The old young lawyer
A lot has changed since I first started blogging five years ago. But I believe that I still relate to my younger colleagues.
Being a lawyer means being the boss
Being a lawyer means being the boss. When I was in law school I remember always hearing the comment that, law school teaches you the law but it does not teach you how to be a lawyer. I still hear that comment from time to time, and obviously there is truth to the statement. I mean for better or for worse there is no class on billing hours.
The inability to unwind
Lawyers are generally strung pretty tight. The edicts of our profession require us to perform different roles depending on our audience. According to the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct's Preamble, "A lawyer, as a member of the legal profession, is a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice." Add [...]
A look back and a thank you
My time with Generation J.D. started about a year ago and coincided with the beginning of my chairmanship of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. I’m so grateful for the opportunity this blog as given to me to contribute to the dialogue of what it means to be a young lawyer today and […]
Kudos to Kudel!
Last Saturday, June 16, 2012, John Kudel was sworn in as the MSBA President for Bar Year 2012-2013. As with each incoming president before him, John concluded the Annual Meeting with closing remarks. John outlined his vision for the upcoming year, in which he intends to focus on professionalism, civility, courtesy and respect among our […]
Six days left: dig deep for charity
Including today, you have six days left to give to charity for that all-important 2011 tax deduction. If you’re like me, you started out strong in the early part of the year, but slowed down around July or August. Now is the time to sit down with your receipts to determine how much you have […]
Striking out on your own
The word “solo” means “alone.” The definition itself can be good reason for a lawyer to avoid it — it implies all of those things that humans as social animals try to avoid. From the primitive need for security in larger numbers to the modern need for a ridiculously high number of Facebook friends, we […]