There is a little under one month left until the bar exam—prime time for a bar exam freak-out! It happens every year, almost like clockwork. Here are some sound ideas to help you through these next weeks.
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For the most part, lawyers, especially the more seasoned lawyers, are always pleasant and professional outside the courthouse. Do lawyers battle inside? Of course, but it is usually nothing other than showmanship in front of the judge and as soon as they leave they are cordial and pleasant and professional. Sometimes the clients didn’t understand lawyers can still be advocating for them but they don’t have to ‘hate’ the other side in order to make their case.
I’ve seen highly respected lawyers with well-read blogs deliberately destroy younger and more vulnerable lawyers knowing full well their comments will impact their target’s long term reputation and be a permanent fixture on their digital resume. I’ve seen a lot of lawyer-on-lawyer ugly in the past eight years.
My father was a huge supporter of my dream to build Solo Practice University. My biggest fan. A little over two months ago, my Dad died suddenly from a (undiagnosed) burst aortic aneurysm. He died just 13 days shy of his 83rd birthday. It doesn’t feel right not to share some words which will remain in the digital ether forever, especially on this first father’s day without his physical presence.
I’ve asked hundreds of lawyers what differentiates them from their competition. Almost all of them say that it’s the quality of their work. News flash: you can’t all be better than the rest. Find out what you really need to do to separate yourself from the pack.
When I first started my practice, I tracked everything in my calendar in Gmail. I still calendar everything important in there. After a while I started to want something more detailed so that I could set reminders for a certain date in the future. This is what I do.
This post is directed toward those of you who fail to accurately record your time on a consistent basis throughout the day, day after day. I know it can be a hassle but there are really good reasons why this should be a priority.
You’re a solo practitioner. It’s approaching summertime and you want to take a well deserved vacation with your family, whether a beach on an isolated island, hiking the Grand Canyon or a staycation tech-free. Can you do it? Who will take care of our clients?