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Professionalism

Frightful Habits That Can Harm Your Reputation

A few common mistakes can hurt your reputation and diminish your ability to influence others. Here are simple steps to correct course.

Stacey Hanke - October 31, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth by Ruth Carter

Non-Binary Lawyering: What’s Courtroom Attire?

You may not realize how much of everyday life is focused on, or divided by, the idea that there are only two genders. This makes my life complicated.

Ruth Carter - August 9, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

Sweeping Change Is Needed to the Model Rules (and It Is Not Scary)

It is time for a major revamp of how we govern our profession from an ethics perspective. Although that sounds dramatic — and possibly terrifying — there is absolutely nothing scary about this idea.

Megan Zavieh - May 10, 2018
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Does Email Tracking Violate the Rules of Professional Conduct?

Ask the Experts at 2Civility.org: "I have heard of email tracking software, often used by marketing companies to monitor email traffic. While this would be helpful in my practice at times, are there ethics considerations to ...

Mark C. Palmer - April 17, 2018
kindness tenderness

Try a Little Tenderness

Seven years ago this month, Attorney at Work was born — unfurling the prospect of hundreds and hundreds of daily posts on law practice management issues of every variety. It was early days and the list of contributors was small. As the editors, ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - December 22, 2017

Law Firm’s Guide to a Low-Risk Holiday Party

I know, I know — another cautionary tale about law firm holiday parties. We all know the drill: Have fun, but not too much. Keep in mind the party — whether it includes staff, spouses, clients or referents — is a professional work event. ...

Link Christin - November 28, 2017
judges and social media

Can Lawyers and Judges Be Social Media Friends?

Question: "One of my longtime social and professional friends was appointed this year as our newest local judge. We have been social media friends for years. I haven’t appeared before her yet, but expect I will at some ...

Mark C. Palmer - October 24, 2017

Tips for the Well-Dressed (Male) Lawyer

Every new parent knows there are far more clothing options for baby girls than for baby boys. While selections have improved, it can still be a struggle to find outfits for the little gents that aren’t emblazoned with footballs or baseballs, or ...

Ryan Sullivan - August 22, 2017
law blog

The Right Way to Start a Law Blog?

Question: "I’ve been bringing our law firm into the 21st century by tweeting and posting on our Facebook page about recent legal news and opinions. While I’ve shared a lot of content, I thought it was about time to start ...

Mark C. Palmer - July 11, 2017
control

Loss of Control: Lawyers’ Greatest Fear

When lawyers are surveyed about what keeps them awake at night, the top issue is almost always a feeling that their offices or cases are out of control. It’s not just a fear. In my experience, for far too many lawyers, it’s a true state of ...

Dustin Cole - May 29, 2017