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• Sabbaticals for lawyers in Washington? Shocking, perhaps, but true. • How one firm works to increase its ranks of diverse partners. • Suggestions for making bill collection easier, if not painless. • Why part-time work is as good for firms as it is for attorneys. • And how one firm beefed up its professional development offerings.
• Time Off, Legal-Style Lawyers in Washington actually take sabbaticals and live to tell the tale and practice in DC again. Patrick Raher, head of Hogan & Hartson’s environmental group tells his. • Chasing the Diversity Goal Dickstein Shapiro talks about its efforts to improve diversity in its ranks. The diversity speaker series is just one of the firm’s educational programs aimed at enhancing diversity. • Bill Collection Simplified What kinds of collections problems is your firm experiencing? Whatever its size, it’s the rare law firm that does not experience some difficulties. Law firms need to get a better handle on their collection issues. • Success as a Part-Timer There are very few private law firm attorneys who will spend their entire year billing 2,000-plus hours for one partner or one matter. Law firms should consider part-time arrangements. They’re good for the attorneys and good for the firms. • How About a Course? Kirkpatrick & Lockhart develops a professional development program and a catalog to support that program as part of a strategy to invest in its lawyers.

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