I didn't publish anything for two years until, suddently, I did. Looking back over the year, I can only do a perspective retrospective, because 2016 brought me back to my blog. And if there is one thing on my mind, it is this: why do we shrink from things? So many questions related to this phenomenon! … Continue reading Perspective Retrospective
One of the honors I’ve had this year is joining several of my fellow young lawyers for a “leadership academy” put on through the Massachusetts Bar Association. We all made our way out to Worcester this week, despite the frightening weather forecast, to listen to our distinguished speakers, and then meet each of them in … Continue reading Fear & Failure At The Leadership Academy
We lawyers are up against a lot of misconceptions. The law is boring. Lawyers are greedy. In my field, trial lawyers are filing "frivolous" lawsuits. Lawyers charge too much. Lawyers cause problems. Ouch. I recently spoke to a room full of people on personal branding, and what that means in the context of developing a … Continue reading Why Do Lawyers Have A Hard Time Being Themselves?
Wide-eyed, hopeful, a little bit scared, and with big dreams to change the world. That's how many of us enter law school. In short order, real life swoops in and your dreams begin to be eroded until they're a little bit more in line with "reality." If you're in law school, and feeling this way, … Continue reading Are All Lawyers Agents of Social Change?
I love teaching, because of how much I learn when I'm doing it. This was taken while presenting at the "Practicing With Professionalism" course at UMass School of Law in Dartmouth, Massachusetts last week. A packed room full of promising new attorneys.
WordPress provides bloggers a "daily prompt" in order to get people thinking about specific topics, or to provoke creative blog posts. Recently, the prompt was to describe your dream job. And it got me thinking about how we define dream jobs, and how we find dream jobs. In short, I am not sure we are … Continue reading On Dream Jobs And Reality
The flurry of communication every day is so overwhelming, I heard someone say that they needed to hire someone simply to manage their inbox. In the course of one day, he had accumulated hundreds of unread emails. It is crushing. Add to this the daily phone calls, both personal and professional, text messages from friends … Continue reading Phone calls, and emails, and texts….oh my.
New Orleans. Where do I even begin? These business trips to AAJ conventions are so full of education, networking, socializing and partying that when I finally get to the end of it, I look back at a whirlwind of events and have to work at teasing out the various things I’ve done and all the … Continue reading Travel, Food and Fun in February
When I get to work on a Monday or, even more frightening, on a Tuesday after a long weekend, there is generally a whole pile of work that needs to be dealt with, or lingering large projects that haven't been attended to for two or three days. I've developed a coping skill for those first moments … Continue reading Quick Tip: Productivity
Excellent performance at your job is what you expect will help you advance professionally. Partly, this is true. But modern society requires a whole bunch more if you want to become a respected and well-known expert in your field. Volunteer work in the community, pro bono cases, serving on committees and sitting on boards. Speaking … Continue reading In The Quest For Success: Choosing When To Say No