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When the office is a puzzle, here are some administrative answers for the law firm, from paying closer attention to laterals to giving the newbies more interesting jobs.
• Why Do All the Laterals Leave? Why do lateral partners keep leaving? One legal recruiter suggests that there’s a gap between an attorney’s expectations and what actually happens. The answer is to talk about compensation, building business, and what it’s like to work with the other attorneys in the office. by Amy K. Savage • How One Law Firm Went Green Floors made from old California walnut trees, natural light in the reception area, and countertops fashioned out of recycled plastic bottles: These are the “green” solutions one firm has come up with for its new San Francisco office. by Jeffrey S. Lesk • This Is Your Destiny, Law Firms What will law firms of the future look like? They will be slower to hire all their summer associates and they’ll be more eager to bring on staff attorneys who have no chance of making partner. Clients, meanwhile, will push back even more on rates. by Stephen Stone, Jeff Schoenberg, and Brooke Silard • Recruiting From the Inside Out Legal professionals within a firm who make lateral hiring their top priority can make all the difference, not only in recruiting attorneys but in making sure they fit in both professionally and culturally once they make the big move. by Steve Nelson • Help for Disgruntled Associates Could it be that associates are leaving firms because the electronic search process is so deadly? Here’s an idea: Invest in advanced document search technology that can make the whole process nearly painless. by Stephen D. Whetstone and Michael S. Simon

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