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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...

    Ethical Considerations in Obtaining New Clients

    Before accepting a client in a matter, the attorney must consider two major things. First and foremost is whether the attorney has a conflict of interest in representing the client, whether that conflict be real or potential. The second consideration...

    Initial Interview with a Potential Client

    The purpose of the client interview is to obtain as much information in respect to the situation presented by the client. A second purpose is to sell the attorney’s services. In order to convince the client to retain the attorney, it is necessary...

    Ethical Responsibilities to the Tribunal

    An attorney is required to zealously represent a client; however, this representation is limited by the requirement that such representation be within the bounds of the law. There is a moral component to that representation that is found in Rule 3.3 of...

    Keeping a Calendar

    Judges demand respect. Part of that is a demand that attorneys show up when they are supposed to, ready to proceed. Missed deadlines and missed appointments can result in adverse rulings against a client, sanctions against the attorney, and possible disciplinary...

    Negotiations and Settlements

    Whether an attorney is involved in a sale or a trial, negotiation is a vital part of the attorney’s duties. Before an attorney can negotiate a deal or a settlement for the client, it is important that he know the value of the client’s case...

    Engagement Letters

    When an attorney agrees to represent a client, it is in everyone’s best interests to get the fee agreement in writing. The agreement should cover the precise matter for which the attorney or firm is being retained, the fees to be charged, expenses...

    Checklist for Setting up a Law Office

    I. Obtaining Clients a. Determine what kind of clients to represent i. Small businesses ii. Family law iii. Personal injury iv. Collection work v. Insurance defense b. Solicit clients i. Advertising ii. Announcement letters ...

    Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Attorneys in Securities Transactions

    With the collapse of Enron and other major corporations, corporate governance and the individuals that contribute to the corporate governance framework have received significant public attention. "Investor confidence in the quality and integrity...

    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Issues in Real Estate Transactions

    Of all of the new realities in representing clients in real estate transactions, undoubtedly the least friendly is the new reality of the vastly increasing number of claims against attorneys based upon conflicts and violations of ethics or rules of professional...

    Ethics Considerations for the Environmental Lawyer

    Environmental practitioners confront various ethical issues of particular concern to them, and these arise for reasons ranging from substantive issues conflicts, to conflicts in multi-party CERCLA cases, to those inherent in a practice in multiple jurisdictions...

    The New Client?

    The call elicits instant chest swelling. It's a prospective client who has been treated very badly by one of my professional rivals at another firm. "I should have gone with my instincts and picked you in the first place," the caller intones...

    The Law of Fraud and Professional Obligation

    The law of fraud limits the legally acceptable conduct of lawyers and clients. If you or your client commit fraud, civil or criminal consequences could result. If you do so, you also face a third possibility: professional discipline. The Model Rules contain...

    THE EXPANDING ENTERPRISE: Too Good To Be True?

    I wonder if something is askew. My client's business plan seems too good to be true. My clients employees leave me uncomfortable. I am just not sure everything is on the up and up. Yet it is nothing I can put my finger on. And the fellow is paying...

    The Instrumental Lawyer and the Limits of the Law

    We have seen that the agency relationship between client and lawyer requires the 4 C fiduciary duties to assure that a lawyer acts subject to the client's control. At the same time, every agency relationship is subject to one limitation: neither the...

    Extrajudicial Statements: Lawyers' Ethical Obligations in Communicating with the Press

    In an era when attorneys have broad access to the media and the public has a seemingly insatiable appetite for information about high profile legal cases and cutting edge legal issues, an attorney's familiarity with the professional obligations of...