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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: Dealing with Difficult People - The Provocateur

Just because other people are fueled by drama, doesn’t mean you need to attend the performance. – Cheryl Richardson I was busily working away at my new firm when the head of my department crept into my office, eyes wide.  She hunched her shoulders down, looked around to make sure no one else was within earshot and said in a hushed tone, “Do you have a second?  I have to tell you something.”  She closed my office door.  She proceeded to tell me that a colleague had a problem with some work that I had done.  Her story didn’t ring…

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Difficult Clients: Here’s How To Deal With Them

Since many lawyers began their careers with months on end reviewing documents, it is no wonder that engaging with clients can seem to be a significant achievement and a welcome break from being in the document review den.   Yet as you begin to communicate with customers, you know that there is now an entirely new problem: that is your customers. While it is not entirely external to a GAP shop, legal services may have a clear sense of retail. You have to say often sometimes that the customer is wrong and always keeps the customer satisfied with their job,…

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How COVID-19 is Reshaping Legal Practices and Providing Opportunity for Innovations

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every industry. The legal sector is no different. However, with all of the negative aspects of the virus there are many benefits to the changing digital landscape. Some are optimistic and others are frightened about the changes. One thing is for sure, the legal practices are evolving, offering opportunities for innovation. According to a new study from LexisNexis, 64 percent of independent law firms are confident that they will survive the crisis. While many lawyers are worried about the industry, it is an opportunity for law firms to employ to new technologies and provide…

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Accident Lawyers Talks About The Danger of Speeding Accidents

Speeding poses a grave danger to you and others on the road, which is why speed limits should be acknowledged and adhered to. It may seem like it’s okay to speed on the open road when no one is around, but anytime you go above the speed limit, you are inviting potential danger. For the past two decades, speeding has played a vital role in one-third of all motor fatalities. In 2018, there were 9,378 speeding-related deaths. It’s better to get to your destination late and safe than not at all.  Speeding is consistently one of the most prevalent causes…

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PaulaMJones

Everything Nobody Every Told Me: Visioning Really Works

As I was approaching thirty years of working full-time, I began much more flexibility in my daily schedule.  My dream was to be able to set my own schedule instead of adhering to the schedule of others.  Unfortunately, I could not see any viable way to make that happen, since I was working in a big firm where time seemed to be the master of us all.  Over time, my frustration began to build.  Whenever I became frustrated, I began to write out what I wanted my daily life to look like.  Dreams – even those that seem impossible –…

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Susan Smith Blakely

How RBG Helped Lead the Way to Women’s Financial Independence

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone. Our mentor is missing. We all should be very sad. Our politics do not matter in this context. We all are women. We all should be grateful that this small and powerful woman walked amongst us. I was in law school at Georgetown Law (then Georgetown University Law Center (GULC)) during the mid 1970’s when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was arguing cases on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union and setting the foundation for women’s rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is entirely possible that most…

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Connecting with Your Community Through Service

Can you truly be selfless when you’re doing something good for others? Is there such a thing as a selfless good deed? For those of you of who were philosophy majors, maybe you spent entire semesters debating the morality of your actions. For me, I attribute most of my philosophical musings on whether you can truly be completely selfless to some couch conversations while watching “The Good Place.” Even though I probably didn’t start thinking about how a good deed made me feel until Chidi started teaching us all a little bit more about philosophy, I have always thought about…

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The Way Coronavirus Is Shifting Personal-injury Standards: The Newest Reasonable

The planet is currently facing a public health catastrophe not seen earlier in our creation. The Coronavirus, '' or COVID-19, has placed our own lives and our lifestyle in danger. People in Richmond, Virginia, the USA, and the world do their very best to conform to this new ordinary. Obviously, as attorneys, we think of the legal ramifications of this Coronavirus.  While the virus spreads across the nation, the judges did their role to take action to slow down the spread of this uncontrollable virus. Some kinds of court hearings have been postponed. Administrators are moving into teleconferences just as…

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dlamorie

Healing Moments on Juneteenth (and Beyond)

Today is Juneteenth and it is wonderful (but overdue) to see how quickly companies and states have embraced this moment in time to recognize it as a day of observation and declaring it a holiday. This week New York, Virginia, Oregon and Philadelphia announced they will also make Juneteenth an official holiday. Yesterday it was put forth as a bill in Congress to make it a federal holiday. Hopefully next time this year we will all be observing it officially and coming together to commemorate this critical historic milestone in our nation’s history.  Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the end of…

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dlamorie

Support Black Owned Small Businesses: Awesome Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate the dads in your life than by celebrating black owned businesses in the process.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: acknowledging your purchasing power and being mindful about where and to whom you send your hard-earned dollars can make a world of difference to under-represented and marginalized people, particularly black small business owners.  Below are some awesome gift finds for the dads in your life while supporting black businesses.  You might just want to pick something up for yourself in the process too.  Win, win! …

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