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An unprecedented finale to the first year of law school, starring COVID-19

The first year of law school is an unforgettable rite of passage to becoming a lawyer. I get that. But this year, it’s more “unforgettable” than usual. No one in my class at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law expected to finish it this way: attending Zoom classes, taking untimed finals and shooting for a “passing” grade instead of an A or B.


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Why this lawyer increased his fees during the COVID-19 pandemic

“I’m going to have to lower my fees.” This thought hovered in my mind as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. I suspect many lawyers had this exact thought about their own practices. I resisted that urge and instead decided to raise my prices. There are steps I’m taking to ensure that I keep getting clients.


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What can law firm leaders learn from a pandemic?

Effective leadership is essential to well-functioning organizations, and it is vital to the success of law firms. Strong leadership is a key component of what law firm clients focus on, and entry-level lawyers rely on it.


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What happens to gig workers when a California Assembly bill meets the coronavirus?

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the underbelly of the United States economy. With many Americans following orders to stay at home, gig workers have moved into the forefront of the marketplace. Delivery workers, truck drivers and other independent contractors are still going out into the world to work and to keep the world working.


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Law practice vs. legal academia: Can we build a bicultural world?

Three years ago, I began the slow process of migrating from the trial-lawyer planet to the world of academia, eventually landing as a professor at my alma mater, the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. In addition to my decade and a half as a litigator, I have about two decades of classroom teaching experience.


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How lawyers can manage stress and cortisol levels during the COVID-19 crisis

I have published many articles about stress and wellness for lawyers. It is quite the popular topic because of the fact that stress is one of the legal profession’s worst hazards. Lawyers have a disproportionately high percentage of addiction and depression.


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Is my law firm preparing me for success in the next decade?

Exactly one year ago, I left my previous law firm because the answer to whether my law firm was preparing me for success in the next 10 years was no.


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12 tips to market your law practice during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lawyers have a unique opportunity during the COVID-19 outbreak to capture new files and business. In-person events are out these days; however, web traffic is up 27% since the pandemic hit home, according to the New York Times. Now is the time to use a personal touch and double down on digital marketing.


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Law practice anxiety: How to dance with the demons

Given these trying times, let's focus on typical practice irritants that bothered us just a month ago. They may seem trivial now.


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Why do 80% of judgments remain uncollected?

In the 1960s and '70s, as a detective sergeant in the Houston Police Department, I had to augment my income by working extra jobs off duty.


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