Professional Development


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 | 1 Comment

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 »


Public Speaking

Need a Confidence Boost? Try This Before You Speak

By | Aug.23.17 | 1 Comment

When teaching speaking skills to lawyers, the first question is why participants are there. What do they want out of the session? The most common answer is they want to feel more confident. They want …Continue reading »


Comedy in the Courtroom

How Learning Improv Gives Lawyers an Edge

By | Jul.06.17 | 2 Comments

Paul Farahvar on stage at the Laugh Factory. (Photo courtesy of Paul Farahvar.) There are places where you can tell a joke and places where you definitely shouldn’t. Generally, the courtroom is not the first choice …Continue reading »


Managing Uncertainty

Seven Business Lessons for Lawyers from Improv Comedy

By | Jul.06.17 | No Comments

Good improv comics have an ability to walk onto a stage and connect with an audience effortlessly. It may seem like this is because of their innate acting talent, but that’s only part of it. …Continue reading »


New Associates

Three Tips to Overcome Impostor Syndrome as a Young Associate

By | Jun.27.17 | 1 Comment

Athletes often discuss the fact that each time they advance to the next level the game “speeds up.” The leap from high school to college ball is a significant one. Players are bigger, faster and …Continue reading »


New 'start fast' Associates Column

Path to a Successful Legal Career: Learn to Love the Process

By | May.24.17 | 2 Comments

A great deal has been said and written about the epidemic of the unhappy lawyer. Surveys suggest that career dissatisfaction among lawyers, and even rates of depression, are on the rise. According to research published …Continue reading »


Get It Done

Believing in Your ‘Why’ Can Lead to Joy

By | Mar.22.17 | No Comments

“If you want to seize an opportunity, you must take risk. If you want to grow, you must make mistakes. If you want to reach your potential, you will have to take chances. If you …Continue reading »


One of a Kind

To Build Your Personal Brand, You Must First Embrace Discomfort

By | Mar.14.17 | 1 Comment

Early in my career, I received contradictory advice about how to grow and advance in a large firm. The first school of thought suggested that I should keep my head down and just focus on …Continue reading »


TALKIN' 'BOUT MY GENERATION

Your Boomer Retirement Problem Won’t Just Fade Away

By | Feb.28.17 | 1 Comment

When we talk about generational issues — and we do that frequently — we tend to focus on millennials. That’s only natural because we depend on them to carry law firms into the future. But …Continue reading »