The Legal Report from Robert Half

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The Legal Report from Robert Half brings together leading experts to discuss the latest trends affecting the legal profession. Stay current with important issues and strategies surrounding hiring, compensation, practice management and more. The Legal Report from Robert Half is hosted by attorney Charles Volkert, a senior district president for Robert Half, a premier provider of talent and consulting solutions for the legal field. Robert Half is not a law firm and does not provide legal representation. Robert Half project attorneys do not constitute a law firm among themselves.

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Hiring in the legal field is on the rise and the market for experienced talent is more competitive. To remain successful in the months ahead, law firms and corporate legal departments are adjusting their hiring and compensation strategies in response to a dynamic environment. Many legal professionals are actively seeking positions that offer not only career advancement but salaries, benefits and perks they value, including work from home options. In this episode of the Legal Report from Robert Half, host Charles Volkert, a senior district president of Robert Half, and Jamy Sullivan, executive director of the company’s legal practice, discuss the latest trends. Robert Half is not a law firm and does not provide legal representation. Robert Half project attorneys do not constitute a law firm among themselves.

Nov 18

18 min 9 sec

On Nov. 1, 2020, California voters passed Proposition 24, known as the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA). Beyond establishing new and comprehensive compliance requirements, the regulation broadens the definition of businesses bound by the law and creates a privacy enforcement agency that’s expected to be stricter and more defined than before. While the CCPA remains in effect until superseded by the CPRA Jan. 1, 2023, impacted companies are already starting to study additional requirements imposed by the CPRA and address where their privacy practices must change. Our speakers examine key requirements that differ from the CCPA, new obligations it introduces, higher penalties for non-compliance, businesses impacted, both within and outside the state, and more. They discuss a systematic, step-by-step approach to review existing privacy processes – for example, dealing with privacy notices, disclosures, retention schedules, data minimization and limitation – and identify areas where changes are required. They also offer strategies to leverage practices to comply with the new privacy law as well as requirements from other jurisdictions. Robert Half is not a law firm and does not provide legal representation. Robert Half project attorneys do not constitute a law firm among themselves.

Sep 27

36 min 50 sec

Charles Volkert and Kim Dickerson examine current issues amplifying compliance risks and discuss ways to manage compliance requirements with evolving regulations governing office re-openings, vetting and working with new suppliers, new technologies, and more. Robert Half is not a law firm and does not provide legal representation. Robert Half project attorneys do not constitute a law firm among themselves.

May 26

30 min 18 sec

Bernie Donachie and Frank Serge discuss best practices for contract lifecycle management.

Mar 29

27 min 28 sec

Host Charles Volkert is joined by Doug Wilbert to discuss significant legal implications inherent in the benchmark transition.

Jan 12

21 min 42 sec

Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Billie Moliere, district president with the company, explore key considerations as legal offices re-open.

Dec 2020

27 min 36 sec

Joel Wuesthoff discusses significant updates relating to data privacy that could directly impact your business and compliance obligations. Robert Half is not a law firm and does not provide legal representation. Robert Half project attorneys do not constitute a law firm among themselves.

Sep 2020

21 min 7 sec

Jamy Sullivan discusses the changing expectations of legal departments and the impact on the selection, management and evaluation of outside counsel.

Feb 2020

14 min 55 sec

Jamy Sullivan outlines Gen Z's values, attitudes and career aspirations and offer critical strategies to recruit and motivate this next generation of legal professionals.

Dec 2019

15 min 24 sec

Joel Wuesthoff offers strategies to help companies stay ahead and adjust security and privacy practices to manage the growing volume of data regulations.

Nov 2019

16 min 56 sec

Succession planning is top of mind for today’s legal leaders, for good reason. Nearly 65 percent of equity partners are projected to retire during the next decade, according to research cited in a report from the ABA and the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, while corporate law departments expect a similar exodus from their leadership ranks.

Jul 2019

37 min 2 sec

Whether you’re a tenured legal professional or just starting out, monitoring the dynamic legal landscape and adjusting to evolving changes is key to your professional growth and marketability. In this episode, host Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Jamy Sullivan, executive director of Robert Half Legal, explore the latest hiring and compensation trends expected to shape the legal profession in 2019.

Mar 2019

20 min 1 sec

Attorneys Charles Volkert, senior district president at Robert Half Legal, and Joy Dingle, the director of legal diversity pipeline programs at Street Law, Inc., examine how legal community partnerships are being used to expose youth in underrepresented groups to the legal profession and help build a diverse pipeline of students who are interested in legal careers.

Jul 2018

20 min 37 sec

Looking to re-energize your legal career, increase your marketability or boost your earning potential in 2018? In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, attorneys Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal and Billie Moliere, a district president with the company, discuss the latest hiring trends and the hottest practice areas driving demand for attorneys, paralegals and legal support professionals. They offer tips and proven strategies -- including how to enhance your resume, build a professional brand, make a lateral move and boost your networking efforts -- to jumpstart your legal career in a dynamic job market.

Feb 2018

25 min 15 sec

As the volume and sophistication level of data breaches grow, law firms are shifting greater attention and resources to address information security and cyber threat matters. In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, attorneys Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal and Scott Giordano, a director with the company's consulting solutions practice, examine why law firms are among the most vulnerable for cyberattacks. They discuss the expanding role that data privacy and security specialists are playing within the legal workplace and share insights on current strategies that are helping law firms mitigate risks and bolster cybersecurity.

Oct 2017

18 min 44 sec

As the demand for legal professionals with specialized expertise increases, law firms and legal departments are increasingly concerned about losing top employees to other job opportunities. As a result, retention efforts as well as strategies to enhance staff satisfaction are becoming front-burner issues. In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, attorney Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Judy Hissong, principal at the Legal Leadership Institute, explore key factors that legal professionals value in their work environment and ways legal organizations can use this knowledge to engage, motivate and retain employees. They also discuss legal staffing options being used to help manage rising workloads, boost productivity and enhance retention efforts.

Jun 2017

31 min 40 sec

Even before the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, leaders in the legal field were already anticipating the potential impact of the new administration on the profession. In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, attorneys Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Brett Bartlett, partner with Seyfarth Shaw in Atlanta, share their insights on the possible implications for corporate law departments, law firms and the legal workplace over the next four years. They also forecast the practice areas poised for growth and share their expertise on emerging job opportunities for specialized legal professionals.

May 2017

34 min 14 sec

Diversity and inclusion policies are becoming more important to a firm’s bottom line and can contribute to its long-term growth and success in the legal field. In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Dawn Siler-Nixon, diversity and inclusion partner at FordHarrison, discuss current trends and share law practice management strategies for establishing and maintaining a legal workplace that values diversity and inclusiveness.

Feb 2017

38 min 58 sec

Effective hiring and compensation strategies are essential to a legal organization’s ability to motivate current employees and attract top talent. In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Billie Watkins, district president for Robert Half Legal, explore legal hiring and compensation trends expected to shape the legal field in the coming year. They provide insights on legal jobs and specialized skills in the spotlight and forecast legal positions most likely to see the greatest gains in starting salaries in the months ahead. They also discuss how law firms and in-house legal departments can strengthen recruitment and retention of legal professionals if they can’t match lawyer salary hikes announced by many large law firms last summer.

Dec 2016

24 min 1 sec

In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, attorney Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Carl Morrison, certified paralegal at Foran Glennon in Las Vegas, Nev., and NALS board member, examine the changing roles of paralegals and other support professionals in today’s legal workplace. They discuss the expanding skill set and expertise required of paralegals, legal assistants and legal secretaries and new legal staffing models being deployed. They also share insights on how legal support personnel can strengthen their capabilities to be successful in the evolving legal environment.

Oct 2016

37 min 5 sec

In episode two of this two-part series, host Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, and industry experts, Thomas Barnett, Rocco Grillo and Joel Wuesthoff, discuss the key components of a comprehensive cybersecurity plan, how companies can determine their readiness, and what many organizations ignore or overlook with data security management.  Listen to part one of the program here.

Nov 2015

28 min 37 sec

In episode one of this two-part series, host Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, and industry experts, Thomas Barnett, Rocco Grillo and Joel Wuesthoff, examine data privacy and security issues that are demanding the attention of legal and IT teams across industry sectors. Learn about the particular risks law firms and legal departments face and the prevention strategies legal teams and their IT counterparts are implementing. http://www.paulhastings.com/professionals/details/tombarnettRocco Grillo, Managing Director, Global Leader, IR & Forensics Investigations, Cybersecurity & Privacy Services, Protiviti http://www.protiviti.com/en-US/Pages/Professional-Bio-Rocco-Grillo.aspxJoel Wuesthoff, Esq., senior director, consulting solutions, Robert Half Legal http://www.roberthalf.com/legal/client-services/ediscovery-services/team/our-leadership-team/joel-wuesthoff-esqThomas Barnett, Special Counsel, eDiscovery and Data Science, Paul Hastings

Nov 2015

43 min 42 sec

Data privacy has been front page news in the wake of massive data breaches and a growing number of organizations are looking to their legal counsel to help them understand the intricacies and legal issues associated with data privacy – and effectively minimize risks. Join host Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, and leading experts, Frank Serge and Sunny Sanghani, as they discuss what law firms and legal departments are doing to minimize risk as it relates to social media, cloud computing and data privacy.

Jun 2015

16 min 11 sec

As the amount of electronic data continues to proliferate, managing eDiscovery is increasingly challenging for law firms, their clients and corporate legal departments -- and it’s unlikely to get any easier in the near future. In this podcast, host Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, and leading experts, Frank Serge and Sunny Sanghani, discuss current eDiscovery trends and share proven strategies to help set up legal teams for success.

Jun 2015

19 min 15 sec

In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, attorney Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal and Sandra J. Boyer, Boyer & Greene principal, examine the importance of succession planning and why it is imperative to the future viability of law firms. They discuss best practices and potential obstacles that law firm management may encounter when implementing a succession plan.

Mar 2015

23 min 15 sec

In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report podcast series, Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, and George Denlinger, senior district president of the company, take a look at the practice areas that will drive demand for legal jobs in the months ahead. They also discuss trends to watch in the legal profession for 2015, including how the need for specialized legal expertise is influencing the ways organizations approach hiring and retention. Special thanks to our sponsor, Robert Half Legal.

Jan 2015

15 min 13 sec

In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, and Billie Watkins, district director for Robert Half Legal, discuss the latest trends affecting hiring and legal careers. They reveal areas where demand is greatest for skilled talent in the legal profession, the expertise being sought by employers and where legal salaries are headed in 2015.

Dec 2014

14 min 28 sec

In this edition of The Robert Half Legal Report, host George Denlinger, senior district president for Robert Half Legal, and attorney Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, discuss high-growth specialties and career opportunities for 2013. They reveal the latest trends in hiring and compensation affecting the legal field, the qualities employers are seeking when making new hires and must-have advice for job seekers.

Oct 2012

21 min 15 sec

In this video podcast of The Robert Half Legal Report, Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, and Robert Ambrogi, co-host of Lawyer2Lawyer on the Legal Talk Network discuss how law firms and corporate legal departments are leveraging technology to improve services and streamline workflow. They share key findings from Future Law Office, Robert Half Legal’s annual research program that examines important developments in the legal profession.

Aug 2012

13 min 31 sec

E-discovery is a complex and resource-intensive issue that is top of mind for many of us in the legal profession today. In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, Charles Volkert, the executive director of Robert Half Legal, and Joel Wuesthoff, a director with Robert Half Legal eDiscovery Services, talk about proactive e-discovery management. Chad and Joel take a look at some of the factors that are leading to higher spending on e-discovery for many organizations, how to become more efficient with managing data for e-discovery and the best approach to responding quickly to future e-discovery requests, especially in the face of ever-changing technology.

Mar 2012

14 min 43 sec

In this edition of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Katherine Spencer Lee, district director for Robert Half International, welcomes Attorney Charles Volkert, Executive Director of Robert Half Legal, to highlight the hottest legal jobs and practice areas for 2011. Katherine and Chad discuss the latest trends in hiring and compensation affecting the legal field, the qualities employers are looking for in legal job candidates and offer advice for job seekers.

Jan 2011

21 min 43 sec

In part two of this two-part series on The Robert Half Legal Report, Dawn Antonelli, district director for Robert Half Legal, welcomes Attorney Charles Volkert, Executive Director of Robert Half Legal and Joel Wuesthoff, Director of Protiviti Inc., to continue the discussion on how to maximize control over the e-discovery process. They discuss how to keep costs in check, what problems to avoid and questions to ask potential vendors during the selection process.

Oct 2010

19 min 43 sec

In part one of this two-part series on The Robert Half Legal Report, Dawn Antonelli, district director for Robert Half Legal, welcomes Attorney Charles Volkert, Executive Director of Robert Half Legal and Joel Wuesthoff, Director of Protiviti Inc., to offer tips on how to maximize control over the e-discovery process. They discuss the complexity of the issues, the biggest stumbling blocks, how legal support professionals can assist in the process and cost containment.

Oct 2010

34 min 17 sec

In this second edition of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Marilyn Bird, District President for Robert Half Legal, welcomes Attorney Charles Volkert, Executive Director of Robert Half Legal, to discuss how law firms and corporate legal departments are changing in response to major developments not only in the legal field, but also in the broader economy. Marilyn and Chad examine best practices for improving client service levels and business development methods in a landscape of continuous change.

May 2010

21 min 6 sec

In this debut podcast of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Diane Domeyer, district director for Robert Half Legal, welcomes Attorney Charles Volkert, Executive Director of Robert Half Legal, to discuss the latest in hiring and compensation trends for the legal profession. Diane and Charles will look at how 2010 is shaping up in terms of hiring, the impact of the recession on the hiring process and how to excel in a competitive job market.

Mar 2010

26 min 32 sec