I’m back!!!

I know it’s been quite a long hiatus.  I continue to keep in touch with many of you via my Twitter account or through LinkedIn, Facebook or my new position at Thomson Reuters.  No matter what, even if I’m not blogging on here regularly, I hope you all know you can always reach out to me.

So, the new project… I’ve decided to write an ebook on legal recruiting.  Basically, I want to give law firm hiring partners and human resources personnel some insights on why efficient recruiting is essential, saves time and money, what technology makes life easier, where to find and source the best candidates, and other lessons that I learned as a contingency recruiter.

For those who don’t know, contingency recruiters — which are the majority in the legal field, I’d say — only get paid by clients (law firms or businesses) if they find someone for the job and that person accepts an offer and stays working for the client for a period of time (3 to 6 months).

Therefore, my book will be aimed at law firms and hiring partners who may want to invest in hiring the best people, but who may not want to pay contingency recruiters.  (Although, yes, there will be some exceptions to this rule.  More to come on that.)

This is not to say that I don’t care about job seekers or those looking for a legal job.  There will be some chapters dedicated to the job search process, interviews, etc.  When read the proper way, this book is for you too.  It’s simply not the *focus* of this book.  (But I do recommend these books as resources:  6Ps of the BIG 3 for Job-Seeking JDs by Amanda Ellis and Nail Your Law Job interview: The Essential Guide to Firm, Clerkship, Government, In-House, and Lateral Interviews by Natalie Prescott and Oleg Cross.)

After I described my idea for an ebook, one of my mentors replied, “So, you want to write a book about ‘disruptive recruiting,’” borrowing the idea from disruptive innovation or disruptive technology.  Yes, I guess I do.

I will be cross-posting some of the book’s content on Thomson Reuter’s blog for large law firms.

Let me know what you think, if you have any ideas for posts, any feedback or inspiration!


Updates: New Job + Class at Jenkins Law Library

You may have noticed a lack of posting to this blog. As some of you know, I’ve taken a position with Thomson Reuters working on Westlaw Journals (f/k/a Andrews Litigation Reporters). I started in April and ‘graduated’ from training earlier this month.

Right now, I work on the Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage. So, I’m monitoring all of the news on insurance coverage litigation, writing about cases, etc. The team in Wayne is awesome. I’ve learned so much already from the copy team and through my training about journalistic writing. (All notwithstandings and neverthelesses have gone out the window.)

Here are some of the cases that I’ve written about that have been published on the website. You’ll note that headline writing is a craft and I’m still practicing:

  • Restaurant must serve fresh insurance claims, N.Y. panel finds: May 6 (Westlaw Journals) – A Long Island, N.Y., restaurant’s failure to alert its insurer about a possible lawsuit as soon as it discovered that a patron died from alleged food poisoning proved fatal to its coverage claim, a state appeals court has ruled.

Exciting, no? No, but really… it’s great to analyze cases again. In addition, it’s awesome to know that my employer appreciates my social media skills and my independent endeavors. While I had to take a break from this site and my other site while I was getting acclimated to my new job, I’m definitely not leaving this project behind.

With that said, here is one more plug and activity on which I’ve been spending some time. Remember my class on Blogging for Legal Professionals? Well, I’m teaching it at Jenkins Law Library in Philadelphia on July 27th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. You can check out the website for more details but here’s the course description:

This course will give an overview about the benefits to blogging in a legal practice or as a legal professional. You’ll learn how to focus your blogging topics to match your business objectives, use your blog to connect with clients and colleagues, and manage a posting schedule that matches your lifestyle.

Will be back soon and I apologize for the delayed absence!