The Brief No. 19: Finding “The One”... or the Some

 
 
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December 19, 2018

Happy holidays and New Year from the Hire an Esquire team! The Brief (and our hard-working team) will be on hiatus next week, but we’ll return on January 2nd.

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Finding “The One”... or the Some

Hire an Esquire’s upcoming product release helps you find “the one”, whether it’s the perfect job or the perfect hire. Here’s a sneak peek of what it looks like and how and why it works.

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Congrats to @johncramz and @LINKNewsOracle for winning #TriviaTuesday on Twitter this week! They won bullet journals!

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From Shingle to SaaS: Today’s consumers want everything faster, cheaper, and at the touch of a button. And according to a recent survey, legal consumers believe Alternative Legal Service Providers [ALSPs] do just that. Overwhelmingly ALSPs were preferred over traditional attorneys and law firms. With law firms also embracing  ALSPs, lawyers should take note for their own career paths—ALSPs are hiring.

Not the Picture of Diversity: The legal community had some thoughts on Paul Weiss’ new partnership class photo which displayed an all-white male class aside from a token white female hidden in the bottom right corner. The firm’s attempts to contain the issue by calling a town hall to discuss it’s “diversity” issue only served to make the issue worse (hint: next time don’t put diversity in quotes).

Empire State of Mind: Jay-Z, mogul and champion of diversity? Jay-Z and his attorney Alex Spiro successfully halted mandatory arbitration in New York State court due to a lack of available African-American arbitrators and secured a commitment from the American Arbitration Association to improve the diversity of their arbitrator roster. As Jay-Z put a point on the board for diversity, the Southern District of New York called a foul on gender in the Big 4, denying class certification to thousands of former and current female tax professionals alleging gender, pay, and promotion discrimination at KPMG dating back to 2008. Looks like Big Law isn’t the only one who needs a “culture” change.

Stress Made Me Do It: “It was blind loyalty to [my client] that led me to choose a path of darkness over light” said one attorney you may have heard about last week. Do the intensifying industry pressures to please clients and bill more create a level of stress that justifies poor judgment and dishonesty? Prompted by concerns over the consequences of high stress and unreasonable workloads (and unfavorable optics) U.S. firms are adopting “agile” workplaces with more flexibility around hours and remote work. Preliminary results suggest that adjustments may be needed to ensure that these policies don’t cause even more stress and fewer opportunities for advancement.

No. 2 Pencil Not Required: Given the legal industry’s distaste for change, especially when it comes to technology, it’s symbolic that prospective law students’ gateway to the profession will now be digitized. Beginning in July 2019, the LSAT will be offered on Microsoft Surface Go tablets. Should bar exams be next? Maybe that’s the answer to California’s “frightening” bar exam results.

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There are currently unprecedented levels of market concentration across industries and parallel resulting concentrations of wealth—setting us up to repeat mistakes of the past.

In this episode of Evolve the Law, Tim Wu discusses his new (and appropriately compact) book “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age—and how vigilant corporate antitrust enforcement could save democracy and fuel innovation.

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