Monday, December 28, 2015

A Holiday Tribute to All Our Non-Lawyer Spouses

by Holly Agajanian, Esq.

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." This famous Shakespearean quote from Henry VI, Part 2 was made in reference to the revolutionary plans of Dick the butcher, but it also speaks to society's lingering resentment of members of the bar.

I would venture to guess, however, that similar phrases have been uttered, not just by the generally disgruntled, but also by the generally disgruntled spouses of lawyers.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Working with a Pro Se Claimant: Making Mediation Productive and Peaceful

by Nancy Black Norelli

No one ever said practicing law or mediating cases was going to be easy. If it was, then just about anyone could do it and that's emphatically not the case. However, the complexity involved doesn't stop everyone from taking on the legal system pro se with no training or skills, and expecting justice to be best served.

The self-representing claimant certainly has a place in our legal system. Some people cannot afford an attorney and some people simply don't trust attorneys. But at the end of the day, everyone has the choice to exercise his or her legal rights as they see fit. The fact of the matter is your job gets a little bit trickier when you, as a trained mediator, encounter a pro se party.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years as a Lawyer

by Bernard Nomberg, Esq.

"The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others."
-Albert Schweitzer

April, 1995. April, 2015. Two decades. Twenty years.

This month I'm starting my 20th year in the private practice of law. Growing up at my father's law office, quite often I saw the great work he did to help those who needed it most. Ordinary people from the community who were injured on the job or from some type of accident and needed legal guidance to get them through a difficult time in their life. I saw the response from those clients when a good result was reached. I saw the relief on their faces and the emotions that poured out when the laws were explained and they realized they had a legal advocate on their side who understood what they were going through. It made a difference in their lives. Back then I wanted that. I wanted to help others. I wanted to make a difference.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Are Your Client Relationships Successful?

by Joshua B. Rosenzweig, Esq.

One of the patriarchs of the first law firm I worked at gave me some interesting advice concerning the legal profession during my first week practicing. He said, "The practice of law would be a great profession . . . if you didn't have to deal with clients."

To say this statement took me by surprise would somewhat understate my initial response. After all, this was an attorney who had practiced law for over 50 years and was one of the leading members of the legal community in which I was practicing. I thought, "He doesn't like dealing with his clients! How could that be?"

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Friday, December 28, 2012

The Legal Pursuit: One Young Attorney's Advice to Tomorrow's Lawyers

by Josh Caswell, Esq.

Google ‘career advice for law students’ and you’ll get over 40 million hits. When I was asked to put together an article on advice to current law students or those interested in possibly pursuing law school, part of the challenge was finding a way to stand out in a sea of voices and advice.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Why Mediate?

by David L. Schneider, Esq.

I have been a workers’ compensation mediator for almost fifteen years. I am certified by my State’s Supreme Court to perform civil mediations, and have been since 2003, the first year mediators became eligible for certification. Later, when an Appellate mediation program was instituted, I was certified to perform mediations before the Court of Appeals. I am currently employed by a state agency as a staff mediator and I provide free mediation to all litigants in workers’ compensation claims.

Unfortunately, despite those qualifications and experience, a settlement rate of about 90%, I simply don’t perform enough mediations. Private mediators tell me much the same thing. That is, they simply cannot find enough mediation business to sustain a practice.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

My Death and Why I Still Have To Work Too Hard

by Evan L. Loeffler, Esq.

I received a telephone call from a client recently and learned, much to my surprise, that I was dead.

"I’m so pleased to hear your voice!" my client said.

This statement was surprising enough by itself. Very few people like to speak to their lawyer. I asked her why she was so relieved.

"Well," she explained. "I looked up your phone number on the Washington State Bar Association website, and your profile says you are 'deceased.' "

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Friday, February 17, 2012

10 Easy Steps to Lull an Audience to Sleep

You have been asked to speak for a live continuing education seminar. Let's face it, you are an intelligent, resourceful professional and your reputation precedes you, but you are not perfect (we are just as shocked as you are, trust us) and maybe, just maybe you are not as polished a speaker as you would like to be. If only someone could provide you with a list of sure fire ways to avoid putting your audience into a speaker induced coma so you could become the next Tony Robbins. 

Well, we’re sorry but we don't have that list handy. (I think the dog ate our homework.) We do however have this free handy list of things NOT to do, which is probably more fun anyway.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Taking Your Law Practice Social

by Elizabeth Kramer

If you're an attorney out on your own or working in a small firm, you might be wondering if there's any possible way to compete with some of the "megafirms" out there that can pump massive amounts of money into advertising and marketing. Luckily, thanks to social networking, the playing field has been made a little bit more level. Sure, the big firms will still be able to flood the market with their message, but the good news is that if your message is unique enough and properly presented, your legal practice can attract widespread attention.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Key to Success in Legal Marketing

by Susan Avsec

It's not about you; it's about them.

Over the last decade, law firms have had to evolve from being legal service providers to becoming value providers due in large part to the demands of its customers – in-house counsel. In response, law firms’ marketing efforts have transitioned.

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