Section Newsletter Articles on Career Advice

More things you never learned in law school By Bradford L. Bennett Young Lawyers Division, April 2013 The following are some suggestions a new attorney may find helpful that are not unique to any particular area of law, but those that the author wishes he had known before starting his career.
Things judges love and things they don’t about lawyers By Hon. Robert J. Anderson Trusts and Estates, March 2013 A judge's perspective on the things lawyers do well and maybe not quite as well.
Things judges love and things they don’t about lawyers By Hon. Robert J. Anderson Family Law, March 2013 A judge's perspective on the things lawyers do well and maybe not quite as well.
Navigating a case assigned to the municipal department By Amy Kelly Young Lawyers Division, August 2012 A general outline of the procedures regarding municipal cases in the First Municipal District in which a jury demand has been filed.
Reflections of President John E. Thies By John E. Thies Young Lawyers Division, August 2012 A message from ISBA President John E. Thies to the members of the YLD.
Tips for new associates By Erin Wilson Young Lawyers Division, June 2012 A few guidelines for those just starting out.
Pay it forward By Meghan O’Brien Young Lawyers Division, February 2012 Pay it forward. Do something good for someone now, and in the future, when you need assistance, someone will help you.
Mother, wife, lawyer: A balancing act By Ashley Kwasneski Young Lawyers Division, December 2010 Juggling the demands of parenthood with a successful career.
Surviving in the legal practice By Sonia Munoz Gallagher Young Lawyers Division, December 2010 Six rules to help you be a better and more productive lawyer.
Words of Wisdom By Rebecca E. Cahan Young Lawyers Division, June 2010 Three experienced lawyers reflect on their own career journeys and offer their insight.
Help wanted? Practical advice for landing a job By Robert Fink Young Lawyers Division, December 2008 Some DOs and DONT’s when applying for an associate position with a law firm based.
Five top financial tips for young attorneys By Randall Edgar General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2008 Although any young professional should appreciate sound financial advice, I have written this article to be primarily directed to young attorneys who will face slightly different problems than young business professionals or individuals in other professions.
The top 10 things they did not teach me in law school By Dennis A. Norden Family Law, October 2007 Upon starting the actual practice of our profession, nearly every attorney begins to realize how little he or she knows.
The second top 10 things they did not teach me in law school By Dennis A. Norden Business Advice and Financial Planning, May 2007 A list of 10 things the author has learned on the job.
Surviving (and thriving) as a young attorney By Amanda C. Jones Women and the Law, May 2007 According to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, in 2006, women comprised approximately 30 percent of the profession. In private practice, women accounted for approximately 47 percent of summer associates, 44 percent of associates, and only 17 percent of partners.
“Legalese” rhymes with “fees” By Paulette Gray Family Law, October 2006 The parties to a divorce reserved the issue of the division of personal property and a judgment of dissolution of marriage was entered.
Suggestions from the bench and from a former general practitioner By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, November 2004 The suggestions in this outline are designed to remind the experienced general practitioner of some points sometimes forgotten.
My first year as the first associate By Peter R. Olson Young Lawyers Division, April 2004 As a 2002 law school graduate, I recently faced the dilemma presented to many young attorneys before me: where should I enter this diverse career spectrum otherwise known as the legal profession?
Marshall, Greaney, Ireland, Spina, Cowin, Sosman & Cordy By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, February 2004 What do these names mean? Is this the name of a boutique firm in Chicago or a large firm downstate? These names meant nothing to me until I read the opinion of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts filed on November 18, 2003 in Goodridge, v Department of Public Health,
The first appearance By James F. Holderman Government Lawyers, November 2003 When appearing before a federal judge for the first time on a case, you of course want to make a good impression not only for yourself, but for your client and your case as well.
One size does not fit all By Gloria Petersen Young Lawyers Division, October 2003 Have you ever tried to wear a garment that was one-size-fits-all? It is a great idea, but people just do not fall into a one-size-fits-all category.
Insights into career moves by women lawyers By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, September 2003 A recent study reported in Recasting the Brass Ring: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Workplace Opportunities For Women Lawyers (29 Capital University Law Review 923 (2002)) shows women move more often than men, women move earlier in their careers than men and women are more likely than men to make moves characterized as horizontal or even downwards.
Trapped in an insurance defense practice? Two strategic approaches By Dr. John W. Olmstead Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2003 Insurance defense practices are under siege. While these practices have always had to deal with low billing rates and unrealistic controls mandated by insurance companies, recent trends have reached levels that threaten the business relationship which has reached an all-time low.
Bullets for successful federal practice By Richard Mills Young Lawyers Division, February 2003 The formula for success in trial practice is simple: Be prepared, be decent, and be on time.
15 business card sins lawyers commit By Trey Ryder Young Lawyers Division, August 2002 When a client hands your card to a prospect, in one second your prospect draws conclusions based on what he sees.
Keeping things simple By Michael H. Erde Business Advice and Financial Planning, February 2001 I just read an article in a business publication quoting a person who thought that Fannie Mae was a funny name for a mortgage company.
Top 10 tips for the new general practitioner By Michael A. Hall General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, March 1999 Those of us from general practice firms have a distinct advantage over our colleagues who concentrate in one or two areas of the law; namely, they need us more often than we need them


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