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 […]
Ladies, Go Forth and be Bold
Women are said to take up less physical space than men – and therefore leave a more neutral or demure impression – in business meetings and other professional settings. This issue of taking up less space can be resolved, in part, by emulating our male counterparts. Specifically, sitting upright in our chairs, spreading out our […]
Fashionable Footwear for the Commuting Female Lawyer
Getting to and from your office in a put-together and professional condition is important, even if it is inconvenient. You never know who you will run into during your commute, and you want to look the part should you encounter that important someone.
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.
The Perils of Dressing While GLBTQ
Not everyone wants to wear a skirt, but everyone wants to look professional. Thoughts and tips on what to wear if you don't wear what everyone usually does.
Seven Summer Items Your Professional Wardrobe Cannot Do Without
In order to be a successful lawyer, among other things, you have to dress the part. Whether you routinely meet with clients, or step up in court, or sit behind a desk all day drafting, it’s a good idea to invest in a great suit or two every season. The good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look fresh and professional and put together.
Bow Ties — Not Just for Nerds
Bow ties aren't just for nerds and clowns. You too can effectively incorporate bow ties into your professional wardrobe in five easy steps.
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 […]
Getting to Ellen: Living and Litigating in Two Genders
Ellen Krug gave me a copy of her memoir, Getting to Ellen, after we had lunch on Monday, and I have barely put it down. It kept me up past 2 a.m. both of the last two nights. It is a very good book, and you should probably get a copy and stay up late reading it, too.
Suggested Rules for Picking Up the Lunch Tab
When two lawyers have lunch together: If there is a significant difference in the size of the firms to which each lawyer belongs, the lawyers from the larger company should pick up the bill. If one of the lawyers works for a nonprofit and the other does not, the lawyer from the for-profit firm should […]
Strategies for Vacationing as a Solo Attorney
OK, lets get this out of the way. You need to take vacation time. My personal opinion is that most lawyers need at least 4 weeks a year, preferably much more. What we do is damn stressful. So time away from the office grind is essential. It helps you refresh. It helps you reboot. It […]
Does Your Commute Have to Make You Miserable?
I recently transitioned from a 10 minute commute to a 35 minute commute. All of the research indicates that this switch should be making me desperately unhappy. So far, however, I am not miserable. Here’s why.
The One Shoe Every Lawyer Ought to Own
In light of yesterday’s post about not dressing like a pompous ass, I feel like it’s time to revisit my recurring topic of men’s dress. A while ago, someone asked me to write a post about the five shoes that every lawyer needs. But really, a lawyer needs only one style of shoe, which he ought […]
Dressing Like a Pompous … Don’t Be That Guy
I took a quick walk to the courthouse earlier this week. I was filing a motion, no need to go through security and I wasn’t going to see a judge, so I was in casual clothes. No suit. It was Monday morning, so the area around the courthouse was teeming with attorneys heading into trials […]
Someone Will Hate You. Congratulations — Now Deal with It
People will hate you as a lawyer. You need to deal with it and keep your reputation intact.