Your final edition for the year… here’s a list of your top ten reads (ranked by click-through) across 47 issues for 2017 😄
#1. Law Firms to Meet Diversity Mandate or Forfeit 10% of Fees
“I haven’t seen anything like this,” says Gary Sasso, vice-chairman of talent development for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
This was his reaction to HP General Counsel, Kim Rivera’s plan to withhold up to 10% of invoiced fees for firms that fail to meet HP’s diversity standards.
This takes it to a new level, and with the Law Council of Australia’s new national program to tackle ‘boys’ club’ bias in legal profession, we might finally start to move the needle on law firm diversity at the leadership level.
#2. How to Work From Home and Get Stuff Done
Here’s a great tip sheet for all the work-from-home warriors out there (or those aspiring to be), from the founder of freelanship, Lauren err… Holiday.
Before you get the wrong impression:
#3. In-house + Hyper-growth
For anyone in-house at a hyper-growth company or for those looking to join a startup as lawyer #1, here’s a wrap of the main issues you’ll face (and how to deal with them) from four lawyers steering the course at Stripe, Lending Club, Thumbtack and Silicon Valley Bank.
On figuring out top priorities, managing counsel at Thumbtack, Steve Siger adds:
#4. How to feel like a superstar
#5. A Legal Department Style Guide
This is the first time I’ve seen this – a free style guide for your in-house legal department.
And there’s probably no better arbiter of style than the folks at Adobe.
According to their legal team:
#6. Inbox Zero
I’m a big fan of inbox zero. And like many lawyers, I’m OCD when it come to filing emails.
But there’s always a cheeky handful of messages that stubbornly squat in my inbox, refusing to be tucked away into a file or archive – things like important tasks, follow-ups, invoices to pay, flight itineraries etc.
Here’s a super neat tool to clear out your inbox, set reminders and follow-ups, starting from $0, nothing to install 😍
#7. Prize Promotions
For anyone running trade promotions, prize draws or games of chance, go and bookmark this site.
Simply select your topic e.g. “prize draws”; select your countries and get detailed, up to date guidance backed by the might of DLA Piper.
Hat tip to the AU counsel of a global startup for surfacing this one.
#8. In-house and Agile
If you’re an in-house lawyer or GC thinking about how to improve your team’s legal operations – here’s one for you.
Frances Dunn is Senior Legal Counsel at Netwealth Investments, and she’s been using the ‘agile methodology’ to manage her legal team’s workload for the past 14 months.
And from what we’ve seen, she’s absolutely nailing it.
#9. Using JIRA to Manage Your In-house Legal Matters
When I found out that Megaport’s in-house legal team were using JIRA to manage their matters, it immediately piqued my interest.
That’s because JIRA is a project management tool that is super popular with software developers using Agile methodology.
Lucky for us, Anna Hale and Sarah McCulloch were delighted share their experience using the software with us.
In their words:
#10. The leaking diversity funnel
As part of their Women in the Workplace research, McKinsey & Co. conducted a deep dive on women in law firms in North America.
The inaugural study drew on survey responses by more than 2,500 lawyers and information from 23 of the nation’s top law firms.
The results are far from impressive.
Download the full report here.
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