The Gentleman Lawyer’s Guide to Facial Hair
Throughout history the beard has served as a sign of royalty, virility, and badassness in various cultures. A shorn beard used to be a sign of shame. Even today, many would argue that a proper beard makes a man more intimidating to his enemies. And since lawyering is about 90% mental, you should all listen […]
Making a List: The Conflicts Check
Checking for conflicts should be part of your intake process, because if you miss one, you could be subject to disqualification or even discipline.
Know Your Weaknesses
We look at how to evaluate your own weaknesses, and how the knowledge of those weaknesses can help you turn them into strengths.
Learning from Others
Instead of discussing iOS7 today, I wanted to share some lessons from people much smarter than me. Michael Dell, Thomas Edison, Oprah, and Warren Buffett all weigh in on values that can make you a better person, and a better lawyer.
MyCase Releases Quickbooks Integration; Rocket Matter Revamps Client Portal
We go hands on with the new MyCase Quickbooks integration and Rocket Matter's revamped client portal. We also look at what these changes say about the long term visions of these tow practice management software providers.
Learning Negotiation from an FBI Agent
Eric Barker, a contributor for Wired.co.uk and owner of the blog “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” sat down with Chris Voss to talk about negotiation. Normally that wouldn’t pique anyone’s interest, unless they knew that Chris Voss is a former member of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit, and the former lead international kidnapping negotiator. He […]
Starting a Law Firm is Just Like Skydiving
As I found myself leaving the comfort of a perfectly safe airplane, I realized I had felt this way once before: on my last day at my old job.
Billing All the Time
We've recently decided to bill all the time we spend on every case. Is it a good decision? We'll see.
Ethical Pitfalls for New Lawyers Webinar
On August 22, 2013 I will join a panel of much more experienced attorneys to discuss ethical pitfalls for new lawyers. The program is sponsored by the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the ABA Young Lawyers’ Division. This live webinar and teleconference will examine specific high-risk areas related to substantive competence, handling of client […]
Ohio Court Scrutinizes Law Profs’ 17-Year Divorce Battle
When Sharlene Boltz and Christo Lassiter aren’t teaching the next generation of lawyers, they are engaged in a legal battle of epic proportions. Boltz and Lassiter, both law professors, married in 1986. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer the couple divorced ten years later. With today’s high divorce rate, that isn’t much of a story. But […]
Some Thoughts on Client Expectations
In a recent article in The Young Lawyer, Deanne Koll argues that lawyers can be readily accessible to clients while maintaining a life. Of course they can. But is there any need to be as available as Koll suggests? She argues that it is OK to give out your cell phone number, as long as […]
Three Mistakes I Made This Year That I Won’t Make Again
I’ve made three mistakes over the last year. None of them were life-threatening, but they all provided valuable lessons, some in and some out of the courtroom.
Hacking Your Morning Routine
I see fellow members of the bar rush into court with their tie half undone and their notes in disarray on a regular basis. A regular enough basis that I assume others must be struggling to get everything done in the morning. So it is with fellow busy morning people in mind that I share this advice.
Workflows: The Productivity Tool We’ve Been Waiting For?
This week practice management provider MyCase rolled out its Workflow tool to users. Workflows allow users to create a template of recurring tasks and calendar entries and apply them to matters with one click, and create the same tasks and calendar entries whenever necessary in a new matter.
We All Need to Lean In
Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is not just a great read for women. It’s a must read for everyone. My girlfriend read it a month or so ago. Annoyingly, lending on the Kindle book is disabled, so I bought my own copy about ten days ago. I literally […]