This post is primarily directed toward those of you who have been in practice for 3-5 years, though the general ideas may be useful for a broader spectrum. So, it’s summer, and you’ve decided that it’s time for you to move on from your current position. Popular wisdom suggests that summer is not a good […]
We cannot solve problems with the same level of consciousness that created them. — Albert Einstein This is one of my favorite quotes. It is, at least for me, a truism that I must change my perspective, my way of thinking, my approach to a problem before I can possibly solve the problem. Another great […]
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A lawyer dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter isn’t really sure what to do with the guy because they never get lawyers in heaven. So he makes a deal with him that they’ll let him spend a week in hell and then one in heaven and then decide where he’d like to spend eternity. […]
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Generally, when anyone discusses work/life balance in the context of lawyering, the assumption is that the focus is on the “life” part of the balance, because the “work” part comes with the turf. That’s usually quite true. But today, I’d like to examine the “work” part of the equation. “[The law] is a jealous mistress, […]
Although I’ve titled this as a new lawyer skill, it’s applicable to all of us. One of the challenges in creating work/life balance lies in the fact that it doesn’t just happen. It must be created. And, once created, it must be protected. Zealously. One of the fastest routes to balance is to block out […]
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I am party to some litigation right now. I am a client. Although my case is completely outside the scope of the practice I maintained in patent litigation, I am learning to appreciate what it means to be a client. Because these lessons would have served me very well when I was in practice, I […]
I was talking with someone recently about finding balance, and she had some interesting comments. In essence, she’s stressed out about meeting her responsibilities in the various areas of her life, and she feels guilt on top of that stress because she’s out of “balance.” Easy to understand, since we’re all supposed to be in […]
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