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Most lawyers are aware of one of the biggest risks inherent in practicing full time: It can be lonely at the top. If you work too hard and neglect life, your family and friends may end up hating you, and in some cases, may all leave.

If the stress of lawyering, or the associated long hours, aren't making you an intolerable mess for your family to be around, consider yourself blessed. But if you feel like you may be headed in that direction soon, it may be a good idea to take some time to take stock of where you are and what you can do to change the course your on. Parenting and lawyering at the same time is not easy.

Support may be available, but you need to be willing to accept it.

The lack of diversity in the legal profession is nothing new. Law firms, small to large, tend to all say they want a more diverse team, but few actually do anything about it other than talk. And while many firms claim that the quality candidates they receive just are not diverse, this is largely a product of where firms solicit those candidates.

As we approach the end of the year, law firms that pledged or committed to being more diverse should evaluate how they've done. It's okay if it didn't work out, but it's not okay if nothing changes. As the saying goes: Don't expect different results from the same actions.

Below you can find a few tips on how to actually make good on that pledge to create a more diverse and inclusive law firm.

While fighting off the holiday-itis at work is hard enough, trying to take on a job search during that time can feel daunting. However, it is actually a great time to update your resume and actually apply to jobs for quite a few reasons that don't just apply to lawyers.

No, it's not very likely you'll get hired, or even interviewed or called before the end of the year (or at all in this market), unless you were applying for a position for an immediate opening. But, when the office you applied to is back in full swing in early January, your application will be in the pile to get reviewed. Fortunately there's so much going on during the holidays it can be a bit easier to be patient.

Technology can be rather confusing. For some small firm and solo practitioners, bringing on a tech savvy recent grad could be immensely helpful in figuring out what to do when it comes to cybersecurity and updating your firm's tech. While older attorneys can pass on their legal wisdom, younger tech natives can add value to the firm with their tech knowhow.

However, you better be careful. If you're hoping and dreaming that the recent grad you just hired is going to fix your law firm's tech, you may be surprised to learn that many Millennials may be more digitally naïve than digital native. Below you can read about how to evaluate whether a candidate is tech savvy, a tech savior, or just knows how to use Microsoft Office.

Should Law Firms Offer Free Lunch, Snacks?

Should law firms provide free snacks to their employees?

Yes. Next question. Is there no such thing as free lunch?

Objection. Vague, or at least the answer is yes and no. At law firms, not so much.

Who Wins in Politics v. Prosecutor?

Keri Borzilleri, a Baltimore prosecutor, was a loyal public servant.

She had worked for the city for nine years and had been a champion for the people and her employer. When her boss ran for another term, Borzilleri had his back like a soldier. But he lost, and she got fired.

Borzilleri sued in Borzilleri v. Mosby; however, she learned loyalty is in the eyes of the office-holder.

Why One-on-One Motivation Is Important for Your Firm

When a colleague goes down, it can be painful for everybody close enough to experience it.

Gordon Haywood, the professional basketball star, is a good example. He suffered a horrific injury on the opening night of the season, and both teams, the crowd, and television viewers felt it.

It's an unavoidable fact of life and a lesson for team motivation: you have to take care of individuals first.

What to Save When Your Office Is on Fire

As the California fires raged, confusion reigned.

An army of fire fighters attacked the flames from all directions. More than 100,000 people fled. Innumerable buildings and victims disappeared in the ash.

Lawyers, too, lost their homes and offices in the rush to safety. So what would you save from your office if you only had five minutes?

When Do 'Summer Hours' End?

For many lawyers, 'summer hours' are nothing more than wishful thinking, or simply a frustrating way for the firm to cut costs. The very thought of closing the office an hour or two early, or scaling back support staff hours, even a couple days a week, over the summer, is fraught with complications (particularly when support staff babysit summer interns).

However, for those firms that pride themselves on having a good work-life balance for employees, having summer hours can often be as much of a perennial crowd pleaser for some as it is frustrating for others. Sadly, after the summer solstice, summer draws to a close (though the heat may still be around for a few more weeks, months, or forever depending on where you practice), it's time for summer hours to end as well.

Legal Support Staff Is on the Move

Remember calling tech support, and the help was speaking to you from another country? Well, get used to it for law office help, too.

Law firms are realizing that it is cheaper to move some operations to less expensive venues. Hogan Lovells, for example, is moving 78 business service jobs and 12 legal support jobs from its London offices to Johannesburg and Birmingham.

It is trending to move legal services and administrative work, such as accounts payable, payroll, time and billing systems, to fairer climates. That's right, Dorothy, you're not in Kansas anymore.