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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3 Steps To Owning Your Mistakes

  One of the great, unspoken realities of being a new lawyer that is never mentioned in law school is that you are going to screw up – badly. And then you’re going to have to explain it to your ...

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Memo To New Associates: Manage Your Own Career

  Recent law school graduates have been taking the bar exam. In a couple months, hopefully around 56.2% of them will have jobs. The below hypothetical memo is written from a senior partner to new associates of a firm. New Associates, ...

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