Categories
Firm Culture

Building a Team of Partners and Losers

We live in a hierarchical world. In a law firm, the levels are pretty clear. From top to bottom it goes something like this: Managing Partner, Other Partners (ranked in order of billings and client originating credits), Senior Associates, Professional Managers, Junior Associates, Law Clerks, Legal Assistants, Clerical Staff, Articling Students, and Cleaners.

Everyone in a law firm has a pretty good notion about what the hierarchy is, although Articling Students have sometimes found out to their shock and horror that they do in fact rank under the Law Clerks, Legal Assistants, and Clerical Staff.

Categories
Law Firm Management

Selling Out For the Price of a Postage Stamp

Just about everything that I learned about stupidity in the realm of managing people, I learned from lawyers, much of it from my own mistakes. However, this time I will write about the failures at my friend Martin’s law firm instead.

At Martin’s firm, the Human Resources Manager convinced the Partners that it would be a good idea to initiate a program to recognize long-serving firm members, with the view of spreading the word to all members of the team that the firm valued loyalty.

Categories
Law Firm Management

Lawyers are Fools When it Comes to Hiring People

You would think that in a profession where people are the most valuable asset, employers would develop some expertise around human resources.  And yet, most lawyers know squat about it. That is not surprising. Most H.R. professionals do not know much about practicing law.