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Getting Trial Ready Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Michael Hefter and David R. Kolker of Bracewell write that the prospect of a trial can feel daunting to associates, and provide several important considerations for associates whose teams step into the limelight of the courtroom.

All You Really Need to Know About Working With Support Staff

Molly Peckman writes: All you really need to know about working with support staff (and the rest of the law firm for that matter) are lessons you learned in kindergarten.

If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, You’ll End Up Somewhere Else

Carol M. Kanarek offers tips to associates to navigate life and law firms, writing: If you observe and learn from the actions of clients and more senior lawyers who occupy the drivers’ seats at your firm, you will be well on your way to arriving at the next winning destination in your legal career.

What I Wish I’d Known as a New Lawyer

Shane O’Neill of Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti writes: After decades in the law, I now realize that the one piece of truly useful advice I never got was: “Taking responsibility for your work will better allow you to manage your time.”

Cognitive Dissonance and Law Firm Associate Pay

Steven J. Harper tackles issues of law firm associate salary increases and client costs, writing: Corporate clients truly worried about the long-run might want to spend less time obsessing over young associates’ starting salaries and more time focusing on the behavior of older attorneys at their outside firms. In the end, clients will bear the costs of short-term thinking that pervades the ranks of big firm leaders.

Mastering Time Management as a Junior Associate

Jonathan D. Klein writes: While there is an initial learning curve, if you follow certain steps, you, like those before you, and those after, will hopefully be a go-to associate in no time.