The Perfect Storm Is Here

Firms are struggling harder than ever to find suitable candidates to hire in all positions.. Shortages include paralegals, legal secretaries, and mid-level lateral attorneys who demonstrate any signs of entrepreneurialism. There have been a lot of unsuccessful hires. And firms are feeling the impact of the resulting turnover in the bottom line and in the ability to service clients efficiently.  READ MORE

 

First Place Prize for Easter Card to Clients

Once again Leisawitz Heller takes a first place prize (in my book) for innovative use of video in marketing.  I received a dribble of electronic best wishes for Easter or Passover from law firms.  Leisawitz Heller went all out with a funny tongue-in-cheek Easter video which is sure to amuse.

When I talk to firms about marketing, I encourage them to be different.  This firm has, I am proud to say, taken it to heart.  This is the third or fourth in a series of excellent holiday video cards which have been produced with great attention to detail.  By issuing cards for holidays which are not heavily celebrated, they assure curiosity will get them a good click-through rate.

Kudos to the firm, kudos to their video production company, and a big thumbs up to the attorneys who manage to keep a straight face while dead-panning to the camera.

Keep it up!

Upcoming Seminars by Ellen Freedman

Attorneys keep asking me to let them know when I will be presenting a CLE in their county or close by.  Here’s what’s coming up in the near future.   To get additional information or register, please visit the web site or contact the county bar association directly.  I’m fortunate in that I’m not involved in any details other than showing up and doing the presentation.

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    Carbon County Bar Association – Bench Bar Conference
    #1: Conquer Catastrophe: Technology Tools You Can Use to Keep Practicing in the Event of a Disability
    #2: Disaster Prevention and Preparedness

 

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    Berks County Bar Association – Bench Bar Conference
    #1: Hiring Help
    #2: Handling Entrusted Funds

 

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Lackawanna County Bar Association
    Managing Conflict and Strengthening Resilience

 

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017
    Somerset County Bar Association
    Ellen’s Top Practice Management Tips

I hope to see you at an upcoming presentation!

Data Breach Prevention

Glaring headlines in the March 29, 2016 The American Lawyer detailed that 48 of our nation’s top law firms were specifically targeted by a Russian hacker seeking to trade on M&A information. Most of the firms found out they were a target only because their name was included in the article. On March 22, 2016 the FBI issued an alert warning law firms of criminals seeking access to their networks.

What should you do? First, realize that some of the largest firms have experienced breaches. And they have huge IT staff, and lots of money to throw at the problem. Don’t throw up your arms in disdain and say you have no chance by comparison. For firms of all sizes I recommend . . . READ MORE

Data Breach Prevention

It’s really not a question of IF your firm will experience a data breach at some point, but rather WHEN your firm will experience the breach. Don’t assume that your firm has no desirability as a target because of your size, or even your practice areas. Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting law firms of all sizes for private information about clients, which often enables them to more effectively target the client directly.  READ MORE

Associate Attorney Job Opening in Fleetwood, PA

The Smith Law Group is welcoming applications for Associate Attorney.  This is an opportunity to join a thriving 11-year-old general practice firm that represents clients in matters covering civil litigation, transactional counseling, and criminal defense.  The firm is located in Fleetwood, Berks County, PA.

The firm’s practice area includes the eastern half of Pennsylvania.  The firm enjoys a good reputation in both federal and state courts.  More information about the firm may be found on its website.

The ideal candidate will have 1 to 5 years of practice experience, but the firm will consider applicants without experience.  Salary and responsibility will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the Executive Administrator.

Paralegal Job Opening in Fleetwood, PA

A small successful firm in Fleetwood, PA has an immediate opening for a full-time paralegal.  Requirements include

  • excellent organization and communication skills
  • ability to multi-task
  • 3+ years’ litigation practice experience
  • familiarity with fundamentals of court filing

The right candidate will have a high energy level coupled with compassion for clients and a passion for justice.

This firm offers a pleasant working atmosphere in a growing firm.  All applications will be received in confidence.  Send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Jennifer Smith.

Legal Administrator Job Opening

Quatrini Rafferty, P.C., is a continually growing, high-volume law firm based in Greensburg, PA, with branch offices located in Latrobe and downtown Pittsburgh. Founded 30 years ago, the firm champions the causes of people whose lives have been turned upside down by injury or illness.

The firm currently has an opening for a full-time Office Administrator. This person will work with the Managing Partner and the Controller, and be based in the Greensburg office. Primary responsibilities include human resources administration, management of the day-to-day operations of the firm, and coordination and implementation of firm policy and procedure to attain maximum efficiency. Additional responsibilities include IT oversight/planning and database management, records and file management, facilities oversight, and other administrative functions and projects as necessary.

The ideal candidate will have a strong human resources and benefit administration background and experience in legal office management is preferred. This position requires strong communication skills, the ability to maintain information in the strictest of confidence, empathy, juggling of multiple tasks and working in a high case volume atmosphere, the ability to supervise and work well with all employees within the firm, and maintain professional relationships outside the firm. Benefit package with 401(k) plan included.

Interviews will begin after January 4, 2017. Interested candidates are requested to send a resume and cover letter identifying interest in the position, core strengths, and salary requirements to Joyce Vivio.

Job Opportunity – Legal Administrator

Join their team! A progressive mid-sized regional law firm located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, seeks a full-time Legal Administrator with a minimum of four (4) years’ experience managing non-attorney staff, handling HR, employee relations, employee benefit matters and managing the key areas of law firm operations including technology, facilities, finance, legal industry trends and marketing. Candidate must be capable of working independently, maintain confidentiality, be a self-starter and work effectively with firm management. Candidate must have excellent people skills, written and oral communication skills and analytical skills and be highly proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel and Juris.  SPHR, SHRM-SLP certifications preferred. Excellent benefit package available.

  • Location: Bethlehem, PA
  • Compensation: commensurate with experience
  • Candidates only. No Recruiters.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
  • Please do not contact job poster with unsolicited services or offers.

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Kristine Roddick, Esquire; Managing Partner

Are Your Practice Management Procedures Up to Snuff?

I presented a Lunch-‘n-Learn CLE on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the Dauphin County Bar Association.  The session — Fine Tuning Your Practice — covers best practices and procedures for today’s law office.  From intake through file closing and eventual destruction, hundreds of nuggets of useful information were offered to help attorneys return to the office and easily implement improvements.

During the marketing practices section, I challenged lawyers in attendance to leverage their current activities through use of social media.  I brought the challenge to life by offering to pose for selfies with any lawyer who would begin making the effort.

Three attorneys took advantage of my offer.  I haven’t received links from two of them, but here is the first.

Bravo to attorney Michael Hynum, who posted this photo on Twitter.  You’ve gained a new follower.

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