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  • Ethical considerations when advising a business regarding marijuana-related actives

    The analysis is different regarding a lawyer advising a client regarding marijuana-related activities. Rule 1.2(d) provides, “A lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows is criminal or fraudulent . . . .” Unlike Rule 8.4(d), there is no...

  • Move on

    This is the second of a three part series designed to offer practical tips for inside counsel who feel unhappy or vulnerable in their current positions. Last month, I presented a few temporary stop gap ideas designed to pick up your personal morale if necessary within your current position. Even...

  • I’m SO STRESSED; this is going to be beautiful

    I had a bad week. A really bad week. No one died. There was no terminal diagnosis. No damage that is permanent. But it was bad enough that I started questioning my goals and priorities. It also got me thinking of a trip to Napa Valley. In wine country, I...

  • 5 Traits of Lawyers going beyond pure counseling

    This is somewhat a paradox: lawyers usually have already mastered the theoretical abilities to understand a plethora of fields apart from regulatory, as part of their formative years: economics, social relations, logics, philosophy. Yet, most lawyers fail at using their creativity in order to provide more than average advice.

  • Rosier picture for law school admissions this coming year

    Kaplan found that the majority of law school admissions officers predict an increase in applications

  • Weaving diversity into the legal culture

    The focus on diversity and inclusion and their importance in today's legal industry is not new. In fact, more than 15 years ago I joined a PLI panel with the former MetLife GC, who spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusion. The law department reflected the corporation's goals in...

  • Raising the bar: Women's Bar Association of Illinois launches professional development program

    A new leadership program has been developed by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) to help women lawyers develop their professional network and strengthen their leadership capabilities. The program is a first-of-its kind leadership institute which will take place over the course of six weeks, and commences next month.

  • 7 strategies lawyers can use to overcome work pressure

    There are lots of ways to keep stress at bay and maintain your cool. Here are seven of the most effective methods.

  • Viagra for your Career

    If the rut is short-term and originates from a sense of exhaustion or frustration with a particular project, I offer three suggestions:

  • How to deliver a knockout presentation

    Fortunately, presenting is a skill just like anything else. Sure, some people are born with a flair for public speaking, but that advantage will only go so far. In fact, if you’re too slick, it can work against you. Practice and repetition is the great leveler if you do so...

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