Section Newsletter Articles on Careers

The call to action: Advancing women attorneys in leadership in Chicago By Jane DiRenzo and E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, March 2009 Chicago law firm signatories to the 2004 Call to Action (CTA) demonstrated success on each of its five goals. Many firms demonstrated real success on the front of advancing women into leadership. Overall, the Chicago legal community made material progress and established some best practices that fed the success of its efforts. Continued progress will be necessary, but the CTA facilitated focus and progress on this important issue.
Peggy Klaus: New Year’s Resolutions Women and the Law, March 2009 Peggy Klaus, a workplace communication and leadership expert, offered the following New Year’s resolutions to her friends. Her resolutions should be considered by everyone for 2009.
Second-Hand-Shock™—Day to day the price we pay By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, March 2009 “Second-Hand-ShockTM" is the cumulative impact of the distress that clients’ trauma content stories have on the professionals helping them.
7 habits of a highly effective Junior Associate By Howard W. Anderson, III Young Lawyers Division, February 2009 The author finds himself providing advice to younger associates. He divulges the seven pieces of advice that he most frequently gives.
How to say ‘no’: A lawyer’s coming-of-age Story By Brian Potts Young Lawyers Division, August 2008 Sometimes the most important word to use in a law practice is the most difficult for a new attorney to say.
A trial lawyer’s reminiscences By Jack E. Horsley Civil Practice and Procedure, May 2008 Editor’s note: Last year, Jack E. Horsley sent a letter to me as co-editor of Trial Briefs stating that has been a long-time reader of our newsletter and expressing his appreciation for the fine caliber of articles we published. In an exchange of letters, Mr. Horsley sent a touching novella (“All About Biff”) about his beloved and faithful pet dog who saved a very young Jack from a vicious stray.
Who me? A law professor?—Southern Illinois University School of Law sponsors workshop for lawyers interested in law teaching Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, March 2008 In an effort to bring more diversity to the legal academy, faculty from the Southern Illinois University School of Law presented a workshop during the Illinois State Bar Association’s December 2007 midyear meeting on how practicing lawyers can transition into law teaching jobs.
In-house job search 101 By Meredith E. Ritchie Corporate Law Departments, October 2007 So, you are thinking it is time to make a change—your skills aren’t being utilized, you don’t see advancement in your future at your current company or you received word that your legal department is moving to another state.
Thoughts of a recent graduate in-house counsel and a call for poetic justice By Michelle L. Thoma-Culver Corporate Law Departments, January 2007 I am a relatively new attorney, having practiced little more than two years now.
The top 10 things they did not teach me in law school By Dennis A. Norden Business Advice and Financial Planning, May 2006 Upon starting the actual practice of our profession, nearly every attorney begins to realize how little he or she knows.
Jump start your job search: Three surefire ways to re-energize your networking efforts By Lisa L. Abrams Young Lawyers Division, February 2003 Chances are your car isn't the only thing that could use a jump start in February. Your job search could probably use an infusion of energy, too.