Professional Development


Nine Ways to Enhance Your Online Job Application

By | Jul.16.14 | 1 Comment

The wait to hear about an online job application is often too long, and the process is often discouraging.  If you don’t have a personal connection to the employer, it will be d[...]

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Associate Development

Junior Lawyers: Like Training Pigeons

By | Jun.17.14 | No Comments

One of the striking things about law practice is our “sink-or-swim” mentality when it comes to junior associates. They do their law studies, we recruit them through various mec[...]

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To Err Is Human — To Admit It, Divine

By | May.14.14 | No Comments

It was my worst nightmare as a young lawyer. I had spent hours and hours cite checking a brief, only to have a more senior colleague say, “Shari, these citations are all wrong[...]

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17 Things I Wish I Knew as a First-Year Associate

By | Mar.11.14 | 2 Comments

A family friend will be graduating from law school this spring and starting his career at a large law firm next fall. Asked to provide some advice, I started compiling tips and rec[...]

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Nothing But the Ruth!

Lawyers and CLE Courses: What Are You Really Doing?

By | Mar.10.14 | No Comments

As I looked out at the audience while teaching a CLE course recently, I started to wonder how many of them were there because they were interested in the material or because they j[...]

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The Friday Five

Five Ways to Boost Your Presence (and Confidence) with Clients, Judges and Everyone Else

By | Jan.31.14 | 1 Comment

It's a short list of skills that separate great performers from average performers. Confidence, also called presence, is one of those critical skills. Those who have it (or fake it[...]

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