October 12th 2017
Guess what lawyers, you are not just in the practice of law; you are also in the business of legal services. And I don’t mean that “the business of law” is pejorative or runs afoul with our professional rules of responsibility, which include the duties of loyalty, communication, financial integrity, confidentiality, diligence, competence, honesty and fairness. Lawyers usually think that, at the forefront, they need to be analytical and provide great advocacy, research and investigative skills. While all lawyers should have the 10 MacCrate Skills posted on their desks, lawyers also need to think about themselves as a small business and think about how to have long term successful working relationships with clients and how to attract the crème de la crème clients as well.
 The Ten MacCrate skills include, the importance of solving your clients’ problems, legal analysis, legal research, factual investigation, communication, counseling, negotiating, litigation and alternative dispute resolution knowledge, organizational and managerial skills and recognizing issues and resolving them.View Memo