Young Lawyers

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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.

Two Marketing Standbys to Get Your Process Going

By Dena Lefkowitz |

For some people who are finishing up school or are in the early stages of a career, the M-word they fear most is marriage. For many, though, that word is marketing. In some ways, the Mother Goose nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy," commonly told while wiggling the ticklish toes of a toddler, says it all: "This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed home."

Pro Bono: Helpful or Hurtful to Do Something for Nothing?

By The YL Editorial Board |

Philadelphia lawyers have a great history of doing pro bono work. Sometimes it is work we take on as individuals, through the wonderful public-interest organizations that serve the citizens of our city or even through our firms. According to Pennsylvania Disciplinary Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1, lawyers should render public-interest legal service by providing professional services at no fee or a reduced fee to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organizations; similarly, the American Bar Association has issued a call for every attorney in the private practice of law to perform, at a minimum, 50 hours of pro bono legal service annually.

How Can You Stand Out From the Crowded Applicant Field?

By Charles J. Dennen |

You have successfully survived your first year of law school. You've spent countless hours reading case law, researching and writing your first brief, typing and memorizing outlines, and furiously typing as you regurgitate as much information as you can muster on your final exams.

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The Benefits of Staying Engaged With Your Law School

By Geneva Campbell and Lynne Kolodinsky |

As law students, it rarely, if ever, crossed most of our minds that we would one day join the ranks of alumni. At points it was somewhat difficult to believe that law school would ever end, let alone that we would ever be in a position to reflect fondly on the experience and to support our schools. Nevertheless, as successful law students, we inevitably became alumni—and that transformation took place astonishingly quickly.