Professional Development


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 »


SHOULD YOU GO?

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 »


Resigned to Being in the Rut?

By | Sep.29.14 | No Comments

Lawyers can easily find themselves, very early in their careers, in a predicament of epic proportions. It happens when you don’t know what to do next, and end up in a rut — a long, deep track …Continue reading »


Back to Basics

How to Master Your Fear of Speaking

By | Sep.04.14 | 1 Comment

Yes, we can hear the jokes now. A lawyer who is afraid to speak is like a vegan at a steakhouse — not only rare (no pun intended) but also a bit laughable. But wait. …Continue reading »


Fake It 'Til You Make It

Tips to Boost Your Confidence

By | Aug.06.14 | 1 Comment

When teaching speaking skills to lawyers, the first question is why participants are there. What do they want out of the session? The most common answer is they want to feel more confident. They want …Continue reading »


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 difficult to get …Continue reading »


Associate Development

Junior Lawyers: Like Training Pigeons

By | Jun.17.14 | 3 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 mechanisms, and then we basically just leave …Continue reading »