Category: Personal Thoughts

As noted in the Wall Street Journal recently (January 27, 2005), search engines such as Google provide us with links. However, provides us with answers. Take a look for yourself.

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“Of Lies & Lawyers”

The Wall Street Journal reviewed the new television series, “Law & Order: Trial by Jury.” I took offense to the inference that defense attorneys are willing to commit any act, even lie, in order to acquit their “guilty” clients.

This is my response to Dorothy Rabinowitz, the author:

Your article, “Of Lies and Lawyers,” (WSJ, February 25, 2005) could have made a real contribution to the public’s understanding of the American judicial system.

The Constitution of the United States guarantees that all defendants are entitled to a quality defense, not a porous or inadequate defense! Even if the defendant is guilty of the crime charged, s/he is still entitled to quality representation. This is a right guaranteed by our Constitution! Thus, the comment, “I don’t care if you did it.” If the defendant cannot afford counsel, the government will appoint a public defender. (more…)

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A little humor

One of the reasons I coach and consult with lawyers is that it allows me to combine my love of the law with my love of business, especially entrepreneurship. I recently came across a great site devoted to entrepreneurship. This, hopefully humorous bit, strikes at the core of why there are so many “consultants” today, many of whom are merely waiting for their next job:

Considering that more than half of the people in the U.S. are either self-employed or working in a company with under 100 employees, it’s amazing how few jokes there are about entrepreneurship and small business. Here’s one I heard recently:

“So, what made you decide to go into business for yourself?”

“It was something my last boss said.”

“Really, what was that?”

“You’re fired.”

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Lessons from life by Maya Angelou

Taken from Worthwhile Magazine, the following ideas/lessons from Maya Angelou struck a cord with me as it did for Kevin Salwen:

-I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
-I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.
-I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
-I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”
-I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
-I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
-I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
-I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
-I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
-I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
-I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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