Young lawyers can be discouraged to find out that hard work does not necessary result in a win. In this video, I discuss 3 ways that I learned how to cope with the fact that the results of cases are often outside of my control.
My fellow Litigators: it is a new year. Do you know how many hours you need to bill this month to be on target for the billable year? Have you estimated how many days you need to work each month this year to satisfy your billable hour requirement? Does the thought of answering these questions […]
One day when I was in law school, a professor announced in class that because we attended a 4th tier law school, we would not work in a law firm. He said that the best we could hope for was to be solo practitioners and he even questioned our ability to be successful as solos […]
Lawyers have egos. We try to remain humble, open to learning new things and trying to improve. But, let’s face it: we hate being wrong, we hate making mistakes and we hate when those mistakes are pointed out by our supervisors, adversaries or (worst case scenario) judges. The reality is, however, that mistakes will happen […]
I believe that we attract what we focus on and I believe that worry only attracts people and situations that create more things to worry about. This does not mean that concerns that you have are not legitimate, but worrying puts out an energy of powerlessness, lack of control, and even worse, victimization. Remain diligent, […]
Whether you believe in God, the Universe, or some benevolent force out there that orders your life, you have the ability to create situations in your life, whether those situations are positive or negative. For example, you have the power to create drama or peace in your life depending the friends you choose. You have […]
In the practice of law, you don’t have control over much. You can’t control the facts of the cases you are assigned. You can’t control who your adversaries, clients, witnesses or who your Judge will be. You can, however, control how you react to all of the situations that are thrown at you. You can […]
To all the litigators out there: If you died tomorrow and you had time to think before you died, would you say to yourself “I wish I had billed more hours” or would you say I wish I spent more time with my family” or “I wish I had spent more time with my friends” […]
This week’s affirmation acknowledges that mistakes can and will happen in the practice of law but it is important for lawyers to not beat themselves up. Learn from the mistake, forgive yourself and move forward.
About 10 months ago, my sorority sisters agreed to have a group trip to New York City. And I panicked. I immediately thought about all the work I had to do, how I wouldn’t be able to work that weekend if I needed to and how I simply didn’t have enough time. Seriously. 10 months […]