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Keeping Your Spring Fashion Frolic in Check

Loyal adherents to the professional dress code shudder at the arrival of warmer weather. Spring — especially that first 65-degree day — is the time when normally well-dressed lawyers are tempted to throw off their woolen suits and play hooky, at ...

Ryan Sullivan - April 7, 2014
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Ethics Watch: Alien Status and Bar Admission

What if you had completed all of the requirements to become an attorney admitted to practice law but, despite your best efforts to rectify the situation, were in the United States without a valid visa? That is exactly the question the Supreme ...

Megan Zavieh - February 24, 2014
Five Ways to Boost Your Personal Presence with Clients, Judges and Everyone Else

It’s a short list of skills that separate great performers from average performers. Confidence, also called personal presence, is one of those critical skills. Those who have it (or fake it well) usually succeed. Clients expect you to have ...

Caren Ulrich Stacy - January 31, 2014
Putting Clients at Ease: Body Language 101

Mae West once claimed, “I speak two languages, Body and English.” Double entendre aside, she had a point. Fluency in both speaking and understanding body language can take you far — both in your law practice and your life (although maybe not ...

Mary Ellen Sullivan - November 4, 2013
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The LLLT and the Power of Positive Thinking

There's something interesting going on out on the West Coast of the United States. It's called the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT), and you can thank the state of Washington for taking the first step in what could turn out to be a major ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - October 1, 2013
Is Your Professional Life Personally Fulfilling?

The degree to which individual lawyers fail to find professional life personally fulfilling can be a clear indicator of their level of risk of a malpractice claim or disciplinary complaint. So let’s go with that. Ask yourself these quick ...

Mark Bassingthwaighte - September 23, 2013
Five Ways to Be a Positive Professional

I tend to think of lawyers as "brain gladiators," given how we flex our mind-muscles for our clients on a daily basis. But frustration, negativity and the daily grind can bring even the best Russell Crowe look-like to tears. So how can you ...

Ryan Sullivan - January 25, 2013
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Dress for Excess

The other day, Oriella, one of the young legal secretaries, wore these sandal-type shoes with long leather straps wrapping up to mid-calf. I thought they looked pretty, and a little sexy, and remarked on them to one of the older partners. His ...

Otto Sorts - October 23, 2012
Pro Bono: It Pays to Be Good

Recently, New York became the first state to require that law students perform 50 hours of pro bono work before they can be admitted to the bar. Plenty of bloggers have already chimed in on whether this is a good or bad idea. There’s little that ...

Roy S. Ginsburg - October 15, 2012
Build Your Reputation While Helping Your Community

Let me guess—you don't have time to think about your reputation in your community, much less devote extra hours to volunteer activities. After all, you're already doing a lot for your community by doing what you do best—providing reliable legal ...

Noble McIntyre - August 17, 2012
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