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Hiring and Firing - Practice Resource Center

Good lawyers know that their support staff make them look good, keep their clients happy, and save the firm money on a regular basis.

Bringing in new law firm partners: Strategies for minimizing your risk
By John W. Olmstead

A good associate might not make a good partner. Here are some points to consider.

The hiring process—Legal considerations
By Michael R. Lied, Law Office Management and Economics, March 2010
Lawyers don't just practice law. Many are also employers to a greater or lesser degree, and need to be aware of the basic legal consequences of the hiring and employment process.

Bacon-Saving Support Staff
By Karen Erger, Illinois Bar Journal, October 2008
Don't think your support staff can make or break you? Think again.

Teach Your Newbies Well
By Karen Erger, Illinois Bar Journal, October 2005
Part of your job as a lawyer is to teach the beginners in your office – indeed, you're doing it all the time by example. Is your example worth emulating?

Hiring How-Tos, Firing Fundamentals
By Helen W. Gunnarsson, Illinois Bar Journal, March 2011
Businesses are only as good as their people, but recruiting employees and letting them go are both fraught with legal pitfalls. Here's how you can help your clients and your own firm avoid HR missteps.

Law firm partner compensation
By John W. Olmstead, Law Office Management and Economics, June 2011
Can compensation make a difference in a partner's motivation, performance, and contribution to the firm?

Pay your law firm employees properly or risk falling into a financial snakepit
By James B. Zouras, Administrative Law, May 2010
What may begin as a simple misunderstanding—a poorly-handled layoff or even a workers' compensation matter—can turn into an unexpected and costly nightmare for the employer. As is often the case, a small nugget of prevention can equal a goldmine of cure.

Is It Time to Grow Your Staff?
By Paul Sullivan, Illinois Bar Journal, April 2004
If you can't seem to catch up to your workload, it may be time to bring in help. Here are some of your options.

Needle In a Haystack
By Toby Paulose, Law Office Management and Economics, February 2009
An overview of the processes that recruiters use when looking for that special job candidate. Also included are some tips on what to look for in a resume and the types of questions you should ask to get the information that you are looking for during a face-to-face interview.

Hire Laterally, Think Ethically
By Helen W. Gunnarsson, Illinois Bar Journal, May 2007
Some things Illinois lawyers and law firms should think about before making a lateral move or hire.

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