Linkedin Demystified

The first thing everyone needs to understand about LinkedIn is that the actual number of connections you have does indeed matter. I’m not suggesting you link up with a mess of people who have no connection with what you do. I get connection requests all the time from READ MORE

Opportunity for Experienced Litigation Attorney in Lycoming County

McCormick Law Firm in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is looking to hire a full-time Associate Attorney with 1-5 years of experience who is interested in joining the firm’s civil litigation practice. The Associate will have opportunities to work in all areas of the firm’s civil law practice, with a majority of work to be in the area of civil litigation, medical malpractice defense, and labor and employment law.

The ideal candidate will be focused and highly motivated, and will have the energy and drive to take on established business as well as to explore new challenges. The firm offers a highly competitive salary and benefits for the geographic area.  The firm  offers flexibility on start date.

McCormick Law Firm is one of the oldest and most respected law firms in north central Pennsylvania. They  have a regional presence that continues to grow and evolve. Throughout its history, and continuing today, McCormick Law Firm’s clients have included the region’s leading businesses, institutions of higher learning, families and individuals.

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In recent years, Williamsport has been named one of the fastest growing cities in the nation; offering a high quality of life. Williamsport is well known for hosting the Little League World Series annually, and it is home to three colleges. One of the Firm’s largest clients, Susquehanna Health System, a four hospital health system, recently merged with the state’s largest health system, UPMC, to become UPMC Susquehanna.

Interested applicants should send a resume, writing sample and cover letter, including available start date, to Emilie Pearson, Business Manager, via email to epearson@mcclaw.com or mail to:

McCormick Law Firm
Attn: Emilie Pearson, Business Manager
835 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Best Practices For File Closing and Destruction

Many of you are scratching your head and wondering about all the files which have accumulated over years of practice.  Some of you have 50 years of files.  Or a basement, attic, and garage already filled with box after box of files.  What about them?  If you decide to do electronic storage, do you have to go back and purge and scan all those files?  Heck no!!!  READ MORE

Associate Attorney Opportunity – York, PA

Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLP, a York County family law firm, is seeking an experienced family law trial attorney admitted in Pennsylvania to join its family law team. They are seeking a professional, personable and proactive candidate who desires to problem-solve client issues, lead their clients in the courtroom and provide quality legal services utilizing practical advice and efficient service.

The successful candidate will have 5 or more years of trial experience dealing with family law litigation including divorce, custody, support and adoption matters.  She/he will be advising potential clients and handling the client’s case from beginning to end, while maintaining client satisfaction. She/he will work in a positive employment atmosphere with a team of support professionals to assist.

This is a great opportunity for a motivated attorney.  The firm has interesting and challenging cases, and  offers competitive compensation that is commensurate with experience and book of business.  Experienced matrimonial solo practitioners are welcome to apply.  If you share the firm’s client-service orientation and would like to be a part of a successful team, apply with a cover letter and resume via email to the office manager, Marci Heidelbaugh.

EXPECT THE BEST BUT PLAN FOR THE WORST

There was a phone message on the hot line last week that was unfortunate, but not unusual.  A solo practitioner in a small PA town died suddenly of a heart attack.  She was only 49 years old.  She had no known history of illness.  READ MORE

 

Dog Shaming

Whenever I encounter dog shaming photos on social media I have a laughing fit. I can’t imagine the somewhat warped sense of humor that prompted the first person to snap a picture and post it. Does it provide psychic relief to the owner, one wonders?

 

I can now answer that with a definitive YES!  This shaming picture shows my newly rescued Malinois, Mango. She was only with me a scant 3 weeks when my first road trip came up. She made it through the first day without me, and then panicked on the second day.  She escaped from her crate, collapsing it in the process.  She made it over a waist-high shelf into the utility room area adjacent, scattering everything on that shelf onto the floor.  And then she managed to get through the cat door – a feat which defies physics – by destroying the cat door and carpeting outside the door.

 

The shaming brought comic relief for me. In addition, as you can tell from the look on Mango’s face and her body positioning, she clearly knows did a bad thing. I doubt she will be a repeat offender.

 

What a loss we can’t do public shaming with people in our office who offend. You know who I mean . . . the ones who never get their timesheets in on time, or can’t seem to get their bills out the door.

 

Hmmm. . . can we?  Yes, we can, although it should be done somewhat delicately. Back in the day when bulging inboxes could crash a mail server, I used to post a monthly email to all naming the top ten with the largest mailboxes.  When one partner was anointed “email packrat of the year” by me, his response was over the top. He insisted I be fired by the managing partner for publicly humiliating him by calling him a rodent.  With tears of laughter streaming down his cheeks, the managing partner directed him to clean out his inbox.  I can assure you he never made the top ten list again!

 

We have too little accountability at law firms.  That’s why the common phrase “managing a firm is like herding cats” is repeated so often. Maybe it’s time for a little shaming at your office?

Mango the Malinois is exposed for wrongdoing!

Upcoming Ellen Freedman CLEs through PA Bar Institute (PBI)

I am happy to report that the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI ) has booked me to do live programs and webinars through the end of the year.  Most of the programs will then be placed in their “On Demand” library. This is perfect  for those of you who need last minute credits, live out of state, or just can’t resist hearing my voice!  If you don’t need CLE credit, Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) members will be able to listen to the same seminars in the PBI On Demand library, for free on the PBA website.  No CLE credit is available, but if you need the information, you won’t have to wait for me to come to your county to do a seminar, or buy the seminar.  I think this combination of offerings will address a lot of need.

The following seminars are scheduled.  Look for webinars to be added shortly afterwards to the PBI On Demand library, and the PBA Members Only / Law Practice Management area. (You will need to log in to access materials through PBA.)

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Noon – 1:00 pm
Live Webinar
Financial Management 101 for Attorneys
1 subst credit

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Noon – 1:00 pm
Live Webinar
Billing Done Right: From Nightmares to Nirvana
1 subst credit

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Noon – 1:00 pm
Live Webinar
Hiring Staff
1 subst credit

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
9:00 am – 1:15 pm
Live Program
PBI, Pittsburgh
Best Practice for Financial and Procedural Management
3 subst and 1 ethics credit

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
9:15 am – 1:15 pm
Live Program and Simulcast
PBI, Philadelphia
Best Practice for Financial and Procedural Management
3 subst and 1 ethics credit

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Noon – 1:00 pm
Live Webinar
Planning for the Conclusion of Your Practice
1 subst credit

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Noon – 1:00 pm
Live Webinar
Records Management
1 subst credit

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Noon – 1:00 pm
Live Webinar
Fraud Prevention
1 subst credit

 

Will Your Firm be Fired or Hired by Corporate Counsel?

The Association of Corporate Counsel’s ACC Chief Legal Officers 2017 Survey is available for purchase.  I don’t get a dime for recommending it. But if your firm is still in the enviable position of getting work from any company’s Chief Legal Officer or minions, you need as much help as you can get in understanding what keeps them up at night. I have always been a proponent of strategic research, and this is a powerful tool to use in that regard.

Did you know that 46 percent of CLOs/general counsel (GCs) definitely or may replace a law firm for under-performance this year?   Did you know that many CLOs are now examining diversity at the firms which service them? For those who have determined that diversity is a “core value” they are looking beyond simple demographics of the firms which serve them.

In an article in Corporate Counsel Connect, Lauren Giammona, director of operations, business affairs, and legal at PayPal was quoted as saying, “We wanted to look at diversity not just in the context of how folks are staffed on matters — if you only focus on that it can be a bit of a shell game, so we wanted to look at things like who is getting origination credit, and of the management committees, how diverse are they? We found the diversity committee was tremendously diverse, but the executive committee wasn’t. We also looked at the promotions pipeline and programs offered to diverse employees. Those are the ways we measure ourselves internally and want our vendors to reflect that as well.”

Other top concerns right now include ethics and compliance, regulatory or governmental changes, information privacy, data breaches/protection of corporate data, and of course, legal spend. Since almost all of the firms which will be fired will be replaced, there will be lots of opportunity for firms of all sizes which are prepared to offer expertise combined with superior service and an efficient workflow.  Do your homework and positioning now.

 

Why Branch Offices Fail

This is an issue which affects firms of all sizes. Branch offices open with fanfare and flourish, and a high level of expectation. Sometimes expectations are unrealistic. Sometimes expectations are not clearly defined. Too often, these same offices close later with a barely noticeable hush.  READ MORE …

 

When Your Needs Exceed Your Budget

Last year I worked with a firm which had been in decision paralysis for over a year about having a new website designed.  The existing site was clearly a cookie-cutter design.  Much of the information was no longer accurate.  The firm’s site sorely lacked search engine optimization (SEO).  READ MORE …

 

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