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    How to Collect Your Thoughts and Quiet Your Mind While at Work

    How many of us truly take time to collect our thoughts? I am writing this post while on vacation in a lake house with my family. Taking time to relax connects me with my true priorities, who I want to be on a daily basis, and inevitably when on vacation...

    Tips for 1L Success

    It's back to school season, and for some intrepid souls, that means the start of the infamous and much-feared 1L year. We'll assume you've already watched The Paper Chase while chewing your nails off, so here are some more practical tips for...

    Overcoming a Reluctance to Ask For Help

    I. What Successful People Do As an attorney in a large law firm for many years, I worked closely with many colleagues, opposing counsel, and clients. Since launching Greenhorn Legal (and now Greenhorn Bold ), I have encountered entrepreneurs of all...

    A J.D. Doesn’t Guarantee You Clear Communication Skills

    Lawyers - write what you mean and mean what you write You may be working on these skills the rest of your career. That's OK. I am a big advocate of using your communications with colleagues, clients, and potential clients to set a tone for your...

    The On-Campus Interview: Get In, Get Out, Get Called Back

    For many law students across the country, 'tis the season-not of summer Fridays and beach trips, but of the on-campus interview program. OCI, as it is called at many schools, provides students the opportunity to interview for summer associate positions...

    Five Important but Non-Obvious Things to do When You Start Law School

    There's a ton of (virtual) ink being spilled these days over what to do as a new law student. Everything from "buy all your books and read ahead" to "hire a tutor to explain the Rule Against Perpetuities." (I only wish I was making...

    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...

    Understand Growth Strategy, Firm’s Use of Debt, and New Hire Numbers

    Law firms are in a fee for services business. Their collateral is limited to the lawyers they employ and the client relationships those lawyers have. If too many of those lawyers leave, firms breach their loan covenants, lose lines of credit from banks...

    How to Stay Sane During On Campus Interviews

    August is here, which can only mean one thing - the annual craziness of on-campus interviewing is about to begin! For the uninitiated, OCI is how most law firm summer associate positions are handed out. Students interview en masse before classes start...

    Two Important Business Development Tips for New Lawyers

    In a similar vein to the old real estate adage, in legal marketing it's all about contact, contact, contact. Two important factors need to come into play in building any relationship are how often you are in contact (with clients, referral sources...

    How to Craft a Resume when You've Always been a Student

    There are plenty of resume-writing tips out there for those of us with experience in our fields-using action verbs, formatting in an attractive and easy to read manner, highlighting only relevant employment. But how do you go about creating a resume that...

    Think "Real"

    In an effort to help people realize their full potential as human beings, motivational speaker Tony Robbins hosts fire walking events at his conferences. At a recent conference, 21 people were treated for burns after walking across one of Robbins's...

    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...

    Prepare Your "Elevator Pitch"

    With classes starting soon and interviewing looming for summer associate positions and clerkships, I figured this would be a good time to bring up a sensitive topic: the elevator pitch. Somehow, law students (and lawyers) have gotten the idea that...

    Re-thinking and Embracing Change

    Last week, I heard a powerful speech by a woman whose father has Alzheimer's. Patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's suffer terribly, as do their loved ones. As a result of her father's diagnosis, this woman - the speaker - has made an interesting...

    Financial Stability, BigLaw, and You

    The recent shuttering of BigLaw firms Dewey & LeBoeuf and Howrey adds another layer of complexity for law students researching firms as they prepare for on-campus interview season. Financial stability may not be as high on your rank order of preferences...

    Olympic Trials State of Mind

    In a former life I was a competitive gymnast. So, I was glued to the television to watch this generation of Olympic hopefuls compete for one of five spots on the 2012 Olympic team. Only the first place winner at the Olympic Trials is guaranteed a spot...

    Business Casual, Outside Events and other "Dressing" Dilemmas

    Earlier this summer we teamed up with Shauna of Bryce Legal , and author of How to Get a Legal Job to share best practices on attire in the office as a summer associate . Today she helps us tackle the tough decisions to be made around what to wear to...

    On-Campus Interview Advice can Help You with any Law Job Interview

    There's been a lot of ink spilled about OCI, the on-campus interviewing process by which law firms hire summer associates. (You can find several such articles here: Summer Jobs 101 , in fact.) But let's get down to brass tacks. What's the...

    Overcoming Stress in Your Legal Career

    High blood pressure is called a "silent killer," and one of its major causes is stress. Many lawyers tell me about the stress under which they labor. What I try to do as a coach is advise on improving the lawyer's operations, which often...

    Wants vs. Needs: which one runs your life?

    Have you taken the time lately to analyze the various wants and needs in your business and life? They are very different and that difference happens to be everything when it comes to designing your lifestyle. Why? One concept: choice. You are born...

    Helpful vs. Unhelpful Advice for New Lawyers

    Someone, generally a young lawyer looking for advice, raises a totally reasonable and valid concern - say, for example, that law firms aren't particularly hospitable places to work - and gets this response: Suck it up. Stop whining. It's your...

    Work-Life Balance: Finding Your Qi ("Chee")

    Health and wellness in China, as I understand after working with Chinese visiting attorneys over the course of the past few weeks, centers on Qi - loosely, life force or energy flow. A healthy Qi depends on work-life balance and avoiding depletion. In...

    A J.D. is not a Death Sentence

    Yes, law school graduates and new lawyers face a harsh reality in today's economy - get over it. I don't mean "get over it" as in let's ignore the reality. I mean "get over it" as in, you can't dwell only on the...

    Tech Picks Up Where Recession Left Off — Costing Legal Jobs

    The term "BigLaw," used to describe the top global law firms, has become part of our profession's language. And until very recently, these behemoths appeared to be unstoppable both in terms of their growth and the wealth that they generated...