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As law firms enter into another year of flat revenue and the mandate of reducing headcount even further to meet budgetary constraints, it is time to revisit alternatives to this diminishing course of action.
Rob Mattern has worked with law firms for over twenty-five (25) years, through the good and the bad times; however, it is only in the last five (5) years that firms have been open to alternative strategies to reduce expenses. Economic necessity has mandated this course of action, but also a client-driven enlightenment based on the universal necessity to become more cost-effective and efficient in the delivery of legal services.
Guest: Rob Mattern
President and Founder
Mattern & Associates, LLC
Contact: Rob Mattern: email@example.com 610.459.7750
Time is money, which is why all law firms could benefit from software data integration. Well-implemented integrations increase efficiency, reduce non-billable tasks and improve data accuracy. That’s why taking on this type of low-budget technology project is mission critical. Tune into Charles King as he shares cost-saving tips, tactics and strategies for a successful data integration in a law firm environment.
About Charles King
Charles King is the IP Technology Systems Manager at Arent Fox, where he guides decision making and implementation of all intellectual property practice group technology. He has been working for more than 10 years in intellectual property law technology management. King has been a member of the management group for multiple IP docketing database conversions and has led and supported numerous systems integration projects for docketing data, accounting data, internal and external web-based data access.
Management or ‘mismanagement’ of human assets continue at every level of the law firm organization. Dr. Tom DeLong discusses how business of law leaders can increase their own leadership value while bringing their firm into management alignment. In this podcast, learn how to foster a culture where those responsible for managing others can be more inspirational, more honest, and learn how to gain commitment to the strategy of their firms.
About Tom DeLong
Thomas J. DeLong is the Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice in the Organizational Behavior area at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard Faculty, DeLong was Chief Development Officer and Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Group, Inc., where he was responsible for the firm's human capital and focused on issues of organizational strategy and organizational change.
DeLong teaches globally and consults with leading organizations on the process of making individual and organizational change. His new book, Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success, centers on the challenges of helping talented professionals who are resistant to change. DeLong co-authored two books focused on leading professional service firms, When Professionals Have to Lead: A New Model for High Performance and Professional Services: Cases and Texts. DeLong has also coauthored two Harvard Business Review articles focusing on why high achieving professionals often unwittingly sabotage their effort to excel.
The 2013 ALA Law Firm Financial Management Conference takes place August 22-24 in Los Angeles, CA. Learn new ideas, techniques and outlooks to improve your firm's performance and results. In addition to top-notch educational sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to grown and expand their professional network.
Kate Harms, 2013 Conference Chair, tells us more about this event and why someone should attend.
HR issues in law firms are fast becoming one of the most in-demand topics at ALA. And one of the most important HR trends ALA is tracking is - metrics. Tune into this podcast and learn how HR metrics can enhance your firm’s productivity and profitability.
About Cathy Missildine
Cathy Missildine has extensive experience in many areas of strategic Human Resources Management. She has worked with executives in the areas of performance, productivity, organizational metrics, training, employee & customer engagement, workforce planning, organizational design and strategic implementation. Her past experience in operations and sales management in the technical, insurance and hospitality industries has given her a broad understanding of business issues and a solid foundation for building performance enhancing systems that support the business.
She earned her MBA from Kennesaw State University with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and Development. Cathy is also a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds their professional certification, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
In 1997, Cathy and her business partner Barbara Hughes started their own consulting firm, Intellectual Capital Consulting (ICC), specializing in profitability through human capital.
Cathy Missildine, SPHR
Co-Founder, Chief Performance Officer
Intellectual Capital Consulting
Judy Hissong, Principal
With over 15 years in C-level management, Judy provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise in successful business planning. With a background in Professional Services, she makes an ideal facilitator for strategic retreats and financial analysis. Judy presents at several conferences on the topic of strategic and long range planning for law firms, and legal staff management. She also writes articles on the importance of strategic planning in the success of business, and is an instructor for the University of California San Diego. Judy coaches small business owners on running a business and the necessary elements for success.
Read her recent article in ALA's Legal Management: Magazine: http://www.alanet.org/legalmgmt/
Explore the role of the futurist today while getting a preview of what’s on the horizon in law firms tomorrow.
Jobst Elster brings extensive experience in market analysis, market research, public relations and product marketing to the legal industry. He has served as a legal market strategist for the last 15 years, advising companies entering the legal market, involved in mergers and acquisitions, and expanding operations overseas. Jobst regularly writes and speaks on legal technology, technology innovations and futures, legal marketing and big data. elster@InsideLegal.com or via Twitter @InsideLegal.
Article: Strategizing Today for the Legal Tech of Tomorrow, Legal Management, Jan. 2014
Eric Hunter is the Director of Knowledge, Innovation & Technology Strategies at Bradford & Barthel, LLP and Executive Director of Spherical Models, LLC. He has recently integrated a Google-driven social media knowledge and collaboration environment within Bradford & Barthel, LLP. Eric is constantly looking to leverage innovation solutions to enhance client service interaction while driving business optimization solutions internally. Hunter speaks and writes on competitive strategy and collaborative cloud solutions globally and is the recipient of ILTA’s 2010 Knowledge Management Champion Distinguished Peer and ILTA’s 2010 Innovative Member awards. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article: Law Firm Futures: Driving an Intranet Evolution Through Predictive Analytics” Legal Management, Sept. 2013.
No firm can afford a poorly drafted employee handbook. Listen to this podcast and find out how you can make your employee handbook policies compliant with legal requirements as well as those that are just strongly recommended. Mr. Cohen will discuss the most common mistakes often made in drafting policies and important strategies to avoid costly errors. In addition, he will share best practices in drafting and updateing your employee handbook.
About Michael S. Cohen, J.D
Mr. Cohen is a Partner at Duane Morris LLP in the firm’s Employment Services Practice Group where he concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. A highly sought-after speaker, he has trained and counseled employees throughout the country on employment subjects, including harassment prevention, diversity, discipline, hiring, firing, recruiting, performance evaluations and compliance.
What do highly successful law firms know about retirement plans – that you don’t? Tune into this podcast and learn how strategic retirement plans can make your firm more competitive and profitable. From designing and managing retirement plans to avoiding big mistakes along the way, learn the top secrets for successful law firm retirement planning.
About Dan Kravitz
Dan Kravitz, President of Kravitz, Inc., is nationally recognized as a leading expert on retirement plans for law firms. He has been a featured speaker at numerous national retirement industry conferences, is the author of a popular book, Beyond the 401(k) and has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and other major publications. Backed by his expert actuarial and technical team, Kravitz has helped thousands of law firms implement innovative, highly successful retirement plans.
Recruiting and retaining top talent for law firms is one of the biggest challenges faced by business of law leaders today. Tune into top career expert Sally Calloway as she shares proven strategies for attracting and keeping the most qualified candidates in the job market.
Learn how to optimize the talent search process from writing effective job descriptions, to posting in unconventional places to conducting compliant and cohesive interviews to determining if a candidate is the right culture fit.
About Sally Calloway:
Sally Calloway is an expert resume writer, certified professional career coach, and best-selling author. She trains job seekers and HR professionals, revealing new rules and proven strategies to win the job, and employment trends of the 21st century job market. Calloway is also a career journalist who contributes to the Career Girl Network, honored by Forbes as one of the best sites for career advice, and to CNN.com. Currently an entrepreneur career coach and CEO of Sally Calloway International, she coaches and mentors job seekers of all levels from recent college graduates to C-level executives and former military personnel.
Attorney Sarah Steele and author/writer Bennet Pomerantz discuss the subjects of the day.
The audience should know that although Ms. Steele is a licensed attorney, she is not offering legal advice in any capacity, is not establishing an attorney/client relationship with anyone listening to the show, and recommends that any listener of the show consult a local attorney for any legal advice they may require.
This show is about us discussing hot topics and how they relate to the law.
Tonight we discuss zoning – the good, bad, and the political. On June 02, 2014, the Supreme Court of Georgia heard oral arguments in the case of City of Brookhaven v. Trop. Inc., on whether or not the Pink Pony Adult Club could continue on with regular business in light of an ordinance passed just one month after the inception of the City of Brookhaven. The ordinance disallowed adult clubs to serve alcohol alongside nude dancing. Ironically, even though Brookhaven is trying to get rid of the Pink Pony now, it may never have been allowed to incorporate under Georgia law without the Pink Pony due to the $100,000+ that the Pink Pony pays to the City due to various licenses it has to maintain. Join Bennet and Sarah as they discuss zoning laws and how they can be used for and against the citizens of various neighborhoods.
What if you could make each and every day victorious by focusing on daily activities rather than obsessing over results that you can't control? Based on author Ben Newman's popular program, Own YOUR Success gives you the power to make each day a triumph. The most successful people find great success when they focus on having a passion for the process. The key: make today victorious regardless of the obstacles that come your way. Figure out what fires YOU up without exception and ignite that passion so that you can routinely create your prizefighter day.
About Ben Newman
Ben Newman is a best-selling author, international speaker and highly regarded performance coach whose clients include business executives, high-performing sales people and professional athletes in the NFL and PGA. His book, Own Your Success, was ranked by CEO READ as their No. 13 business book of 2012! Newman’s message has inspired tens of thousands of people at companies around the world to do great things each and every day by focusing on process instead of results and turning adversity into opportunity.