Anticipating The Future Of Law

If you’re a lawyer who spends any amount of time online, you’ll soon discover that the “future of law” has become a cottage industry unto itself. There are professors, pundits, lawyers-turned-consultants, all peddling their version of the future of the ...

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What Makes Lawyers Happy?

Many law students and new lawyers are obsessed with things such as rank, grades, and law review. But (thanks to the Legal Skills Prof Blog) I recently came across an empirical research study on SSRN that shows that those things ...

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Tactical Skills To Improve Your Writing

It’s no secret that I am a fan (and friend) of Ross Guberman, author of Point Made: How To Write Like The Nation’s Top Advocates. As I state in my review, it is one of the best legal writing book ...

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Book Review: The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance

This past week, I was pleased to receive a copy of Kevin Underhill’s new book The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance: And Other Real Laws that Human Beings Actually Dreamed Up. I’ve been looking forward to reading it for some time as Lowering ...

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Everyone Is Suffering

This past week, a friend of mine committed suicide. It was not expected or anticipated in any way. If you had asked me to rank people on a scale of least likely to most likely to kill themselves, he would ...

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Worry a Lot

Good lawyers sometimes have trouble sleeping. They wake up in the middle of the night, their mind racked with some minute detail of a transaction. Thoughts swirling about the deposition tomorrow morning. Second guessing the discovery response they filed that ...

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Conquering Small Talk Anxiety

A couple weeks ago I had two separate new law grads email me asking about networking. I spent about 30 minutes or so talking on the phone with each of them. (Yes, I gave them my number and took time out of ...

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Allegory Of The Long Spoons

The following is a brief allegory, told from a Jewish perspective. Initially I heard it as a Buddhist lesson. I’m sure there are variations of the tale across many religions, it’s message so universal. Rabbi Haim of Romshishok was an ...

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