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The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (October 16, 2015)

Welcome to The Roundup for the week ending October 16. We have lots of thought-provoking pieces to share this week! From Around the Web - Why You Shouldn’t Go to Law School: Law school is not the right choice...more

Everyone Needs a Mentor: Even Lawyers

When the first senior partner I ever worked for was about to retire, he shared with me his inspiration: Dear Lord, In the struggle that goes on through life we ask for a field that is fair, a chance that is...more

You must have substance because reputation matters in the long run

You might be able to baffle people with you know what initially, but it won't last if you are all flash and no substance. If you make a sale by saying the right things, but don't have the employees or equipment to correctly...more

What have you done to improve yourself?

JW Way #17 - Be relentless about continuous improvement. Be a “lifetime learner.” Continually invest in your own education, both formally and informally. Never stop improving your legal, technical and personal skills. ...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 21, 2015)

5 Best Practices to Improve SEO for Your Firm’s Website: The reality is that if people can’t easily find your firm and your attorneys online, they won’t — and will instead turn to a competitor with better digital...more

How E-Discovery is Changing the Role of Paralegals

The traditional duties of a paralegal include drafting documents, scheduling meetings and general attorney support. But the role of paralegals is rapidly evolving. Typical paralegal responsibilities are being augmented or...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (June 5, 2015)

From Around the Web - How to Find a Mentor as an Attorney: Here’s a look at what a mentor can do for you, and how to go about finding a person to guide you in your career as a lawyer. (

[Event] Executive Presence: Behaving and Performing as a Leader - May 12, Westport, CT

Please join the Wiggin and Dana Women's Network for an engaging presentation by Julie Jansen, a popular speaker, author and business consultant to Fortune 500 businesses, privately held companies and...more

Statistical Evidence Of Happier Lawyers

We’ve seen some comments on various media streams lately that imply (or directly state) that… Being a lawyer requires a resignation to working too hard for too little money. Being “happy” isn’t part of the deal. Like,...more

5 Years in the Making

This April, will mark 5 years since I started my own law practice dedicated to retirement plans/ERISA. 5 years ago, I swore the days that I would be working for someone else were gone. I had enough; I wasn’t going to let...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Mar 13, 2014)

From Around the Web - What Does the 21st Century Legal Career Look Like: Our own Alison and Lee talk about the steps to creating an alternative legal career path and what students should be doing in law school to prepare...more

Success: Plan Your Career As If It Is More Important Than Your Vacation

How much time are you spending planning your career? How much time are you spending planning your 2015 vacation? I remember meeting with Lisa, a young partner in my old law firm, She wanted career planning advice from me. I...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Dec. 5, 2014)

From Around the Web - 3 Tips for Landing A “Perfect Fit” Job: Finding that “perfect fit” job can be a long journey. But it’s easy once you know what you’re looking for. (Careerealsm)...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Nov. 14, 2014)

From Around the Web - 9 Career Alternatives for JDs: From life coach to LSAT tutor to cupcake baker, if being a lawyer isn’t in your future, check out these job options. (

JDB 063: Starting a Solo Law Practice in the New Media Age – Interview with Attorney Jim Hart

The guest on today’s show is attorney/online marketing Jim Hart. Jim and I have a lot in common when it comes to the path of our legal careers. Both of us have started two solo practice and we both worked for the government...more

How Does a Young, Female Attorney Navigate a Male-Dominated Firm?

Kate McGuinness joins us to answer a question from a young female lawyer who needs some help navigating the waters of her law firm. Kate is an attorney-turned certified executive and life transition coach, and the founder of...more

Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 3, 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

CFPB Sues For-Profit College For Alleged Predatory Lending

On September 16, the CFPB filed a civil action against a for-profit college for allegedly engaging in an “illegal predatory lending scheme.” Specifically, the CFPB alleges that the school engaged in unfair and deceptive...more

An Interesting Thought About Resumes

The following is a quote from Mark Horstman, one of the principals of Manager Tools, in his most recent Things I Think I Think. (I am a huge fan of Manager Tools’ podcasts, which I strongly recommend.)...more

(All I’m Saying Is) Give Law Firms a Chance

Everyone knows BigLaw life in the big city is intense, but could a move to a smaller market actually make it enjoyable? Today we welcome to the blog Len Gray, president and co-founder of He’s here to share with you...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 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

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

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

Greg 'Fossilman' Raymer Describes His Shift from Patent Law to Professional Poker on @HsuUntied  [Video]

My latest guest on Hsu Untied is Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, a professional poker player and former patent attorney. Nicknamed “Fossilman” for his unusual glasses, Greg was originally a scientist who played blackjack in graduate...more

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