Professionalism

law firm holiday party

Law Firm’s Guide to a Low-Risk Holiday Party

I know, I know — another cautionary tale about law firm holiday parties. We all know the drill: Have fun, but not too much. Keep in mind the party — whether it includes staff, spouses, clients or referents — is a professional work event. ...

Link Christin - November 28, 2022
opposing counsel

Shutting Down Uncivil Opposing Counsel

It's been said (often) that lawyers were genteel, professional and respectful of their colleagues in the past. But the last few decades haven't been good ones for the profession on that front. Intimidation, shabby lawyering, "over-papering" and ...

Quinn Clancy - October 28, 2022
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Tips for the Well-Dressed (Male) Lawyer

Every new parent knows there are far more clothing options for baby girls than for baby boys. While selections have improved, it can still be a struggle to find outfits for the little gents that aren’t emblazoned with footballs or baseballs, or ...

Ryan Sullivan - October 22, 2022
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Snap a Winning Headshot: Prepare to Show Your Professionalism

These days, potential clients are going to look you up online before they ever meet you. They want to see who you are, what you’ve done and where you earned your law degree. The headshot you’re using on your website and on social media speaks ...

Clinton Brandhagen - October 12, 2022
lawyer notes

Keeping Better Lawyer Notes

Yellow legal pads, containing what at least to a casual observer might seem unintelligible scribbles, abound in most lawyers' offices. Of course, good legal business practice dictates that we take copious and clear notes to identify work we have ...

Megan Zavieh - September 30, 2022
business of law

Succeeding in the Business of Law: 5 Rules Every Lawyer Should Live By

Veteran trial lawyer Robert Katzberg, author of the new book "The Vanishing Trial," on the key to achieving success and happiness in the business of law today.

Robert Katzberg - September 23, 2022
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Leaving Your Firm? Aim for a Joint Notice to Clients

Mark C. Palmer | Q: "I’ve accepted an offer to lateral to another firm. I’ll be continuing in the same practice area and locale, so I hope to keep some of my clients, current and past. While I’ve watched my colleagues make similar moves, I’m ...

Mark C. Palmer - June 30, 2022
linkedin profile update

LinkedIn Profile Update: How to Stand Out in 4 Simple, Achievable Steps

Tea Hoffmann: Here's how to conduct a step-by-step LinkedIn profile update — because when your business is running on virtual connections, a stale profile isn’t going to cut it.

Tea Hoffmann - June 26, 2022
lawyer texting

Ethics Reminders for Lawyers Texting Clients

Mark C. Palmer | Q: "Now that I’ve opened the floodgates by giving my cell number to clients, what ethics pitfalls might come from texting clients?"

Mark C. Palmer - June 23, 2022
legal chatbots

Ethical Considerations of Legal Chatbots

Ask the Experts at 2Civility.org | After updating our website last year, we increased customer contacts almost threefold! Now, we’ve realized we need to better automate our “front door” interactions with potential clients. What ethical ...

Mark C. Palmer - June 22, 2022
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