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Summary: The mentor/mentee relationship can be one of the most valuable for an attorney. Having a good mentor is crucial to achieving job satisfaction. READ MORE >
Question: I recently joined a new firm as a lateral and I don’t know anyone! My firm assigned me a mentor but he is unresponsive and unavailable. How do I learn the ropes? READ MORE >
Mentoring relationships are as old as the legal profession itself. In the earliest days of legal practice, mentoring and apprenticeship were the only way lawyers could learn their craft. Although legal training is more formalized today, mentoring remains a key component of attorney professional development. This is because mentoring was, and continues to be, one of the most effective ways to pass on skills, knowledge, and cultivate critical professional relationships. READ MORE >
As we approach the fall many law firms are preparing for the arrival of this year's class of first-year associates. The importance of a strong mentoring relationship in supporting the development of a new associate has been widely discussed and acknowledged. The flip side of the equation, or how becoming a mentor (and doing it well) can add tremendous value to the career development of an experienced attorney, has been underplayed in my opinion. This article will consider how the role of the mentor can serve to promote professional growth for all attorneys involved. READ MORE >
Here is a quick test of your generational ''orientation'': When you think of a ''posse,'' does your mind conjure up the image of 20 to 30 ranchers, all armed and eager to perform their civic duty while rounding up horse thieves? Or do you get the vision of eight or so of one's closest friends all wearing terribly expensive clothes designed to look like Goodwill cast-offs, while listening to impossibly loud music with lyrics that require copious expletive deletions? READ MORE >
If you are new to the practice of law, you are most likely facing pressure from the competing demands on your time. As you begin to learn your trade (including everything you never learned in law school), you are also getting used to a new set of office procedures and the culture of your law firm or law department. READ MORE >
Cincinnati-based trial lawyer Glenn V. Whitaker has had a long and distinguished legal career and is recognized as one of the top litigators in his field. He worked as Special Litigation Counsel for the United States Department of Justice for four years and has litigated a broad spectrum of cases over the course of his career. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. And he was recently named in The Best Lawyers in America in three categories: criminal, business litigation, and personal injury. Whitaker is also included in Ohio Lawyer as one of the state's "Winningest" litigators. In 2004, he was selected by his peers as one of the top 10 "Super Lawyers" in Ohio. READ MORE >
When Jerome L. Ringler decided as an undergrad at Michigan State University that he wanted a career in the legal field, he had a very clear idea of the type of attorney he wanted to be. READ MORE >
John Butler's motivation to enter the legal profession did not stem from a lifelong dream of one day becoming an attorney. Rather, he went into law because of his father's bad experiences with attorneys in business dealings. READ MORE >
Successful labor and employment litigator Jay Augustine said that two key factors contributed to his decision to enter the legal profession. One was the social exposure he received from his mother, who was a social studies teacher, and the other was his environment. READ MORE >
Before going to law school, Katherine Bacal had no plans to enter the legal profession. In fact, she initially wanted to be a history professor. READ MORE >
Kevin Culligan's decision to enter the legal profession did not stem from a lifelong ambition to become an attorney but, rather, from an experience he had while helping some of his friends as an undergrad at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, more than 30 years ago. READ MORE >
The environment in which Kieran Shanahan grew up played a pivotal role in shaping his career in the legal field and the political arena. READ MORE >
Before becoming an attorney, Kimberley Chen Nobles worked as a research and design engineer for several years at Rockwell International, where she and her team supported the space station, space shuttle, and space-based interceptors. In addition, her engineering experience includes work in the areas of communications and antennae. Nobles said she worked at three different locations while with Rockwell: Anaheim, Seal Beach, and Downey. READ MORE >
Civil trial lawyer Mark Nowak has had an interest in politics and government since he was very young, and he said that interest ultimately led him to consider a legal career. READ MORE >
Michael J. Bowers is a true Southern gentleman, complete with the accent and the good manners. He is also a partner at Balch & Bingham, LLP, the former Attorney General of Georgia, and chairman of the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission. In addition, Bowers was named by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians" for eight consecutive years (from 1990 to 1997) and received the honor again in 2003. READ MORE >
As an undergraduate at Pitzer College in the early '70s, Nancy Abell did not plan on going to law school. After graduating first in her class with a B.A. in Psychology in 1972, she began working for the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department, where she remained for four and a half years. During that time, she was a member of Mayor Tom Bradley's Affirmative Action Task Force and Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. And for her last two and a half years at the department, she served as Supervisor for the City of Los Angeles' Affirmative Action Unit. Abell said the work she performed while in that position ''cultivated [her] interest in employment law.'' READ MORE >
When Richard Costigan graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Alabama in 1991, he never dreamed that a mere 12 years later he would be one of the top aides to the governor of one of the largest states in the union. From November 2003 to November 2006, Costigan served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Affairs Secretary for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Costigan's achievement illustrates that one doesn't have to be a graduate of a big-name Ivy League law school to become hugely successful in the legal field. READ MORE >
As an undergrad at the University of Texas at Arlington in the early 1990s, Shaun Clark aspired to have a career in the entertainment industry and believed that pursuing a career in law would be the best way to reach his goal. READ MORE >
Labor and employment litigator Adam Levin said he likes to comb through all the details and facts of a case, taking them apart and putting them back together like the parts of a three-dimensional puzzle. And he also loves a good mystery. READ MORE >
When Amar Thakur graduated from law school back in 1995, he initially wanted to go into business law but ended up going into intellectual property law instead. Thakur said he first got into IP law because of his technical background. READ MORE >
Before becoming an attorney, Andrei Iancu was an award-winning engineer at Hughes Aircraft. He said he always had an interest in law and decided to go to law school after working at Hughes for four years. READ MORE >
Before he decided to become an attorney, Arturo Gonzalez was interested in another branch of law: law enforcement. READ MORE >
Employment litigator Barbara Johnson had already established a solid career before going into law. She worked as an analytical chemist and instrument engineer for The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, MI, for five years prior to becoming an attorney. She said two attorney friends piqued her interest in law while she was working at Dow. READ MORE >
When J. Bennett Clark joined St. Louis-based Senniger Powers , the largest intellectual property firm in Missouri, he had very little knowledge of intellectual property law. READ MORE >
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