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October 2018

Temp firms for law practices: Is there a better way to hire?

Looking for associate level help for your law practice but not sure if a legal temp firm is right for you? While many practices have used temp firms in the past for staffing, the market is quickly changing for the better when it comes to finding quick, reliable help for your law practice at an affordable price. Check out this article to see if utilizing a temp firm is right for you, or if new technology that's now available is a better alternative for your practice.

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05
July 2018

Do Ethics Issues Impact the Project Based Attorney Model?

As more lawyers turn to project-based hiring as an alternative to full-time hiring of associates some lawyers question whether Rules of Professional Conduct apply. With this question in mind, we offer a series of posts which examine the ethics rules adopted by the American Bar Association as well as those adopted by each state and territory, including the District of Columbia. This series examines ethics topics which may relate to working with project-based lawyers including (1) fees and expenses, (2) conflicts of interest, (3) competence and supervision, and (4) the unauthorized practice of law.

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June 2018

4 Benefits of Using Lawyer Exchange for Law Firms

Project based legal work is a new concept for many lawyers and most are still unsure how exactly this new process can help their practice. Lawyer Exchange is one of the leaders in on-demand project-based legal work, and lawyers using Lawyer Exchange to find the help they need are finding a range of benefits. We want to outline the four most commonly discussed benefits among lawyers who use Lawyer Exchange – the same benefits we believe will give your law practice the greatest value.

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05
June 2018

Tips On Hiring A New Associate For Your Small/Solo Law Firm

With the changing legal market and the many law students graduating from law schools, how should a law firm choose a new associate when they need more support, or an open position becomes available? Do considerations like GPA, class rank, and law review credentials weigh less than they once did? Have other considerations like technological savvy and business development skills gained more influence? This article lists four ways lawyers in small and solo firms can learn about different professional and personal considerations when hiring new associates in the modern legal market.

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May 2018

Lawyer Exchange founder Bob Meltzer featured on LAWsome Podcast

Lawyer Exchange founder and CEO Bob Meltzer was recently interviewed by Jake Sanders and Paul Julius, the hosts of the LAWsome podcast . In this episode they discuss freelance lawyers, the gig economy, and find out why so many lawyers leave the profession. They also speak with Bob Meltzer about about the Lawyer Exchange legal work-sharing platform and how law firms can operate more efficiently in the future.

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March 2018

Legal Project Work: The Solution to the Law Graduate Unemployment Crisis

There are thousands of lawyers across the country currently seeking to gain the experience and mentorship necessary to fully utilize the legal skills they earned throughout years of painstaking practice. But if you cannot get hired in or are forced out of a law firm position, what can you do to gain experience and mentorship to achieve your professional goals? Project-based legal work may be the solution to this growing problem.

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March 2018

3 Reasons Small/Solo Law Firms Choose Legal Project Work

As client demands increase, legal project work is becoming a popular option for law firms when managing their workload. But why is legal project work gaining popularity and market traction now? Here are three reasons why firms are turning towards legal project work.

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February 2018

6 Vital New Year’s Resolutions for Young Lawyers in 2018

Whether you’re a newly-licensed lawyer seeking your first opportunity to get hired or a young lawyer who’s been practicing for a while, here are some ideas that might be beneficial in helping to make 2018 a stellar year for your law career.

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January 2018

6 Essential New Year’s Resolutions for Small & Solo Practices

As a lawyer at a small or solo practice, have you made any resolutions regarding your practice? Whether you are a solo practitioner or a lawyer at a small firm, here are some ideas that might be beneficial in helping to make 2018 a stellar career year.

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December 2017

The New Way to Practice Law in 2018: 3 Unique Benefits to E-Hiring

With the continued rise of the gig economy, hiring project lawyers has become an increasingly popular trend over the years. Typically, with a growing trend, there’s an increase in opportunities along with it.

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December 2017

The New Shift to Project Work And Its Many Unique Benefits

There’s no lack of transformations occurring within the legal profession. Two such transformations have been the shifts to legal outsourcing and document reviews via temp firms. This has continued to redefine previously long-established notions and norms about the provision of legal services and the lawyers providing those services. These transformations have now become established within the profession. But how does project work fit into this shifting paradigm for firms and lawyers? Let’s take a look.

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06
December 2017

8 Things Law Firms Need to Understand About Project Lawyers

In a difficult job market, it might seem like lawyers seeking project work will accept just about any type of work available. However, that’s an oversimplification of the matter. As firms hire on a project-basis, it can be easy to overlook what project lawyers are seeking in project work opportunities.

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November 2017

Solo and Small Law Firms Are Becoming Equally Efficient as Firms Twice Their Size: Here’s How…

Efficiency – a word commonly used by law firms to describe their legal services. As firms compete for clients, those that provide the most efficient services certainly have an advantage. While most large law firms aren’t necessarily known for low-cost services, they are incredibly efficient in terms of how they manage and distribute work. The efficiency of large firms is mainly due to how many lawyers they have on staff. It has traditionally been much more difficult for solo and small firms to achieve a similar level of efficiency compared to large firms—keyword being “traditionally.”

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November 2017

Lawyers Going Digital: 4 Surprising Ways Law Firms Can Benefit From Project Work

The “gig economy” has been a hot topic in recent years thanks to its steady growth. In fact, freelance work—which fuels this growth—is adding $715 billion annually to the economy. And it’s no wonder the gig economy is on the rise, because it’s equally as beneficial for employers as it is for workers. It seems as though nearly every industry has figured out a way to tap into this new way of working, even the industries that don’t seem suited for it right off the bat—for example, the medical industry. Gone are the days where you have to hunt down your doctor just to ask a simple question. Thanks to technology and the gig economy, you can talk to a doctor any time, any day, while catching up on your favorite television show. So, this begs the question… If doctors have gone digital, why haven’t lawyers?

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November 2017

PRESS RELEASE: New On-demand Lawyer To Lawyer Network Connects Lawyers Together For Project Based Work To Solve Traditional Practice Challenges

(CHICAGO, IL) Lawyer Exchange, an on-demand online platform that connects lawyers and law firms looking for reliable support and new lawyers looking for project work, experience and mentorship, recently rolled out their system for an initial launch in October, 2017. (lawyerexchange.com)

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07
November 2017

Introducing Law to The Gig Economy: A Game-Changer for New Lawyers

When people think of the gig economy, they often think of web developers, freelance writers, graphic designers, etc. But even medical professionals have entered the gig economy, with websites that allow people to connect with a doctor in real-time at any given moment. This doesn’t really mean much to lawyers, though. That’s because the legal industry is a bit behind the curve. Non-traditional work arrangements for lawyers are few and far between. And the non-traditional work options that lawyers do have don’t typically provide valuable opportunities to help them develop their careers. Beyond that, there are even fewer opportunities that provide scalability for those lawyers seeking flexible work arrangements. That’s where project work comes into play. Project work is unique from other types of non-traditional work arrangements for lawyers. It can be much more than just ordinary, temporary work.

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June 2017

5 Ways Law Practices Benefit from Project-Based Legal Work

Hiring can be inherently risky, especially in a highly-competitive legal market, as there’s really no slack for making a bad hire. As established law practices seek to hire lawyers, project-based legal work is a stellar way to dramatically reduce the risks inherent in both hiring and employment. We explore five ways that established law practices benefit from incorporating project-based legal work as part of their hiring and employment practices.

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May 2017

A New Approach for Hiring Entry-Level Lawyers

While the legal profession remains in a state of change in today’s market, the ways that entry-level lawyers are hired has not really changed – until now! Traditionally, on the candidate side of the hiring process, law students primarily rely on working as either a summer associate or law clerk in hopes of being hired later as an associate, while entry-level lawyers seeking employment search job boards. On the employer side of entry-level lawyer hiring, some firms hire summer associates or law clerks in hopes of them becoming associates, some firms wait until post-law school to hire, and some firms don’t hire entry-level associates at all. The approaches to entry-level lawyer hiring vary and some reasons exist for the variation (i.e. firm size, practice areas, etc.). However, a new approach for hiring entry-level lawyers is needed – one that would benefit many firms and the lawyers they hire.

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09
May 2017

Law Needs a Better Distribution Model

There is much criticism of the “business” side of the legal services market both inside and outside the profession. From a client’s perspective, there are high costs, slow service, and a lack of access. From the lawyer’s perspective, there is formidable and increasing competition, lack of employment opportunities, and low margins. One of the key hinge issues in what causes this “tightening” within the profession is the current distribution model, which makes it more and more difficult to find employment, acquire new clients, and increase profits. The way that legal work is generally distributed in the current market can be analyzed and addressed on both a macro and micro level. Macro relates to the overall body of legal work and how it is distributed among sectors of the profession (e.g. large law firms, small law firms, legal clinics) and micro relates to how legal assignments are distributed within a given legal practice.

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April 2017

Why Most People Who Need Legal Services Can’t Get Them

Approximately 80% of Americans with low incomes and 50% of Americans with moderate incomes either cannot afford, do not access, or cannot access legal services. With over 325 million people in the U.S., those percentages amount to tens of millions of people who do not receive the professional legal services that they need. Yet, America has an expansive legal market. So, the question is - why? The answer might seem obvious at first.

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March 2017

The Impact of Slow Adoption in the Legal Profession

I have told a story through the years that I heard in the early days of “Legaltech” that underscored how we, as lawyers, are slow adopters of technology. The story goes that it took lawyers more than 15 years to adopt new technology that had already been widely used by the rest of commercial and professional fields. That technology - the telephone! At a time of general acceptance of the telephone as the new way to speed communication, lawyers claimed that it would never work in the legal field - that clients would never talk about their sensitive matters on a phone. Of course, we know the irony here is that prior to digital communication, most of a lawyer’s time, had been spent on the telephone.

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March 2017

How to Overcome the Top 3 Obstacles of Overflow Lawyer Staffing

In most current law practice business models, there are very few ways to efficiently increase lawyer staffs during peak workflow and overflow times. These obstacles have been detrimental to both law firms needing to hire and lawyers needing to be hired. The traditional market for temporary lawyers has largely failed to provide a comprehensive solution to the obstacles inherent in overflow staffing. The primary solution for law firms and lawyers needing temporary assistance has been the traditional temporary lawyer staffing model. Such model has historically been viewed as a way to rapidly increase staff for repetitive tasks (i.e. document review), but has not been viewed as a good option for assistance with more complex legal work. Thus, the model is not a solution for creating the elasticity that is needed in order to manage overflow work. The obstacles inherent in overflow staffing can easily be overcome. Here, we explore what the top three obstacles are and then discuss the comprehensive solution for overcoming those obstacles.

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February 2017

Four reasons why hiring project-based lawyers leads to improved work product quality

It’s no secret the legal industry is changing. Alternatives to a regular “9 to 5” include project-based hiring, an employment route the legal landscape is transitioning towards. Below is a hypothetical supported by four reasons why attorneys, both employers and employees, should consider partaking in the project-based world.

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February 2017

Exiting Solo Or Small Practices

Tens of thousands of law firms in the U.S. are owned and/or managed by lawyers from the baby boomer generation. These “baby boomer lawyers” have been retiring and will continue to retire throughout the next 10-15 years. However, as a result of today’s market, the prospect of retirement has both significantly changed and become increasingly complex. What was once a benefit, the ability to build one’s own practice, has now become a challenge upon retirement. Here, we take a problem-solution approach to this topic by first discussing the issues complicating the prospect of retirement and then presenting a practical, efficient solution that can help baby boomer lawyers seeking retirement transition out of the profession according to their needs.

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06
February 2017

A New Approach to Mentorship in Today’s Legal Profession: 4 Reasons Why it Can Be Successful

There’s no such thing as a “self-made” lawyer. We all got to where we are today because of other people who helped us along the way. In that endeavor, mentorship is essential. However, mentorship has become less prominent today in the legal profession. As permanent jobs require more experience, there are fewer ways for new lawyers to gain experience which is bolstered with valuable mentorship. Today’s ever-changing, highly challenging, and ultra-competitive legal profession needs a solution to this problem, as doing so will benefit the profession overall.

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January 2017

The Billable Hour: Reduced Risk of Uncompensated Time or Impediment to Increased Profit Margins?

Legal fees are expensive. But that’s only half of the problem - inefficiency is the other half. The business model for traditionally-provided legal services, the billable hour, continues to be widely criticized as inefficient. Much of that criticism stems from the fact that by using the traditional billable hour, clients rarely know what they will be paying for in total legal services. Further criticism results from the fact that unlike hourly billing models in other professions, there are oftentimes neither limits nor estimates provided to clients at the outset of legal representation. And even when estimates are provided, they rarely come close to the actual, final amounts billed. But is the billable hour really all that inefficient when compared to the alternatives?

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January 2017

5 Reasons Why the Legal Profession Needs to Implement a Flexible Hiring Method for Lawyers

When a law practice needs to increase its staff of lawyers during peak workflow times, few options exist. When a new lawyer looks for a job, even a temporary one, in today’s legal market, few options exist. Both parties seem stuck, but actually, opportunity abounds. And it’s all about the way hiring happens.

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December 2016

The New Lawyer Job Market Dilemma

The legal profession today faces a major, unsolved challenge: employment opportunities for new and emerging lawyers. And no, we are not talking about those document reviews. Today, it is more difficult than ever for emerging lawyers seeking to gain employment, experience, and mentorship as they learn how to practice law in a turbulent legal market.

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