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New in the practicePRO Lending Library: Recruiting Lawyers: How to Hire the Best Talent, 2nd Edition


Times have changed since the first edition of Recruiting Lawyers was published. In 2000, lawyer employment was high and law firm profits were even higher. But today’s legal market presents a new climate. Law firms have slashed their staffing, fewer lawyers are heading into private practice, and there are more applicants than jobs in the… Read More »

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Your workplace: Being happier where you are, or getting to a better place.


Lawyering is stressful. Lawyers expect to handle the pressures of solving individuals’ high-stakes, emotionally charged problems. What lawyers don’t necessarily anticipate is that they may suffer stress from being stuck in a work situation that is not their first choice. Competition for jobs may mean that a lawyer needs to accept work outside his or… Read More »

Categories: Career Management, Wellness and Balance

My favourite tips from the FACL 9th Annual Conference


This past Saturday, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) held its 9th annual conference in Toronto. We closed the conference with the first-ever “60 tips in 60 minutes” session, a popular format borrowed from our American neighbours. I squeezed in with the heavy hitting 60 tips panel including Lorne Sossin, Osgoode Hall Dean; Jeffrey… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Civil Litigation, Career Management, Wellness and Balance, Law Practice Management, Corporate Law, Diversity, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

LAWPRO Student Magazine: What do law firms look for?


Law students – like all students – are prone to anxiety about their career prospects. High-profile news about the employment challenges faced by new grads in the U.S. and changes in the articling requirements for Ontario have combined to create a climate of worry. But worrying about trends and generalizations can obscure the fact that… Read More »

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In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Fulfilled Lawyer


Many, if not most, lawyers today share a nagging sense of dissatisfaction in their day-to-day jobs, in their choice of career, in the balance between work and personal life. Yet few have any idea how to work toward greater fulfillment. Lawyer Kathleen Paukert describes her personal journey to finding career fulfillment, and shares her best… Read More »

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Paradoxically, pessimism leads to happiness


Can pessimism lead to happiness? Conventional wisdom says no: “Research shows that an optimistic outlook is good for your mental health,” said Patricia Spataro, director of the New York State Lawyer Assistance Program, a resource for attorneys with mental health concerns. “But lawyers are trained to always look for the worst-case scenario. They benefit more… Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Career Management, Wellness and Balance, Law Practice Management

Inside the Lawyer’s Mind Part 6 (Conclusion): Managing Our Traits


We have seen in this 6-part series that we, as lawyers, exhibit a number of traits that help us in the practice of law but hurt us in the management and business of a law firm. Lawyers tend to score high on measurements of skepticism, autonomy, and urgency, while scoring low on measurements of sociability… Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Career Management, Law Practice Management, Diversity
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