A lawyer dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter isn’t really sure what to do with the guy because they never get lawyers in heaven. So he makes a deal with him that they’ll let him spend a week in hell and then one in heaven and then decide where he’d like to spend eternity. […]
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Generally, when anyone discusses work/life balance in the context of lawyering, the assumption is that the focus is on the “life” part of the balance, because the “work” part comes with the turf. That’s usually quite true. But today, I’d like to examine the “work” part of the equation. “[The law] is a jealous mistress, […]
Although I’ve titled this as a new lawyer skill, it’s applicable to all of us. One of the challenges in creating work/life balance lies in the fact that it doesn’t just happen. It must be created. And, once created, it must be protected. Zealously. One of the fastest routes to balance is to block out […]
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I am party to some litigation right now. I am a client. Although my case is completely outside the scope of the practice I maintained in patent litigation, I am learning to appreciate what it means to be a client. Because these lessons would have served me very well when I was in practice, I […]
I was talking with someone recently about finding balance, and she had some interesting comments. In essence, she’s stressed out about meeting her responsibilities in the various areas of her life, and she feels guilt on top of that stress because she’s out of “balance.” Easy to understand, since we’re all supposed to be in […]
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A recent survey by the American Lawyer (no longer available) indicates that law firm associates are frustrated by the perceived lack of communication from law firm partners and management. Problem topics include everything from finances to an associate’s development and advancement to the context for assignments. Clearly, some firms have more problems with communication than […]
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Every lawyer working in a law firm is aware that she will someday be expected to bring in new clients. Rainmaking is a key skill for professional advancement, and it’s never too early to begin building those skills. New lawyers face particular challenges in beginning to build a business development program, simply because they’re new. […]
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