LegalKin: A Marketplace for Temporary Help for Solos and Small Firms
Legal marketplaces are proliferating based, I suppose, on a few ideas about the practice of law and the needs of solo and small-firm lawyers: Solo and small-firm lawyers frequently need help with “overflow” tasks They don’t already know where to go for help with those tasks. Or if they do know where to go for […]
How to Build a Law Practice Incubator
Kim Lowe, a shareholder at Fredrickson & Byron, has been thinking a lot about what an “incubator” — sort of a Y Combinator — for new lawyers would look like.
Out of Work? How to Prepare for the 2016 Job Surplus
Besides relentlessly applying for jobs, there are some things you could be doing to improve your chances of future employment, as the legal job market starts to improve
How to Start a Freelance Law Practice
The cornerstone of freelance work is flexibility and control — freelance attorneys have the freedom to focus on work that interests them and to complete assignments within their own schedules and availability.
Get a Better Job: When and How to Pursue an Alternative Career
Pursuing an alternative career can be worth the (considerable) effort, but before you quit, take a deep breath and make sure you aren’t miserable for more-easily-fixed reasons.
Retiring into a Bright Sadness
This article was originally published in the September 2013 issue of the NW Lawyer, the bar journal for the Washington State Bar Association. — Ed. I was tired after 40 years of practicing law. It was time for a new road map: more music with the band, flannel shirts, bike riding, road trips, grandparenting, storytelling, teepee lodging, […]
Can the ABA Fix Legal Education? (Part 2 of 2)
Last week, I discussed the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education’s Draft Report. The report took a hard look at some of the challenges facing the profession, but did so through a lens of insisting that our education problems are unique to our profession. This week, let’s look at some of the specifics of […]
Law Firm Culture for Laterals
“Culture” is a complex and potentially-challenging puzzle. More importantly, it will dictate the level of satisfaction and enjoyment you will find at a firm. Fail to take culture seriously, and you will be looking for a job again, and quickly. But if you take it seriously, you will go a long way towards securing a more stable home.
Brian Keller: The Nuts & Bolts of Appellate Practice
Do you have what it takes to thrive in appellate law? Veteran brief-writer Brian Keller gives us the nuts and bolts, from writing to oral argument, expanding on last week's Q&A covering the specialized world of appellate practice.
Lessons Learned Going from Government to BigLaw to Solo Practice
Starting a law firm after 13 years of practice in government and at a law firm is a very different proposition than going solo soon after law school. Chris Hill made it work. Here’s how, and what he learned.
We have talked about the problems with bar associations, wondered whether they are still useful, and suggested ways for them to stay relevant. This is one bar association president's answer.
Brian Keller: Mathematician of Appellate Law
Meet Brian Keller, the lawyerly equivalent to a mathematician scribbling proofs with chalk on a blackboard. Keller gives us a comprehensive look into the world of appellate law and practice. Serious writers need only apply.
How To Determine If Your Law Practice Is Worth Anything
Is your law practice worth anything? Only practice areas with certain features are likely to yield future revenue when sold. These are the practices that lawyers should consider selling and other lawyers should consider buying.
Eric Johnson’s Undeniable Divorce Lawyering Style
This Q&A with Salt Lake City lawyer Eric Johnson reads like a mini-masterclass in how to comport yourself as a divorce and family lawyer. Get on it.
Clients Don’t Care if You Are “Virtual”
Technology is really cool and gives us awesome shiny things like iPads and robot vacuum cleaners. But technology is a means, not an end. It can help you serve your clients better, but it cannot make you a better lawyer. And just because something is high-tech, that does not mean clients will pay for it.