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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...

Embrace the Changes in Opportunities for New Lawyers in 2012 and Beyond

As I provide career consultations to young lawyers, from recent graduates to newly-minted partners, I am often asked if opportunities have changed since the onset of the economic recession in late 2007. The answer is an unqualified - yes. The practice of law might well have transitioned in this decade...

The Skills and Attitude You Need to Advance Your Legal Career

I recently had the opportunity of being asked to do a workshop in Boston through a Massachusetts State Bar Association affiliate. The topic was "Legal Skills and Attitude Needed to Advance Your Career." The group was comprised of displaced/unemployed lawyers, many in their 30s. The workshop...

The Danger of Doing Things Because You are Good at Them

Let me ask you a question: Should you aim to make a career out of doing things you're good at? "Why, sure," you say, "what else would I do?" It's Not that Easy This is a question I've struggled with for a long time ( see a three year detour into architecture...

12 Things I’d Do if I Were An Unemployed 3L

With all the gloom and doom reporting out lately ( only half of graduating law students can expect jobs ! and so forth), I've been thinking about what someone who's graduating from law school in a couple of months without a job offer can do, right now, to improve their prospects. I don't...

From Dusk to Dawn, Working as a New Lawyer

You hear the term "face time" used a lot in the context of law firm practice. This is, loosely, the notion that there is some value in showing your face around the office, even if you are not doing anything of substance. I don't believe in face time. (As a rule, I don't believe in anything...

Lawyers: Worth Their Weight In . . . Billable Time & Contingencies?

As a law firm attorney, I was keenly aware of the negative perception of self regulated billable hours and the ever increasing billable rate. I also know that non-lawyers gasp at the idea of leaving 1/3 of any recovery money on the table in a contingency (non-billable) case, too. I sympathize with these...

10 Things You Need to Know as You Start Your First Law Job

When you show up for work at a law firm, you realize pretty quickly that there's a lot to learn. Some things people will tell you, but there's a lot of stuff no one's going to tell you. Having been on both sides of the equation (as the one screwing things up, and the one getting annoyed...

Time Management Tips for New Attorneys and Associates. You CAN Do it All!

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Advice for the Care and Feeding of Young Lawyers (and Lawyers-to-be)

After writing a few pieces advising young lawyers how to start off on the right foot in their new jobs , it occurred to me that it might be helpful to look at the question from the other angle: If you're supervising a young lawyer (or a law student in a summer job), what can you do to help ensure...

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 with your needs; you choose your wants. The...