Law Ruler April 2024


Enjoy Yourself!

It’s the weekend and time to give in to a little fun. If you can’t get out because it’s still too snowy—or you blew through your entertainment budget last weekend—here’s a list of online places to chill you out, cheer you up or inspire you to try something new. (Caution: Some of these were responsible […]

Originally published February 18, 2011
Last updated April 10, 2018
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An Antidote to Filter Failure

Clay Shirky, Internet expert and author of Here Comes Everybody, says “It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure.” Enter Alltop, my personal favorite way to keep on top of everything that I need to be “expert” about. The Alltop folks say it is their purpose to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” How is that different from […]

Originally published February 17, 2011
Last updated May 5, 2018
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Take a Risk: Trust

Some of the best advice we've heard comes from "Resolutionary" Stewart Levine, who says we need to learn to trust ourselves, move on and stop worrying whether or not we've made a mistake. Even better, he says, learn to trust other people. The habit of untrusting can cause incalculable damage to yourself, your clients and those closest to you.

Originally published February 16, 2011
Last updated October 19, 2019
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Skype 101: The Basics

Depending who you ask, Skype is a socialist upstart, a Voice Over Internet Protocol service (VoIP), software that runs on everything or an opportunity to support client relationships at a distance. Actually, Skype is almost all of these—with a few tricks added. Lincoln Mead explains the basics of Skype.

Originally published February 15, 2011
Last updated June 1, 2020
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Civil Matters

As I entered my firm’s building the other day, I held the outer door open for several of our young attorneys. When a young woman then turned to hold the inside door open for us, one of the men made a bit of a scene (partly for my benefit, no doubt) by making her go […]

Originally published February 14, 2011
Last updated July 29, 2019
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The Best Thing to Do with Good Advice Is Pass It On

Take a peek behind the doors of Attorney at Work and you’ll see that an amazing group of “name” experts serve as our Advisors. Most of them are crazy busy all over the world. But, somehow, they make time to blog as part of their daily routine. This week's Friday Five links to some of the best stuff on their blogs and websites this week.

Originally published February 11, 2011
Last updated May 11, 2020
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Preparing for the Axe to Fall

You'd be surprised how often lawyers who've been laid off or fired express complete incredulity. Usually, the signals have been clear. But since no one wants to believe it can happen to them, they find themselves completely unprepared. Don't let that be you!

Originally published February 10, 2011
Last updated December 11, 2020
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Tapping Trends to Build New Business

Each year, we research and identify the current trends in the business of practicing law. Frequently, however, I’m reminded that seeing the trends is only the first step. The second is answering the important question, “What does it mean to me?” If you’re enterprising, the answer to that question could be the beginning of a successful new business strategy.

Originally published February 9, 2011
Last updated September 12, 2011
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Developing an Online Research Workflow: Third Step, Evernote

With so much information available online, how do you sort out what you want, and easily capture and retrieve it? This is the final installment in Tom Mighell's three-part series describing how he manages his personal workflow with a combination of Google Reader, Instapaper and Evernote. He knows what he's doing!

Originally published February 8, 2011
Last updated October 16, 2018
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Freelance Attorney: 5 Personal Characteristics for Success

Like any solo business, freelance lawyering requires hard work and determination.

Originally published February 7, 2011
Last updated May 14, 2021
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