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Author Archives: Keith Lee

I run this joint. I like to write, talk, and think about law, professional development, technology, and whatever else floats my boat. I practice law in Birmingham, AL.

ABA Future of Legal Education Issues Its Draft Report

  So the ABA Task Force On The Future Of Legal Education released its draft report (PDF) today. They’ve spent the past year or so having meetings and discussing the problems facing the legal profession. Let’s look at their key conclusions: ...

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Book Review: Life After Law

This past week I received an advance review copy of Life After Law: Finding Work You Love With the J.D. You Have, by Liz Brown. Brown is a former litigation partner at a large international law firm.  She graduated from Harvard College ...

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Focus on Time, Not on Tasks

As I noted a couple of days ago, Forbes recently published a ridiculous listicle of tasks to complete every morning. Do this, do that, run down the checklist. I ridiculed it because (a) it was drop-dead obvious things to do ...

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Are You A Hunter Or A Farmer?

In David Maister’s book, Managing the Professional Firm, he makes an observation that most professional firms fall into two categories: Farmers and Hunters. Farmers: …like [farm] communities, these firms deliberate about what crops to sow, arrive at a (gutsy) decision, ...

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Historical Growth Rate of Lawyers in USA – Chart

As people seem to enjoy charts, here’s another one. What we have here is the number of lawyers in the United States (as per available data) contrasted with the population of the United States. While US population growth has been ...

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Book Review: Keeping It Civil

If you spend any time around lawyers, you’ll realize very quickly that they love to tell war stories. Every lawyer has them. It’s often a competition to see who can better the other. “I was in a depo and the ...

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