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Lucky 13 – Happy New Year

Posted in Personal Thoughts
I hadn’t thought of it before I received Marsha’s email. Next year is 2013! And if you abhor the number 13, you’re in for a long, hard year.  As with Marsha, I also feel that 13 is a lucky number. And a baker’s dozen is 13, a gift of one extra roll.  So, what bonus will… Continue Reading

Multitasking ain’t

Posted in Management, Personal Thoughts
In a recent USA Today article, texting and music listening while driving and walking are leading to an increase in the death of pedestrians. People are still talking on the phone and texting while driving, despite the statistics that prove it can be deadly and despite it being against the law. But now, we have… Continue Reading

A call to inaction!

Posted in Personal Thoughts
Elio Martinez, a friend, makes a good point. Perhaps we need our day of national election to be a national holiday. This may tell us (and the world) that this is an important day, that we should focus on our decision more than we do, and that we are very serious about the decision we… Continue Reading

New Fellow of the COLPM

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The College of Law Practice Management met this past week to welcome 18 new inductees as Fellows of the College. Carolyn Elefant, one of the inductees, is shown here with Ed who was pleased to support her entry into the College.  … Continue Reading

Language is Everything

Posted in Personal Thoughts
For growth and expansion, there are two philosophies:                Trail your growth (conservative), or                Hire for the future (confident and assertive) For troubled times, there are two philosophies:                Slow to hire                Quick to fire  Lawyers should do only two things:                Market for new business:                               Only they know if they want… Continue Reading

Pizza Shop Owner Talk About Entitlement

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In a recent display of enthusiasm, pizza shop owner, Scott Van Duzer, gave President Obama a bear hug when the President visited his shop on a Florida campaign tour. The visit and the ensuing bear hug provided quite a spectacle. After all, how could the secret service have permitted this? But, both the owner and… Continue Reading

What kind of lawyer are you?

Posted in Personal Thoughts
Oftentimes, especially in the family law environment (but also in other matters), our emotions control us to the point of ignoring reality. We seek to hurt the other party to the litigation through our attorneys. And, far too often, our attorneys are willing accomplices. As the attorney, what control do you have over your client?… Continue Reading

9-11-01 A Remembrance

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On this date, 11 years ago, many of our readers suffered losses, both personal and physical. From these losses, a number of my clients gathered with me over the following two years to create Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Planning for Law Firms,  intended to deal in the future with catastrophes such as this to become… Continue Reading

Fact checkers are needed

Posted in Personal Thoughts
Fact checking should be the backbone of every lawyer. I’m wondering why so many politicians, many of whom are lawyers, fail to fact check, or if they do fact check, fail to tell the full truth in their assertions. Below is a list of "fact checkers" concerning recent assertions by politicians. Knowing that no political… Continue Reading

Liars cannot be rehabilitated but drunks can

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Can one ever be rehabilitated from moral turpitude? Remember Stephen Glass? He was the young journalist (in his 20’s) who lied and fabricated news stories. He was found out, disgraced and fired, never again to be hired as a journalist. A movie was made of his escapades, Shattered Glass. Fast forward through psychoanalysis, moving from… Continue Reading