Best of NJICLE Replay – Legal Talent Recruiting & Retention

Date: Aug 26, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $190

Non-Member Price: $200

Event Code: I130823R

Areas of Law: Law Office Management

Earn up to 3.3 credits! (More Information)




Craig M. Aronow, Esq.
Past Trustee, NJSBA
Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo, LLP, New Brunswick


Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, Esq.
KSBranigan Law P.C., Montclair
Randi W. Kochman, Esq.
Cole Schotz P.C., Hackensack
Diana C. Manning, Esq.
Immediate Past President, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
Bressler Amery & Ross, PC, Florham Park
Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is a Principal of Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. in the firm’s Florham Park, New Jersey, office. She concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation and appellate advocacy, and has represented clients in those matters for more than 25 years.

Ms. Manning is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York, the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Bankruptcy Court and the United States Supreme Court. Past President of the Morris County Bar Association and Foundation, and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ), she has served on TANJ’s Amicus Committee and is Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Ms. Manning has also been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Chair of the District XA Ethics Committee and has been Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Amicus Committee. Because of her depth of experience in the area of legal malpractice, she was also appointed to the NJSBA Blue Ribbon Panel Committee in Professional Malpractice.

Ms. Manning authored the “State of New Jersey” chapter of The Law of Lawyers’ Liability: Fifty-State Survey of Legal Malpractice (ABA/First Chair Press, 2012), which gives an overview of the laws governing attorney wrongdoing in each state, written by lawyers who practice in that state. She is a frequent lecturer for ICLE on legal malpractice and professional responsibility topics and the recipient of several honors.

Ms. Manning received her B.A. from Rutgers College and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark.

Best of NJICLE Replay
Don't miss this opportunity to catch up on the Legal Talent Recruiting and Retention program you missed!

Everyone wants to build a legendary law firm full of talented lawyers. However, in the wake of the pandemic aftermath and the Great Resignation, recruiting and retention remain major concerns for law firms and legal departments. Workers across the country have quit their jobs in record numbers - they are discontent with the status quo and want new, flexible environments that provide a sense of purpose, work-life balance and equitable opportunities. The legal community is no exception as competition for robust, high-quality talent intensifies.

As lawyers re-evaluate and renegotiate how they want to work and live, law firms and legal departments may also have to re-evaluate their workplace cultures in order to attract the best talent. Join our expert panel to discover how to turn the current market realities and challenges to your advantage.

  • Creating an Attractive Legal Workplace for Top Talent: Assessing and Defining Your Culture
    • Getting up to speed on the rapid changes of today’s legal workplace
    • Understanding generational attitudes towards work and the differing priorities of younger lawyers
    • Cultivating healthy and positive working conditions for your lawyers and legal staff: strategies for enhancing work-life balance, wellness and mental health
    • Improving diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices within your workplace
    • Clarifying your firm’s goals, purpose and clearly stating your vision: boosting your brand
  • Rethinking Recruiting: Effective Resources and Methods for Finding High-Quality Legal Talent
    • Solving the boom/bust cycle: how to determine when and if you really need to hire another lawyer and prevent unnecessary layoffs/terminations
    • Working with a business coach: determine how to identify the right candidates for good hires
    • Maximizing opportunities by considering contract lawyers, part-time help, global hires and other options: pros and cons
    • How to write effective ads that attract diverse talent and where to place them in a competitive landscape
    • Using personality tests and other tools for screening and interviewing
    • Developing robust onboarding processes to get your lawyers and staff set up for success
  • Proactive Retention Strategies: Taking Action to Keep Your Legal Talent for the Long-Term
    • Real life experiences: What have you found to be the best way to retain talented partners and associates? Are your lawyers happy? Do they feel valued? How do you know?
    • Allowing for flexibility and personal control over working arrangements while still meeting business objectives
    • What technologies does your legal staff need to feel supported and to facilitate meaningful and effective communication processes in a hybrid work environment?
    • How and when to provide feedback and mentorship that will positively impact your legal talent’s career
    • Crafting meaningful and relevant growth and development opportunities, beyond becoming a partner

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.3 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 3.3).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Practice Management Transitional: 3.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 2.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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