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Career Planning For Associates

Career Planning For Associates

What, precisely, is going to make you special (or even more special) in the marketplace over the next few years? Would you like to develop a specialized expertise in a particular technical area, in certain types of transaction, in the ...

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How To Write a Legal Brief

How To Write a Legal Brief

A few years ago, a couple of law professors surveyed practicing lawyers and judges on the quality of legal writing from new lawyers. The results? More than 93% of the responding practicing attorneys and judges believed that the briefs and ...

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What Is Your Power Word For 2017? (Pay Attention)

It’s the beginning of a New Year. Which means you’re likely thinking about your past year and planning for the new one. You’re likely asking yourself a number of questions: What went right last year? What went wrong? How can ...

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What’s The Point Of Legal Blogging?

Last week, Carolyn Elefant, author of MyShingle, discussed her blogging anniversary. She’s been writing at MyShingle for 14 years, making it one of the longest running legal blogs. It’s definitely the longest running legal blog focused on solo practice. But in ...

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Holiday Party Small Talk

It’s that time of year again. The dreaded holiday party season. Lots of time with strangers and acquaintances you’re barely familiar with. That weird Ricky guy from HR. And you have to make small talk and interact with all of ...

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How To Break Things In A Law Firm

There is often a gap between the way things function and the way things ought to function. Law firms in particular are susceptible to this problem. Law firms are bastions of doing things “the way they’ve always been done.” This is because lawyers are ...

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Churchill’s 5 Elements Of Persuasive Speaking

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, famed British Prime Minister during World War II, was not only a noted statesman, but also a gifted student of oration and history. Churchill wrote numerous pieces on history, the English language, and how to develop the ...

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How To Delegate And Manage Staff For New Lawyers

If you’re a new associate at a law firm, more than likely you’ll also have staff. A paralegal or a legal assistant. There might be runners and clerks. As a lawyer, you’re above them in the hierarchy of things, even ...

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How To Build A Life Of Excellence (Part 4)

At the beginning of this series I introduced five core questions that can steer you towards high performance and self-management: What Are My Strengths? How Do I Work? What Are My Values? Where Do I Belong? What Can I Contribute? Learning your answers to these question ...

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