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The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (May 15, 2015)

5 Lessons Learned From Watching Law-Themed Television Shows: While most “real life” lawyers feel these shows are not an accurate representation of the law, there are a few things viewers can learn (other than being...more

8 Things You Can Do to Take Your Law Career to the Next Level

When you first pass the bar, you deal with basic issues such as how to draft legal documents, please your supervising attorney, and properly bill clients. Initially, these issues are enough of a struggle, but a few years into...more

Ways to Make Your Family Business More Family Friendly

Family businesses face many hurdles. One of the biggest hurdles for family businesses (as for all businesses) is keeping and retaining talent. Family businesses have to compete for talent against bigger, more established...more

Lawyers Ask: How Do I Make More Money? (Part 1)

It seems like such a simple, even harmless question. The answer is both obvious and elusive. How do I make more money?...more

Use Your Dating Experience To Improve Your Mediation Success

What does success in mediation have to do with dating? PREPARATION. Remember what it was like when you used to go on first dates? How many were a disaster because you weren’t prepared for the date? ...more

That is the Telling Thing: An Interview with Jenna Bedsole

In addition to her credits as attorney and author, Baker Donelson Labor and Employment Chair and Birmingham Shareholder Jenna Bedsole can now add filmmaker to her list of accomplishments. Jenna is the executive producer and...more

What Professionals Can Learn from National Championship Coaches' Post-Game Comments

As a proud Carolina graduate, it is somewhat painful to see Duke’s success in another national championship and even more so as I write a post praising Mike Krzyzewski. However, in our daily quest for professionalism,...more

The Passing of Günter Grass and Compliance Week 2015 Is Near

Günter Grass died this week. The contradictions that made up post-war Germany were wrapped up in him as well as any other single person I know anything about. He was a Nobel Prize winner for literature, who, it was revealed...more

CorpCast Episode 4: Better Know a Judge: Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery [Video]

On this episode of CorpCast, we’re honored to welcome Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of Delaware’s Court of Chancery. In addition to discussing the reasons he came to Delaware to practice law, the Vice Chancellor shares...more

Statistical Evidence Of Happier Lawyers

We’ve seen some comments on various media streams lately that imply (or directly state) that… Being a lawyer requires a resignation to working too hard for too little money. Being “happy” isn’t part of the deal. Like,...more

Maximizing Personal Image in Business and in Court

In this world of lightning-fast communication and ubiquitous social media, there still remains a place for professional courtesy and direct personal interaction, especially in the legal profession. Being aware of and...more

9 Questions Every Lawyer (EveryONE) Needs to Ask Themselves

I just read this on Facebook (just this second): “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Feb 27, 2014)

From Around the Web - How Law School Prepared 3L Hali Ford to Compete on Survivor: 3L Hali Ford talks about her tough choice to compete on the show and how law school in San Francisco prepared her for this challenge of...more

Highlights from the Toronto Centre CRA & Professionals Group Breakfast Seminar – February 19, 2015

On February 19, 2015, at the Toronto Centre CRA & Professionals Group Breakfast Seminar CRA representatives provided an update on two topics: 1) online CRA e-services, and 2) Regulation 102 and Regulation 105 waivers for...more

Are there MLM company programs that help personal and professional growth within the company?

Absolutely. First, it should be noted that this industry boasts some of the best motivational and teaching trainers in the sales business. Just Google “MLM Training” and you will be led to great trainers and systems, such as...more

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

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

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