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

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. Law firm associates are not immune. In fact, a survey from ...

Jay Harrington - May 24, 2017

Marketing Goals for Associates?

Like most new associates, you know you should probably focus on marketing, but where? In this month's edition of "Ask the Experts from the Legal Marketing Association," Tina Emerson, Jim Jarrell and Ian Turvill answer the question, "As a law ...

The Editors - November 3, 2015
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Advice for Young Lawyers: Best Way to Deal With a Jerk

The associate walked into my office clearly upset and asked if we could talk. She closed the door and let loose: “George is such an asshole! He makes my life miserable and now he's given me a bad review!” She checked off the details of this ...

Otto Sorts - December 16, 2014
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You Will Be Bullied — Be Prepared!

It's probably a good thing that it happened to me right away. About two weeks into my legal career, I had my first encounter with a bully lawyer. I was working at the Chicago office of a large New York firm. My first day was Monday, September ...

Jay Harrington - December 10, 2014
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Tips for the Young Traveling Lawyer

Initially, it was just awkward. This stranger's butt was inches from my face. Undulating. Back and forth. I could hear the loose change in his front pocket clanking against itself. He was a large man, but not large enough to block my view of his ...

William Melater - March 11, 2013
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Put Down the Phone and Back Away Slowly

The National Technology and Data Association (NTDA), a Virginia-based nonprofit focused on technology-related economics, combined with support from the Data Transfer Registrar (DTR), a governmental database logging national data transfer rates ...

William Melater - January 8, 2013

Nurture Your Network for Success

We’ve all heard the adage: “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” In reality, of course, it’s both. You can’t be a successful lawyer, or any professional, without knowing both the who and the what. But the message behind the well-worn ...

Steven Taylor - December 5, 2012

Develop Your Professional Skills

When young attorneys begin their career, they get loads of information thrown at them, meet a lot of “very important” people and enter a lifestyle that’s extremely different from the one they lived in law school. It can be overwhelming. In this ...

Steven Taylor - November 29, 2012

Advice Every First-Year Should Know and Apply

“When I came out of law school,” recalls Scott Westfahl, director of professional development at Boston’s Goodwin Procter, "I was told ‘Keep your head down, do good solid work and you’ll be elevated into the partnership and build a client base. ...

Steven Taylor - November 19, 2012
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The Hand Is Mightier Than the Sword

Law school provides aspiring lawyers with a ton of information. For example, I learned about the Constitution and I learned how to panic. While studying for the bar, I learned about commercial paper and I learned that I cannot grow a full ...

William Melater - October 9, 2012

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