Widening the Net

I recently had breakfast with my friend, Toni. Toni is more than a friend, actually: she is one of my very best friends, my client, my co-conspirator, a trusted business advisor, and co-author of a book we’re working on (that’s a whole other column). We meet for breakfast about once a week to check in with […]

Do You Think Engagement Letters Are Optional?

Engagement letters seem to be one of those documents that most attorneys intellectually appreciate the value of but often underutilize. The letter simply isn’t in consistent use day to day and the excuses run the gamut. I often hear “Repeat clients would be offended,” “They take more time than their worth, particularly with flat fee […]

A Profession If You Can Keep It: Part I – Setting the Stage

How Information Technology and Fading Borders Are Reshaping the Law Marketplace and What We Should Do About It In late April, I went back to NYU School of Law for Reunion.  The proceedings included presentations on hot-button topics for alumni.   A “must” for me was the presentation by Stephen Gillers, Elihu Root Professor of […]

The Case that Was Too Good to Be True

Looking back, she can clearly see that it was too good to be true.  But when she opened that email message, April Frazier thought the case might be just what she needed to get her practice on track. The prospective client, Eddie Barrington, was seeking Frazier’s help in enforcing a worker’s compensation settlement.  Barrington claimed […]

Are You Struggling With the MBE?

If you are gearing up to study again for the bar exam this next season, you are likely going through the process of determining what went wrong. And perhaps you are finding that your Multistate Bar Exam scores (the multiple choice part of the bar exam) are really bringing you down. Don’t worry; you are […]

Heartbleed and More. Should Lawyers Be Concerned? Very.

Another day, another [insert one] cyber attack, vulnerability, hack, malware, data breach, network insecurity, or other potential compromise to one’s online safety. It’s a war zone out there, and we are the innocent bystanders. Time for the innocent bystanders to form a neighborhood watch. All kidding aside, when you venture online, you risk exposing yourself and your data to compromise. Your […]