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By Erin Johnson “History has shown that catastrophe also creates opportunity.” This time, will the legal industry reap the benefits?  In the Above the Law article “COVID-19 Could Catalyze The Legal Industry Renaissance,” Nancy B. Rapoport (a law professor at UNLV) and Joe Tiano (founder of Legal Decoder) predict an unprecedented demand for legal services post-Covid19 closures.  They claim that “until the dust settles, most would agree that the near-term demand for legal…
Erin Giglia, Co-Owner of Montage Legal Group, and Louise Keefe, Owner of Perspektives, will be speaking in a free live webinar on Wednesday, April 15th, at noon, put on by the Orange County Bar Association COVID-19 Task Force: “Working with a Virtual Team.” Register at Ocbar.org. Whew. You’ve been working remotely for a few weeks now, as are all of your team members. Now what? How do you effectively run your law practice when…
Laurie Rowen will be speaking on panel for a webinar TOMORROW, March 25th, at noon, put on by the Orange County Bar Association COVID-19 Task Force: “Attorney Well-Being During Covid-19.” The panel will start with Dr. Rimal Bera, a UCI Health Psychiatrist, who will discuss how to handle anxiety, fear and stress during the pandemic.  See Dr. Bera’s article for more information: Coping with the Stress of Covid-19. Laurie Rowen will discuss tips on…
By Laurie Rowen & Erin Giglia You are now working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. You set up your home office. You’ve created a schedule for yourself.  You are trying to stay calm and adjust to this new normal. But schools are closed, and now you have to figure out how to handle working from home with kids — and no childcare!?! We are right there with you. There are millions of children…
The Orange County Bar Association Covid-19 Task Force is hard at work to assist Orange County lawyers navigate the rapidly changing landscape to remote working, and to deal with evolving realities resulting from this worldwide pandemic. The OCBA has launched a website with resources available to anyone who needs assistance: http://www.ocbar.org/covid-19# The OCBA is also launching a series of complimentary webinars to the membership.  Erin Giglia and Michael Gregg (partner at Littler) will be speaking…
By Erin Giglia and Laurie Rowen We are now experiencing unprecedented times, and we are practicing social distancing due to Covid-19. This virus has resulted in unplanned school closures, business closures, and many other closures. We are being asked to cancel or postpone all non-essential human contacts, including office work.  Time magazine stated as early as February that “The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Become the World’s Largest Work-From-Home Experiment.” What does this mean for…
A recent Forbes article by Jon Younger highlights what he calls the “freelance revolution” and cites Montage Legal Group as a freelance legal talent platform that has emerged and flourished.  The article focuses on the legal industry as yet another profession “aligning itself with the freelancer option.”  He quotes Georgetown University’s recent study, which explains that “the traditional law firm model, which has served firms well for decades, is now largely broken apart because of…
By Erin Giglia As of 2020, I’ve rotated off of the Orange County Charitable Fund Board of Directors. I have enjoyed several years in this Board position, and have had the opportunity to meet many Orange County Justice Warriors. They are a remarkable, inspiring group, all working tirelessly to mitigate or solve community issues and to increase access to justice. They truly are making our community, and the world, a better place. Each year, I…
Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your favorite lawyer? Share the love and tell them about Montage Legal Group! We help busy law firms who need help from an experienced freelance lawyer to reduce their workload, and also help freelance lawyers who are seeking an alternative way to practice law. Montage is here to help.  Happy Valentine’s Day! The post Share the Love on Valentine’s Day appeared first on Montage Legal Group.…
By Laurie Rowen Ten years ago, I wanted to find a way to support one of our favorite Orange County non-profits, WHW, which is dedicated to helping the unemployed and underemployed get and keep jobs.  WHW provides comprehensive employment services to its clients, including providing jobseekers with free suits for their upcoming interviews.  Which industry still wears suits? Lawyers! In 2011, we decided to hold Orange County’s first law firm clothing drive supporting WHW, and…