Legal Management Magazine

Legal Management reports on topics within ALA’s five knowledge areas: Legal Industry/Business Management; Human Resources Management; Financial Management; Communications and Organizational Management; and Operations Management.

April 2018: On the Cover

Modern Development
Strategies for creating effective training programs for today's law firms

With modern priorities perpetually evolving, law firm professional development is likewise transforming. To remain effective, development strategies must adapt to modern employees’ needs. “Employees are accessing information and learning differently than they did just a few years ago,” according to Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic: Meet the Modern Learner. “Most are looking for answers outside of traditional training and development channels.” The legal industry is no stranger to this trend. Firms are always striving to make training and development more effective and personalized. This article covers eight strategies firms might consider to create more engaging development programs for today’s legal needs. Read article.

Features

Making Legal Managers into Effective Diversity and Inclusion Advocateslm-april2018-image
Could managers be the ideal champion for firm diversity?

Research suggests small law firms haven’t been able to quite keep pace with large firms’ diversity progress in recent years. Although firms with 100 or fewer attorneys showed minor diversity representation gains from 2016 to 2017, their percentage of female associates declined. The proportion of minority and nonminority women partners, according to National Association for Law Placement data, rose by less than 0.5 percent. Read more

  

Planning for the Unplanned
In today's competitive market, business continuity plans are not optional. These tips will help you craft one to meet your firm's needs. 

Disaster can strike at any time. Last year, natural disasters wreaked havoc across the United States, leaving many literally and figuratively powerless and out of work for days at a time. Firms of all sizes are targets of hackers who are looking to steal your sensitive client information. In just a few minutes, a natural or technological disaster could cause your firm to lose hundreds, thousands or even millions of dollars. Read more

 

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