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Top Five Lessons for New Attorneys Starting Out

By Tom Gushue |

I am approaching my fifth-year anniversary of becoming an attorney. As a new attorney, it can be very difficult ­adjusting to billable hours, dealing with demanding clients, and managing work stress. I have learned many valuable lessons in the past five years, and I'd like to share my top five lessons.

Wolf Needs to Nominate Eakin's Replacement Soon YL Editorial Board

By The YL Editorial board |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is currently operating with only six justices, one less than its full complement of seven following Justice J. Michael Eakin's March 15 resignation.

The Right Fit: Lessons I Learned From Making a Career Move

By Christopher M. Varano |

Being a lawyer has always been my dream job. I can trace my desire to be a lawyer back to fifth grade. Our teacher had given us a geometrical math problem to teach us about angles, and I spotted a flaw: The angles of a four-sided figure did not add up to 360 degrees. Being the intrepid 12-year-old that I was, I walked up to the teacher to point out his error. He was not convinced. He marched me to the front of the class, put the problem on the overhead projector, and told me to explain the flaw to the class. Without hesitation, I pointed out the mistake to the class. Again, the teacher was not convinced. He asked, "How do you know that four-sided figures have 360 degrees?" (This was a lesson he had yet to teach us.) I explained my reasoning to him and the class. The teacher conceded that I was correct and that we could stop working on the math problem. The class cheered and I felt like a hero. In that moment, I fell in love with lawyering.