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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. (About.com)...more

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

Finding the Right Mix of Mentors in Your First Year

"Ask about their mentoring programs," urged a recent law school graduate and friend of mine when I began interviewing with firms during the summer before my 2L year. Dutifully, I followed her instructions, and in each...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 inlaw.me. 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

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Aug. 15, 2014)

From Around the Web - Law Schools Catch the Start-up Bug: To prepare students to find careers in a market oversaturated with people with law degrees, the schools are making entrepreneurship part of their curriculum....more

Five Tips for Job Hunting After the Bar Exam

You just took the bar exam. While your first priority is to relax and celebrate (which you should do), you should also use this time to polish you resume and focus on your career. Here are five tips to jump-start your job...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Aug. 8, 2014)

Work-Life Balance — Is it Even Possible? Based on five years’ worth of interviews with almost 4,000 executives worldwide, a recent study showed five main themes amongst those executives who most effectively combine...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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you Emotionally Intelligent? 5 Soft Skills to Show Off in Your Summer Law Job

We’re excited to welcome back Annabrooke Temple and Fairuz Abdullah from the UC Hastings Office of Career and Professional Development. They recently shared with readers four tips for summer law job success. Annabrooke and...more

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