Work-Life Balance: Is it Possible to Work Part Time in Big Law?

Both the legal industry and large law firms are paying increasing lip service to the idea of "work-life balance." Although work-life balance is rarely defined in concrete terms, it seems to express a fuzzy notion of having time to fulfilling career obligations without compromising the people...

Sleep or Caffeine—Which One is the Favored Fuel of New Attorneys?

Would you have guessed that lawyers rank second on a list of most sleep-deprived professions? The ABA Journal notes that attorneys are second only to home health workers as the occupation where members receive the least sleep. The Journal , quoting a New York Times report, lists sleep deprivation by...

Freelancing as an Attorney May Provide both Balance and a Boost to Your Legal Career

Entrepreneurial attorney fills need for both attorneys seeking alternative work setting, and firms seeking a more nimble workforce. It turns out that I am not the only entrepreneurial attorney in the State of Maine, or even in my firm . When I was interviewing last spring and considering a transition...

Don't Underestimate the Value of a Vacation

We spend entirely too much time at work. I don't mean that we spend too much time working. I mean that often times, because of inefficiency, lack of focus, and distractions, we find ourselves at the office until later than is actually necessary. This can cause stress and strain, both on us and on...

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 advances that will pay off by Christmas. A few...

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 support your balance and sanity, it can be a hard...