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The Only Thing you Need to have Happy Clients

Clients can seem like complicated, insane creatures at times. One moment they want this thing, then they don't. They say something is urgent, but it's...

Legalese – Everything you Need to Know

If you're going to be a lawyer then at some point you're going to have to come to grips with legalese. Hopefully that's not because...

A Lawyer’s Real Job is to be a Translator

Communication skills are important for anyone in the legal profession (which is why I keep writing about them). In fact, I personally believe that communication...

Stop Producing Boring Content!

For the love of everything, could we please (you know - as a profession) stop producing content that sends people to sleep. I know -...

5 Communication Techniques for Client Interviews

The communication techniques that great lawyers use to develop rapport with a client, get the information you need, and leave the client feeling well looked...

8 Requirements for Writing a Legal Article that will Get Read

With so much practice, why is it that lawyers are so terrible at writing articles?  Are we just lazy, selfish, myopic?  I don't think...

How To Say No To The Senior Partner

This is a guest post from Mitch Jackson - be sure to check him out using the links at the end of the article! It’s...

4 Ways your Legal Drafting Sucks

One of the things people can't stand about lawyers is the way we communicate.  In particular, the way legal writing shapes up is often...

How to Infuriate a Judge in 4 Easy Steps

Depending on your perspective, Judges lie somewhere between a necessary evil and the pinnacle of the justice system.  Whatever your view, however, the fact is...

Doing the Two Step

I am a habitual reader of Mitch Jackson's Communication Tips, and recently Mitch posted an article that I thought you might find interesting about...

My Love/Hate Relationship with Email

I love email. And I hate email. I like to think that I'm not alone in this.  Email has offered legal practice huge benefits in legal...

The Right Tone – Anathema to Legalese

Legal writing is quite a tricky thing to master.  In particular, as I've written before, young lawyers can face a lot of challenges making...

Wisdom – An Undervalued Characteristic

Strength.  Confidence.  Articulation.  Persistence.  Knowledge. Intelligence.  These are the characteristics we most commonly see among those most valued.  But what about wisdom?  To some...

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Or… We Could Just Fire You Instead

Recently I took a bit of a shot at law firms trying to pretend that their COVID-related pay cuts came with associated reduced working...

40% Pay Cut, 140% Full Time Load

It's been fascinating watching law firms react (in advance) to what they believed was going to be the horror story of COVID-19.

How to Make the Most of Your CLE

Attending any kind of continuing legal education can feel like it was largely a waste of time - even if it came with a...

Legal Careers Are Awesome

Recently I mentioned what I thought was a fairly self-evident concept: being a lawyer is actually pretty challenging. If...

Earning the Right to Speak

When I was a younger lawyer, I tended to speak my mind more often than was appropriate. Thankfully, I had (mostly) patient...
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