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From Barbeque to E-S-Q: How Waiting Tables Prepared Me For My First Year of Practice
The Legal Intelligencer
September 6, 2011

I have held many different jobs in my 28 years, ranging from a babysitter to an adult education teacher, with a potpourri of positions sprinkled in between. However, no experience prepared me for my first year of practice quite like the years I spent as a waitress. Full Text


Associate Burnout: What It Looks Like and How to Avoid It
The Legal Intelligencer
September 6, 2011

And you thought law school was tough? You had the late-night studying for exams, the stress of the being called on in class, the pressure to keep up with everyone else and then the anxiety associated with taking the bar exam. Full Text



Hey Associates: Want More Feedback? Ask For It
The Legal Intelligencer
September 6, 2011

Many associates feel that they don’t get enough feedback on their work from the senior associates and partners they work with. After countless years of graded assignments in school, it can be hard to adjust to evaluations that occur only once yearly. This can lead to unnecessary insecurity — or unwarranted confidence. Full Text


Begin a Marketing & Business Development Program
The Legal Intelligencer
September 6, 2011

There are many pressures placed upon first-year associates, including the obvious ones of meeting billable hour requirements, working alongside more experienced lawyers and generally learning what it takes to become a “good attorney.” Full Text


First-Year Hiring Continues to Edge Up, As Do Salaries, Diversity
The Legal Intelligencer
September 6, 2011

Law firms have continued to increase their associate hiring, and with that, some firms have increased their salary for those newly minted attorneys. Full Text


Parallels Between an NBA Rookie and a First-Year Associate
The Legal Intelligencer
September 6, 2011

The summer is now drawing to an end, and the thrill of college hoops and March Madness are long gone. However, one memory lingers from this past season: the six-foot, one-inch point guard from the University of Connecticut, Kemba Walker. Full Text