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The Lives of Lawyers: Actionable Tips for Lawyers to Boost Client Satisfaction

Lawyers are trained to provide the best work product—but is that really what’s most important to clients? In our drive to turn around high-quality substance in short time frames, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that law is a service industry—meaning that the objective quality of our work product might not be what’s

Does Your Law Firm Pass the Coronavirus Challenge?

In the past few weeks, it’s been impossible to read the news without seeing mention of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19. The virus is now present on every continent, with more than 96,000 confirmed cases and over 3,000 deaths globally. Beyond the public health impact, as companies restrict travel and close offices (sometimes for weeks

The Lives of Lawyers: More Than Meditation: How Even the Most Type A Lawyers Can Practice Mindfulness

For the past several years, the wellness industry has inundated me with the word “mindfulness”—something “good” that I “should” practice. But for many lawyers, the idea of turning off from the outside world and being entirely focused on one thing seems like a pipe dream. They balk at the suggestion, claiming to be “too Type

The Lives of Lawyers: The Impact of Lawyer Burnout on Law Firms

At a time when many law firms globally are focusing on how to compete in an increasingly competitive legal services landscape, many of them are ignoring their most important resource: their own lawyers. Increasingly, many in our profession have acknowledged that the state of mental health is reaching crisis levels. Brant Bishop, a former Managing

The Lives of Lawyers: Five Realities of Practicing at a Law Firm That No One Learns in Law School

Law school can be quite an adjustment for students coming directly from an undergraduate degree. From the Socratic method of learning to the adjustments needed to write as a lawyer, there are many new skills that budding attorneys must quickly master. One could think that because law school is so dense with information, it must

The Lives of Lawyers: How Lawyers Can Untie Their Self-Worth from the Billable Hour

In May of 2019, I began a year-long federal clerkship after two years of working as a litigation associate at a large global law firm—meaning that my life switched from being divided into six-minute increments into not being divided at all. One of the most profound (and unexpected) changes I experienced was the removal of

The Lives of Lawyers: For Lawyers, The Perfect Day Is About More Than Maximizing Billable Hours

For lawyers struggling to stay afloat, imagining—let alone enjoying—a perfect day with time for both self-care and work, sounds like a cruel joke, a luxury reserved for other people not drowning in billable hour requirements. How can an individual justify taking time for oneself when performance is measured in six-minute increments, and when there is

How Lawyers Can Use Technology to Conquer Their Workday

Let’s face it: most of us are addicted to our phones. Even worse, this addiction is easy to justify, because our entire lives are packed into that one little device, from our email to our fitness apps. The lack of boundaries between the office and our personal lives is why mobile devices are the single