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    Office Etiquette for New Attorneys

    Do not wear headphones in your office. Ever. Period. Let me explain. I. The Generational Gap In every legal practice, there is a distinct age and generational gap between the oldest and youngest attorneys in the office. As a rule, it is the responsibility...

    Fear and Fearlessness

    Lately this quote has been making the rounds: "What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail?" But I'm not sure that's the right question to be asking. Sure, as a mental exercise it might be helpful...I mean, I'd love...

    Re-evaluating a Legal Career

    The Wall Street Journal published some chilling statistics about how recent law grads are faring. According to the WSJ , only 55% of the class of 2011 had full-time, long-term jobs that required a law degree nine months after graduation. And only 8% of...

    A Time for Giving: Take on a Meaningful Pro Bono Project

    As lawyers, one of the best ways to give back is through pro bono work. And in taking on meaningful pro bono projects, you may find that you are doing some of the most significant work of your life. (My friend Bill Colby comes to mind. Early in his...

    Balancing Life and the Stress of a Legal Career--Easier Said than Done

    I have a much easier time recommending for others what they should do to find work balance, and have great wishes for them that their journey will go smoothly. I am here to say from firsthand experience that even when you are making positive changes to...

    Why You MUST Have a Website

    Okay, if you're a solo practitioner, or really any kind of hire-able lawyer who doesn't currently have at least a basic website - please, I beg you, GET ONE. How in the world am I supposed to refer you business otherwise? Do you seriously think...

    Home for the Holidays? How to Overcome the Guilt of not Working so You can Relax

    Dreading the idleness of the holidays? Fear not. A little time away from your desk and even-gasp-your wireless access can be good for career and even your job search. Here's how to enjoy the time off to its fullest--while making professional...

    Rookie Mistakes to Avoid as an Associate: The Office Holiday Party and Wearing Controversial Attire

    "An associate at our firm dressed inappropriately both during work hours and at after-hour firm functions. Her clothes were revealing, unprofessional, and sloppy. She appeared not to understand the difference between business attire and party attire...

    10 Simple Ways to Thank Your Clients

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy Thank you. It is one of the phrases we are taught as soon as we can speak. Amidst this year's...

    Be Sure to "Spin" Your Own Story

    As a third year lawyer I found myself assisting with a weeks-long trial in California that centered around two power-house Hollywood types, both out for blood (breach of contract case, but yes, blood). The opposing party, Michael Sitrick, is known as...

    It's Law Firm Bonus Time!

    The Thanksgiving leftovers are dwindling and law firm associates are back to work today-that is, if they weren't in the office all weekend. And on the exact same day as it did last year, top law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore kicked off bonus season...

    Getting a Law Job with Average Grades

    Have questions about how to navigate the world of legal networking, interviewing and job searching? So did more than 1200 law students, who tuned in to the lively and informative webcast "Ask the Experts-Answers to Your Questions on Legal Job Search...

    Rookie Mistakes to Avoid as an Associate: Failing To Pay Attention To Detail

    "At my first law firm, I assisted in preparing a number of documents as part of a transactional filing for one of the firm's largest clients. In reciting the company name, I did not insert a comma before the 'LLC,' though I was told that...

    Two Steps to a Winning Law School Exam Strategy

    It's almost time for the final law school exam push, so I'll make this brief. What are you going to do these last few weeks, to ensure you're ready to go on exam day? Re-read your class notes? Try to memorize a bunch of cases?...

    Interview with Purpose

    When we interview prospective candidates, we tend to interview with the blanket purpose of determining whether or not the candidate is qualified for a job in our office. This is fine. But a successful interview will depend on something more than this...

    Create a Game Worth Playing – 6 Steps to Clarify Your Goals for Greater Success

    A game with rules, challenges, and results worth playing for will allow you to win! I am asked by law students and lawyers many iterations of questions boiling down to wondering why they are not getting the results they want to, even though they are...

    Sacrifices to Becoming a Partner in a Large Law Firm

    I seem to have it made as a 37-year-old lawyer: partner with a "Big Law" firm here in Pennsylvania, nice house in the suburbs with spouse and kids, recognized as a solid producer by senior management. I can probably run the table here until...

    Why You Should Embrace Change

    The professional world changes constantly. And law firms, in particular, are fluid places. Every year, a new class of attorneys is ushered in. New partners are made, senior partners retire, partners and associates alike transition in and out. Instead...

    Are You Working Your Dream Job or Still Looking?

    It can be hard to see the bright spots in your day and in your life if you are feeling burned out and unhappy at work. You spend a huge percentage of your life at your desk, with your colleagues, and proving that you are good at what you do. This can...

    Six Tips for a Leaner, Meaner Resume

    In today's social media age, you'd be better off taking resume cues from your Linked In page than your parents. Electronic submission and a tough economy means lots of resumes for HR people to sort through, and very little time and attention...

    Can using social media really help you get a legal job or clients?

    I am not an expert on social media, but I can share what I have learned and observed. I first got on Twitter when my assistant at my first firm job said I would be good on it and set me up an account (thanks Morgan) and thus as @CEFIPLaw I began connecting...

    What are Your Firm's Plans for 2014? Be Sure You are Part of Them

    Where do you want your law firm to be in January 2014? Even though January 2014 is still more than 14 months away, your firm should already have a reasonably clear idea of the specific, measurable, and realistic business achievements that you want...

    Are You Choosing to Lead?

    In recent months, I have given a lot of thought to the idea of being a leader. One of my favorite Ted.com talks by Dave Meslin touches on this subject beautifully. He argues that society has conditioned us to believe that we must be designated or appointed...

    How to Get Law Journal Work Done Without Losing Your Mind

    I'll be honest - I hated Law Review . Every second I spent in the bowels of the law school library searching dusty books for obscure references was time wasted, in my opinion. But, on the upside, I got quite good at getting my cite-checking assignments...

    Rookie Mistakes to Avoid as an Associate: Citing To An Overturned Case

    "In a trademark dispute, I prepared the first draft of a motion based almost entirely on an analogous appellate court decision in our jurisdiction. The partner was ecstatic about the work and filed the motion with few revisions. In the response brief...