Joshua Stein is the sole principal of Joshua Stein PLLC, a prominent commercial real estate law practice in Manhattan. For more information on the author, visit www.joshuastein.com.
Desiree Moore is the President and founder of Greenhorn Legal, LLC. Greenhorn Legal offers intensive practical skills training programs for law students and new lawyers as they transition from law school into their legal practices. Ms. Moore is the author of the new book, Thrive – A New Lawyer’s Guide to Law Firm Practice (American Bar Association, 2012). Get your copy here! Have questions or just want to chat? You can contact Ms. Moore at: [email protected], on Facebook, or on Twitter at @greenhornlegal.
What differentiates you as a recruiter:
Detailed market knowledge, honesty and a no-pressure, candidate-first approach.
Be prepared and go the extra mile, on your resume, on your representative experience sheet, on your interview preparation (by asking well-crafted and tailored questions) and on your follow up. Many employers are disappointed by how little candidates know about the firms and companies with which they are interviewing. Use firm websites and LinkedIn profiles to become familiar with your potential employer. Remember to affirmatively express your interest in the position.
“Diana Rubin is a highly effective legal recruiter. We hired her to find three senior attorneys for Volkswagen’s legal department and were extremely pleased with the result. She easily grasped both the legal skills and the personal qualities required for an attorney to succeed in our company She found us highly skilled lawyers who are also great people, and did so quickly. She was professional and easy to work with, and I would recommend her without reservation to anyone seeking a lawyer for their in-house department.”
David Geanacopoulos, Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Volkwagen Group of America
Raj draws you in with a big smile and a personality to match. He is more widely connected within law firm recruitment than anyone I know and I know a lot of those people.
Bruce MacEwen, President; currently with Adam Smith, Esq.
Before considering a job change, identify the specific substantive skills you want to use and/or develop and why those skills are not being developed or utilized to your satisfaction in your current position. If the culture of your practice group or firm is inconsistent with your preferences, be able to discuss how a different culture will enhance your performance.
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When you turn to the economics of being a solo or small firm, the numbers often do not pan out when working for free.
How should you conduct your job search when you’re a fourth-tier law school graduate in the tough legal economy?
Are you looking for advice about the lateral recruiting process? Look no further.
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* “[T]he one thing Windsor does not do is clearly establish a nationalized definition of marriage.” No one will be surprised when the same-sex marriage cases wind up before the Supreme Court. [National Law Journal]
* Law firm mergers continue to hum along at a record pace, but whether they’ll actually work out is another question entirely. Only time will tell if we’ll see another “spectacular flameout.” [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]
* “The billable hour’s day has passed.” Eighty percent of law firm leaders believe hourly billing may soon be going the way of the dodo in favor of alternative billing arrangements. [Capital Business / Washington Post]
* Despite its anti-gay policies, Trinity Western University Law has been granted approval from the Law Society of British Columbia to open its doors. And here we thought Canadians were supposed to be polite. [GlobalPost]
* If you want to take an “Law and _____” class, sign up for Law and Traumatic Brain Injuries at GW Law. Having a TBI yourself seems like a requirement for enrollment, but shockingly, it’s not. [New York Times]
* Times are so rough that God can’t even get a credit card. Instead of casting plagues upon the earth, he’s suing Equifax — though we’re sure he wouldn’t mind if the credit agency reps caught lice. [New York Post]
The New York City office of Epstein Becker & Green seeks an attorney to work at the level of a fourth to sixth year associate to join its national employer-side labor and employment practice. Knowledge of the full range of federal and state employment statutes, prior litigation experience, and experience and knowledge with matters involving all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, wage & hour and employment contract cases is needed.