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Clear Writing Through Purposeful Sentences

Clear writing makes winning more likely. Why? Consider our courts’ workloads. A federal district court judge, on average, annually handles over five hundred filings. The federal appellate courts annually...more

Nevada state senator balances partnership, family

Aaron D. Ford ’01 is no stranger to balancing the opportunities and challenges that life can bring. After receiving his J.D. and Ph.D. degrees through the Moritz College of Law’s joint-degree program, Ford is now a Partner at...more

Why Would Your Best Clients Fire You? (By Jordan Furlong)

Why Would Your Best Clients Fire You? Asking yourself this question gets you started on an important process: examining your firm’s vulnerabilities. by Jordan Furlong     You probably didn't attend the Reinvent Law...more

How Do Lawyers Measure Success?

Did you make partner at your law firm? Did you make more money this year than the year before? Do you drive a nice car? Do you live in a big house? Are you happy? Would the 12-year-old version of you be impressed by who you...more

Letting Go of Old Ideas

Two recently published books make the claim that the legal profession has changed (Steven Harper’s The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis) or is changing (Richard Susskind’s Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your...more

Ceding the Stage – Lessons in Leadership

I’ve been engaged in a lively discussion with other legal marketers in which two topics I love, basketball and leadership, have come together nicely. You don’t have to be a basketball fan, or even a sports fan, to benefit...more

Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Saul Ewing's Debbie Spranger

Deborah Spranger is a vice chair of Saul Ewing LLP’s business and finance department, a co-chair of its life sciences practice group and a member of the firm’s seven-member executive committee. She focuses her practice on...more

Aircraft Transaction Basics - A Business Development Opportunity

This paper will describe the basics of aircraft transactions, including aircraft sale, purchase and ownership issues and how current aviation practitioners can expand their practice area to include aircraft transactions, pull...more

Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Bilzin Sumberg's Amaducci

Suzanne M. Amaducci-Adams is a partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP's Miami office, where she leads the firm's hospitality group. She handles all aspects of commercial real estate and finance transactions,...more

Women Justices Speak Out: On Mentoring, Leadership, and Effective Advocacy

Judges give their insights into effective briefing and oral argument and talk about the mentors who made a difference in their careers. Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice, California Supreme Court (2011–present) Q:...more

Deserve’s Got Nothing To Do With It: Helping clients understand that what they need is not the same as what their cases are worth

The lawyer sat with his unhappy client at mediation. The defense’s final offer: generous in light of trial’s risks. But the client was not pleased. “After costs and your attorney’s fees, and that medical lien thing you were...more

The Path to the Bench: Interviews with Women Appellate Judges

State and federal appellate judges offer their advice for women considering a career on the bench. Margaret McKeown, Judge, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1998–present) Q: What was your path to the...more

DISPATCH TO MANAGING PARTNERS: 5 Key Observations on Law’s Tectonic Shifts

For several years now, all us bloggers and pundits have been pushing the Chicken Little button and trying to get your attention. We all have been saying pretty much the same thing: Law firm practice and economics are morphing...more

Not Dead Yet? How BigLaw's Best Firms Are Finding Growth  [Video]

Apr. 2, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant to law firms for The Zeughauser Group, tells Lee Pacchia that despite years of negative press heralding the end of BigLaw's best years, there are tangible signs of...more

Law Firms Are Prime Information-Security Targets

Law firms do not hold special immunity from the threat of cybercriminals. In fact, law firms should be extra vigilant, considering the breadth of sensitive client information they often possess regarding corporate...more

Which Business Development Activity Is Best For You? Consider Your Personality...

The good news is that there is at least one type of marketing activity out there that will fit your distinct approach to things....more

#myindustry State of Law: The lawyer dilemma

I usually do not write about legal practice. It is a very sophisticated profession helping lawyers to thrive. Today I saw the open invitation from Isabelle Roughol, Editor of Linkedin for the inFluencer series “My...more

ALIS – A Legal Guide For Writers

The good folks at Nova Scotia’s Artists’ Legal Information Society (ALIS) have published their free Legal Guide for Writers, a solid plain-English resource which will prove useful both for authors and their lawyers. Published...more

A Woman’s Work: Blazing the Trail

On March 26, 1930, the first female United States Supreme Court Justice was born. Today is her eighty-fourth birthday. Sandra Day O’Connor was born into a ranching family in her native Arizona. It is easy to imagine her...more

Cinderella And The Legal Industry

March Madness is upon us, and this year’s tourney did not disappoint. From Mercer’s thrilling win over Duke to Dayton knocking off both state rival THE Ohio State University and heavily favored Syracuse, touted underdogs have...more

Legal Tech Startups: Separating Hype from Opportunity  [Video]

Mar. 26 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- David Perla, co-founder of Pangea3 and current CEO of Matterhorn Transactions, talks with Lee Pacchia about the rise of a 'startup culture' in legal technology. According to Perla, approximately...more

3 Ways to Maximize Your Time and Produce More Results

We never have enough time. There is no disputing the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day. So instead of focusing on more time maybe the focus should be to maximize the time. Forbes contributor… The Muse has written an...more

When Life Gets in the Way

My wife recently slipped on the ice outside our home and fractured a bone in her elbow, which required surgery. We are advised it was a success, though she will need to be in a cast for eight to ten weeks, disrupting our...more

The Natural Law You Must Learn to Succeed

Let’s face it. These days, lawyers are a dime a dozen. More accurately, 80% of lawyers are a dime a dozen…...more

Connect, Contribute, Champion: 3 Strategies for Exceptional Business Relationships

Three strategies to build powerful business relationships that you can start working on today, from attorney, mentor, in-house counsel Josh Beser....more

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