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    How Social Should You Be?

    During your time as a summer associate, how can you be sociable, but also appropriate? Although you likely have many opportunities to socialize with professionals at the firm, are there gray areas you’ve been wondering about? For example: Should...

    How to Learn what Law School Didn’t Teach You

    The further associates advance in their legal careers, the more they typically see what their legal education lacked. Law school does not teach lawyers how to effectively interact with clients; law school does not teach lawyers how to efficiently manage...

    Preview of "Growing Your Law Practice in Tough Times"

    Growing Your Law Practice in Tough Times is Insightful, focused and addresses the challenges facing law firms in the current economic climate. This book is a must for law firms of all sizes. As firms struggle to stay alive, you might ask who has time...

    Prototype for Law Firm Innovation

    Back in 2000, when Axiom Law Founder Mark Harris decided that big law's hourly billings were excessive, he may have been the only lawyer who cared. The party for big law had been going on for some time now, each year bringing higher fees that clients...

    Learning the Three Dimensions of the Business of Law

    With all of the attention on law firm layoffs and the reduced number of jobs for recent law graduates , many new attorneys may be considering setting up a solo practice. After spending 3+ years in law school, new grads still may not feel prepared for...

    National Association of Women Lawyers Joins Alliance Partner Program for martindale.com Connected

    NAWL to Leverage martindale.com Connected as Online Forum to Facilitate Discussion of Gender-Based Issues within Practice of Law November 8, 2010 - NEW YORK, NY - LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.com), a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow...

    Becoming a Trial Lawyer

    I learned very early in my career - while I was in law school clerking for Bill Wheatley at Jaqua & Wheatley - one of the best and critical qualities of a civil litigator is being a confident and skilled trial lawyer. It is not only that a confident...

    5 Don'ts and 3 Do's of Public Speaking

    In my view the value that attorneys bring to their clients is to connect complex rules and laws to the client's situation and goals . This needs to be done in such a way that the client is partnering with the attorney to evaluate their own situation...

    Lessons in Mentoring and Sponsorship

    So you've received all kinds of career advice and support from your mentor, but you're still not reaching the top? According to Catalyst -a nonprofit organization focusing on women in the workplace-the missing link to your career success may be...

    Five Tips for Legal Networking this Summer

    It's summer-a roofdeck somewhere is calling to you, and you're not giving up a chance to leave work while it's still light out so that you can go sit in some stuffy legal event with a bunch of strangers. Understandable, but networking shouldn't...

    Professionalism and the Need for Civil Behavior

    "The legal profession is in crisis. Public perception of the profession has plummeted from once being considered a highly respected vocation to one often characterized by an increasing lack of credibility, declining ethics, and outright greed."...

    Email Security and Attorney-Client Privilege

    The 2008 American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Technology Resource Center recently completed a survey of how the legal profession uses technology. In conjunction with an outside research firm, the Center surveyed the legal profession in January through...

    Limiting Professional Liability

    Worried about getting sued for legal malpractice? You probably think your professional liability insurance will be sufficient to cover any claims. What if it isn’t? Can you prospectively limit your liability to a client by including such a limitation...

    Failure to Monitor Dockets or Receive Court Emails Can Prove Costly

    Two recent judicial decisions illustrate how today’s technology is creating new expectations of attorneys. The first opinion addressed an attorney’s failure to timely file a Notice of Appeal of a court’s order. Six weeks after the...

    Relations with Support Staff… Partners’ Secretaries Outrank First-Year Associates: Deal with It!

    What a heady time for the First-year Associate. You have endured three years of law professors, other law students, and law school in general. You have survived the bar examination. And now you are a newly minted attorney with a generous salary, doing...

    New Client Development: It’s All About Who You Know

    When you first start at a new firm, all you want to think about is learning the job and getting the work done. But, sooner or later, you know that you will be expected to start bringing in new clients. You were never taught this skill in law school, except...

    Developing a Relationship with Your Mentor

    What’s the secret to success for the new lawyer? Many publications and web sites tell you to locate a mentor, but your mentoring experience will only be successful if you give serious consideration to your role as the mentee and your relationship...

    You Have 17 Seconds—or Less—to Impress a Client. But You Can Do It…

    You’re meeting with the client for the first time. But the truth is, you really don’t have 30 minutes or an hour to make an impression. Psychologists, writers, and seminar leaders caution that strangers (and that includes clients) form an...

    Ethical Implications of Outsourcing Legal Work

    In the November issue of ABA Journal Magazine, associate ethics counsel for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Eileen Libby reported that the ABA Standing Com­mittee on Ethics and Pro­fessional Con­duct has concluded that U.S....

    What, Me, Stressed? Eight Ideas for Managing Stress

    You are probably under a great deal of stress as a young attorney trying to deal with difficult clients and office problems, still trying to figure out how to balance your career and personal life, and making sure that you’re living up to the legal...

    PA Supreme Court Disciplinary Board's Top Disciplinary Cases for 2008

    In its latest edition of its Attorney E-Newsletter, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, www.padb.us , announced its picks for the Top Five Disciplinary Cases of 2008. The Board chose its finalists based on the novelty of issues...

    Understanding the Rules of Lawyers’ Ethics

    "Understanding the rules of lawyers’ ethics is essential because so much turns on them. Wherever you practice in the United States, ethical rules will determine whether you can be a member of the bar and how you conduct your practice. Disciplinary...

    Top 10 Rules of Client Service

    Matthew Homann has posted his latest "Ten Rules" listing on his blog, "the [non]billable hour," this one addressing the top rules of client service. In a nutshell, the post emphasizes the importance of going the extra mile. Clients...

    Drafting Pleadings in Crayon

    This morning, a tweet from OnTheDocket clued me in to a gem of an opinion that I'd never had the pleasure of reading previously. Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp. , 147 F. Supp. 2d 668 (S.D. Tex. 2001), involved a claim for personal injuries filed by...

    Suing a Client over Disciplinary Complaints

    Recently, the Louisiana Supreme Court reprimanded an attorney for suing a client (his sister) because she repeatedly filed complaints against him and appealed when the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel determined that her complaints were baseless....