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Shall I Compare Thee to a Summary Judgment?

It’s become an article of faith that lawyers are poor writers. That isn’t really fair. The problem is not with lawyers’ writing, I think; the problem lies with lawyers’ tendency to overwrite. Ask a lawyer for a tune and she’ll give you a ...

Jordan Furlong - July 13, 2011
T-Rex with open mouth Otto Sorts

What Did You Call Me?

“I told him right to his face what the deal was. And you know what? That lying scumbag now claims I told him something else! I’m gonna nail him, his client and his client’s mother, if that’s what it takes to teach him not to lie to me!” I ...

Otto Sorts - July 11, 2011

Five Reasons to Consider a Virtual Assistant

Law offices tend to be set up quite traditionally. Plenty of lawyers are still users of fax machines and their offices usually contain ancient beasts known as stenographs. It is no surprise that lawyers tend to hire traditionally as well. But ...

Erin Blaskie - July 7, 2011

How Do You Sound on the Phone?

While you probably don't give it much thought, the value of answering your phone properly can be enormous. On the other end of a ringing phone may be a potential client worth thousands of dollars or someone who may be able to refer many new ...

Carey Ransom - July 6, 2011

Handy Keyboard Tricks

One key to increasing your efficiency in Microsoft Word (in addition to letting Word fix your typos) is keeping your hands off the mouse as much as possible. To do that, though, you need to know a few handy shortcut keys so you can format as ...

Deborah Savadra - July 5, 2011

Today’s To-Do: Promote Self

When it comes to self-promotion, are you your own worst enemy? Sometimes you just have to get out of your own way and simplify your thinking about establishing a public voice and a presence—be it via the traditional media, social media or a ...

Jobst Elster - June 29, 2011

Hidden Treasure in Microsoft Outlook

Every morning, Outlook initializes with a trusty Microsoft registered trademark to greet you, and you go along merrily sending emails and calendar invites like a pro. There’s more to our steadfast friend Outlook than churning and burning emails ...

Jon Yelton - June 27, 2011

Summer Reading

Go on, you know you want to. Throw the mess on your desk into piles and head home early. Pour a nice tall cool one, put your feet up in a shady spot and take a bite out of your summer reading list. Don't have a list? That's what we're here for. ...

The Editors - June 24, 2011
T-Rex with open mouth Otto Sorts

Fear of Phoning

When I was an associate, the most prominent item on my desk was a big, black, ugly toad that sat on the front corner and stared at me expectantly all day, every day. Occasionally it would ring and I would be jerked from the safe haven of legal ...

Otto Sorts - June 23, 2011

Seven Principles for Smart Decisions

On the legal gossip sites, we can watch careers—and entire firms—rise and fall and wonder, "What in the world were they thinking?" In his new book, Tough Calls from the Corner Office, Harlan Steinbaum asks just this question to ...

Harlan Steinbaum - June 22, 2011