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Lawyers, Is Remote Work More Than a Trend?

No double entendre intended, but remote work is not going anywhere.

Trends come and go; remote work is here to stay -- as in "stay at home and work." It's a new reality in many professions, including the law.

So if remote work is more than a trend, what is it? The survey says: an industry.

Death of Mandatory Arbitration in Law Firm Employment?

Rumors about the death of the mandatory arbitration agreement at law firms are not really exaggerated.

It is a slow death to be sure, but the restrictive employment agreements are dying. It started about a year ago, when social media piled on a BigLaw firm that required new hires to arbitrate discrimination claims.

Now the American Bar Association is beating the drum against the mandatory arbitration agreements. The ABA wants legal employers to kill them off.

Report: Most Law Firms Offer Flexible Work Arrangements

If you ever envied another lawyer who had a flexible work schedule, you were not alone.

Actually, maybe you were alone -- sort of. Most law firms today offer flexible work arrangements.

It's one of the more popular perks -- after huge bonuses and forever vacation time -- but not everybody gets to do it. If your bosses don't offer flex time, maybe it's time they loosen up.

Does Your Career Need a Tune-Up?

Many drivers take their cars in for service only when something goes wrong.

It's the same with teeth. If they don't hurt, many people figure, why see a dentist? This approach, of course, is all wrong.

If you treat your career the same way, something may well go wrong or worse. Is it time for a check-up and a tune-up?

Law Students Send #MeToo Message to BigLaw

Since when did law students get to tell BigLaw firms what to do?

Since the #MeToo movement, it seems. After Harvard law students said they would boycott Kirkland & Ellis over its mandatory arbitration agreements for summer associates, the BigLaw firm changed its practice.

It took less than a week for the law firm to get the message: #MeToo means you, too.

3 Ways to Provide Effective Training at Your Firm

Thinking, not training, is the key to learning.

Unless people think about improving their work, training them won't make a big difference. That's according to the Harvard Business Review.

And what's good for business is good for the law firm. Here are three ways to train your workers effectively:

The concept of unlimited paid vacation seems unbelievable, and confusing. But, as many firms are starting to realize, to get the best talent, you have to offer the best perks, and unlimited paid vacation is actually a thing now, but is it really better than a fixed amount of vacation time?

Taking the natural extension on that concept, Susman Godfrey LLP has announced that it will, in addition to offering unlimited paid vacation, also now offer unlimited paid parental leave for all associates. Notably, this is the first large law firm to offer such a generous parental leave policy, but it is not too surprising given the level of talent the firm is known to recruit.

For lawyers, it's nearly a guarantee: if you practice, at some point in your career, you'll deal with a bully -- or, if you're unlucky, a few hundred bullies. It's simply unavoidable.

However, how you react and respond to bullying can be career defining, career breaking, or just be down-right frustrating. Below, you can find a few of the best tips on how to deal with different types of bully lawyers.

3 Lessons From the Dentons Sexual Harassment Scandal

The way things went down at Dentons, #MeToo may soon be a term in Black's Law Dictionary.

A business specialist has sued the law firm, alleging a supervisor sexually harassed her. The plaintiff says a managing director propositioned her with vulgar language, touched her legs and buttocks, and pursued her after hours.

In the #MeToo era, it's unfortunate that BigLaw is part of the sexual harassment problem. America has been calling out the legal system, and the rules should be clear by now.

How to Motivate Associates to Give You Their Best Work

The Beatles were not known as motivational speakers, but they did say all you need is love.

And that works in law firms, in one form or another. It comes down to praising people more than condemning them.

It's also the key to unlocking a lawyer's best work. That's because people do their best when they love what they do.