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Why Law School Failed You

It isn’t your fault. You bought the fairy-tale story that the law schools were selling. You went to law school with the intentions of joining a large firm, just like countless law students before you. You would make a...more

DHS Publishes STEM OPT Rule - Potential New Benefits and Requirements

On Monday, October 19, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published its eagerly anticipated STEM Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) rule in the Federal Register for a 30-day comment period ending on November...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

How Gifting Hurts Your Children

Many people are familiar with probate and all of the headaches which it entails. Whether they lost a loved one or a friend, no one looks on the probate process with a friendly gaze. ...more

Embracing the Peter Pan Generation: How is Your Company’s Check-the-Box E&C Program Deterring Their Early-Adoption Attitude for...

It is likely that the newest, hippest, most social and optimistic generation in history is now making up a large portion of your workforce. Yes, I’m talking about the 80 million kids who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s that are...more

Mediation and Mentoring

WAYNE THORPE: Can you tell us how you went about making the transition from being a practicing lawyer to a full-time neutral? MICHAEL YOUNG: About seven to eight years into my career as a lawyer, in 1985 or 1986, I was...more

The Four Stages of Successful Coaching

There is an old Peanuts comic strip featuring Charlie Brown and Lucy that resonated with me when I began working with professionals on business development for the first time. In it, Lucy—the psychiatrist who is “IN”—is...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. (

5 Reasons to Work with a Business Development Coach

Everyone benefits from coaching. It’s rare to find any high achiever who doesn’t look to a coach for candor, reassurance and advice. Professional athletes, entertainers, CEOs and others at the top of their game often employ...more

Advisory Board Members

Often a young technology company will seek assistance from more experienced individuals, giving them the position of “Advisory Board Member” and giving equity to a person who agrees to serve in that capacity. This designation...more

The 2012-13 Meritas Leadership Institute Model Mentorship and Associate Development Program

Purpose - This Model Mentorship and Associate Development Program is designed to help junior lawyers adjust to and excel in the practice of law at your Firm, with the support and guidance of their more experienced...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading

From Around the Web - Lawyers Should Take Notes By Hand: New research confirms what many of us have believed all along: taking notes by hand — with a pen and paper — is better than typing. (The Lawyerist)...more

How to Create a Firm Mentoring Program That Is Efficient, Effective, and Motivational [Q&A]

A professional services firm is only as good as its providers and the right program in place can help you to also attract and retain the high caliber talent you need to stand out from the rest....more

The Problems with the Legal Industry

I love being a lawyer and I wanted to be one since Mrs. Rosenblum’s third grade class. I love being a lawyer a lot more since I started my own practice more than 3 years ago and one of the reasons is because by being on my...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Diversity in the Law Firm [Video]

National law firm Polsinelli congratulates financial services attorney Tiffany R. Harper for her installation as the 27th president of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. “BWLA has been a big...more

I need a Mentor! How do I find one?

Most lawyers will need two or three mentors – mentors who can help you with ethical issues, mentors who can help you learn to market, mentors who can help you systematize and build a business, mentors who can teach you the...more

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