How can you develop the lawyers in your firm?

Younger or newer lawyers to your firm may be looking for opportunities to expand their knowledge or prove their worth.  You need to give them chances to do that, but how?

Delegate to your Associates

woman in cafe

Delegation is simply asking someone to help you achieve a goal and telling them how to do that successfully.  It might seem like it is faster for you to do the project yourself, but you’d be wasting time and a good opportunity.

Delegating a project is a good way to build connection and trust while getting a good look at the lawyer’s capabilities.

Delegating helps you evaluate your own communication and emotional intelligences skills They might need a bit of polishing. Reach out if I can help you delegate better.

Delegation improves your knowledge base.  Your associate is likely to bring a new perspective and information about the most current method for achieving the project. 

Not to mention, you boost productivity when you delegate. According to the latest Clio Trends report, lawyers spend up to 48% of their time trying to attract new clients.  You can regain that time by delegating some of your work to associates so you have time to build relationships.

The key is to avoid micromanaging, which defeats the purpose of delegating.  And no dumping and dashing. Delegation is an opportunity to teach and learn so you need to engage.

This article shares more tips from  prominent business people their secrets for delegating well, too. #delegation #outsourcing


Dina Lynch Eisenberg, JD, is the CEO of, an outsourcing training/consulting firm for successful lawyers and entrepreneurs based in Oakland, CA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.