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Referral Fees: Managing the Risks of 'Easy Money'

By The YL Editorial Board |

"Hey, you're a lawyer. May I ask you a question?"

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Take Ownership of Assignments to Have Independent Value

By Christopher M. Varano |

By now the fireworks have fallen after what was hopefully a very fun and relaxing July 4 celebration. As you look back on the long weekend, reflect on how much time you actually spent considering the significance of the holiday. As someone who lives and works in America's birthplace, it is practically unavoidable for me to contemplate the importance of America's birthday each year. However, this year I wanted to actually apply the lessons from Independence Day to my career.

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Diversity: When to Keep It Real and When to Keep Your Job

By The YL Editorial Board |

Recent tectonic shifts in law and culture have suddenly created new social ground for same-sex couples, yet as the aftershocks dwindle on the new landscape, diverse professionals continue to face an old question: Where does diversity fit in the workplace?

Michael J. Joyce

Young Associates Should Strive to Be Part of the Team

By Michael J. Joyce |

Many law firms survive and, in fact, succeed with an ever-changing and constantly in motion set of component parts. Clients switch firms in a quick breath, attorneys and staff find new law firm homes without a second thought, and the legal world in general remains in a constant state of unpredictable flux. With such expected and unavoidable change and momentum, it can be extremely difficult for younger attorneys to become an integral part of the law firm team.

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The Trend of Solo Practitioners Joining Larger Firms

By Howard K. Kurman |

As an attorney for more than 35 years, I have seen many solo practices come and go. Many young attorneys believe that the easiest way to begin a practice is to start their own. However, after several years, they often experience a series of headaches regarding billing, marketing, soliciting new business, dealing with IT problems, going to court, hiring support staff and more. There is less and less time to be a lawyer, and certainly an inadequate amount of time to solicit new business and grow one's practice.

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Finding Your Career Path With Effective Networking

By Hadley Perkins |

Network, network, network. Everybody tells associates to get out there and network. So associates dutifully set up their LinkedIn account, occasionally attend bar events, and show up for firm happy hours. At the same time, associates are told to work, work, work. So associates dutifully eat lunch at their desks, put in face time at the office, and bill their hours. That's the path to career success, right? Not really.

Brynne Madway

Dealing With Disability in the Transition to Legal Practice

By Brynne Madway |

Early in life, I was diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disability and dysgraphia. The biggest difficulty I faced was writing--holding a pencil hurt. A short essay test was a frustrating experience for both my teachers and me due to my inability to write legibly. My diagnosis changed that. I began receiving support from the school customized to meet my needs.

Using Twitter as a Tool to Promote Your Personal Brand

By Madlen J. Miller |

The concept of personal branding has become more important for professionals in an increasingly competitive job market. Personal branding involves creating a distinguishable and memorable image of oneself and one's career through appearance, personality and experience. Basically, individuals are now using the age-old tactics of company branding and applying those concepts to their personal marketing efforts.

Julie Burdo

Associates Should Recognize the Hidden Value of a Mentor

By Julie Burdo |

Calling all associates. A well-kept secret is revealed below. And there are no out-of-pocket expenses incurred. All you need to do is look around. These hidden treasures are called mentors, or influential senior sponsors, and they are out there for each of you, ripe for the taking.

Bonnie Mangold

Maximizing Practical Experience Through Pro Bono Work

By Bonnie Mangold |

Throughout law school, I was told over and over that if I were to choose to work as a litigation associate at a large law firm, I would be forced to sacrifice the opportunity for practical legal experience in exchange for a life of seclusion and tedium—trapped in my office for hours on end assembling deposition binders, reviewing thousands of documents and cite-checking lengthy briefs for typographical errors. Though that may be the reality for some first-year associates, my experience has been quite the contrary.