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Aug 17, 2012

No more excuses

While “I don’t have time” may sound like a valid excuse, “it isn’t a priority” will at least make you think twice about whether you are prioritizing things correctly. ...

Aug 3, 2012

Olympian moms

Generation J.D. made it through the whole week without once mentioning the Olympics. So much for that trend. ...

Jan 20, 2012

Building stress resilience

I ran across a thought-provoking article a few weeks ago: “High-achieving women need more than a bubble bath.” By “high-achieving” women, the article means women who are accomplishment-focused and achievement-oriented— yes, that includes you, my fellow attorneys! Actually, I found the article — as well as the book on which it was based — to […]

Jan 6, 2012

Planning your career one goal at a time

It’s that time of year again. You’ve made your personal New Year’s resolutions. But now, it is time to set some professional resolutions. I’m talking about career development goals. You may be required to develop or update a career development plan as part of your firm’s evaluation process. Some are part of a formal program, […]

Aug 5, 2011

Old tricks for new lawyers

There seems to be a tendency to think new is always better, particularly for young lawyers. Especially when it comes to new technology. We want to do nearly everything electronically and integrate the newest technology into our practice. New technology has many things to offer attorneys — better turn around times, cost-efficiency, environmental friendliness and […]

Jul 22, 2011

The importance of mentoring

I met Thursday with representatives from the career development and alumni relations departments of my law school about implementation of a new, group mentoring project. Our goal is to provide a unique mentoring program that connects law students, recent law school graduates and established legal practitioners to add to the complement of mentoring programs that […]

Jul 19, 2010

Be nice, and other ways to strengthen your legal team

When I was just starting out, most “new lawyer” advice I received included (1) don’t run up the Westlaw/Lexis research bill, and (2) be nice to paralegals and secretaries. Applying the first rule was easy — our firm had an unlimited research plan (oh, how I miss those days!). The second one, while not difficult, […]

Jul 12, 2010

Survival for new lawyers

All new lawyers know that they should have a mentor. Early in my career, I was lucky to have two smart, dedicated lawyers looking out for me: Rob Jenner and Christian Mester. Rob and Christian frequently gave an introductory talk to the University of Maryland’s Trial Advocacy class, and they gave me the same talk […]

Jun 28, 2010

What happens in Vegas …

I’ve never really admitted it before, but I just don’t understand all the fuss about Las Vegas. Many of my friends love the city, and love the chance to live it up when they visit. Ho hum. I end up going about once every year or so, because Vegas is a favorite spot for litigation-related […]

Jun 14, 2010

In defense of Millennials (or, what do young lawyers want?)

I’ve been a part of this conversation way too often, and the Question never has a satisfactory Answer. Older lawyers (no disparagement intended — to a young lawyer, you’re all older. Also, I hope to be “older” someday, both in terms of age, experience and true wisdom), thinking that I have some insight, ask me […]

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