Choosing the Right Professional Development Plan for Your Legal Career

What does it take to advance in your law career? We decided to ask one of our Abacus Private Cloud clients, Joe Hughey. Joe works as the Marketing Director at Florida-based firm ShankmanLeone and has been in the legal industry for 16 years. Along with his marketing responsibilities, Joe specializes in the professional development of the firm’s attorneys. He let us pick his brain about this topic and gave us valuable insight into how attorneys can make partner or join the bench.

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How to Maintain Your Work/Life Balance During Busy Season

When your busy season hits and the projects start piling up, you might find yourself putting in especially long hours at the office and feeling overwhelmed. Spikes in workload force you to make some tough decisions about how to allocate your time, which can cause you to prioritize work over everything else and neglect the very things you need to thrive under pressure. 

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Data Breaches Shut Firms Down – Don’t Let Yours Be Next

After 40 years of serving over 300,000 clients, law firm Mossack Fonseca shut its doors for good. The Panamanian firm came under scrutiny after hackers exposed 11.5 million of its documents – the infamous Panama Papers – in a 2016 security breach. While the debacle that followed the hack created a torrent of bad press and a relentless investigation, the mortal blow for Mossack Fonseca was the discovery of the firm's complicity in international tax crimes. Hackers revealed some of Mossack Fonseca's clients were evading tax obligations by placing money in offshore accounts, which further damaged the firm's reputation. Things unraveled from there.

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Document Automation vs. ALSP

Technology’s driving shifts in every industry, and the law is no exception. New tech promises to help you address your biggest challenges, and you do your best to choose the right solutions for your firm. This process is common when it comes to document review and contract management when your goal is to implement an efficient document generation process that produces profit and mitigates risk – without taking time away from your clients or practice. You could use a document automation software like HotDocs – or outsource these tasks to an alternative legal service provider (ALSP).

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