Professional Development

first-year associate

17 Things I Wish I Knew as a First-Year Associate

A family friend will be graduating from law school this spring and starting his career at a large law firm next fall. Asked to provide some advice, I started compiling tips and recommendations — things to do and not to do. As I considered my own ...

Jay Harrington - May 23, 2022
marketing your practice

Multiplicity: I Got It — There’s a Lot of Them

Teddy Snyder | So many syllables. So many other word choices.

Theda C. Snyder - May 10, 2022
big law

Take the Money and Run? Factors to Consider Before Accepting a Big Law Job Offer

Roy Ginsburg | Here are a few tips when considering a Big Law job offer that seems too good to be true.

Roy S. Ginsburg - May 3, 2022
ethos pathos and logos

Lessons From Aristotle: How to Write Persuasively and Build Your Personal Brand

Jay Harrington | Persuasive writing follows a path laid thousands of years ago by Aristotle, the original master of persuasion.

Jay Harrington - May 2, 2022
business writing

F-Bomb Your Way Into Better Business Writing

What if it sucks? What if a Senior Partner hates it? Is this the right word? Is it? Oh God, I don’t know if that’s the right word! WHAT WORDS ARE? WHO THEY WRITE STUFF!

Bull Garlington - April 27, 2022
outside interests

This Is Why You Should Never Give Up Outside Interests

Building a life outside the office is essential for sustaining a long, satisfying and successful career as a practicing lawyer.

Alyson Galusha - April 26, 2022
emotions and communications

Your Emotions Rule How Effectively You Communicate

Our emotions are dynamic, changing all the time, and these changes are amplified by pressure and stress at work. Ignoring how we feel isn’t reliable or sustainable — or effective, given the tendency for our emotions to “leak” into conversations ...

Chris Graham - April 18, 2022
marketing your practice

These Junk Phrases Could Undermine Your Credibility

Teddy Snyder | Your job is to persuade. Avoid condescending phrases that are more likely to repel the listener.

Theda C. Snyder - April 13, 2022
make clients happy

How to Make Clients Happy: 5 Simple Workplace Tips for Young Lawyers

The Friday Five | Life is complicated, but your relationships with your clients don’t have to be.

Joan Feldman - April 8, 2022
Harry Nelson Top Lawyers

Harry Nelson: How to Be a Top Lawyer in Your Field

Chere Estrin | The Nelson Hardiman founder, whose healthcare advocacy work has led to numerous awards, puts an emphasis on delivering the message clearly and succinctly.

Chere Estrin - April 6, 2022
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