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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Associate retention continues to be a hot topic, especially as law firms seek ways to hold tight to the associates they’ve attracted at least in part by paying top dollar… and as associates eye the rising pay scales. Arnie Herz of Legal Sanity has posted an interesting discussion (no longer available) on the disengaged employee, using […]
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One of the most critical parts of establishing a career, as well as finding work/life balance, is conducting oneself in a way that lets others know they can rely on your word. We’ve all had the experience of counting on someone to carry through on a promise and discovering that they didn’t. Even when there’s […]