May 29, 2016

8 Tips to Get Your Email Read…and Answered.

If there’s one thing we do a lot of as lawyers, it’s write, and read, a lot of email. Making sure an email is read is as important as the information in it. An unread email might as well not be sent (except for liability reasons, but that’s another blog post…).

Got creative?

Behold, 29 suggestions for keeping that creative spark alive: (h/t Lifehacker)

Practice Tip (via ABL): How to Become an (Almost) Indispensable Junior Associate

Short of going solo, there’s almost no way around the fact: you’re going to be a junior associate before you become a partner. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait to be a partner to start thinking like one. Start now, says Above the Law. Take ownership of winning your case or completing your […]

Utah Legislature Watch: “Lawyers should be good lobbyists…”

“..but really, they’re pretty lousy.” http://twitter.com/#!/PubliusDB/status/40847592678109184 Ironic, I know. But that’s the word from Doug Foxley. Last week I attended a Utah Bar CLE entitled “Utah State Bar Day at the Legislature.” Except, we really didn’t get over to the legislature itself. We sat in an auditorium over in the Capitol Office Building, and the […]

Practice Tip #11: Strengthen your Memory

I am not known for my elephant-like memory, mostly, because I do not have one.  Like most people, my memory is pretty average (if not below average). To compensate, I write everything down, keep careful a calendar events and meetings I need to attend, calls I should make, and tasks to finish. I take notes […]

Practice Tip #10: Keep it short

On writing, from the Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law, page 25: “Edit yourself.” Really. Do it. If you don’t, someone else will have to edit your work for you, and that’s, well, embarrassing. Further, shorten your sentences. After I write a brief, I go back and re-read it, concentrating solely on matters of style. I read […]

Law Practice Tip #7: Beware Twitter

Be wise about your use of Twitter, Facebook, blogs, or anything else you post online. Assume that it won’t disappear or leave the Internet–ever. Someone will always be able to find it. How will it affect your online reputation? Will it come back to haunt you? Think twice before hitting “publish.” Also, if your boss is […]