Articles on Career Advice

Perspectives, Preferences, and Pet Peeves From the Bench By Judge Debra B. Walker & Niharika Reddy Family Law, September 2019 In order to be an effective, respectful, and zealous advocate for your client, remember to always keep the “three P’s” in mind: Perspectives, preferences, and pet peeves.
Five courtroom tips for new lawyers By Jameika Mangum Tort Law, March 2018 Author Jameika Williams Mangum provides five tips to help you navigate the courtroom.
What is the business reason for concentrating your practice in a specific area? By Kerry M. Lavelle Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2018 It is difficult to be great in multiple areas of the law. But is there an economic benefit to focusing your practice?
Five action steps now to make your money last By Susan Stein Women and the Law, December 2017 Making your money last through your lifetime is challenging enough. Don’t make it harder by avoiding the subject. Taking steps now can make your retirement years much easier and enjoyable.
Five action steps now to make your money last By Susan Stein Employee Benefits, December 2017 Making your money last through your lifetime is challenging enough. Don’t make it harder by avoiding the subject. Taking steps now can make your retirement years much easier and enjoyable.
How the “Millennial lawyer” can advance their career By Stephanie Garces Young Lawyers Division, December 2017 A look at the ways the millennial lawyer can take their career to the next level.
What I learned about being a lawyer from being a client By Karen Vandermeer Young Lawyers Division, December 2017 Despite having spent years providing advice and counsel to clients, the author was recently on the client end of the attorney-client relationship and the experience affirmed and reshaped her understanding of client management.
How to make a great first impression By Jenna DiJohn Young Lawyers Division, October 2017 A first impression can make or break whether you land that dream job, reel in that new client’s business, or win the jury trial you have been preparing for-- here's what you need to know.
How to overcome your fears and land your dream career By Corri Fetman Women and the Law, September 2017 A few of the most common fears that people have regarding a potential job or career change, along with the reasons why you should really not fear them at all.
5 tips for practicing as a downstate attorney By Samantha Dudzinski Young Lawyers Division, August 2017 Is practicing downstate really any different from practicing in Cook or collar counties? Well, yes and no.
Book review: Getting Started as a Real Estate Attorney, by Joseph R. Fortunato By Leonard F. Amari Senior Lawyers, June 2017 This 130-page volume contains “everything-one-could-possibly-want-to-know” about practicing in the real estate transaction field, written by a recognized authority.
What traits make for a good lawyer? What about a good judge? By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, June 2017 It turns out that good lawyers and good judges share what it takes to distinguish themselves and stand out among their peers. Their “good” traits are not so different from one another and are interchangeable, reciprocal, and mutual. That is, traits befitting a good lawyer apply with equal force to a good judge.
Embracing change: Why is it so difficult? By Rich Sheehy Young Lawyers Division, April 2017 Change is hard, it’s messy, and it’s frightening, but it can also be exhilarating, liberating, and lead you to possibilities you never imagined! By approaching change, whether in a legal career or in one’s personal life, as a process with distinct stages, you can manage the anxiety and overcome the inertia that holds us back from reaching your goals.
Five traits of a successful family law attorney By Umberto S. Davi & Marie K. Sarantakis Family Law, April 2017 The following traits have been found to be especially helpful to attorneys who deal with sensitive and emotionally-laden matters such as divorce and child custody.
ISBA-sponsored navigating your legal career event By Sherry H. Joseph & Colleen E. Mulligan Young Lawyers Division, February 2017 This past fall, attorney, author and career coach Anne Marie Segal gave a presentation to a class full of law students at DePaul University College of Law.
Five ways to enhance your credentials as a new family law practitioner By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, December 2016 Stuck in a rut? Improve your resume and become more qualified by following these simple tips.
Advice to young attorneys: How to grow your career By Amanda M. Oliver Young Lawyers Division, June 2016 The author shares her tips on how to stand out and get ahead in your career.
Best legal advice given—From a colleague, senior lawyer or layperson By Arlette Porter Family Law, April 2016 On February 23 and 24, 2016, another set of hopefuls” will sit for the Illinois Bar Exam. If all goes well, their registration number will be listed on April 1, 2016. I recall having checked the website and seeing my number appear. My next thought was—NOW WHAT? As a newbie, I needed sound, legal advice on how to get this thing started. I sought out ISBA members in the area that I intended to practice. The advice given to me was priceless—and I still remember (and practice) most of it a decade later.
How to put your most professional-self forward on voice-mail By Ann Marie Sabath Young Lawyers Division, June 2015 The author shares her voicemail etiquette tips.
DePaul alumni share secrets of success with current law students By Sherry H. Joseph Young Lawyers Division, April 2015 On the Evening of March 19, 2015, five alumni of the University of DePaul College of Law engaged in honest and practical conversations with current law students on the realities of practicing law.
Five things I learned about practicing law, and life in general, after law school By Priscilla Singer Young Lawyers Division, April 2015 The author shares five of the life lessons she's learned so far.
How to be an asset to your firm By Poonam K. Lakhani Young Lawyers Division, April 2015 With a volatile economy where clients are quick to take their business to a competing firm, there are certain steps you can take to make yourself invaluable and irreplaceable.
Save the Date— “Because You’re Worth It! Achieving Advancement and Fair Compensation in the Legal Profession” Women and the Law, April 2015 Save the date-- May 7, 2015-- for this exciting program.
Are you a business person or business professional? By Ann Marie Sabath Young Lawyers Division, February 2015 Seventeen scenarios to help you determine whether you're on the right track to climbing the career ladder.
Should I file a lawsuit or hire a lawyer? By Hon. Joseph D. Panarese Young Lawyers Division, February 2015 A helpful litigation primer to help you avoid some common pitfalls.
There is no such thing as a stupid question By Zachary L. Sorman Young Lawyers Division, February 2015 The author provides a few strategies that might help you decide whether or not your question is worth asking.
What makes an exceptional family law attorney? By Jeanne M. Reynolds Family Law, January 2015 How does a new attorney navigate family law and impress the judge? The author provides her top ten tips, observations, and suggestions.
The importance of being able to sometimes say, “I don’t know” By Tania Richard Young Lawyers Division, October 2014 In a competitive field, admitting you don't have the answer can be perceived as a sign of weakness. But in reality, being honest and willing to find the answer is actually a sign of strength.
Career development and job security: Making yourself an asset to your firm as a new lawyer By Lisa M. Giese Young Lawyers Division, April 2014 Some suggestions on how to distinguish yourself from the masses and advance your legal career.
Good advice on being a lawyer—From someone else By Brion Doherty Young Lawyers Division, December 2013 The author passes along advice he's received from other people over the years.


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