How to Build the Practice of Your Dreams – Listen to George Harrison, Not Rachel Rodgers

April 30, 2012

Since I’m usually mean to Rachel Rodgers, I will start by saying something nice about her (even though she blocked me and Leo on Twitter. And Leo’s not even a jerk like I am.) Rachel’s branding is very polished and her website looks great. Last week she wrote an article about technology that gave me some ideas to implement in my own physical, as in, not virtual, practice. I wasn’t even dumber after I read it.
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A Day in the Life of a Young Lawyer

April 30, 2012

6:00am: Alarm goes off. “Hey hon. Did you bleach my white shirts? I can’t wear them if they have crud on the collar and the sleeves.” My wife hasn’t seen me in days.
6:15am: Review what I need to do for my hearing today. Look over all the documents, where we’re at with the case, and what I’m going to ask the judge for. I was up late last night doing the same thing, but I need to make sure I’m prepared. God it was a late night. But preparation is key to any court hearing. I need coffee.
7:00am: Shower.  Brush teeth. Hope I have clean shirts and a pressed suit in the wardrobe. Gotta be in court by 8:45am. No time for breakfast or a cup of joe. Don’t want to be late for the judge.
7:45am: Hop on the subway. Try not to touch gross stuff. Continue to prepare for the hearing by reviewing our documents. I think I have a good argument.
8:00am: Get coffee from the coffee shop. Continue reviewing what I need to do for the hearing. Can I take coffee into Judge Smith’s courtroom? Should I be spending my money on coffee? With only $7.22 in my personal account, probably not. I can’t afford to buy breakfast. Wish I would have had breakfast and coffee at home. I’m starving.

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Your Lawyer on Hockey

April 29, 2012

This is your lawyer:

This is your lawyer on HOCKEY.

 

ANY QUESTIONS?


Perspective: My First Law Job

April 28, 2012

Thank God! I had just finished my first year of law school at Widener in 2006. The experience could only be described as strange…

Admittedly, I had no idea what lawyers did on a regular basis. I had only met small town lawyers in my neighborhood. Most of them seemed pretty interesting. My view of lawyers was shaped by John Grisham novels, Law and Order, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and A Civil Action. Law seemed like a pretty interesting profession. My goal was to get into prosecution, and then maybe become a criminal defense lawyer. That sounded cool.

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Babette Josephs OUT! Brian Sims IN! HOLLA!

April 25, 2012

No more Babette? A great guy representing the 182nd District?

WOO HOO!

Apparently Christmas is now in April!

Philly.com is reporting that Downingtown native Brian Sims was elected Democratic Nominee for State Representative in the 182nd District. Pennsylvania will now have its first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Congrats, Brian!


Unemployment

April 23, 2012

It was 2011. I was a third year associate at Wolf Rebman, a small suburban law firm. My practice had started to grow, and the phone was ringing more constantly.

One afternoon I got a phone call from a girl I had worked with at AnapolSchwartz, Melissa. Melissa had impressed me quite a bit at Anapol. She was a hard worker, smart, and easy to get along with. Melissa always laughed at my jokes, too, which made her a great person in my book. I took her call.

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A Declaration of War: Junk Cars, 215-740-6116

April 22, 2012

Yesterday my wife and I took a drive to Target on Aramingo Avenue. To my shock and dismay, every single telephone pole (on both sides of the street) had been plastered with bandit signs, directing people to call  215-740-6116 to sell their junk cars. Yes, just one week after the Spring Clean Up, someone thought it would be appropriate to plaster all of Fishtown, ORCA, and Port Richmond in horrible bandit signs.

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