Balance


Nothing But the Ruth!

Why Do Lawyers Do It? The Benefits of Running

By | Jun.10.13 | 1 Comment

I’ve always been athletic, but I didn’t become a runner until law school. Since then, I’ve participated in a handful of races, including four half marathons. Beyond helping me maintain my physique, there is something …Continue reading »


Nothing but the Ruth!

Is Work-Life Balance a Fraud?

By | May.08.13 | 5 Comments

In an interview earlier this year, Laurel Bellows, managing partner of her Chicago business and employment law firm and current president of the American Bar Association, was asked, “How do you do it? How do you do work-life …Continue reading »


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The Lonely Side of Solo Practice

By | Mar.05.13 | 6 Comments

Working for yourself is awesome. Working by yourself is awesome, too. You get to set your own hours, you can wear whatever you want—and you get to run your business your way. But no one …Continue reading »


holiday rewind: The best of Attorney at Work

Giving the Gift of Doing Good

By | Nov.22.12 | No Comments

For my birthday a friend had a tree planted in my honor in my home state of Ohio. (A tad amusingly, the friend’s last name happens to be Sycamore, but be that as it may….) …Continue reading »


LAWYERS SHOULD LEAD THE WAY

Be Younger Next Year

By | Nov.13.12 | No Comments

I wanted to be a lawyer even when I was a little kid, and I was right. I loved the practice. Absolutely loved it. Hell, I loved law school, which is weird. But after 25 …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Take Five for You

By | Nov.02.12 | 1 Comment

The life of a lawyer, especially a solo or small firm practitioner, is often stressful. Stress itself is not necessarily a bad thing. Our body’s reaction to stress actually helps us to meet the sudden …Continue reading »


Worried About a Colleague?

Delicate Conversations: Is It Depression?

By | Sep.24.12 | 1 Comment

It may be among the toughest conversations you ever have to initiate. But when you think a colleague is in trouble it is worse, for both your friend and the firm, to avoid the issue. …Continue reading »


Worried About a Colleague?

Delicate Conversations: If You Suspect Substance Abuse

By | Sep.12.12 | 2 Comments

It may be among the toughest conversations you ever have to initiate. But when you think a colleague is in trouble—experiencing difficulties with drugs and alcohol or spiraling into a seemingly intractable depression, for example—it …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Where the Sidewalk Ends

By | Jul.06.12 | No Comments

Shel Silverstein’s writing had a profound impact on me and my family. Thumbing through his classic Where the Sidewalk Ends recently brought back some nice memories, and then set me musing in another direction. My own …Continue reading »


Balance

How Do You Measure Success?

By | Jul.03.12 | 1 Comment

When I think about the stereotypical successful lawyer, I think of someone who wears designer suits and expensive jewelry, lives in a big house, drives a luxury car, has season tickets and always plays with …Continue reading »