I was recently texting with a friend about productivity and work. She brought up the fact that she's avoiding telling herself the "I'm so overwhelmed" story. There is too much to do, so let's not do anything at all. "I'm so overwhelmed, I don't know where to begin." How many times have I found myself stuck … Continue reading Falling Down The Habits Hole
Lawyers have fun. No, really, we do. Especially litigators. Annual Meehan, Boyle holiday party, complete with speeches and a remixed Christmas classic, sung by our staff: The trimmed tree: And finally, my vegan cookies, made especially for the Young Lawyers' Division Annual Cookie Swap. Here are mine (recipe at: http://ohsheglows.com/2014/10/07/pumpkin-oatmeal-anytime-squares-vegan-gluten-free-oil-free/); admittedly, a little outside the … Continue reading Christmas @ Law
This lawyer (and her beau) adopted a rescue dog. She had a tough start to her life, and spent three long days on a bus from Texas to be delivered into our loving arms. When we discussed naming our new pup, many of my legal idols were considered. And since Ruth Bader Ginsburg was way … Continue reading Harper Lee & The Lawyer’s Dog
Hello, 30’s! Holy mother. At no other point in my life have more changes swept over me faster than in the last several years. I let go of a lot of things, I gained a lot more. And I’m seeking again (hopefully not in vain) for that ever-elusive balance that brings me close to equilibrium … Continue reading Why I Went Dark, And Why I’m Back
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.
Companies are afraid to litigate, that's who. They're afraid to litigate against you. I'm fairly certain you think the opposite is true, that companies are ready to meet their opponents openly and fairly in our court system. Untrue. Because you, potential plaintiff, by being a citizen of the United States, have a great many rights … Continue reading Who’s Afraid to Litigate?
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