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The Horror – Bar Exam Software Server Problems Nationwide

As if the nation’s bar examinees didn’t have enough to worry about — last night, the company administering the process for any test-taker using his or her laptop to take yesterday’s essay portion of the exam experienced what...more

Is Your Body Trying To Tell You Something?

Is your body trying to tell you something? Maybe we should stop and listen! If you are like me and like most over-achievers, you don’t sleep much. You push yourself to finish the brief, to write the article or to read the...more

David Hornik, General Partner at August Capital and author of VentureBlog with @HSUTubeEsq [Video]

Today, my special guest is David Hornik, general partner at August Capital and author of VentureBlog, who describes his career path from lawyer to venture capitalist, a profession he was born to do. David inspired me to start...more

Dealing with adversity

I’m a huge Aerosmith fan since high school and it’s because the music resonates with me because it reminds me of the experiences that I have gone through life, which had some adversity and accomplishment. The lyrics from...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (July 25, 2014)

From Around the Web - 8 Steal-Worthy Secrets of Power Networkers: What better way to learn the ins and outs of skillful networking than to go straight to power networking pros for their tips on how to land on someone’s...more

The likability factor and connecting with others

The analysis seems simple enough — if people like you, you will be happy and successful. But if it’s that easy, then why isn’t everyone doing it? The likability factor — sometimes referred to as the LQ, for likability...more

Of Soccer Balls and Social Media

What do lawyers and Pakistani factory workers have in common? More than you think. Especially when it comes to innovation....more

Approaching “The Ask” - How to help your client understand claim value

I just returned from the annual WSAJ convention in Skamania, Washington. Amongst a vast number of interesting talks, the issue of “making the ask” for money from a jury came up several times. In a discussion with a...more

City Spotlight: New Orleans

The New Orleans Women's Initiative kicked off "Women on Wednesdays," a series of four events to address strategies for better living. The first event on April 30 featured a dynamic panel discussion, moderated by Baker...more

Time Saver Savvy – Helpful Tips for the Busy Professional

A colleague and I took a seminar on time management for working mothers some 20 years ago. We met each other at the hotel conference room, rushing in at the last minute just as did every other woman in attendance –...more

Words of Wisdom: Nobody is Perfect, So Cut Yourself Some Slack

The stomach bug hit me like a freight train. My lawyer-husband left that morning for a three-day trip and my 11- and 13-year-old children were home with me. As I crawled into my bed, I dimly thought, "I should make them...more

The Secret to Better Legal Writing  [Video]

Helpful tips from CEB blog manager Julie Brook. Learn the secret to better legal writing and get specific examples on how you can improve your next brief....more

Featuring: Off-the-Record Mentoring

A structured, formal mentoring plan is an important part of any female professional's career path. Helping the next generation of female leaders through mentoring has been shown to be enormously helpful to both parties....more

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

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