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How Thought Leadership Complements Account-Based Selling Strategies in Law Firms

Competition from non law firm sources, firm consolidation, and the ever present need to do things more cost effectively all present challenges and opportunities for law firms to differentiate themselves.  Lawyers riding this wave of change are not only practicing law but understand the law department’s relation to other business units and to the overall …

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Cook County, Illinois, Enacts Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The Cook County “Earned Sick Leave” Ordinance mandates that employers in Cook County, Illinois, allow eligible employees to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave in each 12-month period of their employment. The Ordinance, passed on October 5, 2016, becomes effective on July 1, 2017. The Ordinance is similar to amendments to the …

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Final Rules Released for Federal Contractor Paid Sick Leave and New EEO-1 Report

Thursday was a busy day, with the announcement of two long-awaited final rules from the EEOC and the US Department of Labor (“DOL”). The EEOC released the final version of the revised EEO-1 form, and the DOL released the final paid sick leave rule for federal contractors. (And, as we reported yesterday, the US House of Representatives …

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Spearheading Technological Change and Innovation: The Role of the Legal Marketer

Technology is changing the landscape of the legal world, and making it possible for law firms to achieve new heights in terms of client service, transparency, and making smart, data driven choices.  Roland Vogl, Executive Director of Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology (LST), will be the keynote speaker at the LMA Technology Conference in San …

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Illinois Supreme Court Rules 6-Person Jury Act Unconstitutional

In an opinion released this morning, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the right of trial by jury includes the right to demand a 12-member jury. In Kakos v. Butler, 2016 IL 120377, the Court held that Public Act 98-1132, which bars a litigant from exercising this right, and the statute it amended, 735 ILCS …

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Double Your Law Firm’s Lead Conversion Rates with This Proven System (Part 1 of 3)

The purpose of marketing is to generate leads. The purpose of your intake system is to convert those leads into clients. To take your law firm to the next level, you need both lead generation and lead conversion. The problem is most attorneys spend all their time and money focusing on getting more and more …

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Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) and Vermont Agree to Drop GMO Lawsuit

The food industry, led by the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), and Vermont have agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit that challenged a state law requiring the labeling of certain foods made with genetically modified organisms. Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods have been preempted by the recent enactment of federal GM labeling …

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Students May Now Organize… For the Time Being – Flip Flops in the Summer

The issue of whether students may be considered employees for purposes of organizing under the National Labor Relations Act has been a hotly contested issue over the past decade.  On August 23, 2016, the Board reversed itself again and held that certain students at Columbia University are able to organize under the NLRA. For many …

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Increased Penalties for Immigration-Related Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a new rule increasing penalties against employers for various immigration-related violations. The new penalty structure applies to civil penalties assessed after August 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015. Given the significant increase in penalties for immigration-related violations, employers should use particular care when dealing …

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Join the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms for their 2016 Annual Meeting, September 14-16 in Houston, Texas

Join NAMWOLF at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo in Houston, Texas. The Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to increase your participation and relationships with NAMWOLF Law Firm Members. All attendees further benefit by attending CLE sessions specific to Law Firm Member practice areas, which provides greater insight into each Law Firm Member’s experience …

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