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A Commitment to Diversity in Practice Versus in Theory—Interview of Mel Jones, Skanska

Mel Jones is Northwest Diversity Manager for Skanska USA, a multibillion dollar international building and development company. Before joining Skanska, Jones was a civil engineer and owned his own engineering design company....more

4 Steps To Combat the #1 Killer of Productivity

I tend to be a perfectionist by nature. It is my natural instinct to keep working on a project until it is as good as it possibly can be. Maybe you can even relate to this yourself? ...more

AIRA / BBA Joint Bankruptcy & Restructuring Seminar in Miami

On Tuesday, January 13, I will serve as a moderator for a panel at the Joint Bankruptcy & Restructuring Seminar, presented by both the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and the Bankruptcy Bar Association,...more

The Three Things You Should Do to Make Your Performance Review Useful

Kate Mayer Mangan is back to talk about a subject that so many attorneys face. You may recall her previous post about whether personality tests are an actual indicator of career success and litigation for introverts. Today...more

Should I Become a Court Reporter in This Modern Day?

Throughout the years, I have received emails from people all over the USA, people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, asking, “Should I become a court reporter? Will there be a job when I get out? Is there work? Is technology going...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

What I Wish Someone Told Me as a Young Lawyer

We are excited to welcome Jacqueline S. Vinaccia to Trebuchet for a guest post about the advice she wishes she received when graduating from law school. Jacqueline is a partner and head of the litigation department at a...more

Lawyers: Is It Time To Quit Law?

You don’t have to love being a lawyer. There’s no requirement that you do. In fact, there’s no requirement that you continue practicing law. Think about that…...more

JD, CIPP/US, CIPP/E - The Purpose of Credentials and Examinations?

Last week I passed an examination on European privacy that entitles me to add CIPP/E after my name. So what?...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Nov. 21, 2014)

From Around the Web - Law School Tuition: Helped or Hurt by Public Service Loan Forgiveness? An ongoing criticism of Public Service Loan Forgiveness is that the possibility of earning forgiveness in ten years makes...more

How Does an Attorney Deal With a Partner Who Belittles Them in Front of Clients and Co-Counsel?

Kate McGuinness is back to answer a question from a lawyer who is having a great deal of difficulty dealing with a very critical partner in the law firm. Kate is an attorney-turned certified executive and life transition...more

Introverted Litigators: How to Go from Good to Great

We are excited to welcome back Kate Mayer Mangan to Trebuchet. You may recall her previous post about whether personality tests are an actual indicator of career success, especially for lawyers. Today Kate shares some tips...more

New DRI President Reaffirms Defense Bar’s Commitment To Business Community

The Editor interviews John Parker Sweeney, President, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, and Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Editor: Congratulations on being named DRI’s president. Tell us about your...more

A Roundtable Discussion: What Young Lawyers Need to Do Now

For young lawyers, today is the best of times. The legal industry is more exciting and dynamic than ever, with technology bringing about rapid change in the practice of law as well as new opportunities. In other ways, these...more

Still thinking: More things I think I think

The wheels in my brain are still slowly moving, so here’s more of what’s on my mind. - I hate it when lawyers or firms “publish” “articles” that refer to “reports” without identifying them or linking to them. These...more

Taking the Plunge: Do You Want to Be Managing Partner?

So you’re thinking about diving into the election for Managing Partner, eh? You think your chances are good: you enjoy the respect of your partners, your business judgment is on a par with your legal judgment, and...more

The “Best” Law Practice Area: 3 Must-Haves

What’s the best area of law to practice? That’s a tough question. However, I’ve been surveying lawyers for the past few months and asking deep questions like What’s Your Biggest Struggle? and What Would It Mean To Have...more

Navigating Discovery Requests and the Applicability of the Privilege in Insurance Litigation

On November 12, 2014, Seth D. Lamden, a partner in the Insurance Policyholder practice group, will present a 90-minute CLE webinar entitled "Insurance Claims: Privilege and Work Product Challenges After TransAmerica and...more

Lessons from the Trenches

Our partner, Nat Slavin, recently had the privilege of moderating the general counsel panel at the LMA West Legal Marketing Technology Conference for the third time. The panelists were brutally candid in their assessments of...more

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

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