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What do you wish someone had told you when you were a first-year lawyer?

Dec 18, 2013, 11:55 am CDT

Last week, Dallas-based lawyer career coach Cordell Parvin (who practiced law for 36 years) asked and answered this question at his eponymous blog: What do I wish someone had told me when I was a first year lawyer?

Parvin came up with a list of 25 pieces of advice (and later, 15 more) that he wishes he had heard earlier in his career. He did modify that list to note new technologies that weren't around when he started practicing. Two items from his list:

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"2. Passing the bar and later when you make partner are events. Being an outstanding lawyer and outstanding partner are achievements."

"9. Become focused on your contacts. Spend 80 percent of your time with your top 20 percent of your contacts."

This week, we'd like to ask you his question: What do you wish someone had told you when you were a first-year lawyer?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week's question: What’s a gift that you’d love to receive?

Posted by Steph: "A holiday with no work and a husband at home despite the constant demands of the military."

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