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The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Sept. 12, 2014)

Which of Your Selves Comes Forward as a Lawyer? Kate McGuinness talks about how career (and life) plans might evolve to reveal different “selves,” and how to handle this situation when it occurs. (The Girl’s Guide to...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

Some things I think I think

Do you remember Andy Rooney? He used to do commentary on 6o Minutes. Big, bushy eyebrows. But the thing I will always remember is when he would ask “Did you ever wonder….?” and then go into some offbeat topic. My question is...more

What Does Delaware’s Wal-Mart Decision Mean for the Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations?

The Delaware Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW, No. 614, 2014 Del. LEXIS 336, 2014 WL 3638848 (July 23, 2014), a Section 220 “books and records” case...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

The magic of professional gravitas

Since I started this column nearly three years ago, I have discussed a variety of topics which address the evolution of the legal profession and the disruptive forces profoundly changing the way in which we practice...more

Division of Labor and Law Firms

Two recent articles/blog posts piqued my interest. The first was written by Pam Woldow of Edge International, and the second by Robert Gogel of Integreon. Both were insightful, and I would like to both share the insight and...more

HIPAA For Lawyers And Law Firms: What you need to know to prevent your law firm from paying MILLION$

For years now lawyers and law firms providing professional services to health care providers or health insurance plans should have had in place essential safeguards to meet the responsibilities and requirements as business...more

Protecting Your Employees (And Your Company's Image) Online

The best and most effective way an employer can combat social media-focused harassment is through education and training on what behavior the company will and will not find acceptable....more

Visualizing Employment by Law School, Part II

A useful plot for examining multiple measures over a range of a continuous predictor is a shaded area plot. These are especially valuable for compositional data (data on multiple categories that always add up to 100 percent),...more

Wearable Technology: A Perfect Fit For Litigation

It should come as no surprise that wearable technology and fitness trackers, such as Google Glass, the Jawbone UP, and the Narrative Clip are saturating the consumer market, and as a result, consumers are increasingly...more

Nitty Gritty Advice for Compelling Arbitration under the FAA

I regularly receive questions about compelling arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act. In particular, people ask : (1) Can I file a motion to compel before any other “complaint” is filed; (2) What should I call my...more

Choosing a Law Practice Area: The Hedgehog Concept

Did you read Martha’s newest article, yet? It’s a good’un. And while the article and Martha’s success is certainly slanted towards Estate Planning, and you might not (yet) practice that… Overall I think it’s...more

You Can Take It With You: Bringing An E-Discovery Case To Your New Firm

Congratulations: you have a new job with a new firm and your client with the “e-Discovery case” wants to come with you, the only “e-Discovery” expert lawyer that it trusts to represent it. But it may not be as simple as...more

Practicing Defensive Lawyering: Leaving No Stone Unturned In the Land Where the Unicorn is the National Symbol

It’s easy to criticize medical professionals when we believe they are engaged in “defensive medicine”. The fear of legal liability in a future malpractice action sometimes drives medical professionals to order tests or take...more

Legal Ethics Resources

Substantial information on legal ethics is available on the Internet, including: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/library/research/guides/legal_ethics.cfm, a broad-based Legal Ethics Research Guide offered by Georgetown...more

Five Tips for Job Hunting After the Bar Exam

You just took the bar exam. While your first priority is to relax and celebrate (which you should do), you should also use this time to polish you resume and focus on your career. Here are five tips to jump-start your job...more

Bridging the Workplace Creativity Gap

Progressive employers want workers with high levels of what David Kelley calls, in his recent book of the same title, “Creative Confidence.” Kelley, the head of Stanford’s d.school and founder of the design firm IDEO, defines...more

Why Estate Planning Isn’t the Boring Law Practice Area You Think

Most lawyers think estate planning is boring because of the way they were taught to do it is all wrong. They also don’t understand how profound and necessary a service it is, either....more

Unsexy, Unglamorous Legal Needs Deserve More Pro Bono Attention

During the time I have been managing Baker Donelson's pro bono programs, I've been impressed and gratified to see lawyers and bar associations and groups across the country step up en masse to tackle some very important...more

Lateral Integration for Longevity

In law firms, lateral integration is a marriage of many resources. I am sure many remember the famous quote “it takes a village.” In the case of lateral integration, this quote is spot on for law firms in a competitive...more

Should we offer marketing training to our summer associates?

Yes. But only under certain restrictions. I’ve been asked to conduct a lot of summer-associate training over the years, but only rarely have I done it exclusively for the summer kids. Instead, I typically...more

3 Ways to Make Every Networking Event You Attend Worth Your Time

When I attend a networking event, this is what I do to make sure it matters....more

Decisions Do Not Apply "Jewel Doctrine" to Departed Partners' Fees - Legal Fees Earned by Departed Partners in Now-Defunct Law...

A California District Court recently held that a bankruptcy trustee could not claim a property interest in the hourly fee matters pending at the now-dissolved Heller Ehrman LLP law firm. This June California decision was...more

The Horror – Bar Exam Software Server Problems Nationwide

As if the nation’s bar examinees didn’t have enough to worry about — last night, the company administering the process for any test-taker using his or her laptop to take yesterday’s essay portion of the exam experienced what...more

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