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Book Review: Point Made 2nd Edition

Book Review: Point Made 2nd Edition

I’m always looking for ways to improve my own writing – legal or otherwise. I think my writing is pretty good (I was number one in legal writing in my class for what it’s worth), but I know I have ...

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A Grain Of Salt To Go With The #ABATECHSHOW

A Grain Of Salt To Go With The #ABATECHSHOW

A couple weeks ago I needed to refer a client to a patent attorney. So the first thing I did was Google “patent attorney Birmingham Alabama” right? Hell no. I called up a long practicing attorney who I trusted and ...

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Client Service Is Not A “Frill”

Client Service Is Not A “Frill”

Law students and new lawyers are often concerned about what it takes to stand out and be successful as a lawyer. Law schools place a heavy emphasis on the technical aspects of being a lawyer. Critical thinking, analysis, drafting, etc. ...

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Disconnect to Recharge

Disconnect to Recharge

Sometimes you just have to walk away for awhile. I’ve been quiet here at Associate’s Mind for about a month. This usually happens around the holidays every year to a greater or lesser extent. Time away from work. Time with ...

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Conquering Small Talk Anxiety

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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Buying Convenience and Building Reputations

Buying Convenience and Building Reputations

There was a post on Harvard Business Review a few days ago titled When Marketing is Strategy. It discusses the shift in focus at many companies from “upstream” activities to “downstream” activities.   Which is true in many respects, but ...

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Book Review: Keeping It Civil

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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