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Why Your Personality Tests Aren’t Helping

21:42 20 October in Articles, Blog, Careers

I'm very excited to have had the opportunity to write a guest post for Trebuchet Legal!  Check out my post on why your personality tests may be leading you astray.  Personality tests can provide us with a lot of insight into ourselves, but if we aren't honest, they can be misleading.  What has your experience with personality tests been?  Have they been accurate?  Have they helped you figure out what you want to do?...

Advocate From The Distraction-free Zone

01:00 08 August in Articles, Blog

I wrote this article from an undisclosed location that lacks Internet access. Secluding myself, away from email and other distractions, is the only way I can do any real writing or thinking. This is a common problem for the modern attorney: Our offices are so full of distractions that it's virtually impossible to do any deep thinking there. Our work suffers, and so do we. "Knowledge workers" (e.g., lawyers) are interrupted constantly, as frequently as every three to 10 minutes. Gonzalez, V. and Mark, G., "Constant, Constant, Multitasking Craziness: Managing Multiple Working Spheres," Proceedings of ACM CHI '04, 113-120 (2004). One...

Billing Under the Influence of Distraction

01:06 30 July in Articles, Blog

You'll probably read this article for only about five minutes before you're interrupted. That's because "knowledge workers," such as lawyers, are interrupted every three to 10 minutes. See Kermit Pattison, "Worker Interrupted: The Cost of Task Switching," Fast Company, July 28, 2008. For lawyers who bill by the hour, these interruptions are more than a nuisance; they may make our practices unethical. To prevent ethical violations, attorneys need to be able to create distraction-free zones, and their firms need to support them. Check out my article on the Daily Journal.  ...

How Maya Angelou Can Help Us Be Happier Lawyers

00:48 29 May in Articles, Blog

The contrast between Maya Angelou’s joyful life and the misery of so many lawyers is unavoidable. Yesterday, as I listened to remembrances of her, I was struck by how vibrant and full her life was, so unlike the lives of many lawyers. According to the Dave Nee Foundation, lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer depression than non-lawyers; some studies show as many as 37% of lawyers suffer from depression. What did Maya Angelou do so differently than we lawyers do? Maya Angelou is, of course, unique and nobody can hope to replicate her life. But we can learn...