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Truth About Going to Law School: Where’s the Value?

By | Jun.07.16 | 1 Comment

This summer, as graduates prepare for their next steps — whether they’re heading off to law school, or studying for the bar then starting a new job — it’s likely you know someone (maybe you?) who’s …Continue reading »


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Build It! The New Associate’s Guide to Business Development

By | Feb.12.16 | No Comments

Big firm or small, trials or deals, there’s a single question the partners ask about young associates: “Is she a keeper?” And, while legal skills certainly count, we all know what ultimately swings the pendulum on …Continue reading »


One of a Kind

Intrapreneurship: The Junior Associate Path to Business Development Success

By | Jan.28.16 | 2 Comments

It’s widely accepted that law schools don’t do a very good job — or in many cases don’t do anything at all — to teach law students how to develop business. Many commentators lament this failure, criticizing …Continue reading »


Career Power

New to Your Firm: Overcoming Performance Anxiety

By | Dec.15.15 | 3 Comments

The interviews and the wining and dining are behind you. You’ve accepted the position and joined your new law firm. You’re excited by the opportunity, but you worry about your initial performance. You promoted your skills, experience …Continue reading »


Adventurist's Guide

Strategies to Survive the Office Holiday Party

By | Dec.10.15 | No Comments

As an outdoor adventurist and professional mountain climber, I’ve faced my share of life-or-death situations — all the way from the tundra of Denali Park to the summit of Mt. Everest. But as frightening as …Continue reading »


Ask the Experts

Marketing Goals for Associates?

By | Nov.03.15 | 1 Comment

Question: As a law firm associate, what should be my most important marketing and business development goals?   Tina Emerson: Your goals as an associate should be to learn as much as possible, perform great work for …Continue reading »


A Curmudgeon's Perspective

Experience Is the Best Teacher

By | Oct.01.15 | No Comments

When it was all over, I took a few days off. When I returned, the managing partner wanted to see me. I entered his office ready to be fired. It was the first big case …Continue reading »


Getting Ahead

How Does a Lawyer Find a Sponsor? 

By | Sep.15.15 | 1 Comment

Every lawyer can use a hand up, especially when it comes to navigating the unwritten rules of making partner or stepping into a leadership role. Sponsorship by someone with more seniority can make a difference in …Continue reading »


Easy as 1-2-3

The 1 Ultimate Answer to Tough Questions

By | Jul.27.15 | No Comments

I still remember my first day in torts class. Old man river, my respectable professor, called on me to analyze an opinion from some archaic case. “Ms. (unfortunately easy-to-pronounce maiden name), is this paragraph law …Continue reading »


Law Practice Skills

It Takes Two: Competence and Confidence

By | Jun.18.15 | No Comments

The joke goes that some lawyers lack both competence and confidence; call them newbies. Some lawyers have competence, but lack confidence. Some lawyers are competent and have the confidence to let others know about it. …Continue reading »