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3 Ways to Stay Sane When Business Is Good

The email below is not something you write to just anyone. The recipient is a mentor and a friend. You’d better be comfortable with the person on the other side if you write what I wrote. I was, and I thought it could help...more

Top 10 ILTA 2014 Moments

ILTA’s 2014 “Imagine” conference is in the books, and, if you’re like me, you probably needed this week to recover. Below is my top 10 list of memorable moments in Nashville, Tennessee last week. 10: The best swag:...more

A @HsuUntied Celebration of Francis Scott Key, One of Our Country's Most Famous Lawyers [Video]

Today, I invited special guest Rich Mgrdechian, Founder and CEO of Madison Rising, to talk about one of our country's most famous lawyers, Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics to our national anthem, "The Star Spangled...more

The magic of professional gravitas

Since I started this column nearly three years ago, I have discussed a variety of topics which address the evolution of the legal profession and the disruptive forces profoundly changing the way in which we practice...more

The Power of the New Law Business Model (Part 1)

In this two-part series, I’m going to share how the New Law Business Model can change your practice and your life. Let me start with how it came to be…...more

Skilled Scoping Diminishes Discord: Cutting Corners, Part III

In the first two posts in this series, we considered the typical law firm complaint that such efficiency-producing disciplines as Legal Project Management (LPM) and Legal Process Improvement (LPI) may actually encourage legal...more

Lawyers: One Of The Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Clients

I was just reading an email from WordPress expert Chris Lema about his recent search for a new job. He was discussing what made him choose one employer over another. Something he said stuck with me because it could help you...more

Division of Labor and Law Firms

Two recent articles/blog posts piqued my interest. The first was written by Pam Woldow of Edge International, and the second by Robert Gogel of Integreon. Both were insightful, and I would like to both share the insight and...more

Social Media Guide for Lawyers v.2.0: Sample Social Media Policies

RESTRICTIVE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY - Introduction - Social media encompasses a broad sweep of online activity, all of which is trackable and traceable. These online networks include not only the blogs you may write...more

HIPAA For Lawyers And Law Firms: What you need to know to prevent your law firm from paying MILLION$

For years now lawyers and law firms providing professional services to health care providers or health insurance plans should have had in place essential safeguards to meet the responsibilities and requirements as business...more

Visualizing Employment by Law School, Part II

A useful plot for examining multiple measures over a range of a continuous predictor is a shaded area plot. These are especially valuable for compositional data (data on multiple categories that always add up to 100 percent),...more

Successful Lawyers: The Most Common Denominator

I’ve had the good fortune of getting to interview some of the most successful members of our training and coaching programs over the past couple of weeks and I’m beginning to sense a common denominator that I want to share...more

The Good Legal Experience Is Not Much Different From a Good Dining Experience

This past weekend my husband and I went out to dinner with a friend. We chose a restaurant which I knew to have wonderfully fresh, well prepared culinary delights. While no doubt, the food at a restaurant is important, so...more

Ahead of the Curve: Three Big Innovators in BigLaw

Nashville, TN. It is time to put down the broad brush used to paint BigLaw as inefficient and out of touch. At least for me, that is the big takeaway from the 2014 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)...more

Liz Stone, Legal Recruiter and Comedienne, Talks Law and Comedy with @HsuTubeEsq [Video]

Today, my guest is Liz Stone, a legal recruiter with the Dubin Group, who is also a standup comedienne. Liz actually started doing "stand-up" after a couple of friends noticed her performing a wedding speech and after doing...more

Perfection Is the Enemy of Good – Cutting Corners, Part II

In this second of three related posts, we consider whether clients’ increasing efforts to control outside legal spend forces their outside counsel to “cut corners.”...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Aug. 22, 2014)

From Around the Web - I Didn’t Get a Clerkship! Now What? Fairuz Abdullah, Associate Director for Public Interest and Clerkship Programs at UC-Hastings School of Law, addresses a question on many minds — what you...more

How the Financial Crisis Changed Cahill Gordon  [Video]

August 21, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Dan Zubkoff, partner and executive committee member at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, talks with Kent Zimmermann about the firm's strong financial performance since the financial crisis in 2008....more

Marketing and Biz Dev Training for Litigators

A marketer asked whether litigators require unique marketing and client-development training. She’d been hearing from the litigators that they felt the nature of a litigation practice is somehow different, that it...more

Lawyers Can’t Follow Their Bliss … Can They?

We’ve all heard the expression, “Follow your bliss” when it comes to career direction. But is that phrase applicable to lawyers? You may be surprised. Today we welcome to the blog Matthew Litt, founder of Lincolnesq – Career...more

Court Reporters and Legal Videographers – Beware of Address Searches on the Internet

Filling out an appearance page for a deposition or court transcript takes time and concentration. Everything has to be correct. Getting an attorney’s card is the best way to ensure you have the correct information, but as...more

Choosing a Law Practice Area: The Hedgehog Concept

Did you read Martha’s newest article, yet? It’s a good’un. And while the article and Martha’s success is certainly slanted towards Estate Planning, and you might not (yet) practice that… Overall I think it’s...more

You Can Take It With You: Bringing An E-Discovery Case To Your New Firm

Congratulations: you have a new job with a new firm and your client with the “e-Discovery case” wants to come with you, the only “e-Discovery” expert lawyer that it trusts to represent it. But it may not be as simple as...more

Cutting Corners and the Question of Quality

As you might expect, proponents of Legal Project Management (LPM), Legal Process Improvement (LPI) and other approaches for driving greater efficiency and value into legal service delivery get a lot of blow-back. One of the...more

15 Steps to Jump-Start an Estate Planning Law Practice

I’m often asked how I went from being a stay-at-home mom to a practicing lawyer. Every single time, I have flashbacks of all the separate moments it took to first decide to go to law school, to return to studying full...more

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