Professional Development


Be Careful Reading Fiction

Can Reading Fiction Help Lawyers Develop More Empathy?

By | May.07.18 | No Comments

A growing body of research suggests that reading fiction increases your capacity for empathy. The basic idea is that imagining the emotional world of fictional characters is good practice for empathizing with actual humans. (See …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Five Traits of Great Lawyers

By | Apr.20.18 | No Comments

What makes a great lawyer? Is it intelligence, good people skills, effective writing? Of course, we must have a certain level of intelligence and motivation, along with experience and opportunities. But the truth is, the …Continue reading »


The Essential Associate

A Young Lawyer’s Path to Prosperity: Build a Powerful Personal Brand

By | Apr.04.18 | No Comments

To borrow a phrase from Charles Dickens, for young lawyers in today’s legal market, it’s both the best of times and the worst of times. Worst of times because there’s no place to hide. Clients …Continue reading »


PRESENTATION SKILLS UPGRADE

Confidence Is Personal: Being a Better Public Speaker

By | Feb.12.18 | No Comments

“Why can’t I be more like [insert name of your favorite speaker]?” When lawyers ask this question, it usually means they’ve been on their feet in court or presenting to potential clients and it didn’t go …Continue reading »


Nothing But the Ruth!

What’s Your Theme Word for 2018? Looking Back and Looking Ahead

By | Dec.28.17 | No Comments

This time last year, many of us were anxious for 2016 to end. But instead of smooth sailing ahead, I feel like the universe started 2017 by saying, “Hold my beer” and it has spun …Continue reading »


Young Associates

For a Young Associate, Practice Makes Perfect

By | Nov.29.17 | No Comments

Across professions, there is a process to mastery. Hard work and perseverance don’t guarantee success, but it’s almost impossible to achieve success without them. This is particularly true in the legal profession, which is as …Continue reading »


The 29th Annual Trends Report

2017 What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession

By | Nov.27.17 | No Comments

Each year, Bob Denney’s big fourth quarter report on What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession keeps us on top of the most important business trends. Here’s an early look at the 2017 report before it is …Continue reading »


Winning and Losing

In Search of a Perfect Record: The Price of Trying to Be ‘The Best’

By | Nov.20.17 | No Comments

In the competitive world of law, it is not uncommon to feel (consciously or unconsciously) that failure is not an option. However, the quest for perfection is a double-edged sword. While striving toward it can …Continue reading »


Young Associates

Think Big, Act Small: The Cure for What Ails a Struggling Associate

By | Sep.20.17 | No Comments

When I was practicing law at a large firm, the associate annual review period was always an interesting time around the office. This may not be true at all firms, and perhaps there’s more frequent …Continue reading »


YOUNG ASSOCIATES

How to Generate ROI as a Young Lawyer

By | Aug.29.17 | No Comments

Your law firm cares about your personal and professional growth. But make no mistake, the law is a business — often a cutthroat one. Your firm has made a big investment in you in terms …Continue reading »