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Lawyers Must Focus on Their New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Readers- Happy 2016 to you all!  I hope that your holidays were filled with much laughter, joy and memorable times with family and friends.  As we are well into January and celebrating Martin Luther King Day this week, it is a good time for us to reflect on our wishes and goals for the year. New Year's resolutions are top of mind, and we should all think about where we are headed in 2016.  In January 2012, I began writing my monthly column "Paradigm Shift" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and my first installment, which originally published on January 10, 2012, focused on New Year's resolutions.…

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Bari Burke

Sisters-in-Law/Then and Now—“Can I Be a Lawyer?” - Advice in Historical Newspapers

“Can I Be a Lawyer?”:   Advice in Historical Newspapers “I would like to know if there is still any very strong prejudice against the woman lawyer?  Is she at a great disadvantage?  Could I expect the sort of future my brother, were he to follow the law, would have a right to expect?”      B.F.L., a high school girl, to Miss Jessie Roberts, “The Girl’s Job:  Can I Be A Lawyer?” Idaho Statesman 1/27/1917 *        *        *        *        *        *        * During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, newspapers contained an abundance of…

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Why You Should (Or Should Not) Start Your Own Law Practice

For my inaugural post, it seems fitting to begin with the most important question you should ask yourself before starting your own practice: “Why am I doing this?” Starting your own practice or firm has many advantages: independence, control over your focus, and flexibility to name a few.  It can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life but if you’re doing it for the wrong reasons, you will be miserable. This question will come up constantly —in your business plan, in conversations with potential clients, and with other attorneys.  It will also be the deciding factor…

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fmjay-2nYR

Finding Inspiration in the New Year

Dear Readers: I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season. It is hard to believe that the end of 2015 is upon us, and the New Year is just around the corner. As we finish year-end client work and administrative responsibilities over the next couple of weeks, it is a great time for us to take a step back and reflect on all that we have accomplished this year, and what we have left unfinished; what we did well, and what we could have done better; what we have won, and what we have lost; and whom we have inspired, and who…

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The Magic of Professional Gravitas

Dear Readers- We are well into November, and the holidays are just a few weeks away. As we begin to develop our lists of goals and aspirations for 2016, it's a good time to think about additional ways we can make our mark with clients and potential clients. Being memorable and indispensable are key in these efforts. To that end, I wanted to share with you an article which originally appeared in August 2014 as an installment of my "Paradigm Shift" column in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about the magic of professional gravitas. In this installment, I explore what gravitas is…

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Innovation in the Law

Dear Readers- I hope that your October is off to a great start. Over the past year or two, we have been hearing more and more about innovation. While it is most often in the context of technology and medicine, we have no choice but to acknowledge its importance in all aspects of the legal profession - from the way in which our law schools teach their students, to the way law firms train their associates, and how they package and deliver services to clients. We as lawyers have a lot to learn from the engineers and scientists among us. In March…

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cynthialam

Journey to a JD: 5% of the Way There

Today is a big day.  Why?  Because as of today, I am officially 5% of the way along with my law school education.  Which means I am this much closer to earning my JD and becoming a lawyer.  Looks like it’s time to break out the champagne… Here at Penn, it is a special tradition for all the 1Ls to celebrate this milestone with a giant pizza party every year.  As I walked around the courtyard this afternoon, munching on my slice of pepperoni and mingling with my classmates, I could not help but smile.  Here I was, five weeks into…

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RobertRogers

Is the 3/10 Year Bar Really That Tough on Immigration?

In 1996, vowing to “get tough” on illegal immigration, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA). This law included a number of reforms aimed at deterring and punishing illegal immigration. Many illegal immigrants are unaware of the consequences of leaving the United States after accruing “unlawful presence” in the United States.  If you have been in the United States illegally and then leave the country, you may be prohibited from returning to the U.S. for several years, or barred permanently.  There are three potential bars for illegal aliens seeking readmission to the United States know as…

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Moneyball Provides Lessons in Good Recruitment, Management

Dear Readers- As August quickly draws to a close, this is the time for law firms to reflect on our hiring processes and protocols and to think about how we go about recruiting the best and brightest for our firms.  It is also a time for recruits to think about those environments in which they are most likely to grow and thrive.  The bestselling book "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis is a timeless classic and provides invaluable insight into talent management, both for baseball teams as well as lawyers. I hope that you find this article to be an interesting and provocative read…

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meganeboyd

Law School Rules: Five to Keep and Five to Break

As you’ve probably already discovered, when you tell people you’re going to law school, everyone wants to offer tips and advice, even those people who were never law students themselves! Much of the guidance you’ve heard (or will hear) is contradictory. Based on my experience as a law student, the experiences of my friends and colleagues, and what I’ve seen teaching first-year law students, I’ve compiled a list of five law school rules you can break and five you should definitely follow! Rule to Break #1—Read the Cases and You’ll Do Well in Law School This rule isn’t 100% wrong—you…

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