Is the Talent War Over?

Since March 2020, the data privacy team at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has worked remotely, handling client breaches from a variety of locations and only going into the office on an as-needed basis. This is because of the diffuse nature of cybersecurity legal services, says practice group chair Sean Hoar, which relies on the group operating around the clock from a variety of locations.

When Hoar’s 44-member group relocated to Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete at the beginning of this year, the team’s virtual work preference was a “unique” arrangement that leaders at labor and employment-focused Constangy were happy to agree to.

“We’re treating this group as both a virtual office and a practice group,” says Neil Wasser, chairman of the executive committee at Constangy. “It’s going to be fully integrated group that works together daily as a virtual office. We think it is reflective of how we’re going to see law firms work in the future.”

The Lewis Brisbois to Constangy move, one of the largest lateral group moves in the first month of 2023, indicates that, under the right circumstances, firm leaders are still willing to allow the kind of workplace flexibility that firms had no choice but to accept over the past several years. If the COVID-19 pandemic showed that remote work was a viable stop-gap solution, the frenzied pace of deal work that prompted 2021′s hiring boom kept it going by tilting labor market dynamics in candidates’ favor.

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However, as receding demand for legal services and correspondingly legal talent sends the seesaw tilting in the opposite direction, the willingness of law firm leaders to accommodate the workplace preferences of candidates is now an open question. Industry observers and firm leaders say the visible manifestations 

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Catharine Du Bois who teaches legal writing at Brooklyn Law School says there are some conscious deliberate steps lawyers can take to become more persuasive writers.

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Legal Services that Place People at the Forefront

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Cervantes Abogados is one of Mexico’s most prestigious law firms. Set up more than two decades ago, this multi-service law firm has made itself known in the Mexican and international legal market for its personalized, effective, and high-impact legal services.

Luis A. Cervantes Muñiz, a law professor for over forty years, is the founding partner of Cervantes Abogados. He has dedicated his life to understanding the law and all of its complexities, ensuring he stays up to date with the latest practices. His passion for the law is evident.

Cervantes Abogados’ greatest asset is their team, all of whom show the same dedication to the law as Mr. Cervantes. The team is composed of individuals who demonstrate passion for the practice of law and true loyalty, giving them qualities beyond just their high standard of academic preparation.

Building a team around these principles ensures that they are all committed to providing the best legal services to their clients. The relationships fostered between the firm and its clients are a large part of the success it has enjoyed. Cervantes thinks of its clients as partners with whom they share a vested interest. They are notorious for fighting their clients’ corners to the best of their abilities,”being creative and doing whatever we must do – within the law – to achieve the results.

The philosophy is simple, to attract potential clients by adding value to their businesses.

We believe in going the extra mile, we believe in making an extra effort, we believe in adding value. My philosophy has always been that I must be attractive to the client; I need to add value to their business.”

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Calling All Innovators: Submission Period Open for Leaders in Tech Law Awards



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Law firms, law departments and vendors will be honored at ALM’s annual Legalweek conference in March 2023 for their efforts to improve the way legal services are delivered.

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The nomination period is now open for Legaltech News and Law.com’s annual Legalweek Leaders in Tech Law Awards, which aim to honor the many ways the industry is leveraging technology and innovation to improve the way legal services are delivered.

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Rod Watson: Job fair to diversify legal profession will help more than just lawyers | Local News

The blindfolded lady holding the scales of justice is a nice ideal.

But in a society as diverse as this one, you can’t get there by pretending differences don’t matter. And the consequences of embracing or ignoring those differences are rarely as significant as they are in the legal system.


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The Unitarian Universalist Church of East Aurora is conducting immersive workshops for children and adults to explore race and ethnic identity and how to build an anti-racist society.

That is why Western New York’s first ever Legal Diversity Career Fair last week sponsored by the Minority Bar Association of WNY, the Bar Association of Erie County and the University at Buffalo Law School was so important.

It was a conscious effort to diversify law firms, as well as governmental and non-profit legal departments, not just because it’s the right thing to do – which it is – but because it creates better outcomes.

“Every employer will perform at its best when it has voices at the table that represents many perspectives as possible,” said Lisa Patterson, the Law School’s vice dean for career services. “That is what diversity in hiring is about.”

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Spearheaded by Samantha White, incoming president of the Minority Bar Association and a member of the BAEC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the job fair brought together employers and a pool of job seekers diverse in terms of everything from race and ethnicity to religion, sexual orientation and disabilities. A key goal is to change how employers across the legal industry look at such candidates.

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Top Legal Technology Trends to Consider in 2022 and Beyond

The legal sector is growing increasing accustomed to automation, remote hearings, video conferencing, and other technological options that improve client communications streamline workflows, and promote work-life balance.

FREMON, CA: 2022 marks a new beginning, but the globe is still grappling with the ongoing pandemic. Law firms trying to adapt to the “new normal” are examining legal technology developments to meet customer demand and maintain growth.

The rapidity and adaptability of the cloud, automation, and other tools enable law firms to launch solutions without developer assistance or lengthy IT wait times. According to Gartner’s legal and technology forecasts for 2022, the legal department will automate more than 50 percent of the legal work associated with significant business transactions.

With ever-improving technology and changing client expectations, legal technology is the best option for many law firms seeking to remain competitive. In 2022, these legal technology trends will be essential for the success of law firms.

Legal technology employs emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, automation, and blockchain technology, to provide legal services that are more efficient and effective.

Historically, legal technology referred to the technology utilized by law firms for practice management, billing, document storage, and accounting. Law firms were slow to accept innovative solutions as a conventional sector and favored tried-and-true ways.

However, legal technology has progressed significantly in a short time. Now, legal technology can adapt a law company to the modern problems of functioning in a post-pandemic world and provide clients with better, faster, and more complete services. It also improves the lives of attorneys by providing remote work alternatives, continual connectivity, and enhanced timekeeping and billing, among other benefits.

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Number of US legal jobs now exceeds pre-Great Recession record high

  • The legal sector added 3,000 jobs in June, reaching 1,185,600 jobs, according to US Labor Department
  • Law firm corporate practice hiring has slowed, but litigation, real estate are busy, recruiters said

(Reuters) – The US legal services sector now has more total jobs than it had when the count hit its previous high point in 2007 shortly before the Great Recession, according to US Labor Department data released Friday.

The legal sector added 3,000 jobs in June, reaching a total of 1,185,600, the preliminary seasonally adjusted Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed. This exceeds the historic high of 1,179,500 jobs the sector reached in May 2007, according to BLS data.

The legal services job count includes lawyers, paralegals and other legal professionals. BLS legal sector jobs data is available stretching back to 1990.

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Newly revised data for May 2022 also shows the sector cracked its previous 2007 record that month, with a total of 1,182,600 legal sector jobs.

The May 2022 data was revised up from 1,178,800. BLS jobs numbers are subject to adjustments in months after they are first released.

Overall US job growth beat expectations in June, and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%.

Legal recruitment leaders said demand for lawyers remains high in certain practice areas. However, the practice groups for which firms are hiring have shifted, they said.

In 2021, law firms battled for talent amid a surge in client demand and shortage of lawyers to handle the work.

There has been a slowdown in law firm hiring for capital markets and mergers and acquisitions attorneys, said Katherine Loanzon, a managing director at legal recruitment agency Kinney Recruiting.

Global M&A activity dipped 21% in the first half of 2022 over the same period in 2021,

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How much do new public interest lawyers earn? Despite raises, pay is well below that of law firms, NALP says

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How much do new public interest lawyers earn? Despite raises, pay is well below that of law firms, NALP says

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Median salaries are growing for lawyers working in civil legal services and public interest organizations, but there are still “sobering distinctions” when compared to law firm pay, according to the National Association for Law Placement.

Since 2018, the median starting pay for lawyers in civil legal services has increased by $9,500, while the median pay for new attorneys doing legal work for public interest organizations increased by $12,700, according to a June 22 press release from the NALP.

Salary growth was lower for public defenders, whose median starting pay increased only by $1,400 since 2018.

Median pay is:

    • $57,500 for new legal services lawyers, increasing to $78,500 for those with 11 to 15 years of experience.
    • $59,700 for new public defenders, increasing to $100,500 for those with 11 to 15 years of experience.
    • $63,200 for new lawyers in public service organizations, increasing to $95,000 for those with 11 to 15 years of experience.

The NALP didn’t publish figures on lawyers in local prosecution offices because it did not receive enough responses.

Public interest pay is well below that of lawyers working in law firms. According to 2021 figures collected before pay hikes, the median starting pay was $85,000 for lawyers working in law firms of 50 or fewer attorneys, $127,500 for lawyers working in firms of 51 to 100 attorneys, and $190,000 for lawyers working in the largest firms of more than 700 attorneys.

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