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In the typical speed dating set up, a group of single people looking for love gather for a formalized meet and greet with potential partners. You may spend three minutes speaking to Sandy then, switch, three minutes with Cameron. The point isn’t having a deep experience, it’s developing an interest, seeing if there’s a spark, and then pursuing that further afterwards.

If it can work for love, can it work for work? At least one New York firm thinks so, having turned the traditional OCI set-up in to its own form of professional, non-romantic speed dating. Should you follow suit?

No one likes to work late, but one of the few perks is being reimbursed for what would otherwise be normal expenses. Need to order takeout because you're staying late to finish a file? You might be able to get that reimbursed. The same goes for the cab you take home at 2am.

But if you need to have your babysitter stay late because you're going to be in the office all night, that's another story. Those expenses are almost never covered, since they are incurred at home. And some argue that failing to reimburse such costs is a subtle form of sexism, demonstrating bias against women and, particularly, against mothers.

They've fought for the country, but can they fight for your law firm? Probably. There are more than 20 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces alive today, with experiences that stretch back as far as the Korean War or as recently as a fresh tour of Afghanistan.

A fair number of those vets go on to become lawyers, paralegals, or other legal professionals, and are capable of bringing their unique skills and experiences to bear on your firm.

Hiring a Remote Freelance Lawyer: Is It Right for Your Practice?

Like it or not, hiring in-office lawyers is slowly going the way of the dodo bird. Remote hiring is in. More and more, attorneys are finding themselves mobile rather than sitting down in an office. This is bad news for lawyers looking for stable employment, but as they say -- one's tragedy is another's cause for celebration.

Keep in mind a few factors before you go out to hire your first freelance attorney.

You've brought some fresh blood into your firm. But if your new associate is new to the law, they come to you not-fully-formed. What are you supposed to do with this unshapen lump of lawerly potential? Mold it, of course! And that takes training.

If you're looking to set up an associate development program (and if you have fresh associates, you really need a training system) here are some ways to get it done.

You've got your paralegal organizing case files. A contract attorney is drafting some pleadings. Your legal secretary is scheduling your meetings and going through your phone calls.

But, thanks to the miracle of telecommuting, none of them are on site. So how do you know if a remote worker is actually working? How do you manage someone you can't see?

Is Your Law Firm Ready for 'Free Agent Season'?

Lateral hiring is becoming the standard hiring model within this industry. There was a time in the labor field where people would get hired by a particular firm, do well, and expect to stay there for the rest of their career. The reality is that this way of working is dying -- particularly for younger associates. It's basically the law firm absorption of the new gig economy.

Today, the top firms in the country are aggressively looking for ambitious young attorneys whose eyes are wandering for greener pastures outside of their current setup. Your firm may be looking for new talent, but remember, your talent could be looking for a new firm. How do you keep the current talent you have whilst growing in this increasingly cut-throat business?

New Law Firm Hiring Paradigms Look Beyond Pedigree

The legal world is changing fast and there is evidence to indicate that some of that change is beginning to wear away the old practice of exclusively hiring top-ranking grads from the nation's most celebrated schools.

For law students and new lawyers from non-T14 schools, that means you might be able to wow your next employer and land a job. For firms looking to hire, it means you might want to start relying more heavily on factors that relate to legal success -- and those aren't always related to law school pedigree.

They've never seen a Walkman. They don't get your references to Henry Kissinger or Tabitha Soren. You definitely don't get their apps, or understand why they're so into Pokemon right now. Can the gap between Millennials and the rest of us ever be bridged?

Of course. Communicating with young lawyers, interns, or support staff isn't as hard as it seems. Here are some tips to help you out.

Small Firms Should Host Networking Events Now

The success of a modern law practice is directly related to how visible the firm is on the internet and on social media. For better or worse, this is the business paradigm of the millennials.

But you should never discount the efficacy of some of the tried and true techniques. Sometimes, the old ways are best. For example, few methods are better at building up business networking-nodes than hosting your own networking event. And we're here to help you do just that.