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Lessons from Improv Class for the Law Firm

This month, the greater downtown Minneapolis community is welcoming the Brave New Workshop Student Union to the neighborhood. Until just a few weeks ago, the improvisational comedy school convened classes at the Brave New...more

State Bar, Environmental Law Section Presents Update on Fracking Regulations

The California State Bar, Environmental Law Section hosts an annual conference which welcomes attorneys and students from across the state to learn and discuss cutting edge environmental law issues. This year’s Environmental...more

ITC Section 337 Update – October 2014

Conference on Subpoena Practice in Section 337 Investigations – On October 14, 2014 (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.), a conference was held in the Commission’s Main Hearing Room on subpoena practice in Section 337 Investigations. The...more

Client Q&A: Debbie Swartz, VP of Legal Affairs and CCO, Access Group, Inc.

Q: In your best relationships with outside counsel, what are three important things other lawyers could learn from them? A: The most important thing is finding a relationship partner that you really trust – that you...more

Be a Conference All-Star

When you go to a conference or a CLE event, are you getting the most out of your attendance? These meetings are great opportunities to make connections, gather valuable information for clients and get inspiration for ways to...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

How and Why I Went for It

In August, I assumed the role of Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. With 400,000 members, the ABA is the largest volunteer professional association in the world, and the Section is the largest ABA...more

City Spotlight: Association of Corporate Counsel's Georgia Chapter

In February of this year, I had a day like any other day that we all know well. Up at 5:30 to run, back to the house to dress and pack for a business trip, make breakfast and get my junior high school daughter off to school....more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Sept. 26, 2014)

5 Resume Mistakes to Avoid: Recruiters only spend a few seconds glancing at a resume before they decide to move on to the next. Here are five resume mistakes to avoid. (SF Gate)...more

Committee CLE Program Offers Unique Perspective "From the Inside Out"

At the April 2014 ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, the Appellate Practice Committee presented a novel program on oral advocacy. The program presented a mock argument based on a real U.S. Supreme Court case from...more

Down with the Case Law Update

Every educational conference I have attended, such as the upcoming South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association (SCWCEA) “Comp Camp”, there has been a case law update. Many of those updates were delivered by...more

Richard Susskind (@RichardSusskind) Discusses His Lifetime Interest in the Future of Law [Video]

Today, my special guest is Richard Susskind, an author, speaker and thought leader in the legal profession. He has written 4 books about the practice of law, including The Future of Law, Transforming the Law, The End of...more

Joint Venture Critical Issues: Formation, Governance, Competition And Exits

The joint venture is a vehicle for the development of a business opportunity by two or more entities acting together, and will exist if the parties have: (1) a community of interest in the venture, (2) an agreement to share...more

Women GCs: The Best Advice I Ever Received

Over three days during September 17-19, InsideCounsel magazine succeeded where others have not. They created a national forum to facilitate women-to-women exchange on current legal issues. This year’s conference was the...more

What I Wish I Knew Before Going To Law School

We are very excited to welcome Susan Carter Liebel to Trebuchet for a great post about what she wished she knew before going to law school. Susan is the CEO and founder of Solo Practice University®, the only educational and...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Sept. 19, 2014)

Lawyer’s Lament: But I Don’t Have a Calling: Callings don’t emerge with trumpets and fanfare; but instead fall into the still, quiet voice category. They are always with us, but we have to be willing to hear what they have to...more

Red Does Not Mean Stop: Practical Tips for Improving the Accuracy of Your Legal Research

If you use Westlaw or LexisNexis for legal research, you are familiar with the red flag or the stop sign—frequently your first hint that a case has been overruled, reversed, or superseded. If you run a search that brings up a...more

8 Steps to Grow Your Law Practice: From “Solo” to Small Firm

“Grow or die!” is a vital mantra in business today, even in the law business. As a solo practitioner, there will come a time when you will be faced with the decision of whether to expand your work or maintain the...more

Smarter, Saner Lawyering With A Little (Mindfulness) Practice

We are pleased to welcome Judi Cohen back to the blog. You may recall Judi’s post on being a recovering perfectionist. Judi practiced and taught law for 25 years before founding Warrior One LLC, which offers Essential...more

Content Strategy: Don't Just Write About the Law...

With a case study example, a look at what it takes for lawyers to be well read online today....more

Freelance Lawyers: Finding a Fit in the Profession

Freelance work, enabled by unprecedented technological innovation, creates a more efficient market. Dormant talent has access to other non-conventional opportunities. Small and medium sized firms can be more agile in adding...more

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

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

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

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