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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 2, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and...more

5 Reasons to Be a Legal Entrepreneur Instead of an Associate

Here’s a truth for you: I have a vision of the world in which every person is an independent contractor with his or her company/ies… Where we freely trade our gifts, time and expertise for compensation in a fluid,...more

Ro Khanna (Tech Attorney, Author, Congressional Candidate) Talks Career & Congress w/ @HsuTubeEsq [Video]

Today, my special guest is Ro Khanna, Congressional Candidate for the US House of Representatives. With a law degree from Yale, Ro began his career as a successful Silicon Valley technology attorney but has found his passion...more

Bingham McCutchen Reaches Out For BigLaw Merger Partners [Video]

July 22, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Casey Sullivan, reporter at Reuters, talks with Lee Pacchia about Bingham McCutchen's recent efforts to merge with another large law firm. According to Sullivan, the Boston based firm has made...more

Do You Have the Right Mindset for Your Legal Career?

I know you are likely busy like all lawyers and law students. But if you have time to read one book this summer, we have a suggestion for you. We suggest you get a copy of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (July 18, 2014)

From Around the Web - Leaving BigLaw to Ease Depression: A former BigLaw attorney writes a very honest portrait leaving a lucrative job because of depression and anxiety. (Lawyers With Depression)...more

Every Good Lawyer Should Quit Working on Cases – Problem Solving versus “Working” for the Client

Years ago, when I was just starting in the practice of law, I was having lunch with a similarly junior colleague, and we were discussing the types of cases we were working on. As he ticked off his list of cases and told me...more

5 Ways to Follow Up Effectively (With Real-World Examples)

Building relationships with interesting people is the key to an exceptional career, and one key to those relationship is: the follow-up. Here's a look at how to do it correctly....more

5 Ways to Defeat Deposition Abuse [Video]

Have you been on the receiving end of opposing counsel's abuse during a deposition? This short video discusses the most common abuses attorneys experience during depositions, and gives you 5 ways to effectively deal with...more

Do You Use Social Media in Your Practice?  [Video]

Will social media help your law practice? How do clients find you? And how do you find referral sources? CEB asked attendees at the 2013 California State Bar Annual Meeting about their use of social media....more

Legal Business Development: When is it Time to Get Excited?

How many times have you heard…“Don’t get too excited… You don’t want to be disappointed.” I bet, a lot! When is it time to get excited about a new case or new project? When the client says they’re moving forward or...more

Riley Russell, General Counsel of Sony Playstation, Talks 'Magic' With @HsuUntied  [Video]

For this latest podcast, my guest is Riley Russell, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Sr. Vice President of Corporate Development at Sony Playstation, who performs magic as a hobby. Riley has performed as a street...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (July 11, 2014)

Welcome to The Roundup for the week ending July 11. We have lots of thought-provoking pieces to share this week. From Around the Web - An Expert Guide to Idea Curation: How to Get More Ideas for Great Content:...more

Kudos to Jeff Carr

Regular readers know that Jeff Carr, the General Counsel of FMC Technologies, is my mentor, my client and my friend. Our relationship evolved in that order. I am very proud of each of these steps in the growth of our personal...more

Effective Service Delivery, Providing Client Value, and Applying Sound Decision Making to Matter Management

As lawyers and law firms continue to recognize the need to more effectively engage, manage, and retain clients, it is becoming obvious that the adoption of tools and models to gain new work and keep existing clients is a...more

The Traits of Effective In-House Counsel

Effective members of corporate legal departments exhibit Servant Leadership characteristics; are proactively involved with the company; and they effectively communicate with others. Here's an in-depth look, an in-house...more

In-House Counsel: 5 Simple Ways to Make Your Client Happy

The best lawyers know that being a good lawyer requires knowing the law and being an excellent salesperson. It requires emotional intelligence and insight, service-orientation, responsiveness, and a desire to serve. Now that...more

Similarities in Diversity between a Law Firm’s Culture and a Clinical Trial [Video]

“We need a population of employees as diverse as the patient populations we seek to serve…our vendors should be lined up with the same beliefs and the same focus as we are.” – Marla Persky, GC and Corporate Secretary...more

Legal Business Development: Are You the Turtle or the Hare?

Let’s be honest most lawyers want the business development process to be more like a sprint to the winners circle. But the reality is that the winners circle is reserved for the slow and steady. THAT is not what you wanted to...more

Supercharging Lawyer Development Through Feedback, NALP Bulletin (June 2014)

Legal education and the legal profession under-invest in developmental feedback. In the years to come, however, that is bound to change. The reason is simple: The costs of feedback, in time and emotional labor, are...more

Focus on “shadow hours” misses the point of AFAs

Aric Press of American Lawyer penned a terrific article, What the Rise of Pricing Officers Says About Big Law’s Future. The article, reflecting the results of a recent survey, offers some great insights into the move to...more

Bar Associations: Protecting Consumers or the Status Quo?

Some Bar Associations are behind the times. And some are challenged by the dual and potentially conflicting roles they play: one, to self-regulate the practice of law in order to protect consumers; and two, to protect the...more

Does Litigating Make Economic Sense?

One of the most important factors to consider when taking a case is whether the cost of litigating is likely to outweigh the gain. Even if the potential clients are willing to pay your fee, you may better serve them by saying...more

World Cup Fever

Once again, the world’s attention is captivated by the FIFA World Cup tournament, this year being held in multiple venues around Brazil. Because of the better-than-expected performance by the United States team, emerging from...more

Objective Baselessness and Subjective Bad Faith for Exceptional Case Determination Are Still Applicable Even After Octane Fitness

Bianco v. Globus Medical, Inc. - Interpreting recent Supreme Court of the United States precedent that arguably relaxed the legal test for determining whether a case is “exceptional” to warrant an award of attorneys’...more

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