Professional Development

A Curmudgeon's Perspective

Experience Is the Best Teacher

By | Oct.01.15 | No Comments

When it was all over, I took a few days off. When I returned, the managing partner wanted to see me. I entered his office ready to be fired. It was the first big case …Continue reading »

Getting Ahead

How Does a Lawyer Find a Sponsor? 

By | Sep.15.15 | 1 Comment

Every lawyer can use a hand up, especially when it comes to navigating the unwritten rules of making partner or stepping into a leadership role. Sponsorship by someone with more seniority can make a difference in …Continue reading »

The Friday Five

How to Give Tough Feedback

By | Sep.04.15 | 1 Comment

I once worked with a midlevel manager who, when advised of someone’s shoddy work or bad behavior, would inevitably respond with a simple, “Okay, I’ll tell her.” And that was exactly what he would do: …Continue reading »

Body Language

Convert ‘Resting Bitch Face’ to ‘Neutral Alert’

By | Aug.10.15 | 2 Comments

Last week The New York Times brought the pop culture term and Internet meme “resting bitch face” (RBF) to the mainstream media with “I’m Not Mad. That’s Just My RBF.” Lots of discussion has ensued about …Continue reading »

Time For a Change?

Ways to Push Beyond Your Comfort Zone

By | May.07.15 | No Comments

You know the feeling. You aren’t unhappy, but you aren’t ecstatic. You don’t dread going to work, but you linger longer than usual on that second (or third) cup of coffee before you head to …Continue reading »

Ask the Experts

Can You Be a Better Boss?

By | Feb.25.15 | No Comments

Question: From a firm administrator’s perspective, what could a lawyer do to be a better boss? Sharon Abrahams: Lawyers are saddled with one of the most important jobs related to the supervision of their administrative staff: providing …Continue reading »


How to Know If a Conference Will Be Worth It

By | Feb.10.15 | 1 Comment

Contrary to what some social media pundits would say, conferences where people show up and interact in person have not gone away.  Not only are they around to stay, but most legal marketing pundits (including …Continue reading »

Talking Back, Part Two

How to Receive Feedback

By | Jan.07.15 | No Comments

Feedback is constructive information you can use to identify problems you need to correct and strengths you can build on. It can also give you new ideas that will revitalize your practice. But getting feedback, …Continue reading »

Talking Back

How to Ask for Feedback

By | Dec.18.14 | 2 Comments

If you’ve ever had someone say to you, “Come in here and shut the door,” because you “need some feedback” on that project you just finished, you may have an instant aversion to the word …Continue reading »

Curmudgeon's Perspective

Best Way to Deal with a Jerk?

By | Dec.16.14 | 6 Comments

The associate walked into my office clearly upset and asked if we could talk. She closed the door and let loose: “George is such an asshole! He makes my life miserable and now he’s given me a bad …Continue reading »