Staffing and HR: Law Practice Today, September 2013

The American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division provides a monthly webzine, Law Practice Today, covering the latest topics in law practice management. September’s edition focuses on staffing and HR, discussing topics such as management, communication, social media background screens, and generational differences.

Here are some highlights from this issue:

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Conducting a Legal, Yet Helpful, Social Media Background Screen
    “Employers are increasingly using social media to vet applicants in hiring. Recent studies show that employers eliminate applicants based on what they find on social media, but also misunderstood what information on social media says about an applicant. Equal employment concerns also make social media background screens a potential landmine for employers. This article outlines some dos and don’ts that will lower the risks.”
  • Hiring/Staffing Trends in the Legal Market
    “The recession of 2008 had an enormous impact on the legal hiring market, one that still lingers today. However, this month’s Roundtable panel sees some signs of improvement.”
  • Ending Hierarchical Thinking
    “Rigid adherence to hierarchy – long a tradition of the legal profession – is poisonous to effective working relationships. Here’s how to end it.”


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