The Brief No. 8: HaE talks with Doug Bouton, COO of Halo Top Creamery

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October 3, 2018


Check out our interview with Doug Bouton, President and COO of Halo Top Creamery, which topped $100M in sales last year and is listed as #5 on Inc.’s list of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

Doug shares with us how he went from Biglaw to ice cream (and worked through Hire an Esquire to pay the bills!), why he made the switch, and his perspective on how other lawyers should think about working with startups.

Kudos to @rjmiddleton for winning our first #TriviaTuesday on Twitter this week! He won a case of Halo Top ice cream. Want to win next?

Follow us here to join the next #TriviaTuesday on October 9th. We tweet three trivia clues every Tuesday at 2:30 pm ET. The first person to @ us with the correct answer wins a prize.

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Too soon? As lawyers await the outcome of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, is it too soon to speculate on what the Supreme Court might review next term? One case might be Dan Kleber’s, a 58-year old veteran GC, who is suing medical technology company CareFusion for their employment ad seeking a Senior Counsel with “3 to 7 years (no more than 7 years) of relevant legal experience.” Kleber claims the ad is discriminatory against candidates over age 40 and The 7th Circuit agreed, holding that the law "protects both outside job applicants and current employees." Now the Court, sitting en banc, will rehear his case. Recent litigation has taken on more hiring practices that can negatively impact older applicants, such as experience caps, in employment ads.

Pregaming for ClioCon: Speaking of bias, our CEO spoke at the 2017 Clio Cloud Conference about the research showing implicit bias in hiring practices—important because research shows that although diverse teams outperform non-diverse ones, legal hiring practices have been slow to catch up. Whether you’re attending #ClioCloud9 in New Orleans this week or want to decide what sessions to watch online later, you can review the impressive lineup here.

Bedfellows with borders: We reported in an earlier Brief about the U.S. Citizen & Immigration Service’s new policy allowing heightened scrutiny of H-1B visas. The crackdown is boosting the job market for immigration lawyers, as law firms struggle to find immigration lawyers with experience to handle increased demand. Just last week, PwC became the second Big Four firm to announce an alliance with a U.S.-based immigration law firm, following Deloitte UK’s deal with Berry Appleman & Leiden in June.


How to improve your firm’s responsiveness. The CBA’s Law Practice Management & Technology Division put out a great video this week about how to improve your response time to clients. It includes many other tips about workflow, leads, and referrals and is a particularly good listen for small firms and solos.

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