(This post is not for the faint of heart.) Last week I posted that I had SO much to say that it literally rendered me incapable of posting anything. And my friend, Jack Newton posted a 2011 Prognostication Roundup on Slaw. It was very lawyer/law firm-centric. My thoughts, however, were elsewhere. What is happening to […]
When the New York Times ran an article on January 8, 2011 ‘Is Law School A Losing Game?” it got reprinted in all major newspapers, set listservs and Facebook abuzz because it hit so many chords. If you haven’t read ‘Is Law School A Losing Game?’ do so. Sadly, in my opinion, they opted to […]
(This is a bit lengthy so read when you have a few moments). I recently watched Bernanke on 60 minutes and after all the gloss and political correctness he said two things which struck me. First he made it very clear we are in for a rough ride the next four to five years and […]
It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. Time to celebrate our future because more and more people will be entrepreneurs then ever before. They will not take jobs. They will make jobs. And the legal profession is no exception: There is also a timely article in the new ABA Journal which highlights a potential new hierarchy within law […]
My post yesterday struck a chord. There was one response which I did not want buried in the comments and decided to post as a follow up because this Mississippi lawyer , John Gillis, took the time to educate us all on the state of mandatory pro bono throughout the country. I’m a Mississippi lawyer […]
More than three years ago I wrote this column for the Connecticut Law Tribune: ********************* Connecticut Law Tribune – June 8, 2007 (This column comes on the heels of the recent Second Circuit Decision regarding pro bono fees, as a I promised.) It’s been a year since I read an Illinois Supreme Court ruling regarding […]
The workplace is becoming more and more virtual, with meetings occurring across time zones and organizations and with participants who barely know each other, working on swarms attacking rapidly emerging problems. But the employee will still have a “place” where they work. Many will have neither a company-provided physical office nor a desk, and their […]
This is the age old question and my friend, Chuck Newton, addresses it in his new post, “Why Do Not More Young Lawyers Start Their Own Law Practices.” Yes, coming from me this may sound like a promotion for Solo Practice University. But it’s not. Chuck has no skin in the game. He has no […]
There is a joke I heard recently from a small law firm who stopped renewing their ABA membership. The lawyer I spoke to said, “We get 13 things for our ABA dues – 12 nice magazines and a bill. Those are very expensive magazines.’ This is from someone who bought in to the idea, ‘graduate law school and join the ABA.’ No longer are students mindlessly joining an organization because it exists. Somewhere along the way any perception of value disappeared.
It’s a trend that began after the economic downturn of the late 1980s, as many laid-off professionals became consultants. Then it seemed temporary, though, tied to bad times. Evidence now suggests that this is our new economic condition. Today, in fact, 20% to 23% of U.S. workers are operating as consultants, freelancers, free agents, contractors or micropreneurs. Current projections see the number only rising in coming years.