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The Friday Five

Was Law School Worth It? Part 2

By | May.08.15 | 0 Comments

Friday 5

There’s no shortage of advice on whether or not anyone should attend law school. In most discussions, the prominent concern is money. Is the cost of law school worth the Juris Doctor? Is the initial debt worth the eventual (and increasingly unlikely) partner payday?

In last week’s Friday Five, Annie Little asked five high-profile lawyers this” “Let’s say that you could return your law degree and get your money back. Would you?” Today, in Part 2, we hear from five more smart lawyers: Susan Cartier Liebel, Michelle Wodynski, Casey Berman, Liz Brown and Marc Luber. … READ THE REST

Time For a Change?

Ways to Push Beyond Your Comfort Zone

By | May.07.15 | 0 Comments

In a rut?

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 the office. You wouldn’t say you are bored, but something is definitely off. Your instincts tell you to shake things up and get out of this rut.

Expand Your Comfort Zone: Steps for Change. We are all, to some extent, creatures of habit, but sometimes habit is the thing that’s weighing you down. … READ THE REST


Online Marketing

What You Need to Know to Get Clients Online

By | May.06.15 | 0 Comments

Online Marketing

It’s 2015, and consumers aren’t just wading through the Internet anymore. They are swimming through information that can form their purchase decisions in an instant. If your firm doesn’t acquire quality leads through the use of online marketing, pay-per-click advertising and SEO, you’re effectively handing cases to your web-savvy competitors.

The Zero Moment of Truth. When consumers shop for a lawyer, they almost always start by searching online. This moment has been labeled by Google as the “ZMOT,” or “Zero Moment Of Truth.” More specifically, Google says ZMOT is “that precise moment when (a consumer) has a need, intent or question they want answered online.” … READ THE REST


You, On Social Media

Assess Your Online Image

By | May.05.15 | 0 Comments

You On Social Media

If you want to find out what social media and can really do for you in the professional world, it’s time to pause and consider who the world sees when it looks at you through the online lens. Pull up the search window at Google.com. Type in your name, surround it with quotation marks and hit Enter. (Run the search twice if you use different versions of your name — say, with a middle or maiden name.) And there you are. That’s how you look to a stranger seeking information about you.

What kind of impression do you make? … READ THE REST


Four Brain Games

Be Smart, Take Breaks for Peak Performance

By | May.04.15 | 0 Comments

Brain Power

The mind is not a marathon runner. It’s a sprinter. When you push it too long, decision fatigue sets in and performance suffers. Filling the mental energy tank back up is easy. Just take a break.

Think of it this way: The mind is a product of the brain. The brain is an organ. Organs need rest and nutrition to perform at peak levels. As straightforward as this seems, we persist in believing that working longer and harder produces the highest performance. The reality is that success — of any kind — comes from working better and faster.

The first step to better and faster is … READ THE REST


The Friday Five

Was Law School Worth It?

By | May.01.15 | 2 Comments

Friday 5

There’s no shortage of advice on whether or not anyone should attend law school. In most discussions, the prominent concern is money. Is the cost of law school worth the Juris Doctor? Is the initial debt worth the eventual (and increasingly unlikely) partner payday?

But after the money has been spent and the hard-earned JD hangs on your wall, the notion of monetary value becomes somewhat irrelevant. After all, it’s not like you can go back to your alma mater and obtain a refund.

Read accounts from five lawyers — practicing and non-practicing alike. Some who have no regrets about getting a law degree, and others who aren’t so sure they’d do it again if given the chance. READ THE REST