Innitiative, Change, Time and Self-Management for a New Lawyer

I wanted to highlight a bit about developing the initiative necessary to make changes in our environment and personal habits. Often times people mis-manage their time in all areas of their life - personal, work, housework, emotionality, physically, etc. Or worse, they are not even aware that they need...

Top 10 Laws of Leadership

New lawyers take note, although these rules apply to attorneys throughout your legal career. As part of the annual MCCA (Minority Corporate Counsel Association) " Creating Pathways to Diversity " conference, the authors of The Little Black Book of Success led an occasionally rollicking session...

Young Lawyers: Differentiate Yourself

Lessons in Leadership and Advice for Setting Yourself Apart from the Crowd. Adam Bryant, columinst at the NYT and author of the book, "The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons From CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed," just put up an article titled: Distilling the Wisdom of C...

Five Tips for Effective Leadership

Building Women Leaders "Ladies your time has come." These words rang across a conference room in midtown New York a few weeks ago during the Conference Board's Women's Leadership Conference. The speaker was Cynthia Trudell-Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Personnel...

Land Your Dream Job Fast!

Do any of these apply to you: Licensed attorney who hasn't landed a job yet, waiting for your bar results and want to get your foot in the door at a firm to secure that job offer when the results come out, ambitious 2L or 3L looking for that summer internship that will lead to a job offer after you...

New Attorneys: Learn How to Rock at Your Job and Justify a Raise!

So, the dilemma...you've landed a job and you have a project to complete, but relying on your law school experience just is not getting the job done quick enough. You don't know where to go, what exactly to write, how your boss or the Judge wants it written, what to file, what to say to your...

Juggling a Family and a Legal Career

I was recently asked this question by a reader: I see that you had a baby during law school. Other than the tips from the post about outside time commitments, any advice for an upcoming 1L with two tots and a wife? I was going to reply privately, but decided to post my response so others...

Working for Multiple Partners

Some firms are structured such that associates are placed on a specific "team" led by one partner. My firm, Clarke Silverglate, P.A., has never operated that way and I am glad for it. Different attorneys have not only different areas of expertise, but also different methods that aid in their...

Harry Potter Tickets vs.Three Years of Law School: Preparing Better Lawyers

There are many life lessons to be learned from J.K. Rowling's extremely popular Harry Potter series. Some are obvious--tackling adversity, the value of an education, and for all experienced attorneys--how preparation joined with a little good luck and magic can lead to great success. The Lawyerist...

Do Not Procrastinate when you Do Not Control the Variables

A few weeks ago, I was handling some pre-trial materials in a federal court case. As many of you probably know by now, federal cases are handled quite differently from state court cases, the biggest discrepancy being that in federal court, the deadlines actually matter, as do the precise instructions...