A lawyerly lesson from the great outdoors
A couple weeks ago, I camped with my family at the primitive Slough Creek Campsite in Yellowstone National Park. It’s no secret, however, that I’m a horrible camper and this was not an ideal vacation. I slept in the minivan every night. I drove 20 miles to use a respectable restroom with a sink. And […]
Turn off your mind
Stop being a slave to the billables for a few hours and recharge your batteries.
A genuine desire to help and serve
I didn’t know would become an attorney. All I knew is that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people the way others had helped me.
Late nights and early mornings
Unfortunately, the mind of a lawyer is impossible to simply turn off and on.
Those who can do, also teach.
Health care industry has been eating its spinach
There's one major industry in Maryland with a workforce that increased consistently every year for the past 12 years.
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 [...]
Law blog roundup
Everyone knows Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from litigation over Obamacare while solicitor general. But here's why she did it.
Your legal career as an herb garden
The skills needed to maintain a healthy container herb garden and the skills that I aspire to improve upon as a young lawyer are surprisingly similar.
Do you still get nervous at depositions and in court? Is there a 'right' amount of nervousness?
Study: Later retirement may help prevent dementia
BOSTON — New research boosts the “use it or lose it” theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found. It’s by far the largest study to look at this, […]