Young Lawyers: Being the Best Lawyer Isn’t Enough

It is a myth that being competent, smart and skilled are the qualifications to being a successful lawyer. But in the journal published about 10 best people in any field of specialization and compare it to the list of highest paid profession there is a marginal correlation that holds the worth of lawyers. This denotes the idea that being a lawyer isn’t just enough – especially in times of economic recession. In fact, being a successful lawyer go beyond being good, one must abhor critical thinking skills and relegate oneself from being complacent.

That there’s no other way but to step away from the hierarchy of being complacent through mastering skills that lies in understanding people. Consequently, being efficient in this field, one must learn from people by understanding them. Acknowledging their woes could corroborate to effective understanding. So, forget about the theoretical framework found in books. Solutions are best understood when you have experienced it. As evaluation here are the three important skills that set the difference among lawyers.

  1. Legal Marketing – Firms with 40-person in marketing team even miss in planning their campaign. The flaw lies in the assumption that people need their services to know their problem instead of providing them with the solutions.   The focus should be on your clients, remember that clients are paying for solutions that you could provide to them. “I ‘m being sued” or “someone is infringing my patent” Contemplating that you have the solutions for their problem is the most efficient way to market your services.
  2. Business Development – If you are start up firm, it is important that you consider your business development. Lawyers in start up firms describe this as “we eat what we kill”. If clients are not brought in to the business, how are we going to pay each other? How are we going to sustain the business operations?
  3.  Law Firm Leadership – Young lawyers should understand that they are the next generation of Law firm Leaders. Being an active contractor of knowledge in the very beginning expresses ownership of the future. Cultivating and practicing firm leadership is an important decision in order for people to accept the transition naturally. Be someone who initiates and people will recognize you- and follow you.
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Top 10 Famous Lawyers

With the intention to bring famous lawyers in history.  We considered different mediums and device criterion to compile them in one list.  This has been due for months now, since we run a little research to support their claims in this list.  So, we can definitely say, that these people are deserving in spite of the fact that few of them outwit the law.    Below are the lawyers who made it to our list.

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10. Franz Kafka – Born in Prague, made famous for his fictional written work such as The Metamorphosis (1915), and novels, including The Trial (1925) and The Castle (1926). His stories centered around troubled individuals in a nightmarishly impersonal and bureaucratic world

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9. Lionel Hutz- Lionel Hutz is a fictional character from the animated TV series The Simpsons, he claims to have graduated from Princeton School of Law, although Princeton Law School closed in 1852.

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8. Jhon Knox – Born in Scotland, in 1510, his claim to fame is as one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation movement which swept Europe in the sixteenth century.

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7. Robert Louis Stevenson – Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1850, Stevenson had a fondness for woman and wine but also penned great fiction particulary Treasure Island, Kidnapped and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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6. Geraldo Rivera – Gerald Michael Rivera (born July 4, 1943), known by his television name of Geraldo Rivera or simply Geraldo, is an American television journalist, attorney, and former talk show host. He is known to have an affinity for dramatic, high-profile stories, and issues that are divisive in nature.

5. John Ray6 Grisham –  John Ray Grisham (born February 8, 1955) is an American former politician, retired attorney and novelist best known for his works of modern legal drama. As of 2008, his books have sold over 235 million copies worldwide.

4. Cherie Blair7  – Cherie Blair 23 September 1954, known professionally as Cherie Booth QC, is an English barrister. She is married to Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister. She specializes in employment, discrimination and public law has represented claimants taking cases against the UK government.

3. Abraham Linco8ln – (February 12, 1809) was the sixteenth President of the United States. He introduced measures that resulted in the abolition of slavery and also defeated the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.

2. Bill Clinton –  William Jefferson Clinton2 (born August 19, 1946), one of the most popular presidents ever. Clinton left office with a 65% approval rating, the highest end-of-presidency rating of any President who came into office after World War II. Heavy womaniser who had a much-publiced affair with Monica Lewinsky.

1. Gandhi –1. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, born 1869, was a major political and spiritual leader of India. He was the pioneer of Satyagraha—a philosophy that is largely concerned with truth and ‘resistance to evil through active, non-violent resistance’—which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He underwent long (at times over a month) fasts, for both self-purification and protest.

10 Practical tips to succumb Stress (in Legal Profession)

It can’t be denied that being a lawyer is a stressful profession, one must go beyond the scope of his duty to provide solutions for any legal disputes.  Although it is exhausting, and can be demoralizing.  There are still practical ways in which we can cope with the stress.  Here are 10 practical tips for lawyers in distress

  1. Set obtainable and realistic goals – these are things that you can achieve based on your skills and experienced in the past.
  2. Learn to prioritize your life – know all the important things in your life and put efforts in attaining them.
  3. People couldn’t be perfect all the time – it means that mistakes are part of growing and are important learning opportunities to improve oneself.
  4. Be conscious of your emotional barometer – and use these information to process whether you are at your optimal balance between work and life.
  5. Health is Wealth – take your health seriously as this is important as your professional obligation. As with psychologist, you should not ignore the early signs of health problems and others as well in jeopardy
  6. Seek for personal space – find time to care for yourself so that you work efficiently with your clients. This means you should not neglect your psychological, physical, and spiritual life resolving legal disputes all the time.  
  7. Find ways to manage your stress – As a lawyer you should make time managing your stress through socializing and channeling energies to positive people.  Schedule your calendar ahead of time by weekly meeting with friends.
  8. Accept that practicing law is stressful – it is important to accept that law is inherently stressful, you don’t to be perfect – it is okay not to succumb to it.
  9. Learn to acknowledge your personal strengths – know your personal strength and learn how to use it effectively.
  10. Know that professionals know when you ask for help and delegate task – Make use of resources available to you, and learn to utilize them. If you can’t handle such stress it is never wrong to get a professional for help.

What to know about Employment Lawyers

Disabilities – ADA also known as The American with Disabilities Acts is an anti-discrimination act that protects the welfare of people with disability. ADA accommodation lawyers are lawyers that work specifically to counter and identify disability-based discrimination, thus ensuring reasonable access under the Americans with Disabilities Act that made by employers.  Disability under ADA by definition is very specific, that is why many charges to disability discrimination act exist.

Employment Contracts – these are written agreements that binds an employer to an employee. These are usually binding terms regarding, benefits, salary and covenants not to compete (non-compete) non-disclosure agreements and protective rules about trade secrets. This also give emphasis to breach of employment contract which can mean paying out damages.  And if you find it overwhelming you can employment lawyers can provide you alternative defenses to breach of employment contract.

Employment Discrimination – any discrimination basis on national origin, race, disability, sex, religion, pregnancy or age is prohibited in all states, and even what we so called international discrimination can put employers in legal hot water. But in spite of establishing anti-discrimination workplace it can’t be rowed that discrimination still exist everywhere.

Pensions and Benefits – Pensions and benefits are vital for employees working in a company.  Benefits can be in forms of health benefits or vacation leaves.  Pensions are money received after retirement, usually through the contribution or similar plan.  In US, ERISA (a protection plans) is mandatory for average US employees.

Sexual Harassment – Sexual Harassment is widely recognize as illegal in United States. This has been strictly implemented in all workplace as basic rights, although strict implementation is observed there are still myriad types of sexual harassment that exist.  And to stop such harassment, awareness on how to properly interact with your classmates and coworkers has been taught. Unfortunately, false sexual harassment can be damaging like the real ones, situation like this should be discussed with the company employment lawyers.

Wages and Overtime pay – cases that involves wages and overtime pay are generally handled by the Fair Labor Standards Acts.  They are known as FLSA Lawyers.  FLSA lawyers are responsible in establishing federal minimum wage for 40 hours of work per week.  This law can varies from state to state as standards are set for rest and meal, pay day requirements, breaks (basic factors which employees are paid) and the surrounding legalities in decrease of pay.

Workplace disputes – this is inevitable in any work environment, with issues revolving around privacy, it is always best to look set forth to the company’s handbook.  This issue rise up when there is less privacy on telecommunication at work, and when limited email privacy is established inside the office. Although, privacy rights are defensible during off working hours, it is still advisable to seek help from a lawyer.

Wrong termination – This occur when wrongful termination is given to an employee. An illicit and discriminatory reason should never be the ground for termination.  Exercising ones right against wrongful termination is advisable, and should take legal actions for proper decorum. Employers who are found guilty of impeding employees’ rights are subject to penalty or of its equivalent punishment under the labor code.

 

 

 

 

 

Types of Crimes: Should I Seek Legal Advice?

Now a days, our society highly publicized criminal behavior and criminal trials in social Medias and televisions. And even in TV series, shows and movies crime has always been part of the storyline.  As a result, people are informed of the different types of crimes, and sometimes considered themselves as knowledgeable. However, in broader sense law can be complicated, and can’t be understood as what it seems.

There are different types of crimes, crimes by definition are prohibited behavior that are considered harmful by the states rules to society.  If anyone acts such behavior, and deem guilty after legit trial in court.  He will be punished either to stay long years in jail or death penalty.

The following are the different types of crimes, divided into four categories: personal crimes, inchoate crimes, property crimes and statutory crimes.

  1. Personal Crimes – These are “offenses against the person”, such crimes result to physical or mental hard to another person. These are:
  • Battery
  • Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • False imprisonment
  • Homicide – these are first and second degree, involuntary manslaughter, murder, and vehicular homicide.
  • Rape – offenses in sexual nature / sexual assault
  1. Property Crimes- these are “offenses against property”. This involve interference with other personal right to use or enjoy their property. These are:
  • Larceny ( theft)
  • Robbery (theft by force) but also considered as personal since this can also result to both physical and mental harm.
  • Burglary ( penalties for bulgur)
  • Embezzlement
  • Arson
  • False pretenses
  • Forgery
  • Receipt of stolen goods
  1. Inchoate Crimes – these are crimes that had begun but not completed. These crimes requires substantial steps for completion, as opposite to intend crimes. Inchoate are:
  • Attempt – these are all attempted crimes such as (attempted robbery, attempted rape and etc…
  • Conspiracy-
  • Solicitation
  1. Statutory crimes- these are violations specifically in federal statute that involves either personal offenses or property offenses. Statutory crimes are:
  • Selling alcohol to minor
  • Alcohol related crimes such drunk driving

The abovementioned crimes are prohibited in every states, in some states this may differ since in each state laws are written differently.  There are consideration on how behaviors are regulated and how penalties should be imposed. For example, prostitution is legal in most parts of Nevada, but a crime in other states. Likewise, firearms are legal only in certain states.

Levels and seriousness of different crimes

Crimes are classified according to level of seriousness, such as the distinction between misdemeanor and felony. Differences are:

  • Felony
  • Serious crimes involves kidnapping, robbery and murder
  • Carries a year or more in state prison
  • Misdemeanor
  • Less serious crimes involves shoplifting or DUI
  • Jail sentence or less than a year. Depends the weight of case.

State laws are sub-categorize to further give emphasis to each categories.   For example: Offense against the person are sub-categorize into violent and nonviolent crimes.  In some states sexual crimes are being sub categorize for purpose of sentencing.

Crimes are also classified according to criminal intent. These are classified as General intent crimes and specific intent crimes. These concept should be realized, though difficult to master but important specially if charged with a crime.

Should I Seek Legal Advice?  It is advisable to seek for a lawyer if you are facing any criminal offense. They can help you provide with the best solution possible.

 

 

Study Shows: Studying Law can Make You Smart

Being a law school student is a life changing experience.  Research shows that studying for a law school entrance exam could alter some of your brain structures – and could enhance your intellectual capacity in both logical analytical and verbal linguistic.

University of California, Berkeley online journal entitled Frontiers in Neuroanatomy shows that intensive exam for Law School Admission reinforces neurons in the brain to bridge the gap between symmetrical hemispheres (Right and Left).  This reinforcement can increase reasoning ability and improve a person’s IQ, Neuroscientists said.

Neuroscientist conducted brain scans on 24 aspirant law student before and after they spent hours studying LSAT for a period of three months.  They also scanned 23 college students who didn’t study for LSAT.  The result shows that people who studied LSAT have increased connectivity between the parietal and frontal lobe of the brains. These lobes are associated with the thinking and reasoning functions of the brain.

Allyson Mackey said “The fact that performance on the LSAT can be improved with practice is not new,” lead researched and an alumnus of Beckley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute.  He also stressed that the changes in brain as result of LSAT preparation is a fundamental reasoning training.  This proved that our ability for reasoning is malleable.

Brain’s ability to tackle a noble problem is the focused on fluid reasoning.  This IQ test to some degree can help us in distinguishing ability in demanding careers and most importantly predict one’s academic performance.

Silva Bunge study’s senior author said “”People assume that IQ tests measure some stable characteristic of an individual, but we think this whole assumption is flawed,”  She also denote that IQ test measured by wax and wane can be altered over time depending on the level of cognitive activities of an individual.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of cognitive neuroscience, John Gabriel who wasn’t involved in research said “brain pathways important for thinking and reasoning remain plastic in adulthood.”

 

 

 

Why being a Lawyer is an Extraordinary Profession

The recent survey shows the downbeat headlines of many college students who wouldn’t choose being a lawyer as a lifetime profession, and wouldn’t recommend the profession to their siblings and would rather choose digging bitches and breaking rocks. As for them, the profession is a struggle and certainly not easy.

But, haven’t you discovered the other side of being a lawyer – the side that is not timorous and doesn’t grab much headlines, how about satisfaction and high regards? Do you find these things rewarding compare to the usual notion? This article is a compilation of stories from different lawyers across the nation, who shared their thoughts why being a lawyer is an extraordinary profession.

 

I love being a lawyer because when I stand up before a jury and thank my clients for the privilege of representing them (and I usually feel pretty emotional whenever I say that, with chills) I realize I am being trusted to pre sent them, what they feel, what they believe. And I take that very seriously.

Anthony Minchella
Middlebury, Conn.

 

Best job in the world: I get paid to read, write, think, talk and argue—all things I would do anyway.

Rick Ball
Chicago

 

What I like about being a lawyer: being self-employed.

I feel so much more adult. No one writes me up if I get caught in traffic and walk in the door 15 seconds late in my own office. I don’t have to ask if I can change my lunch time. I get to sit by the window, and if I want vacation time I can just plan it without having to ask the boss.

Diane Stamler Oraif
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

 

I love being a lawyer because I can make a difference in someone’s life. I help people live debt-free. I’ve had clients tell me it’s changed their life for the better, that they can sleep at night and stop fighting with their spouse about money. How awesome is that?

Jeena Cho
San Francisco

 

I love the creativity involved with handling virtually every case or matter. Law is a thinking profession, not just a doing job.

Shell Bleiweiss
Chicago

 

I get to think through problems every day for people I really like.

Lisa Babcock
East Lansing, Mich.

 

love being a lawyer because it gives me the opportunity to use the law to make someone’s life better. To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance,” it affords me a chance to accommodate my contrarian nature by confronting those who think they understand my duty better than I. I could not ask for more.

Joseph J. Levin Jr.
Montgomery, Ala.

 

America is a society based on law and justice. I love the fact that I have a role in making this ideal a reality, however small.

Richard Granat
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

 

I love that the law never sleeps and doesn’t require that all be done 9 to 5.

I could spend the morning as an attorney guardian ad litem representing kids who were in foster care, the afternoon as a mom with my kids and then the evening into the wee hours of the morning tackling esoteric legal issues arising from complex commercial litigation.

Jennifer Schrack Dempsey
Boise, Idaho

 

 

My first job was doing collections, and I took to it like a duck takes to water. If someone doesn’t have the money to pay their debt in full, I work hard to resolve the situation to everyone’s satisfaction. If someone does have the money and is trying to hide it, it’s the art of getting the money and being creative that makes this job fun. I enjoy the fine art of garnishment, and I don’t mean food preparation.

Robert Markoff
Chicago

I was a practicing civil attorney for 57 years. I loved my profession because it gave me an opportunity to be of service. I always asked myself one question:What can I do to help the client? What advice can I provide that will be of some benefit? If you provide real and meaningful legal services, you will be properly compensated. I enjoyed every day and pursued my work with passion.

Dempsey Prappas
Houston

 

What I love the most about being a lawyer is freedom. In 35 years, I have had three different careers in law, and even within those careers, I have been free to pursue my own professional desires.

Lee Nation
Prescott, Ariz.

 

I was a practicing civil attorney for 57 years. I loved my profession because it gave me an opportunity to be of service. I always asked myself one question:What can I do to help the client? What advice can I provide that will be of some benefit? If you provide real and meaningful legal services, you will be properly compensated. I enjoyed every day and pursued my work with passion.

Dempsey Prappas
Houston