Professionalism

How to Avoid Lawyer Social Media Facepalms

Big social media faux pas are not uncommon these days. From politicians to airlines to big brands, no one seems immune to a misguided post that goes viral and is ultimately shared with the world. Lawyers, generally late-adopters, are just now ...

Dan Lear - May 13, 2016

Mixing Cocktails with Legal Advice: Don’t

I can appreciate a well-crafted cocktail. But when I am in a situation where such beverages are being served, I never get involved in a conversation about someone’s legal problems. And I strongly encourage you to do the same. Here's a short ...

Mark Bassingthwaighte - April 19, 2016

Like? Yikes!

Those of us who love language and value the ability to be well-spoken have every reason to feel, like, depressed. I fear we have lost the battle with mass culture regarding articulate speech. Witness the ...

Brian K. Johnson - March 1, 2016

Loss of Control? Four Solutions for Your Legal Business

A law practice in chaos is nearly every lawyer's biggest fear. (As if you needed to be told, right?) In the first post in his three-part series "Getting a Grip," Dustin Cole explained how a ...

Dustin Cole - January 14, 2016
dealing with burnout

What Exactly Is “The File”?

It is drilled into us during ethics classes, studying for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, and in continuing legal education courses: When a client requests it, you must hand over “the file.” But have you ever stopped to ...

Megan Zavieh - January 12, 2016
bar discipline

Recovery After Bar Discipline

Any lawyer who has been through the bar discipline process will tell you it was one of the most stressful, horrific experiences of their career. It truly is the low point. So you would think, having been through it once, they would do everything ...

Megan Zavieh - July 13, 2015
dealing with burnout

When the Privilege Waiver Is Unclear

In the attorney discipline business, privilege waiver is a central issue. When a client files a state bar complaint against his attorney, privilege is waived, subject to nuances. (Of course, isn’t everything in law subject to nuances?) What this ...

Megan Zavieh - June 11, 2015
client service

Caring for Clients: When a Lawyer Isn’t Enough

Clients bring issues to you every day that aren’t, strictly speaking, legal issues. Maybe your business client needs a new accountant because the last one got her sued. Or your litigation client is so distraught he can’t work with you (or anyone ...

Mary Lokensgard - June 2, 2015
Risk Management

Managing Risk: What If Your Assumptions Are Wrong?

Everyone makes assumptions. You might be surprised, though, at how many malpractice claims result merely from a lawyer working under a false assumption. Take the attorney who allows her workload to grow beyond a reasonable level — she might ...

Mark Bassingthwaighte - February 19, 2015
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 - January 26, 2015
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