One of the interesting things about blogging on WordPress (and, I presume, other platforms) is that my nifty stats area shows what search terms lead readers to my blog. Sometimes it’s clear how someone followed the trail to get here, and sometimes I couldn’t be more puzzled. I had not expected to have one of […]
I’ve run across two interesting blog posts recently that cast work/life balance as a fad or misnomer rather than as something that’s important to lawyers. First, a recent post (no longer available) on Bruce MacEwen’s Adam Smith, Esq. blog quotes a 10-year old McKinsey study that places “acceptable pace and stress” as an important contributor to […]
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It’s probably no secret to those of you who read my blog on even a semi-regular basis that I enjoy the WSJ.com Law blog. Interesting info, with generally good comments. And that’s where I found the grist for today’s post. Yesterday, the Law Blog posed the following hypothetical (subscription required): You are taking a three-hour plane […]
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One of the most challenging parts of practice is figuring out the business end of being a lawyer. In a midsized or larger firm, that usually boils down primarily to client development. And associates frequently view client development as an activity for partners and senior associates. It’s pretty common to hear more junior lawyers saying […]
For most of the people in the United States, today is just Monday, July 24. But for thousands of would-be practitioners, today is something far more sinister: the day before the bar exam. Assuming you’re a member of the group sitting on the other side of the bar, the Promised Land of Practice, the bar is […]
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You’re probably running all day, trying to handle conflicting requests from multiple clients, colleagues, and/or opposing counsel, managing staff, facing deadlines, and hoping to maintain your personal life, perhaps wanting to address family needs as well. Law practice is a breeding ground for stress. And we’ve all had days that just start off wrong — […]
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This is one of the most challenging communications issues that new lawyers face — really, that any of us face. Something has gone wrong, there’s an adverse ruling, or someone made a mistake. How do you deliver that news? Whether you need to inform the client or a more senior lawyer, the process is largely […]
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