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According to the "2021 LexisNexis InterAction Marketing & Business Development Survey" the #1 challenge that small and solo law practices face today is competition. Other challenges include staffing, lack of technology and training, and client expectations. Even though we will discuss five challenges that small and solo law firms face, as well as solutions for each, there are dozens more that you may experience on a daily or weekly basis. 1. Competition: Competition can be classified as small law firms competing with larger firms, not having a large marketing budget, or finding new clients. Whether you are a solo or small law practice, growing your firm can be tough and finding new clients can be a huge concern - especially after a global pandemic. There are a few ways to combat this challenge. Although it's hard to compete with larger firms, keeping your website updated and making sure the information is refreshed often can assist with online brand awareness and improving your rankings with Google. This process can lead to quality leads. Another way to assist with this challenge is by posting on social media consistently. Consistency shows trust and reliability. It also helps with educating past, current, and future clients on the services...

Diversity is not a cookie cutter element in a law firm. Regardless of being a small, mid-size or large law practice, diversity will vary by population-based factors. One benefit to being a larger firm, is having a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) department. This department assists with bringing in diverse attorneys from different backgrounds and cultures to help resolve legal challenges. This department offers programs to hire and develop diverse talent, reports on metrics and finds new ways to provide inclusion and fairness in the work environment. This can be a disadvantage to small and mid-size law firms because they may not have the funds or resources to establish their own department. Because of this, attorneys have to find creative ways to build diversity into their law practice. The challenges of diversity, inclusion, and equality include: location, salary, attorneys of color, attorneys of different cultures, and flexible schedules to fit diverse needs. According to the latest ABA National Lawyer Population Survey, 86% of lawyers are white, a statistic that hasn’t changed much over the past decade. Additionally, the survey also indicated that only 37% of lawyers were female. When it comes to diversity and inclusion, what are the benefits of having diversity in the workplace? -...

With school almost out - or maybe it's already out for your kids - you are probably starting to feel the pressure of summer activities mixed with your clients and running a law practice. How do you balance parenting and partnering - especially during the summertime? Earlier this year, we offered a "Parenting, Partnering, and Practicing" workshop where we discussed some ways that you can bring balance to lawyering and parenting: - Plan family time first before planning your work week - Have a weekly family meeting - Schedule a family night once a week - Eat dinner as a family where you can discuss "wins" and goals The legal industry and larger law firms, over time, have adapted and revised their policies to adjust to the needs of parents and caretakers by offering: - Parental leave - Part-time work - Flexible work weeks - Family-friendly offices - Temporary leave - Remote work Balance is important in all aspects of life and isn't just limited to parenting and practicing. During this time, it's important to make time for yourself. This can be done through nutrition, fitness, sleep, relaxing, or meditation. Life can be hectic so finding hobbies that you enjoy can offset any stress that may be caused during summer break. According to the...