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May 2006 Issue

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Cover Story

Betting on Their Future

Michael Taylor doesn’t dress the part of one of the most innovative and sought-after lawyers in Washington state.

There’s no natty power suit, no shiny wing tips, no calfskin briefcase. There’s just a middle-aged guy in khakis and an ’80s-style knit tie worn under a lightweight ski jacket.

Nor does Taylor’s office look much like he’s the head lawyer for the increasingly economically powerful Tulalip tribes (pronounced Tu-lay-lip), with whom he’s worked for the past 13 years of his 35-year association with American Indian tribes.

He does the tribes’ legal business out of a converted baseball shed on the edge of the parking lot near the tribal council building. The office, modestly described as ramshackle, has the decor of a bachelor pad and the smell of cedar, leather and old coffee.

Feature Section

    The Great Divide

    Welcome to the law firm generation gap, 21st century style. Ask any law firm partner about the young associates working for them these days, and chances are you’ll get an earful. If you listen to their grumbling, they will have you believing that today’s young lawyers—Generation Y, if you will—are an entirely different breed, one that sees no need to invest the time or effort required to reap the rewards of law firm life.

    How Best to Build a Lawyer?

    So, would you hire a lawyer—or want to work next to one—who never went to law school? For years, ideas have been batted around to improve the way lawyers are educated, ranging from allowing apprenticeships to changing bar exam standards to wiping out law school altogether. Interest rises and falls, but tends to rise again when questioning about the profession itself grows louder.

ABA Connection

Check, Please

Deep down, every practicing attorney knows that the most crucial step in taking on a new client isn’t the initial contact, or the wining and dining, or even signing the representation agreement. It’s the conflicts check. But all too often, lawyers treat the conflicts check as almost an afterthought, even though doing so can have disastrous consequences, including loss of clients, ethics sanctions and malpractice claims.

Ethics

The New World

McElhaney on Litigation

Focusing a Deposition

Corner Office

A Team Approach

Associates in the Trenches

Bonus Round

Career Audit

You Can Go Home Again

Ideas from the Front

Growing Practices

President's Message

Privilege Under Attack

Executive Director's Report

A Stake In The Future

Report from Governmental Affairs

Case Closed

Obiter Dicta

Justice Delayed?

Keeva on Life and Practice

Leading, The Small Way