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Philadelphia is an amazing city to visit. There are lots of important historic sites to tour, museums to explore, and plenty of great restaurants to try. But if you want to get off the beaten path and explore a quirky legal attraction, head to the Mütter Museum. Getting to the 40 lb. Colon Hidden deep in the depths of this medical collection owned by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia are kidney stones pulled from the body of Chief Justice John Marshall. I was first told about the Mütter Museum by a fellow Wisconsin lawyer whose sister got married…
I spent a recent evening rewatching one of my favorite movies, Apollo 13. As someone who grew up wanting to be an astronaut, I am usually sucked into the story, holding my breath as the drama unfolds. This time, however, I was captivated not by the crew, but by the team on the ground. When things are falling apart, and nobody really knows if the crew can be saved, lead flight director Gene Kranz urges everyone to be calm, then asks his team, “What do we got on the spacecraft that’s good?” Immediately, Mission Control shifts their focus away from…
Young lawyers have a strong desire to give back. We are quick to donate to charitable causes, and many of us take on pro bono cases. But over the years there has been a steady decline in the number of attorneys, and in particular young attorneys, serving on local boards and as government officials. The nature of modern practice is often blamed for driving this trend, but it is also true that finding and securing these positions is not something most young attorneys know how to do. As someone who has worked in government affairs for the past decade, and…
I always knew that someday I would leave Wisconsin. My husband’s work demanded it. But when that day came, I found myself completely overwhelmed by the job search/joining a new bar process even though I had spent months preparing for the move. Now that I have settled into my new job/home/life and have had time to reflect on the experience, I’ve put together the following list of the top ten things that helped me smoothly transition to a new state: 1. Keep your employer in the loop. My colleagues in Wisconsin knew when they hired me that I would not…
It’s a rainy, made-for-tea kind of day, and the start of another work from home week thanks to the global corona virus pandemic. I am fortunate that the virus has not really impacted my work life. I typically work out of my home office, except when I visit my clients for in-person strategy sessions and video/photo shoots. I have learned A LOT about how to be productive in a non-traditional work environment over the past two years, and I have been encouraged to share some work-from-home tips with you. 1. Try to start and end work at the same time…
I’m currently being inundated with emails and snail mail from a company desperate to sell me a plaque I can hang on my wall, which will entitle me to proclaim myself to be something like the Most Awesomest Attorney EVER! It’s tempting because I’m well aware of my awesomeness and would like others to know about my awesomeness as well, but any award you have to pay to accept is not an award worth having. I’m constantly amazed at the number of smart attorneys and well-respected law firms that buy the dubious honors sold to them. These awards are not…
If you are a young associate or a solo practitioner, you are probably sick of hearing you need to network your way to being a successful lawyer. As if you had time to do that, or if you have time, knew where to start! It turns out the reason nobody seems to be able to explain exactly when or how to develop into a rainmaker is because the people who are good at this sort of thing think it needs no explanation. For the rest of us, here are four life hacks that will help you start to build a…
On March 9, I am joining forces with Amanda Sexton from FocusWorks Marketing for a workshop on blogging and podcasting for lawyers. The event is being hosted by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Attendees will walk away from this seminar with the tools they need to start blogging or podcasting to promote their firm. This includes a brand strategy, target audience assessment, and content creation calendar. Click here for details and registration.
People in general, and lawyers especially, like to know how things work. We all worry that “kids these days” don’t know that the food on their plates isn’t magically generated by the grocery store. We watch videos on YouTube of people sawing common household items in half just to see what is inside. And as lawyers, we know that the evidence we can gather will make or break our cases. Figuring out how stuff works is just something we do. This is why it is surprising that a lot of lawyers cannot explain how they get the majority of the…
Many attorneys do not realize they have access to the digital exhaust potential and current clients have spewed into the world, but every firm that has a standard intake form, maintains a website or posts on social media holds a treasure trove of this information, which is often referred to as “big data.” Big data is a catch-all description of a large data set that can be analyzed to reveal patterns, trends or otherwise hidden information.1 Attorneys who understand what data they possess, and who are not afraid to tap into it, can create, refine and measure the success of…
1. Lighting!The two photos in this post were taken a minute apart. I didn’t change my make-up and I’m not using a filter in either picture. Shutting a curtain that was letting in a lot of light behind me, and turning on my desk lamp made a world of difference. 2. Elevate the camera.Raising the camera up so it is a little bit higher than your eyes helps you looked more poised (and skinnier!). 3. Clean up the background.I prefer the background in the before shot here because there is less stuff in it. To make the “after” picture look…
When people tell me they don’t know what to write about I tell them to write something they would like to read. I took my own advice this year as chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Nonresident Lawyers Division’s communications committee. The NRLD has a blog, but it doesn’t have much content. I challenged myself to come up with some blog topics, and landed on legal-themed travel destinations. It’s a topic I would read about, and something an NRLD member could write about no matter where they live. The first post in the series got featured on Above the
Everything in our lives is going online, and that includes meetings and conferences. After suffering through one annual meeting, and enjoying another, I feel like I have some insights to share with anyone who is preparing for their first virtual conference.  Map Out A Schedule  I can’t sit at my desk and watch a livestream all day. It’s physically and mentally impossible for me. Going forward, I’m only attending the portions of a conference that I need or want to attend. I’m also giving myself permission to leave a presentation if it is not what I expected, so long as…