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Monthly Archives: April 2007

Coaching that Makes a Professional and Personal Difference

Posted in Assessments, Client Service, Communication, Conflict, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Productivity, Professional Development, Wellness, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
Give yourself the advantages that insights from sophisticated behavioral science tools and informed collaboration can produce.  Out of ideas for how to motivate your team?  Can’t take another day with a difficult boss or colleague?  Strung out from too many committments and not enough time?  Looking for a meaningful way to both practice law and live your life?… Continue Reading

A Small but Important Step in Associate Compensation?

Posted in Client Service, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Profitability, Recruitment, Risk Management
Do we have a deal?  An easily-missed recent entry in the legal press noted that DLA Piper had decided to award the latest round in starting salary increases to entering associates in only one practice area–patent litigation.  The article noted that patent litigators often have science and engineering degrees and that clients are willing to pay premium billing… Continue Reading

Raves for Muir Presentation on Risk Management

Posted in Client Service, Communication, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Pro Bono and Community Service, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
Ronda Muir, Esq., Senior Consultant at Robin Rolfe Resources, was featured as a speaker at a conference on Risk Management for the Modern Law Firm, sponsored by ARK Group. The conference was held in Chicago on April 17 and 18, 2007.  Muir’s presentation was on the risks that arise in managing a law firm’s greatest asset: its people. She… Continue Reading

Economics Seminar for Yale Law School

Posted in Professional Development
Ronda Muir, Esq., Senior Consultant at Robin Rolfe Resources, conducted a seminar on April 10 for Yale Law School students on the economics of law firm practice and how associates can add to the bottom line.  Over 40 students, in a law school of 180, signed up for Muir’s presentation. In this highly competitive legal market,… Continue Reading

Women in the Cat? Bird? Board Seat

Posted in Client Service, Leadership, Pro Bono and Community Service, Professional Development
Women lawyers are not serving in appropriate numbers on corporate boards, bemoans an April 6, 2007 article in the New York Times Business Section.  Evidently only 14.6% of Fortune 500 companies counted a woman among their directors in 2006. That same year women accounted for 17% of law firm partners (presumably equity partners), 16% of law school… Continue Reading

An RFP for Community Involvement, Client Solidarity and Associate Retention

Posted in Client Service, Leadership, Management, Pro Bono and Community Service
In what may be a first, Intel Corp. issued an RFP last fall to find law firms to partner with their attorneys on community service projects in Silicon Valley.  This year it is expanding the request to three other offices.  The firms it chose in the first round were Baker & McKenzie, which had done work for… Continue Reading