Enhance Your Chance of Getting Good News at the End of the Year


Debra L. Bruce, JD, PCC.

This is the time of year when many lawyers have a meeting with a supervisor or a compensation committee to discuss their performance over the past year. Many big firms, corporations and government agencies have instituted procedures that give the attorney an opportunity to submit a self-evaluation in advance of their performance review. Many small law firms are more informal, or even haphazard about the process, however.

If there is an established procedure, follow the guidelines or instructions. When an organization doesn’t have a formal review procedure, I recommend that my clients prepare a concise memo, email or other written communication summarizing their accomplishments of the past year. Most associates just wait anxiously, but passively for the news. They may think the partners are aware of what they have been doing all year, or perhaps they think it is safer to stay under the radar. Maybe they just don’t know what else to do.

I believe it is necessary to be proactive about your career. You can stop by the office of the appropriate person with your memo and say something like, “I know that you have a lot on your plate at the end of the year. I thought I might save you a little time and make things easier on you if I prepared a summary of what I’ve been doing over the past year. If there are other ways I can be of assistance, please let me know.”

Here are a few tips on putting together your year-end self-evaluation: Read more «Enhance Your Chance of Getting Good News at the End of the Year»

Client Development in the Age of Technology

Family Law Technology Course:  No Tech to High Tech in Two Days

Debra will present a .75 hour (.25 ethics) class:  Client Development in the Age of Technology

Thursday, December 14, 2012

Austin, Texas

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Cosponsored by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas