Retiring into a Bright Sadness-Lawyerist

Wow, Lawyerist has a second great column this week on living life as a lawyer.  Lawyerist is starting to stand out as the top blog for lawyers like us.
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by Daniel Farr on on October 23rd, 2013
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“…I was tired after 40 years of practicing law. It was time for a new road map: more music with the band, flannel shirts, bike riding, road trips, grandparenting, storytelling, teepee lodging, and embellishing memories with old pals. I wanted to be present with the people I love. Long ago, law practice began to rob me of living completely in the moment — reading to a grandchild; hiking with a son or daughter; sitting on a beach with my wife and friends — always a part of my mind was practicing law. Did we meet the filing deadline? I should have returned that phone call. Do we have enough money in the pot to meet payday? That elderly couple should have received a discount, but I don’t need one more box of overgrown zucchini….”.
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Drunk Law Practice v. Sober Law Practice-Lawyerist

“….I am an alcoholic. I have been an alcoholic for as long as I can remember, including while I was starting up my law practice the first time around. But I didn’t know I was an alcoholic until just a few years ago. After an unfortunate trip into the abyss, I am re-starting my solo practice. But this time, I am doing it sober…”, so begins one of the best and most relevant legal blog posts I’ve come across in a long time.

Read “Alcoholic Attorney’s” post sharing his journey to sobriety.  Wish him well and, if you recognize the behavior, contact Lawyer Assistance Program at:

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Patricia Spataro, LAP Director    Henry Kruman, LAC Chair

 

Big Ideas About The Future of Law in 6 Minutes – LexThink.1 2013 – Legal Ease Blog

Allison Shields makes it easy to find and watch this year’s Big Ideas:

The videos from this year’s LexThink.1 presentations have been posted.

In case you don’t know about LexThink.1, it’s an event that is usually held in conjunction with the ABA TECHSHOW. LexThink.1 takes place the evening before TECHSHOW begins.

Here’s the format: 10 speakers, each with only 6 minutes to speak on a particular topic related to the future of law practice (this year’s theme was “Disruption”), and each presentation includes 20 slides (which are automatically advanced every 18 seconds by the event host, not by the presenters themselves).

 

Read more: http://legalease.blogs.com/legal_ease_blog/2013/04/big-legal-ideas-in-6-minutes-lexthink1-2013.html#ixzz2RiQIdnVj

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Q: Can I Make a Part-Time Law Practice Work? – Lawyerist.com

Part-time law practice comes with its own set of challenges, but you can absolutely make it work — and it is a heckuva lot smarter thantrying to have a law practice in your spare time. In fact, if you can balance the competing demands of a law practice and whatever you need to do with the rest of your time, a part-time law practice can be pretty great.