It is the time for resolutions and new opportunities. I hope that all of my readers will take advantage of this time to reflect and consider the possibilities for the future.
As for me, I have made the oh-so-predictable commitment to an improved exercise program and the not-so-predictable dedication to a new book that has been in my head for a while. This new book is an expansion of some of the themes of the last book with a special emphasis on what young women lawyers really need to survive in their professions and recommendations for employers to improve retention figures. It is my way of continuing to try to help so many of you who I know do not have enough time in your busy days as young lawyers and law students to help yourselves with these important issues. It is my pleasure to do this, and I hope that my work can continue to make a difference. You are buying my books and reading my books, and you motivate me. Thanks for the support. CONTINUE READING >
Now that one fall holiday is behind us and the big holiday season is on the horizon, I think that it is appropriate to address how lawyers spend their holidays. Well, that can vary considerably from one lawyer to another, as you might expect. A lawyer can work up until the eve of the holiday at the office or he or she can pretend to be partaking of the holiday spirit by working at home with a cell phone in firm grasp while performing holiday prep events like decorating the tree, placing the menora or hanging the lights. You have to be fairly coordinated to pull this off, however, especially if the hanging of lights involves a stepladder.
Also, wondering around the shopping mall checking e-mail on a Blackberry or similar device every three minutes qualifies as “in the holiday spirit” for many lawyers, but it is pretty discouraging for the kids accompanying them who are trying to draw attention to the must-have items on their lists. Fortunately the line to sit on Santa’s lap is generally very long, and that provides lots of quality Blackberry time, a blessing in disguise. CONTINUE READING >