In Toya Gavin’s new favorite short story book, One More Thing: Stories And Other Stories, B.J Novack tells the story of The Rematch between the tortoise and the hare. It’s a great vignette, and in the retelling of the story, the hare actually wins. What has this got to do with the value of lawyers?
The latest bar exam has finished up around the country, and now you might be thinking, “Yikes! I am going to take the bar exam next February and that is now just months away. What can I be doing now to prepare?”
I missed being a solo. All of it. The elations, the fears; the excitement of resolving matters for the client; the lows when you do not prevail on a matter. I missed the variety of things you can do, from area of law to practice management, to client development. I missed being motivated to succeed so as not to lose sleep thinking about paying the bills. Mostly, I missed the freedom to practice law.
It’s the call that starts out with so and so company wants the lawyer to be their exclusive local point person and boy it seems like a great opportunity. I always ask the one question these lawyers never seem to think about and the question is this. Is there an indemnification provision in the contract?
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.
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.