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Mixing professional courtesy and legal humor

Do Sharks Tell Lawyer Jokes?

I’ll admit that, when snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands a few years back, that old saw about sharks granting a lawyer a reprieve due to professional courtesy did cross my mind. The shark I saw…

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The Art of the Cold Call

Who knew how often lawyers and support staff would have to make cold calls? No one told me about any of this in law school, but before I was even out I was desperately dialing…


Layoffs, downsizing, rightsizing, firings: Protect yourself no matter what, or who, your law firm cuts.

Where Will Your Job Be in Five Years? Two? Six Months?

Welcome to your layoff: The news that K&L Gates has dumped possibly hundreds of support staffers (as reported by Above the Law), or, in law firm parlance, made “adjustments for the good of the firm and its…


What the legal world needs more of: rapt storytellers with engaging, big personalities, who are charismatic, willing to go against the grain, and of course smart and good at what they do.

What Lawyers Can Learn from Tommy Boggs

The legal community suddenly lost one bright light—acclaimed lobbyist Thomas (Tommy) H. Boggs, Jr.—on a September day in 2014. Like or dislike his politics or his clients or his law firm management skills, but appreciate…


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