Let’s Talk Black Millennials

In my four and a half years of working at the Commission on Professionalism, and speaking around the state and country, absolutely nothing has gotten my audience as engaged (read: riled up) as talking about millennials in the workplace. As regular readers of our blog, and students of our online course on intergenerational communication, know, […]

My Generation

“Are you tired of people complaining about Millennials?” That question was met with a hearty, “Yes!” at the recent NALP Diversity and Inclusion Summit. The presenter, an expert on generational trends, echoed what our table had discussed only moments earlier: we were sick and tired of attending generational presentations where the speakers complained about Millennials. […]

20 Tips for Rising Millennial Attorneys

Last year, I wrote an article offering professionalism tips to Millennial attorneys. The feedback was terrific, but some of the responses pointed out that Millennials aren’t always first or second year attorneys. Instead many, like myself, have been practicing for almost 10 years. What they need now isn’t advice on how to start out. Rather, […]

Ending the “Digital Native” Millennial Stereotype

In a 2001 article, educator Mark Prensky coined two terms that have become ubiquitous in the past decade: “digital natives” and “digital immigrants.” According to Prensky, “digital natives” are those who “spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, video games, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and […]

The Shifting Attitudes of Workplace Millennials

Next week, we will swear in a new class of lawyers in Illinois. Many of these new lawyers will be millennials – young people born between 1980 and 2000 – who have had a tremendous impact on the legal workplace. We at the Commission on Professionalism have written a number of articles on workplace millennials. […]

Stop Complaining About Millennials

Over the past several years, I have heard many older workers complain about young people in the workplace. They leave work early, don’t complete their assignments on time, are not dressed professionally, request constant feedback, speak to their superiors as if they were peers, repeatedly job hop, and often desire the rewards without the work. […]

Will Women Lawyers Embrace Fashion Faux Pas?

Earlier this week, two elder stateswomen of the Millennial generation offered some career advice suitable for women lawyers: when you can’t beat ‘em, transform the game. On Tuesday night, Serena Williams played her older sister Venus for the 27th time, officially, on a tennis court. And amidst all the chatter about age and family and […]