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The Cost of Switching Law Firms

If you are a partner considering a move to another firm, you probably have two main reasons. The first almost always involves money. The second usually concerns personality factors or firm culture. That’s shorthand for “I’m ...

Roy S. Ginsburg - June 6, 2011
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Say What?

I got an email from one of the younger partners the other day and, frankly, I couldn’t figure it out: “snicker77: why not? @fiddle @sweaterneck @sideways = Curmudgeon?” Upon investigation, I learned that he had pasted a “tweet” into ...

Otto Sorts - June 2, 2011
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Don’t Touch That Typo!

Want to know the single fastest way to speed up your typing? Stop manually correcting your typos as you’re writing. Just stop doing it! Correcting as you type is a surefire way to slow yourself down. It’s a classic illustration of you working ...

Vivian Manning - June 1, 2011

Graduation Season Survival Kit

Spring is time for new beginnings and sweet endings. If you’re not choosing a wedding gift for a June bride, you’re writing a check for a graduating nephew or two. There’s just something about this time of year that fills us with a sense of ...

The Editors - May 27, 2011

Write a Better Job Description

When you make a bad hiring decision, it is usually because you don't really know what you are looking for. So, what can you do to make sure the interview accurately reflects the nature of job and reveals the candidate’s suitability?

Wendy Werner - May 25, 2011

Revive Your Law School Study Group

Today’s idea, especially for small-firm lawyers, is this: revive your law school study groups. Not literally—your original classmates have long since moved on to other practices and careers. But set up a private study group with between five and ...

Jordan Furlong - May 23, 2011

Music to Your Ears

Could you stand to add little more melody to your daily life? Well, if you aren’t already taking advantage of the very wide world of Internet music to modulate your mood and power your productivity, then it’s time you learned a few dance ...

The Editors - May 20, 2011
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How Is Your Image?

Quick: Who’s the top personal injury lawyer in your town? Criminal defense? The high-profile lawyers who spring to mind have developed an image, or personal brand if you will, to connect their name to their practice in the mind of the public. ...

Theda C. Snyder - May 16, 2011

Feeling a Little List-less?

It’s Friday! If you’re anything like us, you have a long list of must-do’s and want-to-do’s for the coming weekend. Before you ease on out the office door and start checking things off that list, take a peek at this ...

The Editors - May 13, 2011

It’s Not Just the Economy, Stupid!

What a strange time to be a lawyer, and worse yet, to be in law school. I suspect that many law students are beginning to feel they are earning a degree in sheepherding, or buggy whip manufacturing. It’s not just the economy. That would be ...

Bruce W. Marcus - May 12, 2011