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Stop Trying to Be Happy, Lawyers

Being a happy lawyer doesn't mean you're a good lawyer. Sometimes, pessimistic attitudes and negativity are necessary to serve a client to the best of your ability.


What Did You Think and Learn this Year? What Are Your Goals for Next Year?

The new year is a great time to stop and reflect on what you thought and what you learned during the year gone by, and set goals for next year.


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.


Get a Pet, Keep Your Sanity

Pets are very good for your physical and mental health. They give you a reason to leave the office, go home, and be happy once you get there.


The Biggest Success-Killer for Litigators

The biggest success-killer for litigators is a default setting. Learn how to overcome it.

The Lawyering Brain and Raising Kids

Your lawyering brain makes it hard to be a good parent. (Remember, Atticus Finch is a fictional character.)

Preparing Your Office for Late Nights

You will eventually spend a late night at your office . But you can make the experience a lot more bearable by making sure your office is properly prepared.

The Time Trap: Going Solo Won’t Free Up Your Schedule

The most successful lawyers are also some of the hardest-working lawyers. If you don’t want to work hard, you are in the wrong profession.

Leaving Work at Work

What can the lunch-pailers teach lawyers about achieving work-life balance?

The Challenges of Being a Lawyer-Parent

What can “lawyer-parents” do to survive and (maybe, just maybe) thrive as both lawyers and parents? Here are some tips...

Tips for the Breastfeeding Lawyer

In belated honor of World Breastfeeding Week, here are some tips for the breastfeeding lawyer.

Keep Perspective When Entering Law School

Heading into law school is daunting and exhilarating. Keep perspective on what’s important to you to maximize your sanity and your academic success.

Work-Life Balance—Walking the Talk?

Work-life balance is something we all struggle for, but perfect work-life balance is a delusion.

Choose Living Over Lawyering

How and when to leave behind your fear, quit the law, leave law school and your law firm behind, and pursue your dreams of not being a lawyer.

Upgrade Your Law Practice

Make an objective review of your current practice and upgrade your law practice to one that is more profitable and better suited to you.