MollyCherry

Yes, You Should:  Challenge Yourself

I recently returned from ten days on faculty at the IADC Trial Academy, held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.  The trial academy is a trial advocacy training program, providing opportunities for lawyers at all stages in their careers.  For the students, the program lasts seven days and blends small group faculty instruction and demonstration with individual student participation.  Participating in the trial academy was one of the most professionally challenging and rewarding things I have done. There were 13 other attorneys serving as faculty, each with varying backgrounds and practices from different states throughout the nation.  For as different as each person's approach, style,…

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MollyCherry

Yes, You Should:  Have a Will

July is upon us, and summer is in full swing.  Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and signs of vibrant life abound.  This is a time when most people are enjoying vacations and spending time outside, running, playing or just relaxing.  It is not a time of year when people think of illness or even death, which, oddly enough, may make the summer an ideal time to discuss a variety of healthcare issues, including end of life care, with your family.    No one particularly wants to think about getting sick or dying, let alone have a discussion with…

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MollyCherry

Yes, You Can:  Make Mistakes

"The perfect is the enemy of the good."  According to Wikipedia, this statement or sentiment was popularized by Voltaire in French form and can be traced back to Shakespeare in his tragedy, King Lear.  Regardless of its origin, we all get the point that by striving to be better or, perhaps, the best, we often spoil what is good.  I used to think that the somewhat unyielding insistence for perfection was unique to me.  I now know I was wrong. At one of our bar's mandatory mental health CLE programs addressing the statistics showing lawyers are more prone than anyone else to depression, the speaker discussed two personality traits that many…

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MollyCherry

Yes, You Should:  Nurture Personal Relationships

One of my law professors my first year in law school recited the old say that "the law is a jealous mistress." Over the course of my 20-year career, I have been amazed at how much time I spend working, either at the office or at home.  Thankfully, I enjoy what I do, so the time spent doesn't always feel like working. Unfortunately, however, that also means that I often get caught up focusing on client issues and ignoring my own.  While that may seem harmless, at first, the consequences often mean neglecting important personal relationships with family and friends.  …

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MollyCherry

Yes, You Can:  Be Healthy

According to the World Health Organization:  "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."  Most everyone understands, at least on some level, the importance of being healthy.  The mental and physical benefits of following a healthy lifestyle are significant.  Consistently making healthy choices can lead to a longer life.  However, in the world of practicing law, notoriously known for stressful environments, eating healthy foods and exercising regularly can be challenging, at best.   The key is doing something, no matter how small, and doing it consistently. Being healthy doesn't…

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MollyCherry

Yes, You Can:  Take a Vacation!

I went on vacation this past week: a full, 7-day week. This was one of a handful of times in nearly twenty years that I have taken a week off. I take time off -- quite often, actually -- but it tends to be for long weekends or around the holidays when things in the office slow down a bit, though even then I often work, albeit remotely and at a more leisurely pace. For a variety of reasons, my husband and I have found it a little easier to navigate long weekends away from our offices. Despite how challenging…

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MollyCherry

Yes, You Can:  Secure Your Financial Future

My parents told me I could do anything I wanted, and I believed them.  (I still do.)  They supported my scholastic endeavors and encouraged me to learn new things, see new places and experience different cultures.  It was important to them that I learn enough about myself to choose what I wanted to do and where I wanted to live (within reason, of course) rather than think I had no option or alternative.  The confidence they nurtured in me is a beautiful, priceless gift I treasure.  I hit the lottery when it came to parents. However, after law school when…

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MollyCherry

Yes, You Can:  Develop Business

When I started my legal career over 20 years ago, I did not understand the business aspect of the practice of law. Now, the business of running a law firm, or at least the business development aspect, is one of the things I enjoy most.  My clients have generally changed over the course of my career.  What has not changed, however, is the general methodology for developing clients and my business.  As with any investment, very seldom is there an immediate reward.  Instead, I have learned that small, consistent behaviors over a period of time often yield the best results. …

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