vacations, dinner on the grill and summer interns at the office. For sole practitioners and small-firm lawyers in a tight economy, it’s tempting to hire an unpaid intern looking for resume experience. But recent guidance from the Department ...Read More »
Coach's Corner: Who owns knowledge accumulated in a law firm?
When speaking at a recent conference, I suggested that the successful law firm of the future will use technology to create and enhance its effort at knowledge management. The firm that is able to retrieve its pre-existing knowledge and use ...Read More »
TechnoLAWgically Speaking: Cloud computing: If sky's the limit, what's not to like?
Simply stated, cloud computing is Internet-based computing. Shared software and information are provided to customers on demand. I recently heard a great explanation on a radio program during which the reporter responded to the question, “What is cloud computing?” by ...Read More »
Portia Faces Life: Some SC lawyers tout new books; another remains tight-lipped
Former U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings is not writing his autobiography, so says his paralegal. When one asks Fritz about his memoirs, he just laughs, but he doesn’t speak up and say, “I am not writing my autobiography.” He keeps ...Read More »
Coach's Corner: What is your law practice's retirement value?
Senior lawyers in small firms may well be much better positioned for retirement than their counterparts in large firms because of the retirement value of their practices. Every firm represents an investment of years of hard work and financial resources ...Read More »
Law Tech Talk: 'What women lawyers shouldn't wear'
Earlier this month I had the privilege to attend a local alumni event sponsored by my alma mater, Albany Law School: “Successes and Challenges Facing Women Attorneys.” It featured Lauren Stiller Rikleen, attorney and author of “Ending the Gauntlet: Removing ...Read More »