In the increasingly competitive law firm environment, hiring the best applicant is imperative and doing so without creating a legal liability is essential. In today’s litigious environment, it is necessary to take the time upfront to do things right. Learn how! This one-hour webinar will focus on what you can and cannot do during the hiring process. It will examine the entire hiring process, including 1) taking appropriate precautions even before the first interview is conducted; 2) avoiding unlawful questions during the interview; and 3) documenting the decision-making process. The use of behavioral interviewing, background checks, the dangers associated with the use of social networking websites, proper documentation and other necessary pre-offer recruitment techniques will be discussed. 


•       Describe the appropriate steps to be taken in advance of the interview process. 

•       Identify the dangers associated with asking improper questions during the interview. 

•       Discuss the questions that should be asked and how they should be asked. 

•       Create proper documentation during and following the interview process. 

•       Employ the use of background checks and other pre-employment screening methods. 

Other Information: 

60 Minutes 

Audience: Intermediate 

CLM® Application Credit for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application. 

CLM® Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR) 

HRCI: General Credit 

SHRM: Communication 

SHRM: Instructor-Led Activity 

CPE: Participatory Credit 

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

This Program has been approved for 1.00  HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).


Michael S. Cohen is a Partner at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia in the firm’s Employment Services Practice Group where he concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. A highly rated ALA speaker, he has trained and counseled employees throughout the country on employment subjects, including harassment prevention, diversity, discipline, hiring, firing, recruiting, performance evaluations and compliance. 



Seminar Information
Date Presented:
May 12, 2020 3:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
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Law Firm Hiring and Interviewing: When It Has to Be the Right Person
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ALA Member Price:$29.00
Non-Member Price:$79.00