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Do You Need To Have A Red Team?

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Litigation can be a battle. You marshall your forces and attack the opposing party. But there is a long lead time from the filing of a lawsuit to the commencement of a trial. During that time you lay out your strategy. How ...

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How To Be An Effective Loser

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Scott Greenfield recently wrote a post about “Trigger Warnings:” Nobody makes it through life without someone or something offending them, no matter how tough they may be.  And nobody has the right (or the ability) to micromanage the world so that they never hear ...

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Overcoming Doubt

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I distinctly remember the first time I was hired by a new client. I was nervous as hell. To be perfectly honest, I felt like a fraud. I had done work for new clients before while I was an associate at ...

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What Makes Lawyers Happy?

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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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Worry a Lot

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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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Focus on Time, Not on Tasks

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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?

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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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