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Demand For Contract Attys Booms As Rates Reach $250/Hour
Recruiters who place contract attorneys say they're busier than they've ever been as law firms and corporate legal departments scramble for talent amid a surge in legal work.
ALSPs Stand to Benefit Most From Booming Contract Services Demand—for Now
There's money to be made in the contract managed services market, with ALSPs likely taking the lead over law firms due to their emphasis on process and technology. However, the expertise law firms bring to the table can't be written off, especially for clients with complex agreements.
Many Partners In Big Cities Not Satisfied With Their Pay
Attorneys in major cities like New York and Washington may earn more money than
their peers in other parts of the country, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they feel more satisfied
about their pay, according to a recent Law360 Pulse survey.
Law firms are on the hunt for new hires. Meet 15 top legal recruiting firms to know
if you're looking to make a move
Legal recruiters play an instrumental role in the industry, acting as matchmakers
that discern the best fit between a firm's needs and culture and an attorney's skills and career goals,
and orchestrating lateral moves that can shape a firm's business. Many recruiters were themselves
practicing attorneys, bringing firsthand knowledge to their work.
Legal Hires In Life Sciences See Benefits In Booming Sector
The past few years have brought a plethora of legal department hiring activity,
from the general counsel position down to other in-house roles, to the life sciences sector — a
burgeoning, cutting-edge industry that includes pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology
companies. This ongoing and growing hiring trend had been occurring before the start of the coronavirus
pandemic. And COVID-19 hasn't caused the growth to plummet for most businesses in the industry — even for
those not involved in developing the COVID-19 vaccines.
Legal Departments Limited Budgets May Spur More In-house Staffing Services
Epiq announced last week that it was a launching a new supplemental staffing
service geared toward corporate legal departments. Other legal vendors might be eager to follow in the
e-discovery provider's footsteps.
Legal Departments Can Come and Go, But Legal Ops Mangers May Be Forever
Earlier this week Benjamin Moore said it planned to outsource all of its in-house
legal work to outside providers. But other businesses mulling a similar arrangement may quickly find that
cost savings or not, managing those providers will still require an investment of company time and
9 recession-proof legal practice areas set to boom, according to top lawyers and
Ultimately, the best thing an aspiring lawyer can do is find an area that they
genuinely find interesting and are passionate about, even if it's not "hot," advised Parker + Lynch's
Privacy and data security lawyers bask in high demand as firms play tug of war
Firms will often say they want a privacy or data security attorney in any office,
which shows you how flexible they would be to get an expert in that area.
West Law Today
The Rise in Interest in Lateral Moves in the Legal Industry
The pandemic has affected every facet of life, from employment to working styles,
and the legal industry is no exception. So far in 2020, there has also been a notable rise in attorneys
who will consider a transition and are open to considering positions not previously explored, including
November/December issue of Legal Management
Legal Departments Walking a Tightrope Between Cost and Vertical Tech Gaps
Creating a more holistic network of technology solutions can help legal
departments better leverage data. However, both the hardware and human cost of moving way
from the vertical approach to purchasing that has traditionally dominated legal could be a
Legal Industry Job Growth Slows In July
Fresh off increases of 6,100 jobs in May and 7,300 jobs in June, July's
0.17% increase continues the legal industry's job recovery since employment plummeted in
April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to seasonally adjusted numbers from the Bureau
of Labor Statistics.
Good Help Is (Still) Hard to Find in Legal IT and Cybersecurity
The pool of legal-specific IT professionals on the market has always
been shallow, but the rapid shift to remote working and other changes the industry has
encountered post COVID-19 could make finding talented cybersecurity professionals even more
Top law firms are delaying their first-year associate classes. Here are 3
ways law school graduates can stay on top of their game in the meantime.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to throw wrenches into career
plans, many would-be lawyers are stuck in a state of limbo.
Law firms like Kirkland & Ellis and Jones Day are delaying their fall,
first-year associate classes. Here's everything you need to know.
With no near end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, many major law
firms are pushing back their start dates for incoming first-year associates. Parker + Lynch
Legal Division Director Thomas O'Donnell shares his insight.
New York's bar exam is cancelled. Here's why calls are mounting for the
test to be canned completely. The New York State bar examination, which
had already been rescheduled to September, has been cancelled. While there is no new test
date or news of moving the test online, the New York Court of Appeals announced Thursday
that it is offering temporary licensing for eligible candidates.
In-House Departments Aren't Necessarily Fishing in Post-COVID Legal Talent
Pool Post-COVID-19, the legal ecosystem contains job candidates who
might not otherwise be looking for a corporate legal gig, but departments may be favoring
caution over a hiring binge.
Summer Associate Programs: A True Departure from the Traditional
Over the past few months, COVID-19 has driven a lot of change within
the legal industry. Now in the beginning of summer, firms are facing a new challenge — how
to host summer associate programs. The unpredictability of today’s environment has left many
junior level attorneys and recent law school graduates wondering what the future looks like.
Will they be left without a job, or will they be able to push forward?
In-House Data Privacy, Cybersecurity Lawyers Are in High Demand, With
Demand is high but supply is short for in-house attorneys with a data
privacy and cybersecurity background. Lawyers can thank new privacy regulations for the
The Coronavirus Is Creating A Mental Health Crisis In America’s Workforce
Workers’ mental health is being tested like never before. Here’s how
some companies are stepping up.
Corporate Legal and IT Departments Agree to Disagree on Cybersecurity
Preparedness A data breach response survey from Special Counsel shows
that corporate legal and IT personnel have very different views on the typical response time
and overall cost associated with a cyber incident. This article includes commentary from
Aaron Duncan, Vice President of Discovery Services at Special Counsel around the findings
from the survey, his insights into what the disconnect between legal and IT departments are,
and what companies can do to bridge the knowledge gap between IT and legal.
Breaking Through Autonomy Barriers Melissa
Frederickson, Division Director for Law Firm Management at Special Counsel is featured in
the latest April issue of Legal Management Magazine, discussing the focus on finding the
right people to assist in furthering the business side of law firms and new business
positions, and those focused on the employee experience.
Association of Legal Administrators
What It's Like To Join A Law Firm In The COVID-19 Era Parker
+ Lynch Legal's Erika Heyder-Seeley discusses ways that law firms
are adapting their hiring and onboarding process amidst COVID-19.
GCs Swing Into Action As Cos. Hope To Avoid Virus Outbreaks Parker + Lynch Legal's Jenny Schwope weighs in on the importance of
companies taking proactive measures to prevent illnesses from spreading in the workplace.
North American Staffing 100 List by SIA Staffing
Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, has
unveiled its ninth annual list of North American staffing leaders, celebrating 100 notable
individuals whose impact on the workforce solutions ecosystem elevates the industry and
drives its evolution.
Rise of cloud services has credit unions on edge Credit
unions have a lot of angst about moving data into the cloud but
they may be utilizing this technology more than they realize. Most organizations,
particularly financial institutions, are using more cloud services than they realize because
many vendors are transmitting data through the cloud.
Credit Union Journal
Law to Fact Podcast Features SCI Author and RecruiterPam Davidson, SCI Director of Legal Recruiting and author of '100 Days
to Your Next Job for Law Students and New JDs' discusses her new book on the podcast
Law to Fact, hosted by Professor Leslie Tenzer
Law to Fact
Capital One Breach: Whose Liability Is It Anyway? Capital
One suffered a breach of data that was stored on Amazon Web
Services' infrastructure and stolen by a former AWS employee. But it's far from clear
whether Amazon shoulders any liability in the incident.
What Legal Teams Need to Know About RansomwareRansomware (or
extortionware) is a type of malicious software that
encrypts user-generated files or entire file systems with an unbreakable cipher.
How Millennials are Changing Law Firms, Legal DepartmentsAs
attorneys fresh out of law school begin to enter firms and legal
departments, they're bringing change with them.
The Legal Industry Enters the Gig Economy Age How
firms and legal departments can benefit from temporary, part-time or freelance
Moving In-House? It’s Full Of Surprises, GCs Say While
general counsel must provide sound legal advice to a company, they
also play a key role outside of the law realm, and some say going in-house was eye-opening
because they knew little about the corporate world.
How Law Schools Can Encourage More Exposure to Legal Operations. Law schools would do well to include some basic teaching of database
management, knowledge management, data analytics and project management into their
curriculum to better prepare future attorneys for the technological and operational side of
How Firms Can Retain Top Talent After the Big Lateral Boom in Texas While some degree of lateral movement is common and unavoidable, many of
these steps that firms can take go a long way to minimize attrition and help retain Texas’
top Big Law talent.
American's holding off on retirement SCI Division
Director Nicholas Romley comments on changing trends as American's enter retirement
Grand Rapids Business Journal
Changing jobs is part of a lawyer’s career Tiffany
Henson, search director at Parker + Lynch Legal, offers insights into interviewing, pay
Jax Daily Record
Salaries Are Up And So Are The Non-Traditional Benefits 2019
Salary Guide indicates the key to finding an employer that fits your
style may be in the perks.
Above the Law
Firms Turn to Creative Benefits to Attract Legal Talent 2019
Salary Guide features In-house and law firms are increasingly
offering creative nontraditional perks
Salary Guide Shows Average In-House Lawyer Gets Paid Less, but Has More Fun
Perks In-house lawyers earn less than their firm peers on average but
are more likely to receive perks such as paid-for concerts or sabbaticals, according to our
22 e-Discovery Predictions for 2019 John Rubens,
COO of Special Counsel, offers insights into finding talent in a tight labor market.
Where Associate Salaries Soar, Signing Bonuses Fall, New Report Finds Special Counsel report report finds that while associates at law firms
received salary increases this year, signing bonuses have seen a decline.
The American Lawyer
Law Firm Associate Signing Bonuses Take a Dive, Recruiter Finds Special Counsel report report finds that while associates at law firms
received salary increases this year, signing bonuses have seen a decline.
Big Law Business
Parker + Lynch featured on the 50 by 25 Blog Check
out tips for finding success through failure, as featured on 50 by 25.
50 by 25
Relocation Not Required: Trends in working from home Special
Counsel's Amanda Ellis Cuban featured in Corporate Counsel
Transitioning from Law Firm to In-House Counsel Special
Counsel featured on InHouseBlog for providing tips for the
EQ Named A CIO Review Most Promising eDiscovery Solution Provider, from
MarketWatch Special Counsel's eQ recognized as a Top 20 vendor in
Safe Harbor 2.0: Critics Slam US, EU ‘Privacy Shield’ Data Transfer Deal's
Lack Of Details Special Counsel's Chris Gallagher weighs in on the
proposal and its implications
International Business Times
Special Counsel's EQ recognized as a Top 20 vendor in annual list Special Counsel's Chris Gallagher talks end-to-end eDiscovery Solutions
EQ Becomes a Relativity Premium Hosting Partner Partnership
will add kCura's Relativity to Managed Review Platform
BigLaw Finds New Roles For Older Attys Amid Age-Bias Woes Special Counsel shares insights into changing trends in the legal
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