Young Lawyers

How to Harness Emotional Intelligence to Ensure Success

By Dena Lefkowitz |

The new animated movie "Inside Out" takes the audience inside the brain of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, where her responses to situations are governed by five emotions personified. They are Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, and they vie for command of the internal control center to influence Riley's behavior. When her family moves to San Francisco from Minnesota, where she was a happy part of a community, hockey team and circle of friends, Joy and Sadness get lost. Difficulties with the move ensue and all of the developments are seen through the lens of Fear, Anger and Disgust. Riley behaves accordingly, to the consternation of her parents, who are used to seeing their daughter with Joy primarily at the helm. They don't understand or know how to respond to her new attitude.


How to Start Out Successfully on Your First Day of Work

By Justin J. Koterba |

The first day at your new job can be an anxiety-provoking yet exciting time, and the first few years of your legal career can be some of the most important of your professional life. You will gain experience in several areas of the law, hoping to find your calling and specialize in a practice. You will develop business relationships with colleagues, clients and other leaders that you will (hopefully) maintain throughout your career. You will work long hours. You will finally get to make money. And, of course, while you are learning the practice of law, you will be judged by your superiors to see if you have the skills that make a successful attorney. This article offers practical advice on what to expect and how to have a successful start to your career now that you have found your first job.

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Providing Origination Credit Incentivizes Future Rainmakers

By The YL Editorial Board |

Law firm compensation has been and will remain a hot topic in the legal community. Prior to 1987, when Legal affiliate The American Lawyer began ranking the nation's largest law firms, figures such as gross firm revenue, revenue per lawyer, profits per equity partner and associate starting salaries may have been less likely to influence a young lawyer or law student's career decisions. Although many young lawyers now pay particular attention to the aforementioned metrics, many are still in the dark when it comes to how they will be compensated when their business development efforts bear fruit.

Cultivate Optimism to Grow Your Practice and Your Life

By Dena Lefkowitz |

Are you a natural optimist? When adversity strikes, do you tell yourself it's temporary and not your fault and consider all of the things in your life that are going well despite the one setback? Or do you chalk it up to inherent personal failings and give up? Evidence shows that if you tend to the former, you have a greater chance at being happier and more successful in business. If you tend toward the latter, it's not too late to change that habit.

Research and Writing Will Help You Beyond Law School

By Regina Nelson |

Aspiring lawyers are often reminded of the importance of legal writing along with the knowledge that a good legal writing grade can help your potential job prospects. Yet once a young lawyer enters the workforce, there may not be an opportunity to write for a while, or at least nothing beyond research memoranda.

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Political Involvement Is Worth the Effort for Young Lawyers

By Robert J. "B.J." Clark |

A familiar refrain during election season is criticism from the media and the public about political campaigns and the process of electing candidates to office. It is true that campaigns are often imperfect, impolite and distorted representations of the candidates running for office and the public policy issues they face. Many people are rightfully disillusioned with the state of political campaigns and our public discourse. In the recent Philadelphia mayoral primary, only 27 percent of the registered voters in the city voted. The level of political participation is abysmal and irritation with the political process plays a part in that.

The Resilience Factor in Building a Network and Marketing

By Dena Lefkowitz |

For the last few months, I have been writing about the importance of building a network and marketing. Regardless of whether you are in public service or the private sector, it is important for your career. Your brand is something to define, nurture and protect, whether your work depends upon securing clients or not.

Benefits and Pitfalls of Communicating With the Media

By The YL Editorial Board |

In the wake of the Amtrak tragedy, lawyers from our community found ways to express themselves in traditional and social media. Some gave expert analysis to media outlets. Some offered heartfelt prayers on Twitter. And, yes, some attorneys solicited clients on their Facebook pages.

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Utilizing Your Alumni Network for Personal Development

By Dana Gittleman and Marrielle Van Rossum |

Networking. It's the first thing we learn in law school. At every opportunity, we shake the hands of managing partners, storied litigators, judges and esteemed general counsel. There is so much to learn from their war stories and commitments to their practices, bar associations and alma maters. As young lawyers, and as law students, we aspire to learn from them, emulate their habits, and hope to achieve similar success one day.

Seven Essential Tips for Effective Legal Brief Writing

By David M. Brown |

So you have your first brief-writing assignment, or maybe you are canvassing the Internet for some insight on legal writing after a court ordered you to show cause why you should not be sanctioned for bad legal writing. In either case, there is hope.