The ABA Model Guidelines for the Utilizations of Paralegal Services (2004)
ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals
This 2003 revision of the Model Guidelines is intended to reflect the legal and policy developments that have taken place since the first draft in 1991 and may assist states in revising or further refining their own recommendations and guidelines. Moreover, the Standing Committee is of the view that these and other guidelines on paralegal services will encourage lawyers to utilize those services effectively and promote the continued growth of the paralegal profession.
Alternative Work Arrangements (2009)
Association of Legal Administrators
Jeannie Foster and Lori A. Johnson
The pressure to provide alternate work arrangements for staff and attorneys is strong. But there is much more involved in setting up these arrangements than allowing someone to work from home.
America’s Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree (1999) (Table of Contents)
Kimm Alayne Walton, J.D.
“Where do your happiest graduates work?”
That’s the question that Kimm Alayne Walton asked of law school administrators around the country. Their responses revealed the hundreds of wonderful employers profiled in America’s Greatest Place to Work with a Law Degree.
In this remarkable book, you’ll get to know an incredible variety of great places to work, including: Glamorous sports and entertainment employers—the jobs that sound as though they would be great, and they are!; the 115 best law firms to work for, between 15 and 1200 attorneys; companies where law school graduates love to work, and not just as in-house counsel; wonderful public interest employers—the “white knight” jobs that are so incredibly satisfying; court-related positions, where lawyers entertain fascinating issues, tremendous variety, and an enjoyable lifestyle; and outstanding government jobs, at the federal, state and local level.
Beyond learning about incredible employers, you’ll discover: the nineteen traits that define a wonderful place to work…the sometimes surprising qualities that outstanding employers share; how to handle law school debt, when your dream job pays less than you think you need to make; and how to find—and get!—great jobs at firms with fewer than 20 attorneys.
And no matter where you work, you’ll learn expert tips for making the most of your job. You’ll learn the specific strategies that distinguish people headed for the top…how to position yourself for the most interesting, high-profile work…how to handle difficult personalities…how to negotiate for more money…and what to do now to help you get your next great job!
Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct (2007) (Table of Contents)
ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
The sixth edition of the Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct presents an authoritative and practical analysis of the lawyer ethics rules and the cases, ethics opinions, and other legal authorities essential to understanding them.
This new edition of the Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct represents a major refinement of previous editions. It takes into account all amendments through February 2007, as well as the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers (2000).
Ask the Career Counselors (2003) (Table of Contents)
Kathy Morris and Jill Eckert
Many lawyers still wonder what they want to be when they grow up. Some think about jobs they were drawn to in college, or even earlier, such as owning a bookstore, presiding over an ice cream shop, being an architect planning and erecting buildings, running an international adventure travel enterprise. Less dramatic but equally compelling, many lawyers who are committed to the profession yearn to change jobs, even if not careers, and become judges, teachers, or simply lawyers off the clock, in different workplaces, with different daily goals.
Kathy Morris and Jill Eckert know this to be true. They created the American Bar Association Career Resource Center to help lawyers, law students, and pre-law students make better, more individualized choices about their careers within and beyond the practice of law. Author and attorney, Morris has been a career counselor since the mid-80’s, and teams with J.D./M.B.A. Eckert in this manual to provide quick tips, articles, and exercises to assist their readers and propel them toward a more satisfying professional life.
Basic Legal Research (2000) (Table of Contents)
Amy E. Sloan
This brand-new text concentrates exclusively on essential legal research skills to help instructors cover vital material in a shorter course.
To achieve the appropriate balance between length and depth, and present a book that is both compact and accessibly, Sloan uses: Concise and basic coverage, ideally suited for courses that involve some independent study; A building-block approach that breaks the material into discrete and comprehensible parts as it creates a smooth, logical flow; Self-contained chapters that focus on individual research sources and research process, and can be used with a variety of instructional models, including process-oriented courses that integrate research and writing instruction; Excellent pedagogy, including end-of-chapter checklists and clear examples; Graphics that reinforce the material, such as summary charts, sample pages, and other examples of research sources; and A comprehensive chapter on computer research to reflect current methods and media.
The book opens with introductory material and then moves on to an examination of: generating search terms, secondary source research, case research, research with Shephard's Citations, statutory research, federal legislative history research, federal administrative law research, subject-matter service research, electronic legal research, and developing a research plan.
Best Practices in Attorney Professional Development (2004) (Table of Contents)
American Bar Association Career Resource Center
Firms need to maximize their investment in human capital, attracting the best attorneys and retaining those they recruit.
Attorneys want opportunities for growth and development in order to advance in their careers.
And many firms and individuals are interested in the best practices for and career development opportunities in attorney training and development, a field that itself has grown and matured.
This manual addresses all of these components, and more, by providing advice for lawyers and employers on attorney professional development best practices.
Through Best Practices in Attorney Professional Development, firm management and practicing attorneys will learn about the detours and course corrections from the top experts in the attorney professional development arena, from Atlanta to the U.K.
This manual is a compendium of best practice information from members of the Professional Development Consortium—an organization for professional development specialists in workplaces employing lawyers worldwide. A special bonus section includes sample ads and job descriptions of PD roles in law firms today that will assist in defining there important jobs, to bring to life Best Practices in Attorney Professional Development.
Beyond the Big Firm (2007) (Table of Contents)
Alan B. Morrison and Diane T. Chin
This succinct paperback will fill a major information void for students and recent graduates who are interested in a legal career outside the typical large, corporate law firm. "Beyond the Big Firm" offers more than 30 engaging profiles of lawyers who have chosen to follow nontraditional legal careers, in a wide range of subject areas, practice settings, and types of work. This distinctive book explores the many possibilities open to graduates of law school through the use of profiles -- written primarily by students interested in public interest law -- of lawyers who made "alternative" career choices. The editors of this informative compilation are long-time public interest lawyers; the actual authors of the profiles are primarily students who capture the personalities of their subjects in a way that is sure to resonate with the audience because they share the same questions about career choices. The subjects of the profiles have been out of law school 10-15 years, they represent 18 law schools, and they work in 15 states. The lawyers profiled have jobs in governments, non-profits, and small private firms; both civil and criminal law are covered, including prosecutors and defense counsel. Some of the fields that the lawyers work in are civil rights, civil liberties, immigration, personal injury, and human rights. In addition to the fascinating lawyer-profiles, special features include: a special resources chapter to help students determine and follow their career choice; a final chapter with mini-profiles of 3 lawyers who are not practicing law, but for whom their legal training is vital to their work; and short essays by current and former Stanford Law School deans Larry Kramer and Kathleen Sullivan.
Building a Practice (1992-1995) (Table of Contents)
ABA Small Firm Resource Center
Compilation of articles from an array of sources including ABA Journal, Compleat Lawyer, Flying Solo, Focusing on Profitability, and more.
Building Your Ladder (2013) (Table of Contents)
Many law firm associates fall into the trap of believeing that making partner is the reward for years of hard work and sacrifice. Even new partners sometimes fall into this trap, and believe they have "made it" rather than focus on the skills they need to succeed.
Rather than a reward, partnership instead is a leap of faith by the law firm--a forward-looking decision by the firm based on what it believes the associate can eventually contribute as partner. Young partners who don't live up to expectations can quickly lose ground in their careers, stagnate professionally and financially, and essentially become overpaid associates. Partners, particularly new partners, remain uniquely vulnerable until they fulfill their perceived potential.
Most new partners quickly realize they will need to possess five critical skillsets in order to thrive: legal skills, business development, client relations, practice management, and leadership. Many associates concentrate only the first of these. This book addresses the other four, with advice for associates of all levels of experience.
Careers in Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice (2010) (Table of Contents)
Professor James T. O'Reilly
This book is our way to give back some of our collected experiences to you, the future leaders of the field of administrative law. We, the members of the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, want to relieve you of misconceptions or mistaken anxieties about our area of law practice. Each of us has worked hard to excel in our respective corners of administrative law. So we describe our field, show you our passion for excellence, encourage you to consider its benefits, discuss entry strategies, and empower you to read further source materials. In the later portion of this book, the "Becoming..." essays provide individual personalized examples of the career path, its demands, its rewards, and its entry points. It has been humbling for me to know so many exceptional lawyers who share this desire to extend a hand up as you consider climbing our ladder of professional success.
Changing Jobs (1999) (Table of Contents)
Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier (Editor)
Changing Jobs, Third Edition: A Handbook for Lawyers in the New Millennium helps you design your own route to professional happiness. More than 30 recognized experts in the fields of law and career planning and placement offer valuable insight and guidance to discovering the direction that’s right for you. You’ll learn how to define your desired destination; develop a clear sense of direction and purpose; map out the best path to take to reach your goal; and much more!
Compendium of Professional Responsibility Rules and Standards (1997) (Table of Contents)
American Bar Association
The 2006 Compendium of Professional Responsibility Rules and Standards provides immediate reference to the essential legal ethics materials needed by lawyers and judges in their daily practice, law students in their exploration of the standards of their new profession, and legal scholars in their analysis of the changing currents that influence professional regulation. This single volume includes: ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 2006 Edition, the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility, and the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. In addition, the Compendium includes various Formal Ethics Opinions issued by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, sample questions and analysis for the MPRE, the status of the adoption of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and other rules, regulations and document that will assist lawyers and students.
The Creative Lawyer (2007) (Table of Contents)
Michael F. Melcher (Michael Francisco)
The Creative Lawyer is a self-help book for lawyers. It is a practical, fun, inspirational guide to building and maintaining a life that is personally and professionally satisfying. The book responds to a huge and completely unsatisfied need: the desire of lawyers to be more fulfilled, by showing how lawyers can design an optimal career and life that corresponds to who he or she actually is.
The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law (2006) (Table of Contents)
“The Curmudgeon” has been practicing law for just a little too long, and he may be too jaded for his own good. Beneath his crusty exterior, however, lies a fount of wisdom. This Curmudgeon knows everything about the legal profession, and he’s willing to share his keen observations from the corner office. He offers practical and honest, if blunt, advice for surviving and thriving in a law firm. He tells you what you need to know about billing, managing your assistant, drafting internal memos, dealing with clients and building you law practice. Read the Curmudgeon and find out what drives law partners crazy, what will impress them and what ten mistakes you should avoid. Concise, humorous and full of valuable (but curmudgeonly) insight, this is a must-read for every lawyer and law student.
Click HERE to read a review by Susan E. Chetlin in The Colorado Lawyer.
Direct Examination (2010) (Table of Contents)
Jill Eckert and Kathy Morris
The pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right, but one that not all lawyers exercise as they work day in and day out to protect the life, liberty and interests of their clients.
Now, an easy-to-use workbook helps bring attorney career planning into focus, with exercises from and insights of long-time legal career counselor Kathy Morris, and her colleague, Jill Eckert, J.D./M.B.A., legal Career Specialist of the ABA Career Resource Center.
Do No Wrong (2009) (Table of Contents)
Peter A. Joy and Kevin C. McMunigal
Criminal law practice is a minefield of legal ethics issues for both the prosecution and defense. There are a myriad of ethical questions requiring not only an understanding of the relevant ethics rules, but also applicable constitutional and statutory law as well as rules of criminal procedure and evidence. This book aims to put these and other ethical questions on the “radar screens” of criminal practitioners and to provide both prosecution and defense with the analysis and authorities necessary to understand the issues and underlying policies.
Educating Lawyers (2007) (Table of Contents)
William M. Sullivan, Anne Colby, Judith Welch Wegner, Lloyd Bond, and Lee S. Shulman
The challenge of professional preparation for the law is to link the interests of educators with the needs of lawyers and the members of the public the profession is pledged to serve—in other words, participating in civic professionalism. Educating Lawyers examines how well law schools meet the challenge of linking these interests. This book is based on extensive field research at a wide variety of law schools in the United States and Canada that involved observations and interviews with faculty, students, and administrators. The book presents a richly detailed picture of how law school goes about its great work of transforming students into professionals and probes the gaps and the unintended consequences of key aspects of the law school experience. Educating Lawyers provides an opportunity to rethink “thinking like a lawyer”—the paramount educational construct currently employed, which affords students powerful intellectual tools while also shaping education and professional practice in subsequent years in significant, yet often unrecognized, ways.
Educating Lawyers offers an important and timely set of recommendations for improving the professional education of lawyers that will help to transform how lawyers are being prepared, practically and ethically, to play a vital and beneficial role, both professionally and in their communities.
The Essential Little Book of Great Lawyering (2006) (Table of Contents)
James A. Durham
Jim Durham has had a busy 20 years—as a lawyer in private practice, an in-house counsel, a law firm marketing professional, and a consultant. He has interviewed over 100 clients of law firms, and has been a trainer and motivational speaker for hundreds of audiences. This book pulls together all of his best research and thinking. It will give you the insights you need to be an extraordinary lawyer.
Fifty Unique Legal Paths (2008) (Table of Contents)
This thorough, easy-to-use handbook focuses on the wide variety of job options for law graduates. In addition to non-practicing legal positions, you’ll find the ten booming practice areas for attorneys, as well as some unique positions outside the legal field for which the JD degree is a natural fit. From banking to criminal justice, from education to ethics and compliance, the job market is ripe with opportunity for JD’s—and this book has them all.
Most importantly, the book includes insight and advice from successful attorneys and law graduates who have carved out fulfilling careers while involved in their profession. You’ll also discover how each person got their great position (sometimes rather unexpectedly) through a series of career changes and decisions. This engaging book will inspire you to set out on a journey of your own towards the career that will prove to be your perfect fit!
From Law School to Law Practice (1998) (Table of Contents)
Suzanne B. O’Neil and Catherine Gerhauser Sparkman
The authors of From Law School to Law Practice: The New Associate’s Guide have written a unique book that sets forth accurately what is expected of the new associate when he or she enters the law firm setting.
This handbook depicts what clients and more experienced attorneys in the firm will expect from new attorneys. It also supplies tips and suggestions to associates as to how to go about learning about and adapting to the firms they have joined, relating to clients and determining what role to play in dealing with them, translating clients’ needs and desires into appropriate services and work products, avoiding pitfalls that will harm their reputations and prove costly to the firm, approaching the various tasks assigned to them, managing assignments and deadlines, maintaining communication with supervising attorneys as to progress on and status of assignments, efficiently handling record-keeping duties, developing meeting and telephone skills, and working toward long-term career and business development.
Those who read this book as they enter law practice have the added benefit of limiting the amount of “culture shock” that occurs during the adjustment from student life to their new working environments.
These insights are also valuable for law students, aiding them in deciding whether to enter law firm practice, planning their careers, and in asking pertinent questions during the interview process that will better indicate how they may fit in with a given firm.
Click HERE to read a review by Andrew M. LaFontaine in The Colorado Lawyer.
From Lemons to Lemonade (2012) (Table of Contents)
Richard L. Hermann
As a result of the Great Recession, thousands of attorneys have been laid off...the number of law school grads entering the legal work force has fallen sharply...and entry-level lawyers are not only competing against each other--and jobless attorneys with experience--but also against law grads from the classes of 2009 and 2010. Like the economy itself, the traditional legal job market may be three years into what could very well become a "lost decade." And the pain, anguish, and frustration felt by law students and recent grads is perfectly understandable. But it doesn't have to be that way.
This book is intended to compensate for the largest omission in the law school curriculum: how to position yourself to find a good job, how to build a satisfying legal career, and how to cope with--and make lemonade from--all the other lemons in your search for work.
Lawyer/legal career counselor Richard Hermann shows how entry-level attorneys can compete effectively for jobs--even against attorneys with several years of experience--if they follow some or all of the 21 strategies here to enhance their competitive status.
Getting Started (1996) (Table of Contents)
Arthur G. Greene (Editor)
As with other LPM Publishing titles, Getting Started: Basics for a Successful Law Firm provides practical advice from lawyers and consultants who have experienced and dealt with the problems associated with the formation of a new law practice. The first steps for lawyers in any law practice is to accept the idea that many, if not all, of the problems a firm may encounter can be anticipated and addressed in advance, avoiding serious disputes and potential litigation later. In this light, editor Arthur G. Greene and his steering committee of Robert J. Arndt, Ezra Tom Clark Jr., Richard Feferman, and Gerry Malone have fashioned an invaluable resource for all lawyers who practice law together as owners of a legal business.
The Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers (2011) (Table of Contents)
Lenne Eidson Espenschied
Having the most compelling evidence and airtight argument does not mean you'll win your case if you cannot clearly and expertly express yourself. Using common examples from every-day legal documents, the Grammar and Writing Handbook shows you precisely which rules need to be followed, how to choose the correct words, and the most effective way to structure every sentence. The book includes a brief history of the English language, as well as comprehensive information on: Parts of speech; Verb properties; Singular vs. plural; Punctuation and mechanics; Using words to convey meaning; Agreement; Composing sentences; Variety in composing sentences; Composing paragraphs; Composing a legal memorandum; Faux pas: miscellanea; and Extra credit for grammar maestros.
This essential handbook also includes an appendix of common irregular verbs, and another appendix with a sample legal memorandum. The Grammar and Writing Handbook is the thorough resource you need that will help you compose more persuasive, stronger material that's flawlessly written--which can be the difference you need to win you the case or the client.
Hot Jobs and Amazing Careers (2007) (Table of Contents)
Chere B. Estrin, Ph.D.
Finding the right paralegal job. It’s the single most important key to your success in today’s highly competitive workplace. That’s why you need to know the hundreds of different positions the field has created. And what you need to succeed. Hot Jobs & Amazing Careers: Smart Moves for Paralegals gives you the secrets to what jobs are available, what fields you can enter and what employers want. It’s a complete guide to what’s available in the field today.
Filled with specific employers, industries, practice specialties and organizational insights, this user-friendly handbook can show you what jobs are available. It also includes the Legal Assistant Today Salary Survey for 2006. Whether you are just entering the field or a seasoned pro, it’s the perfect way to find your dream job in one of the fastest-growing fields in the country.
How Brain Science Can Make you a Better Lawyer (2009) (Table of Contents)
David A. Sousa
Recent studies of the brain offer information, strategies, and insights that can make you more successful as a lawyer and a professional. In recent years, discoveries in neuroscience and cognitive psychology have revealed more and more about how the human brain learns. On a daily basis, lawyers are involved in changing someone’s brain. That may sound dramatic, but that’s exactly what happens when the human brain learns and remembers information—it is changed for a long time, perhaps forever.
Whether it is with a client, arbitrator, colleague, judge, or jury, lawyers are usually arguing a point, explaining a rule, or defending a position in an effort to teach or convince the listener. Learn what appeals to the brain and apply it in your day-to-day practice with this unique and informative book.
Improve your Bottom Line/Never Lose Your Job (2011) (Table of Contents)
You can learn how to start enjoying your job instead of worrying about losing it.
By becoming a MVP, you will become so valuable to your employer that you will have the job security you are seeking.
Jim Rohrer has been helping businesses and organizations improve results for many years.
Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals (2007) (Table of Contents)
Margaret E. Pickard
Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tool and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefit packages.
The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview questions, including the dreaded “zinger” questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.
Job Quest for Lawyers (2011) (Table of Contents)
In Job Quest for Lawyers , Sheila Nielsen reveals the advice and tips she's developed over her twenty-year career as a legal job coach. Using a quest motif, Nielsen demystifies how employment is found in today's marketplace, how to network the right way at each stage of the search, and what to say--and what not to say--when looking for a job. This book will transform a potentially frustrating job search into an adventure, and provides lawyers with a proven method to land the job they seek.
Judge for Yourself (2006) (Table of Contents)
Miriam Bamberger Grogan, CPCC and Heather Bradley, CPCC
Learn the steps you need to take to redesign your lifestyle to obtain maximum success at work and at home. Life coaching, like career counseling, is a foreign concept to many lawyers. This book explains what life coaching entails via three scenarios that feature lawyers at different career stages (beginner, experienced, senior).
Landing a Federal Legal Job (2011) (Table of Contents)
Richard L. Hermann
The U.S. government is the largest legal system in the world and employs lawyers in an innumerable variety of legal jobs. When seeking government legal work, you need a thorough understanding of the many positions throughout the different departments and branches to find the right fit for you. You also need to be able to decode the mysteries surrounding the federal legal application and employment.
Landing a Federal Legal Job is designed to give you the edge in pursuing a U.S. government attorney or law-related position over your competitors, but also to provide a solid understanding of the U.S. government's legal employment opportunities and hiring processes so that you can make an intelligent decision about whether you want to work for--and where you want to work within--this giant legal system.
The Lawyer’s Career Change Handbook (1998) (Table of Contents)
A law degree is not necessarily a ticket to success, wealth and happiness. Perhaps it’s dissatisfaction with the hours, the firm, or the work itself, but every year, more and more lawyers want out. Now there’s a real-world primer that can help virtually anyone in this position. Whether you’re merely considering a change or firmly committed to one, The Lawyer’s Career Change Handbook provides all the tools and information you need to: match your abilities, background, personality, and interests with a new career choice; identify, target, and get the job you want; and cope with the inevitable stress of changing fields.
Or, if a somewhat less drastic life-alteration is what you’re contemplating, this invaluable guide can help you to: assess your situation and create more satisfaction in your current field; explore other areas of the law that you may never have considered before—such as labor relations, entertainment and international law; and discover if a solo or small practice is right for you.
Hindi Greenberg is the founder and president of Lawyers in Transition. With her expert guidance, list of resources, exercises, and collection of real life stories, you’ll be able to fully understand your motives, solidify your plans, and take the necessary steps toward making that ideal career move.
LawyerLife (2003) (Table of Contents)
Carl Horn III
Judge Horn discusses the daily problems facing today’s lawyers with a rare mixture of insight, compassion, and common sense…He takes the further steps to suggest specific life changes to make the stresses of any legal practice more bearable. Any lawyer, would-be lawyer, or lawyer’s spouse would benefit greatly from this book.
The Legal Career Guide (2008) (Table of Contents)
Gary A. Munneke and Ellen Wayne
The key question for law students contemplating the future should not be “How do I find a job?” but “How can I find satisfaction in a legal career?”
This book will help you answer that question and lead you in the right direction. Written by a law professor at Pace University School of Law and the Dean of Career Services at Columbia University School of Law, New York, this fifth edition of one of the ABA’s bestselling career guide books has been updated to address the unique needs of today’s law students seeking both career satisfaction and a healthy life balance in the profession.
The Legal Career Guide is designed as a hands-on manual to assist you in making these important decisions by helping you identify specific goals and evaluate opportunities as they arise, reflect on changes in your personal situation that affect you aspirations, and assess new trends within the profession that will impact your chosen practice.
Divided into four parts that address planning, assessment, searching, and the marketplace, you’ll learn: How to get from start to finish in the career choice process; how to honestly and effectively assess your personal and professional skills; How to successfully study and evaluate the market and utilize a step-by-step guide for your job search; and about employment trends and studies, principles and standards for law placement and recruitment, and other valuable resources in the comprehensive appendices.
The guidelines established here will, ideally, provide you with the skills and self-awareness you need to help you make career decisions throughout life, provide for continued professional development, and equip you for those unpredictable turns of fate the future may hold.
Legal Writing in Plain English (2001) (Table of Contents)
Bryan A. Garner
In Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan A. Garner provides lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars with sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. The book encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and sharpen editing skills. In essence, it teaches straight thinking--a skill inseparable from good writing.
A Life in the Law (2009) (Table of Contents)
William S. Duffey, Jr. and Richard A. Schneider (Editors)
At the heart of the profession, all lawyers—client advocates, judges, elected or appointed officials, law professors, corporate counselors, and lawyers of all other stripes and specialties—have the same task: to use their talents to serve the public. This can be an awesome and, at times, terrifying responsibility.
There can be great comfort in the wise words, experiences, and insights of those who have walked this road before us. A Life in the Law offers a chance to hear from accomplished law professionals about their experiences in life and law, experiences that all lawyers inevitably face. This remarkable collection includes: The Values of Our Profession, by the Honorable Griffin B. Bell, Former Attorney General of the United States and Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; Rediscovering Our Calling, by the Honorable Roy E. Barnes, former Governor of Georgia; The Duty of Candor, by the Honorable Paul D. Clement, 43rd Solicitor General of the United States; The Brass Ring, by the Honorable Leah Ward Sears, Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia; and The Five-Year Itch, by Laura J. Hines, Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law.
These nineteen essays seek to get inside the calling to be a lawyer—why did we set out to be a lawyer in the first place? How can we reconcile our high professional calling with our personal goals? A Life in the Law is an intimate personal mentor that you can turn to time and again for comfort and advice.
Mentoring for Meaningful Results (2006) (Table of Contents)
What can you do to reenergize your mentoring program? How should busy mentors make the most of their time with mentees? What strategies can mentees use for communicating with their mentors? What is the role of parents and caregivers in the mentoring relationship? Packed with the answers to these questions and many more, Mentoring for Meaningful Results is the perfect roadmap to the mentoring experience.
Comprehensive in scope and organized around common mentoring issues, Mentoring for Meaningful Results addresses the needs of the entire mentoring team: program leaders, mentors, mentees, and the families of the mentees. Over 50 easy-to-use, reproducible handouts help program leaders speak to each participant with practical tools they can distribute in their programs. This book is a must-have for schools, organizations, and communities starting new mentoring programs or seeking fresh ideas to enhance an existing program.
The Modern Rules of Business Etiquette (2008) (Table of Contents)
Donna Gerson and David Gerson
This book will help you build better and deeper relationships, and feel more confident than you ever have, no matter what the business setting. This book is a valuable tool for all business professionals who recognize the important role interpersonal skills play in the success of their career, and their business. As society seems to continue to travel down a pathway of inappropriate and uninformed behavior, those who understand and implement correct principles of behavior from this book will leave their competitors in the dust and will thrive in the global marketplace of today.
Navigating Detours on the Road to Success (2005) (Table of Contents)
Navigating Detours on the Road to Success offers a simple, five-step career planning process enabling attorneys to manage their professional lives and enhance their personal lives. Whether you are looking to advance in your current position or find a new job, Brady’s insights and practical advice will help you plot a course to ensure you arrive swiftly and safely at your career destination.
Never Enough (2008) (Table of Contents)
Michael J. Burke
Never Enough is the shocking, true story of Michael J. Burke, who went from being a successful lawyer, loving father and husband, and respected member of his community to a closet alcoholic and gambling addict to the tune of $1,600,000 using his client’s trust account funds.
Follow Michael Burke as he descends into his addictions, then must confess all to his family and clients. Then read about his arraignment, and the actual transcripts from his sentencing. Burke shares stories of his prison life, and the painful narrative of how his lies and deceit affected his family. In the last two chapters of this important book you’ll learn how you can identify a compulsive gambler, and what treatment options are available for this devastating disease. The appendix features comments Mr. Burke has received from many presentations he has made on the dangers of compulsive gambling, the letters to the court written by Michael Burke’s friends in the community before his sentencing, and a list of gambling addiction resources for each state.
Never Enough is a succinct, powerful book that will open your eyes to the reality of gambling and alcohol addiction and what it can do to any professional’s life—even in the happiest and most successful of situations.
The NEW What Can You Do with a Law Degree? (Table of Contents)
Dr. Larry Richard and Tanya Hanson
In this new, 6th edition of a law career classic, lawyers are introduced to a unique, five-part model for career satisfaction. It is based on a well-established principle that the better the fit between your career identity and your job, the greater your long-term satisfaction. The five-part model developed by Larry Richard JD/Ph.D. will help identify your career identity so that you can find lifelong satisfaction in the traditional practice of law, or through alternative work arrangements, or career choices. This book contains career exercises, practical career-finding techniques, and a compendium of 800+ ways to use your law degree inside, outside or around the law.
Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers (2006) (Table of Contents)
Gary A. Munneke, William D. Henslee, and Ellen Wayne
Great opportunities exist for law students and practicing lawyers outside the traditional practice of law—you just have to find them. The user-friendly guide has been updated to cover the latest opportunities in nonlegal careers. You’ll learn when and how to choose a nonlegal career; the specialized skills legal training provides; and how to plan and conduct a job search. It’s perfect for law students or any practicing lawyers considering a move outside the traditional practice of law. You’ll find information on careers in business and industry, government and public service, associations and institutions, and entrepreneurial ventures. Includes an updated comprehensive resource section compiled by Ellen Wayne, Dean of Career Services, Columbia Law School.
Click HERE to read a review by Camilla Dellinger in The Colorado Lawyer.
Now, Discover your Strengths (2001) (Table of Contents)
Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.
Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents, by our teachers, by our managers, and by psychology’s fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected.
Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules, and Donald O. Clifton, Chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthFinder Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The program introduces 34 dominant “themes” with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success. In developing this program, Gallup has conducted psychological profiles with more than two million individuals to help readers learn how to focus and perfect these themes.
So how does it work? This book contains a unique identification number that allows you access to the StrengthsFinder Profile on the Internet. This Web-based interview analyzes your instinctive reactions and immediately presents you with your five most powerful signature themes. Once you know which of the 34 themes—such as Achiever, Activator, Empathy, Futuristic, or Strategic—you lead with, the book will show you how to leverage them for powerful results at three levels: for your own development, for your success as a manager, and for the success of your organization.
With accessible and profound insights on how to turn talents into strengths, and with the immediate on-line feedback of the StrengthsFinder at its core, Now, Discover Your Strengths is one of the most groundbreaking and useful business books ever written.
Objection Overruled (2000) (Table of Contents)
Objection Overruled will help lawyers identify the common issues and obstacles and the ways to surmount them that are conditions precedent to a strong and successful job search. In these pages, attorneys will find concrete help with self-assessment and attitudinal issues, as well as practical guidance on the nuts and bolts of the job search process.
Preparing for Reentry (2009) (Table of Contents)
M. Diane Vogt
Successful lawyer and author M. Diane Vogt share her own personal tools, tips, and techniques to help you navigate your way back into the practice of law. In the author’s own words, this book contains everything she wishes she could have known in her twenty-eight year career that has included breaks from legal work and a successful return to a practice that was better than the one she left.
You’ll find out how to develop better strategies to achieve the quality of life, practice quality, and personal fulfillment issues that have become increasingly important to everyone. This book contains the best and most useful information and suggestions to help you pilot your own successful reentry into the field of law.
Raise the Bar (2007) (Table of Contents)
Lawrence J. Fox (Editor)
Lawyers are leaving the profession in droves. Others remain, but are unhappy with their careers and their lives. What is causing this exodus from the legal profession and what can be done about it? The American Bar Association Section of Litigation tackled this perplexing issue in the “Raise the Bar” project, interviewing lawyers and other professionals of every age, race, and gender about the problems plaguing the profession and the need for bold initiatives. This book is the culmination of their findings and offers practical, “real world” solutions for increasing lawyers’ satisfaction with their careers. Contributors, including Scott Turow and Michael Tigar, explore the gap between aspiration and reality and share the experiences that have led them to this urgent call to reinvent the practice (and business) of law. Written with insight and candor, Raise the Bar shines much-needed light on the modern law practice and offers recommendations to restore the age-old satisfactions of life as a lawyer in our society.
Running from the Law (2003) (Table of Contents)
The secret is out: many lawyers are professionally unhappy…tired of the bruising hours, the stress and burnout, the paper-pushing, and the adversarial nastiness. And even as law school enrollments rise, more and more practitioners are running from the law. This book—the first to break the code of silence about the legal profession—features lively interviews with successful practitioners who left the law for greater personal and financial rewards. You’ll find a unique and candid examination of the legal field with career tips, support options and the latest online career resources just for lawyers.
Seize the Future (2000) (Table of Contents)
Gary A. Munneke
Based on the ABA Law Practice Management Futurist Committee’s 1999 Seize the Future conference, which featured speakers Dr. Tom Peters, Dr. Gary Hamel, Dr. Roberta Katz, Barry C. Melancon and a dozen others, this book reflects the forward-thinking spirit of the presentations and discussions. It not only recreates the ideas that the outstanding speakers shared with participants, it collects the insights drawn from the conference experience. Key issues include: innovation and change, technology and the Internet, practice settings, demographics, education and training and dispute resolution. Now those absent from the conference will also have the tools to “seize the future” where they live and work!
Should you Really be a Lawyer? (2005) (Table of Contents)
Deborah Schneider, J.D. and Gary Belsky
Are you making the right decision to get into—or remain—in law?
Whether you’re a prospective law student, a current law student, or even a practicing lawyer, the decision to enter—or remain—in law ranks among the biggest career decisions you’ll ever make. And since more than half of all practicing lawyers are reported to be dissatisfied, it may be time to examine your own career assumptions. From the latest research on decision-making, authors Deborah Schneider and Gray Belsky have created a unique career-building guide that will help you evaluate and answer the most basic question facing you now: Should you really be a lawyer?
Should You Really Be a Lawyer? includes these helpful features: An introduction to the new science of decision-making…A guide to the 12 most common decision-making traps, and how to avoid them…A series of Decision Assessment quizzes to help you choose whether law school is right for you, or whether you should continue practicing law…A unique Self-Assessment Grid that synthesizes your skills, interests and priorities to help you find a job with the right fit…And, dozens of first-person interviews with prospective law students, current law students, and lawyers, about the decisions they made and why.
Just because the law is right for some people doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Isn’t it time you put a little thought into one of the biggest career decisions of your life?
The Six-Minute Marathon (2011) (Table of Contents)
Twenty years of practice, ten years of teaching law school classes and administering an experiential learning program, giving (and receiving) countless associate performance reviews, confirmed for me that law schools struggle to prepare newly minted attorneys for careers in most practices. I decided to write this book to help law students and new lawyers avoid the mistakes I made. I hope the lessons ease your transition from student and junior lawyer to the sometimes Darwinian life of practice.
The Chinese proverb that "a person who enjoys his job never works a day in his life" cannot be more true for the law. I write this book reflecting on many years working in the profession. Some have been stressful and dull, but the vast majority stimulating and fun. Have fun, work with enjoyable colleagues, seek out interesting projects, find balance in your life, be true to yourself, and your days, years, and decades in practice will amount more than the sum of your paychecks.
Click HERE to read a review by Kathleen A. Negri in The Colorado Lawyer. OR Click HERE to read a review by Christopher Mommsen in The Docket.
Smell Test (2009) (Table of Contents)
James C. Freund
James Freund has done it again. This time he has written a lawyer’s how-to-do-it series of fictional short stories about a firm of lawyers confronting situations raising issues of judgment that are illustrative of real-life legal practice. Each story is followed by a perceptive discussion of what went wrong, or right, and how the situation should have been handled. Only a lawyer of Jim’s wide experience, great judgment and keen sense for avoiding problems could write this book. Only a person with Jim’s sense of humor and story-telling skills could combine fiction and practical advice into the compelling “read” that is Smell Test.
Solo Contendere (2010) (Table of Contents)
Marc Garfinkle, Esq.
This book is for lawyers who want to work for themselves, even if they just passed the Bar last week.
It is based on two premises:
1. You do not need to have a job in order to practice law; all you really need is work.
2. With appropriate precautions, you can be an effective, even excellent attorney, despite your lack of experience, or maybe because of it.
Speaking of Confidence (2008)
Association of Legal Administrators
Staying at Home, Staying in the Law (2008) (Table of Contents)
Many leave the legal profession on a temporary basis, because of illness, to raise a child, or simply pursue other interests. But does leaving the profession mean saying goodbye to your career? This book offers advice on everything from devising your transition plan and redefining your success, to staying active, and making money from home. Alternative full-time and part-time careers are discussed, including freelance writing, pro-bono opportunities, telework, and compressed workweek options. Finally, the book discusses how to transition smoothly back into the law, if you want to, and provides a helpful list of resources on the subject.
The Summer Associate's Guide to a Permanent Job Offer (2006) (Table of Contents)
Sharon E. Sonnett and Sabina Clorfeine
Law school prepares you to pass the bar exam, but it doesn’t necessarily teach you how to land a job or practice law. From nailing assignments inside the firm to acting with social etiquette at firm outings, The Summer Associate’s Guide To A Permanent Job Offer is loaded with the inside advice you need to succeed at your summer job. Written by two seasoned attorneys with more than nine years of experience managing summer associates and participating in summer associate programs at major law firms, this guidebook prepares you for the tough situations you will face this summer and includes real-life examples of those who handled these situations with grace…and those who didn’t. This book covers virtually every aspect of the summer associate experience. Specifically, you will learn to: Impress partners and associates by knowing which questions to ask (and which questions never to ask);Handle tough criticism without being defensive; Master the “Pyramid Approach” to legal research; Recognize different personality types and how to interact with each individual; Become fluent in “Attorney Speak;" Shine at firm events without being the center of attention; and Close the deal and land a job offer.
Although your summer associate experience is a time for learning and making friends, remember that you are competing for a job. Give yourself an added advantage by knowing in advance what lies ahead – and what lurks in the corner.
Surviving your Role as a Lawyer (1987) (Table of Contents)
Professor David H. Barber
In general, this book deals with how to reduce stress and improve productivity. I call the major concept involved Relaxed Attention, and the goal of these materials is to assist you to learn how to apply this concept. Relaxed Attention is a state of consciousness mid-way between a state of passive relaxation (which feels good by where it is impossible to work effectively) and tense, compulsive concentration (where working is also inefficient). As you master this concept I am confident that you will be able to improve your performance in every area of your life.
Thrive (Table of Contents)
As a law school graduate, you are deeply trained and a member of one of the most distinguished professions of all time. Still, law school has not prepared you for the complexities and demands of actually practicing law. You, like so many other professionals--athletes, singers, entrepreneurs--can benefit from a coach, a mentor, someone watching over you as you embark on your legal career. Thrive: A New Lawyer's Guide to Law Firm Practice is designed to do just that. Thrive will improve your performance, save you some very real growing pains, and accelerate your legal career.
This book is for lawyers who are just beginning their careers, who want to do more than show up, act eagerly, and not get fired. This is for lawyers who want to know what their role is in a law firm from day one and take their careers head-on, with direction and purpose. This is for you if you don't care to be frustrated or overwhelmed by your career, but awakened. This is for you if you know that you want to become a leader in your law firm, practice area, or industry down the line. Are you in?
Through the Client’s Eyes—3rd edition (2008) (Table of Contents)
Henry W. Ewalt and Andrew W. Ewalt
This updated edition of the two-time bestseller Through the Client’s Eyes is for every attorney who has struggled with the love-hate traits inherent in the practice of law. Used as a comprehensive guidebook, you’ll learn how to better cultivate your existing client relationships without compromising your own interests—and increase your bottom line.
Substantively, expanded to address distinct issues for law firms, solos, government attorneys, and corporate counsel, the detailed table-of-contents directs you to the topics most pertinent to your practice: from billing to forming alliances to enhancing your web site. Through the Client’s Eyes was written to help you build on the foundation you’ve already established in your profession—whether you’re a new attorney or further advanced in your career. Surpassing the sales cliché to “put the client first,” it teaches you how to anticipate your client’s human needs—and how to redeem yourself and your practice in the process.
Transitions (2004) (Table of Contents)
First published in 1980, Transitions was the first book to explore the underlying and universal pattern of transition. Recently named one of the fifty most important self-help books of all time, Transitions remains the essential guide for coping with the inevitable changes in life.
Transitions takes readers step-by-step through the three perilous stages of any transition, explaining how each stage can be understood and embraced. Offering an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap for successfully navigating change and moving into a hopeful future, the process is over relevant and applicable today:
Endings: Every transition begins with one. Too often we misunderstand them, confuse them with finality—that’s it, all over, finished! Yet how we recognize endings is key to how we can begin anew.
The Neutral Zone: The second hurdle of transition: a seemingly unproductive time-out when we feel disconnected from people and things in the past and emotionally unconnected to the present. Yet the neutral zone is really a time of reorientation. How can we make the most of it?
The New Beginning: In transitions we come to beginnings only at the end, when we launch new activities. To make a successful new beginning requires more than simply persevering. It requires an understanding of external signs and inner signals that point the way to the future.
Turning Points—Volume 2 (1994) (Table of Contents)
George H. Cain
“What do I do next?” This question is asked by all of us at some crucial points in our lives. Lawyers are faced with the prospect of being required to retire long before their useful lives are completed. Others reach a point when writing a skillfully drafted agreement no longer presents a challenge, and the task of fighting a battle in the courtroom no longer has a strong draw. Family situations may bring about a reassessment of goals and work patterns and dictate a change in the way one spends one’s time, effort, and largess.
What can you do with a Law Degree? (2004) (Table of Contents)
Written by a lawyer for lawyers, Deborah Arron’s book is recognized as the most popular career guide in the legal profession. At nearly 400 pages, it’s a ‘career consultation’ in book form. And this new edition contains many helpful features—a roster of Internet job resources for lawyers, a unique job Grid system to define your ideal career and work environment, a list of online career assessment test, and hundreds of job options in categories from Alternative Dispute Resolution to Technology. This is a virtual how-to encyclopedia for lawyers in transition. Its topics include: How to know when the time is right for career transition; How to conduct a self-assessment and transferable skills analysis; How to detect and prepare for layoff; How to establish a transitional financial plan; How to decide whether to stay in the law…or leave; How to market you special talents; How to write productive cover letters and resumes; How to work with career counselors, coaches and headhunters; How to avoid job-interview hell; and How to handle compensation negotiations that work in your favor.
What Color is your Parachute? (2009) (Table of Contents)
Richard N. Bolles
What Color is you Parachute? has been the job-hunting classic for decades...Bolles always goes beyond the routine, including things like useful internet sites and how to select a career counselor.
Who Moved my Cheese? (1998) (Table of Contents)
Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths about change. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a “Maze” and look for “Cheese” to nourish them and make them happy.
Two are mice named Sniff and Scurry. And two are “little people”—beings the size of mice who look and act a lot like people. Their names are Hem and Haw.
“Cheese” is a metaphor for what you want to have in life—whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind.
And “The Maze” is where you look for what you want—the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in.
In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change. Eventually, one of them deals with it successfully, and writes what he has learned from his experience on the maze walls.
When you come to see “The Handwriting on the Wall,” you can discover for yourself how to deal with change, so that you can enjoy less stress and more success (however you define it) in your work and in your life.
Written for all ages, the story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights can last for a lifetime.
Working Identity (2003) (Table of Contents)
Contrary to popular wisdom, career transition is not a straight path toward some predetermined identity, but a crooked journey along which we try on the “possible selves” we might become. Through engrossing stories and in-depth research on transition, Ibarra outlines an active process of career reinvention that leverages three ways of “working identity”: experimenting with new professional activities, interacting in new social networks, and making sense of what is happening in light of emerging possibilities.
Writing Shorter Legal Documents (2011) (Table of Contents)
Sandra J. Oster, Ph.D., JD
In a legal document, in accordance with federal, state, and local court rules, every letter and space is important. Writing Shorter Legal Documents is a concise, practical handbook that explains how to reduce the length of your legal documents quickly and efficiently. It is a collection of advice to keep you within grammatical and court rules, for both length and construction, while preserving and even clarifying the legal argument.
The author, a lawyer with a Ph.D. in discourse linguistics, has divided 35 precise strategies into five chapters: An approach to Shorten Legal Documents; Revising Terminology; Revising Lists, Phrases, and Sentences; Changing the Appearance of Text on the Page; and Cutting Content.
The Young Litigator (2011) (Table of Contents)
ABA Section of Litigation
Young lawyers entering into the practice of law can be overwhelmed by the amount of information they must obtain to create and maintain a productive and successful law practice.
This book is a compilation of articles from the ABA Section of Litigation, chosen by young practicing lawyers, that seeks to guide young litigators in their first days, months, and years in the practice of law. The articles are divided into three key areas: rainmaking; writing; and trial practice.
A litigator cannot fully succeed without the ability to gain and manage clients, write persuasively, and conduct a trial. Even in the world of decreasing jury trials, increasing ADR, and written communication by email or texting, these skills are essential. This engaging and instructive collection provides much-needed guidance for the young litigator.