Publications

Articles From Karen Erger

Avoid Contracting the Muddled-Speech Bug

By Karen Erger
May
2018
Column
Page 44
Lawyers - we who understand the power of precise language - should lead the effort to speak confidently and clearly and avoid waffling words and phrases.

The Lawyer’s Guide to the Road

By Karen Erger
March
2018
Column
Page 54
Whether you're a road warrior or an occasional business traveler, these tips will help you stay organized, calm, and happy on the road.

Lessons from the Lectern

By Karen Erger
January
2018
Column
Page 44
Some tips to make your next public speaking gig less stressful and more successful.

Surviving the Networking Reception

By Karen Erger
October
2017
Column
Page 54
Dread the meet-and-greet time built into professional conferences? Here are tips for making the most of your next networking event.

Three Things You Can Stop Feeling Guilty About Right Now

By Karen Erger
August
2017
Column
Page 44
Tips for leaving the office more satisfied with the work you've done today and more likely to succeed tomorrow.

At the End of the Day

By Karen Erger
June
2017
Column
Page 44
Tips for leaving the office more satisfied with the work you've done today and more likely to succeed tomorrow.

Not Just the Same Old Grind

By Karen Erger
April
2017
Column
Page 52
Think you know the practice areas and lawyer miscues that cause most malpractice claims? A recent study lays out the stats.

Deconstructing Less-than-Constructive Criticism

By Karen Erger
February
2017
Column
Page 46
Even gentle criticism can be painful, and not all criticism is gentle. But learning to listen is essential to your professional and personal growth.

The Power of Pocket-Sized Plans

By Karen Erger
December
2016
Column
Page 46
Big plans may stir the blood, but making a series of small, attainable changes in the New Year might be the surest route to improvement.

Escaping the Verbiage Vortex

By Karen Erger
October
2016
Column
Page 52
Are you living down to the stereotype of lawyers who are incomprehensible to lay people? Do yourself and your profession a favor and make clarity, not confusion, your goal.

The New Lawyers’ Journey from IDK to “I’ll Find Out”

By Karen Erger
August
2016
Column
Page 52
How to make a research project assigned by a supervising lawyer successful for mentor and mentee alike.

The Edifying, Satifying, Malpractice-Claim-Defying Power of Story

By Karen Erger
June
2016
Column
Page 48
The tales seasoned lawyers tell of their challenges - unhappy clients, errors, unreasonable opponents - can help developing lawyers find their way around similar obstacles.

When You’re Only Lonely

By Karen Erger
April
2016
Column
Page 56
Making and sustaining friendships is vital to our well-being. But in the flesh-and-blood world, it isn't as easy as clicking "accept."

Tragedy in the Tall Corn State

By Karen Erger
February
2016
Column
Page 48
The sad case of Iowan David Roth has lessons for lawyers on both sides of the Mississippi.

You Say You Want a Resolution?

By Karen Erger
December
2015
Column
Page 46
Use your 2016 New Year's resolutions to become a better lawyer.

Weathering the Dark Night of the Soul

By Karen Erger
October
2015
Column
Page 48
Mistakes are a fact of law practice. Be ready to respond wisely and well.

20 Quick and Dirty Risk Management Ideas for Lawyers

By Karen Erger
August
2015
Column
Page 50
This risk-management speed drill will keep best practices top of mind. Ready, set, go!

Sleepless in the Corner Office

By Karen Erger
June
2015
Column
Page 48
Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.

Too Many Phish in the Sea

By Karen Erger
April
2015
Column
Page 48
Too smart to take the computer-fraud bait? Don't be so sure.

They’re Just Like Us

By Karen Erger
February
2015
Column
Page 48
When law firm partners steal, the losses are enormous.

Just Say ‘Know’ to Dabbling

By Karen Erger
December
2014
Column
Page 598
Saying "yes" to a case outside your competence is usually a mistake.

If: The Ethical Obligations of Subordinate Lawyers

By Karen Erger
October
2014
Column
Page 502
Subordinate lawyers have to exercise independent judgment, even if it means standing up to a supervising lawyer.

The Mystery of the Missing Miles

By Karen Erger
August
2014
Column
Page 404
Ever use a public computer to access you work email? Find out how risky that is.

The Appearance of Professionalism

By Karen Erger
June
2014
Column
Page 300
Aren't women lawyers competent to make their own judgments about what to wear to work?

Good Is Not So Bad

By Karen Erger
April
2014
Column
Page 198
Perfectionism won't make you perfect. In fact, it might actually inhibit your performance.

Put Not Your Trust in Nigerian Princes

By Karen Erger
February
2014
Column
Page 100
A recent iteration of the Nigerian email scam offers lessons for lawyers.

Emergency Procedures for Malpractice Survival

By Karen Erger
December
2013
Column
Page 644
Prepare for the unlikely event of malpractice - alleged or real.

The Zealous Advocacy of Saul Goodman

By Karen Erger
October
2013
Column
Page 538
Why is Breaking Bad's shady Saul Goodman so popular?

Working with Clients Who Give You the Blues

By Karen Erger
August
2013
Column
Page 430
Bluesy advice for dealing with downer clients.

Your “Unsinkable” Law Practice: Checking the Lifeboats

By Karen Erger
June
2013
Column
Page 314
Make sure your professional liability policy is shipshape.

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