Young Lawyers

How to Handle Professional Setbacks and Move Forward

By Dena Lefkowitz |

It feels like 1994 all over again.

Daniel E. Cummins

Brief Rewriting Tips for the Young (or Any) Lawyer

By Daniel E. Cummins |

The use of simple words, short ­sentences, and narrow paragraphs will render your work product clear and concise. Pointed sentences composed of tight words will keep a grasp on the reader, allowing their minds to flow continuously through your written argument in a focused fashion.

Transform Your Leadership Skills Through 'Crucial Conversations'

By Dena Lefkowitz |

Do you dread and procrastinate initiating discussions when you think others will respond negatively to what you have to say? Are you hesitant to voice an opinion because you presume negative consequences? Practicing law, by its very nature, requires a facility for difficult conversations with clients, witnesses, supervisors, direct-reports and judges where outcomes can be greatly influenced by developing skills in handling conflict. This is at the heart of "Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High," by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler. The methods described in this book are invaluable in any profession and I have had clients transform their leadership skills by incorporating the techniques.

Critical Thinking About Contract Drafting for Young Lawyers

By Geneva C. Brown |

When an attorney becomes involved in drafting an agreement among multiple parties, it is important for him or her to understand the fundamental concepts of creating an enforceable contract. For instance, most corporate agreements have a particular framework, which includes a preamble, recitals and operative terms such as definitions, covenants and representations and warranties. Within this framework, the key elements of a contract—offer, acceptance, consideration and mutuality of obligation—are articulated. However, while the standard framework and elements of a contract are taught to almost every law student, the nuances involved in the successful negotiation of a contract are not.