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Counsel to Counsel is a periodic podcast produced by Stephen Seckler of Seckler Legal Recruiting and Coaching (www.counseltocounsel.com). It addresses important career and marketing issues facing attorneys. The target audience is associates, counsel and partners at law firms of all sizes; but the podcast also addresses issues that are relevant to in-house counsel, law students or any lawyer who is looking for career insights inside or outside of the law. Counsel to Counsel is aimed at individual lawyers who are looking to increase their own career satisfaction. The podcast features interviews with leading consultants, career professionals and marketing experts who advise attorneys on careers, marketing, law firm management and related issues. The guests are also a roster of successful attorneys who have found career satisfaction inside and outside the law. Counsel to Counsel is a direct outgrowth of the blog Counsel to Counsel which Stephen Seckler has been publishing since 2005. Since graduating from law school in the late 1980s, Stephen Seckler has been recruiting top legal talent, advising lawyers on career and marketing issues and working with major law firms, life sciences and technology companies to recruit top talent. He began blogging when legal blogging was in its infancy and his blog Counsel to Counsel was named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 in 2007 and 2008 (the first two years that list was in existence). Steve has written extensively on career and marketing issues and he has spoken at many law school, law firm and bar association events. He served on the Boston Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Work Life Balance and was Vice Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is a part of the Law.Com Legal Blog Watch and over the years, he has been quoted frequently in the legal and business press.

Counsel to Counsel is a periodic podcast produced by Stephen Seckler of Seckler Legal Recruiting and Coaching (www.counseltocounsel.com). It addresses important career and marketing issues facing attorneys. The target audience is associates, counsel and partners at law firms of all sizes; but the podcast also addresses issues that are relevant to in-house counsel, law students or any lawyer who is looking for career insights inside or outside of the law. Counsel to Counsel is aimed at individual lawyers who are looking to increase their own career satisfaction. The podcast features interviews with leading consultants, career professionals and marketing experts who advise attorneys on careers, marketing, law firm management and related issues. The guests are also a roster of successful attorneys who have found career satisfaction inside and outside the law. Counsel to Counsel is a direct outgrowth of the blog Counsel to Counsel which Stephen Seckler has been publishing since 2005. Since graduating from law school in the late 1980s, Stephen Seckler has been recruiting top legal talent, advising lawyers on career and marketing issues and working with major law firms, life sciences and technology companies to recruit top talent. He began blogging when legal blogging was in its infancy and his blog Counsel to Counsel was named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 in 2007 and 2008 (the first two years that list was in existence). Steve has written extensively on career and marketing issues and he has spoken at many law school, law firm and bar association events. He served on the Boston Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Work Life Balance and was Vice Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is a part of the Law.Com Legal Blog Watch and over the years, he has been quoted frequently in the legal and business press.

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United States

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Counsel to Counsel is a periodic podcast produced by Stephen Seckler of Seckler Legal Recruiting and Coaching (www.counseltocounsel.com). It addresses important career and marketing issues facing attorneys. The target audience is associates, counsel and partners at law firms of all sizes; but the podcast also addresses issues that are relevant to in-house counsel, law students or any lawyer who is looking for career insights inside or outside of the law. Counsel to Counsel is aimed at individual lawyers who are looking to increase their own career satisfaction. The podcast features interviews with leading consultants, career professionals and marketing experts who advise attorneys on careers, marketing, law firm management and related issues. The guests are also a roster of successful attorneys who have found career satisfaction inside and outside the law. Counsel to Counsel is a direct outgrowth of the blog Counsel to Counsel which Stephen Seckler has been publishing since 2005. Since graduating from law school in the late 1980s, Stephen Seckler has been recruiting top legal talent, advising lawyers on career and marketing issues and working with major law firms, life sciences and technology companies to recruit top talent. He began blogging when legal blogging was in its infancy and his blog Counsel to Counsel was named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 in 2007 and 2008 (the first two years that list was in existence). Steve has written extensively on career and marketing issues and he has spoken at many law school, law firm and bar association events. He served on the Boston Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Work Life Balance and was Vice Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is a part of the Law.Com Legal Blog Watch and over the years, he has been quoted frequently in the legal and business press.

Language:

English

Contact:

617-244-3234


Episodes

Episode 46-Improving Our Communication with Zoom and Other Virtual Platforms

9/20/2020
In this episode of the Counsel to Counsel podcast, I am joined by a talented communications expert, Charlotte Dietz, Founder of Speak Well Partners. Charlotte is a communications and public speaking coach and business story strategist. She shares some great insights into how we can all do a better job communicating in a virtual environment. Since March, most of us have been getting a crash course in how to use Zoom (or other virtual platforms). In some ways, Zoom is really just another...

Duration:00:52:41

Episode 45-Building a Life Sciences Practice From the Ground Up

8/30/2020
In this episode I speak with Dave Dykeman, a Co-Managing Partner of the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig. Dave and I met almost 20 years ago, not long after he moved to Boston and since that time I’ve watched his career take off as he has successfully built an IP practice in the life sciences. Whenever I coach lawyers on marketing and business development, my starting point is getting my clients to define their ideal client. While this doesn’t always include what industries they serve,...

Duration:00:45:38

Episode 44-Getting the Most from Networking Meetings and Troikas

7/19/2020
In this episode, I speak with Steve Fretzin, a premier business coach, trainer, and speaker on business development. Steve focuses on the legal industry but comes with experience in other industries as well. Steve and I discuss the importance of networking in building a professional services practice, how you can get more out of your networking meetings, and how to do this in a time of social distancing. The ability to generate work has never been more important for lawyers and other...

Duration:00:56:56

Episode 43-Building a Concierge Law Practice to Address Family Conflict and Mental Health Issues

7/5/2020
In this episode, I speak with Lisa Cukier, a partner at the law firm Burns and Levinson in Boston. Lisa practices in a number of related areas. We talk about how she has built what she calls a concierge practice. We also discuss what it has been like to serve on the executive committee of her firm, and how she has modified her own marketing and business development in a time of social distancing. Whenever I am thinking about guests to invite on this podcast, I look for lawyers and other...

Duration:00:57:26

Episode 42-How the Rise of Digital Media, Innovation, and Data Privacy Regulation Have Shifted the Legal Job Market

6/20/2020
Law is a conservative profession. In law school we read the great appellate decisions and learned about the tremendous importance of precedent in our legal system. In truth, the law is always evolving and adapting to changing societal attitudes and new developments in business, the sciences and technology. New statutes and regulations are always being adopted to address new legal concerns and even case law evolves. If you want to remain relevant in the profession, it is important to keep...

Duration:00:52:04

Episode 41-Using Pro Bono to Build Your Skills and Enhance Your Career Satisfaction in a Time of Crisis

6/10/2020
The need for pro bono legal services for the poor has never been greater. Prior to the pandemic, legal services agencies were only able to meet a portion of the need. For example, due to lack of funding, legal aid programs in Massachusetts were forced to turn away 57 percent of residents who sought help last year. With the coming recession and millions of families in this country facing food and housing insecurity, this gap will surely widen. Pro bono lawyering will be needed to meet the...

Duration:00:42:09

Episode 40-Succession Planning for Law Firms Meets Chapter 3 for Lawyers

5/30/2020
All professional athletes eventually face the same challenge: when to retire and what to do after retirement. For the most part, an athlete’s career is limited in time because of the physical demands of job. Lawyers on the other hand do not face these constraints. There are many lawyers who practice well into their 70’s or 80’s and some who never choose to retire. But for many law firms and for many law firm partners, this is not an optimal strategy. Healthy businesses need a healthy...

Duration:00:34:48

Episode 39-An In-house Career in the Life Sciences

5/18/2020
For some associates, partnership is the ultimate career goal. But for many lawyers, a plum in-house job is the real brass ring. In this episode, I welcome Mark Levine who has won the brass ring several times in his career. Mark is General Counsel and Secretary at Flexion Therapeutics, a commercial stage biotech company. Mark and I speak about his path in-house, how his role has changed as he has moved into a GC position and how in-house practice differs from private practice. We also talk...

Duration:00:39:01

Episode 38-Breaking the Glass Ceiling on a Part-time Schedule

4/27/2020
In this episode, I continue my Glass Ceiling Series with my guest Lauren Resnick, who is the Chief Practice Partner for the national law firm BakerHostetler. Lauren is someone who not only broke through the glass ceiling at an AmLaw 100 firm, but she did it as a part-time attorney. I speak with Lauren about her path from the public sector back into private practice, and what it has been like being part-time. We also discuss some of the challenges of being in a management role at a major law...

Duration:01:00:15

Episode 37-Managing Anxiety in a Time of Crisis

4/2/2020
In this episode, I return to a conversation I started with Dr. Inna Khazan, a clinical psychologist on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. I spoke to Dr. Khazan back in February about the ways she uses mindfulness-based biofeedback to help lawyers and other professionals to achieve optimal performance in stressful situations. In our latest interview, Dr. Khazan discusses how to use these techniques to manage the stress brought on by the global Coronavirus pandemic. She offers practical...

Duration:00:32:45

Episode 36-7 Career Management Tips for COVID-19

3/19/2020
In this special episode, I provide you with 7 Career Management Tips for dealing with the current COVID crisis. I’d also like to make you the following offer: If you are feeling isolated or just want someone to help you reflect on your career or on your efforts to build a practice, I would like to offer you the chance to connect with me by Zoom. I’m happy to be a sounding board and help you think about how to be more productive over the next few weeks or months. We are now living through...

Duration:00:04:02

Episode 35-A Career in Electoral Politics-A Conversation with Senator Becca Rausch

3/19/2020
Electoral politics has always been a career option for attorneys. The halls of Congress and state houses across the country are filled with elected officials who have earned their law degrees. Legal training helps legislators understand how the bills they want to pass fit into a broader legal context. Having a JD gives you credibility to run for office. But what are the options for attorneys who are considering a run for public office. How does being in public office differ from the practice...

Duration:00:36:45

Episode 34-Podcasting as a Legal Marketing Tool

2/29/2020
In this episode, I speak with Jared Correia, one of the pioneers in legal podcasting. Jared was a huge mentor to me when I was launching the Counsel to Counsel podcast back in 2018 and I’m very pleased to welcome such a seasoned veteran. As of 2019, over half the US population had listened to at least one podcast. In 2019 over 100 million people listened to at least one podcast every week. There are over 700,000 active podcasts and 29 million podcast episodes available. Clearly, the age of...

Duration:00:54:20

Episode 33-Mindfulness, Biofeedback and the Practice of Law

2/20/2020
In this episode, I welcome Dr. Inna Khazan, a clinical psychologist who is a nationally recognized expert in mindfulness and biofeedback. Dr. Khazan talks about how she helps lawyers and other professionals in stressful jobs to achieve higher levels of performance through biofeedback and mindfulness meditation. Episode 33-Intro Law is a stressful business and there are a lot of efforts underway all over the country to help lawyers address the challenges in the profession. In...

Duration:00:58:17

Episode 32-A Career in Law Practice Management

2/1/2020
In this episode, I speak with Heidi Alexander, Deputy Director of the non-profit organization Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. Heidi helps manage LCLs operations and leads the organization’s law practice management program known as Mass LOMAP (the Law Office Management Assistance Program). Episode 32 Introduction In 2020, it has never been easier to run your own law practice. On-line tools for marketing, accounting, document assembly and contact management have never been more affordable or...

Duration:00:56:25

Episode 31-Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

1/20/2020
In this episode, I speak with Hether Cahill. Hether is a partner at the Boston law firm Burns & Levinson where she handles probate litigation. Hether and I discuss the path to partnership for women and why she likes family conflict. Introduction The majority of law school graduates are now women. Despite this demographic change, the growth of women in partnership ranks in major law firms continues to stagnate. While there are many explanations for this (women still bear a greater burden...

Duration:00:33:12

Episode 30-The Key to Happiness in the Practice of Law

1/9/2020
For over two decades, I have been reading articles in the popular and legal press about unhappy lawyers. The unpleasant issues and people that lawyers have to deal with, the lack of control over outcomes, the isolation and the long hours all add up to a population of professionals who are questioning their career choice or looking for an exit. While there certainly are a large number of lawyers who experience dissatisfaction in the law, I regularly speak to attorneys who are very happy with...

Duration:00:41:23

Episode 29-How Newsletters Can Set You Apart From the Competition

12/3/2019
Thirty years ago, legal marketing was in its infancy and the focus in the practice of law was on doing great work for your clients. Provide high quality legal services and more would come (and so would referrals). In the 1980s, as marketing became more acceptable in the legal profession (both culturally and ethically), lawyers began to spend more time looking for ways to promote their services. Initially, the emphasis was on the same types of marketing that had long been used by other...

Duration:00:59:21

Special Edition-How William Gamson Created the Forerunner of Fantasy Baseball

12/1/2019
In this episode of Counsel to Counsel, I take a break from the ordinary discussion of legal careers to speak with my father-in-law William Gamson. In our interview, Bill talks about his career, his love of baseball and how he combined the two. Bill Gamson is a sociologist who is well known for his work involving social movements and media framing. He is also well known for developing several highly successful simulation games that he created in order to shift his own teaching away from a...

Duration:00:29:59

Episode 28-Power Networking with Jennifer Taddeo and Provisors

11/10/2019
I’ve been working with lawyers for over two decades to help them hone their networking skills. At the same time, I’m always looking for ways to improve my own effectiveness in business relationship building. And so I was intrigued when a number of lawyers mentioned to me that they had joined a great business networking group called Provisors. Groups like this have always appealed to me but it had been a long time since I had participated in a more structured networking group. In the early...

Duration:00:51:12