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Turn Billable Hour Blues into Green & White

Billable hours don’t make much sense.* Now that we have that out of the way, the reality remains, law tends to move at the speed of……molasses, which means – many of us are stuck with the billable hour model for the time being.  But, until we have a model that works better, let’s make sure we’re thriving under the billable hour regime and making it work for us. To do that, you need control over your time and predictability surrounding your billable hour picture so you can turn your billable hour blues into: GREEN.  You guessed it: money.  In other words, that control and predictability will help you…

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The Big Check Mark

My fellow checklist-lover, this is for you! If you derive satisfaction from crossing an item off your to-do list and if – when you accomplish something that is not on your list – you put it on just so you can cross it off (I’m with you), the below small change could make a big difference for you. We checklist-types tend to feel more accomplished when we check more things off our list. However, it’s easy to pay too much attention to how many things we are checking off and not what things we are checking off. Keep an eye…

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How Amazing You Really Are

Women lawyers are smart, hard-working, and talented.  We are really good at many things.  Unfortunately, we are not so great at recognizing our accomplishments.  In fact, we often go the other direction, criticizing ourselves too much or setting unrealistic expectations.  Let’s dig into three ways you may be undermining yourself: 1. You forget you’re surrounded by other amazing people.  We are often surrounded by other impressive humans – lawyers, business people, academics, politicians – something to be grateful for and inspired by.  The problem is, all that amazing-ness can start to feel a little too normal when it’s a big part of your…

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What is Women Lawyers News?

We have started sharing on the Ms. JD blog, so now we're taking a moment to tell you what www.WomenLawyersNews.com is all about.   It can take a surprisingly long time to learn how being a woman can impact your career experiences and opportunities, and it is really hard work to keep up with all the important (and scary) issues that can hurt women lawyers, or hold us back.  It can take even longer to learn how to handle gender-realted issues.  BUT, you should have a way to easily develop and maintain awareness of these issues.  Enter Women Lawyers News. Fortunately there are many great resources,…

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Get More From Your Marketing Time by Doing These 6 Things (Plus a Bonus for New Lawyers)

You get it - business development/marketing is an important part of being successful attorney, but it can take lots of your time, and you don't have that much to spare.  So how do you get the most from the time you do spend on marketing? Know what you really want out of each one of your marketing efforts.   Get pretty specific.  Lawyers often spend time spinning their marketing wheels, because they know they should spend time on business development, but they don't really know what to do or what they are going to get out of a particular task, other than the…

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Newer lawyers, are you only focused on making a good impression?

As you start your career, keep in mind that there is a balancing act – you’ll of course need to make a good first impression, show you are capable, reliable, and hard-working, and build trust. However, as you do that, remember that you are also setting a precedent for later on. It’s this latter part that people often fail to consider at the outset, and that can make things more difficult for you later. A simple example is your hours of availability. In a rush to make a good impression, many new associates are available all hours of the day,…

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