Young Lawyer: Are You Really A Failure?

  By now I presume that everyone has read the op-ed in the New York Times by Case Western Reserve’s law school dean, Lawrence Mitchell, entitled “Is Law School Worth the Money?” In the op-ed Dean Mitchell makes the pitch that ...

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Genius v. Talent

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, quoted in the latest Scientific American Mind. Despite most lawyers healthy appreciation of their own intellect and prowess, very few actually qualify as ...

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Review: The Food Traveler’s Handbook

  A review of a food book? On a blawg? Wait for the connection. The Food Traveler’s Handbook is a guide for people traveling to far-flung corners of the globe and understand that there are real people, living real lives in these ...

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State of the (Alabama) Bar

  The Alabama State Bar just released the following report: Thirty-four percent of Fall 2011 new admittees who responded to a survey conducted by the Alabama State Bar indicated they graduated from law school with educational debt in the range ...

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Law is Complicated, Yo

  Want deep insight into what the younger generation thinks of laws? The deep and abiding knowledge they have? See this thread on Reddit: Lawyers of Reddit, What are Some Interesting Laws/Loopholes? There are nearly 10,000 posts, of which maybe ...

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The Marble and The Sculptor

Embrace it. I’m pleased to announce that I have signed a book deal with ABA Publishing. The book is focused on the transition from law school to law practice. It will be released Fall 2013.  The entire legal industry is in a ...

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Give Me The Hard Way

  Earlier this week I had a two hour drive, followed by a non-stop five hour deposition, followed by a two hour drive home. It was a long day. A grueling day to some extent. The type of day they ...

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Review: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

First off: God I hope this book becomes popular. It’s not perfect, but an entire generation needs to hear its message. I recently received a review copy of Cal Newport’s “So Good They Can’t Ignore You.” Newport achieved a cult ...

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The Power(lessness) of Attorney

  This past week I drafted my first power of attorney. For those unaware, a “power of attorney” is a written authorization to represent or act on another’s behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. The person authorizing ...

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