Question of the Week

What Songs / Artists Are on Your Office Playlist?

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This week, we noted that Attorney General Eric Holder likes to listen to Jay-Z and Tupac Shakur while working at his office at the Department of Justice, but works in silence at his kitchen table when at home. (And last month, we picked up a report that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan likes opera, Verdi in particular—although we don’t know if she listens to it while she works.)

What about you? Do you need silence while you work, or do you listen to music? If so, what kind of music helps you be focused and productive?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Do Your Clients, Opponents Seem to Be Getting Angrier?

Featured answer:

Posted by Sharmil McKee: “Yes! Yes! Yes! Clients and opposing counsel are angrier this year than last year. I think it’s the economy. Two years ago, majority of my practice centered around transactions and deals. My clients are businesses and owners. They focused on making money. So, when they had a dispute, they quickly settled it, regardless if they were the creditor or the debtor.

“Now, that the economy has soured, my clients are desperate and angry. They sue for any infraction, and settlement is not an option. Thus, I am now a trial lawyer (I mean actually taking cases all the way to trial).

“I like my clients, so whether I am working a deal or working a trial, I am happy. But I cannot say the same for my clients. They are bitter and angry, and sometimes they are angry with me. I don’t take it personally. As for opposing counsel, I guess if their clients are barking at them, then that explains why they attempt to bark at me.”

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