Wow! There’s been a lot of conversation over the last few days on lawyer salaries, the legal job market, recruiting and retention issues. As much as I’d like to believe that my post “The Brand is the Talent” last week set off this discussion, in fact it was Amir Efrati’s The Dark Side of the Legal Job Market in the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog that kicked off the lively conversation. Bill Gratsch does a nice job of summarizing and linking to the some of the posts on this topic.
I also liked Rob Millard’s America’s Two Legal Professions, Gerry Riskin’s Sharp Pin Approaching Associate Starting Salary Balloon, and Michelle Golden’s Law Students Building a Better Profession (a great example from the LSBABP blog Michelle discusses is called High Billables & Attrition Take Their Toll on Summer Recruiting). It’s worth tracking down and reading the posts on this topic.
The posts also brought me back to Ron Baker’s Two Cheers for Gary Boomer post last weekend, which really got me thinking, in part because Ron touched on the role that technology and hourly billing play in professional services recruiting and retention.
My own view? I have a number of thoughts percolating and some of them will definitely appear in the quickly approaching webinar that I’m doing about the role technology can play in law firm recruiting and lawyer retention on Thursday, September 27.
As I’ve said, the role that the use of technology can play in recruiting seems to get all the attention, but the role technology can play in retention is the more important piece of the puzzle, not just starting salaries. There’s still time to register and some spots available for the webinar. If you are interested in these topics, I hope you’ll attend the webinar, but I also hope that you’ll read the posts I’ve mentioned and think about their implications.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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