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How I started my Law Practice Over at 40

Ten years ago this fall I started my first law firm. I’m turning 40 next month and now, after ten years of practicing mostly family law, I’m doing the unthinkable… ...more

FAQ This! Identify Your Next Best Writing Ideas in 5 Simple Steps...

How to come up with six new, substantial writing ideas and build the beginnnings of an editorial calendar. Couldn't be simpler...more

Date Your Way to Cross-Selling Success

Earlier this year, a CMO friend asked for help designing and delivering a two-hour session on business development at the annual women partners’ retreat. Business development had been a topic at every retreat for a number of...more

How Being a Door Lawyer is Killing Your Chance at Success

A few years ago, Jill Gregory was a door lawyer. What that meant is that she took any kind of case that came in the door. She thought she had to, in order to pay the bills. That also meant she had to work all the time...more

Part IV: Alumni Surveys, The Varied Career Paths of Law School Graduates

This is Part IV of a blog series that focuses on alumni surveys based on data for Northeastern Law alumni who graduated between 1971 and 2012 (n = 833, 21% response rate). Prior posts covered data related to the pre-law...more

7 Ways To Make In-House Lawyers Happy

Recap with takeaways of a recent LMA conference presentation featuring several in-house lawyers talking about what makes them happy clients....more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (November 6, 2015)

5 Unique Qualities of Successful Law Firm Owners: Hoping to own your own firm one day – make sure you have these qualities....more

Realtime Reporting – A Mutual Benefit

In a previous blog I had mentioned that there is a need for court reporters. At the same time, it is also very important for the reporters on duty today to stay up to date with technology to serve the constantly evolving...more

5 Reasons Why No One Reads Your Content

Why you're not being read - and what to do about it....more

Part III: Alumni Surveys, Responses on the Law School Experience

Part II of this blog series reported that the top motivations to attend law school have remained the same for over four decades, at least for Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL). Alumni reported the same underlying...more

Why Write When Everyone Else Is Writing? 5 Reasons Why Attorneys Should Keep Publishing...

Demonstrating your knowledge of a matter is an important reason to continue writing, but it is far from the only one. Here are five other key benefits that accrue to authors making it worth the time and trouble. Anything to...more

Part II: Alumni Surveys, Pre-Law Characteristics and Motivations

Building on the introduction (Part I) of this blog series, our alumni survey of Northeastern University School of Law yielded cross-sectional data that span graduates from 1971 to 2012. Because of the large time span, some...more

Part I: What Can We Learn by Studying Law School Alumni? A Case Study of One Law School

Several years ago, as the legal academy was beginning to work its way through the implications of the landmark “After the JD” Project (AJD), one of the principal investigators, Bryant Garth, commented to a group of fellow law...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (October 30, 2015)

25 Ways to Get Closer to Your Dream Job This Week: Changing careers is scary but can put you closer to your dream job. Use these tips to get there....more

3 Takeaways from the LMA Technology Conference West

It's no longer about B2B or B2C. Today it's about...more

The Art and Science of Being Useful to In-House Counsel

A GC perspective on how outside counsel can earn and keep the attention of in-house lawyers with helpful legal commentary and analysis....more

Let’s Settle This PI Case! - When it comes to personal injury mediation, there are no “rules” but there are mistakes

A well-regarded plaintiff personal injury attorney asked me why he was having trouble settling cases at mediation. Although my experience in mediation is that the cases are settling, discussions with others suggest there are...more

“If You Were Justin Bieber’s Lawyer, What Would You Be Doing Today?”

Greenberg Glusker partner Bonnie Eskenazi was quoted in the American Lawyer Litigation Daily article, “If You Were Justin Bieber’s Lawyer, What Would You Be Doing Today?” on October 12, 2015 (subscription required)....more

Classic Scholarship – A Theory of Legal Strategy

One of the things that makes legal academia so frustrating to practitioners (and possibly courts) is that much of it appears to focus on easily-researched questions, instead of the genuinely difficult questions that would...more

It’s Time We Started Talking About Content Marketing 2.0

If your firm is producing content that is not being read by your target audience, you are literally wasting time and money....more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (September 18, 2015)

Start Listening to These 8 Legal Podcasts: With topics ranging from mindfulness to literature, it should be no surprise there are no shortage of legal podcasts to enjoy. Here are eight podcasts that I recommend you add...more

Why Your Readers Are Great Sources of New Writing - Karen's Quick Take

Seeing a report of your most popular content doesn’t mean you are done; it means you simply know what to do next....more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (September 11, 2015)

Can a Career Coach Help Advance Your Legal Career? If you’re feeling stuck in your legal career, maybe it’s time to consider a career coach, or other similar option (if a full career coaching package isn’t an option)....more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (September 4, 2015)

Could a Six Figure Salary Be Bad for Your Health? After stress caused her to trade in her high-flying, high salary job as Richard Branson’s brand director, Catherine Salway explains why she has no regrets. (The Telegraph)...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 28, 2015)

It’s Time for Law Firm Leadership to “Lean In”: Susan Smith Blakely, author of the Best Friends at the Bar book series, discusses the “Lean In” mentality and what it really means for women in law careers. (The Girl’s...more

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