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The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work by George W. KaufmanThe Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work, Second Edition is about how the law fits inside you, not how you fit inside the law. Making space for creativity and passion within your current workplace and at home can yield enormous emotional rewards. In the end, this book will support you whether you stay in the law, shift your law practice, or move on to other work. This book is the tool you need to make healthy decisions and welcome the passion back into your life!
Available as an eBook
Call Number: RA785 .K38 2006
Publication Date: 2006-09-13
The Faithful Lawyer by Nelson MillerLaw studies and law practice present psychological, emotional, ethical, and other challenges that test the faith of law students and lawyers. Failures in faith can produce doubt, fear, anxiety, and even depression, substance abuse, and burnout. Law studies and law practice, like other worthwhile yet challenging endeavors, force law students and lawyers to define and commit to articles of faith. This guide helps law students and lawyers connect law studies and practice to faith, to give pursuit of a law career its greatest meaning. The guide illustrates how law students and lawyers develop in faith, passing through moral fields to discover and embrace a transcendent law practice--one that blesses the lawyer and lawyer's family while supporting and serving the flourishing of others. By footnoting the guide with Bible verses, the author shows law students and lawyers how closely law study and law practice are to faith, and how traditional forms of faith can guide and support a law student and lawyer in professional development. Even those who do not sense law studies and law practice to be spiritual pursuits can benefit from this unique and thought-provoking text. Chapters include: Introduction: Law as an Expression of Faith (Morality, Faith, Redemption, Transformation); Chapter 1: Law Studies: Challenges Strengthening Faith (Belief, Obedience, Honesty, Truth); Chapter 2: Law Knowledge: Faith at Law's Foundations (Love, Covenant, Provision, Community); Chapter 3: Law Skills: Faith Informing Services (Reason, Relationship, Counsel, Discernment); Chapter 4: Law Identity: Becoming a Lawyer of Faith (Calling, Character, Fitness, Responsibility); Chapter 5: Law Practice: The Demonstration of Faith (Service, Stewardship, Diligence, Charity); Conclusion: Faithful Professionals; Suggested Readings
Call Number: KF299.C47 M55 2012
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
The Happy Lawyer by Nancy Levit; Douglas O. LinderYou get good grades in college, pay a small fortune to put yourself through law school, study hard to pass the bar exam, and finally land a high-paying job in a prestigious firm. You're happy, right? Not really. Oh, it beats laying asphalt, but after all your hard work, you expected more fromyour job. What gives?The Happy Lawyer examines the causes of dissatisfaction among lawyers, and then charts possible paths to happier and more fulfilling careers in law. Eschewing a one-size-fits-all approach, it shows how maximizing our chances for achieving happiness depends on understanding our own personality types,values, strengths, and interests.Covering everything from brain chemistry and the science of happiness to the workings of the modern law firm, Nancy Levit and Doug Linder provide invaluable insights for both aspiring and working lawyers. For law students, they offer surprising suggestions for selecting a law school that maximizesyour long-term happiness prospects. For those about to embark on a legal career, they tell you what happiness research says about which potential jobs hold the most promise. For working lawyers, they offer a handy toolbox--a set of easily understandable steps--that can boost career happiness.Finally, for firm managers, they offer a range of approaches for remaking a firm into a more satisfying workplace.Read this book and you will know whether you are more likely to be a happy lawyer at age 30 or age 60, why you can tell a lot about a firm from looking at its walls and windows, whether a 10 percent raise or a new office with a view does more for your happiness, and whether the happiness prospectsare better in large or small firms. No book can guarantee a happier career, but for lawyers of all ages and stripes, The Happy Lawyer may give you your best shot.
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Law and Reorder by Deborah Epstein HenryThis ground-breaking and timely book will inspire you to effect changes in your own work methods and those of your employer. It will provide you with the foundation, insights and strategies you need to redesign the legal workplace, re-align the interests of lawyers, clients and legal employers, hone your individual skills as a lawyer, and embrace a more hospitable, productive and profitable environment.
Call Number: KF315 .H46 2010
Publication Date: 2011-07-16
Lawyers Anger and Anxiety by Rebecca NerisonThe book first examines how anger and anxiety are related and the symptoms and costs associated with them. You'll also find advice on seeking happiness through all the stages of your career, and discover valuable tips for staying satisfactorily employed during the most stressful of times. There's also help for those living with a stressed-out lawyer, both at home or at the office.
Call Number: KF300 .N46 2010
Publication Date: 2011-07-16
Yoga for Lawyers by Nathalie Martin; Hallie Neuman Love; Hallie Neuman LoveLawyers are twice as likely to be alcoholics than the general population, and three times more likely to suffer a heart attack. Yoga for Lawyers is here to help Written by lawyers, for lawyers, this is a short, user-friendly yoga book focused on effective ways to de-stress every day, throughout the day, in very little time. The featured meditative yoga techniques and safe therapeutic yoga stretches are medically proven to be healthy ways to relieve stress.
Call Number: KF310 .A43 L68 2014
Publication Date: 2015-02-16
Law and Happiness by Eric A. Posner (Editor); Cass R. Sunstein (Editor)Since the earliest days of philosophy, thinkers have debated the meaning of the term happiness and the nature of the good life. But it is only in recent years that the study of happiness--or "hedonics"--has developed into a formal field of inquiry, cutting across a broad range of disciplines and offering insights into a variety of crucial questions of law and public policy. Law and Happinessbrings together the best and most influential thinkers in the field to explore the question of what makes up happiness--and what factors can be demonstrated to increase or decrease it. Martha Nussbaum offers an account of the way that hedonics can productively be applied to psychology, Cass R. Sunstein considers the unexpected relationship between happiness and health problems, Matthew Adler and Eric A. Posner view hedonics through the lens of cost-benefit analysis, David A. Weisbach considers the relationship between happiness and taxation, and Mark A. Cohen examines the role crime--and fear of crime--can play in people's assessment of their happiness, and much more. The result is a kaleidoscopic overview of this increasingly prominent field, offering surprising new perspectives and incisive analyses that will have profound implications on public policy.
What Works for Women at Work by Joan C. Williams; Rachel Dempsey; Anne-Marie Slaughter (Foreword by)An essential resource for any working woman,What Works for Women at Work is a comprehensive and insightful guide for mastering office politics as a woman. Authored by Joan C. Williams, one of the nation's most-cited experts on women and work, and her daughter, writer Rachel Dempsey, this unique book offers a multi-generational perspective into the realities of today's workplace. Often women receive messages that they have only themselves to blame for failing to get ahead--Negotiate more! Stop being such a wimp! Stop being such a witch! What Works for Women at Work tells women it's not their fault. The simple fact is that office politics often benefits men over women; Based on interviews with 127 successful working women, over half of them women of color, What Works for Women at Work presents a toolkit for getting ahead in today's workplace. Distilling over 35 years of research, Williams and Dempsey offer four crisp patterns that affect working women; Prove-It-Again!, the Tightrope, the Maternal Wall, and the Tug of War. Each represents different challenges and requires different strategies--which is why women need to be savvier than men to survive and thrive in high-powered careers. Williams and Dempsey's analysis of working women is nuanced and in-depth, going far beyond the traditional cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approaches of most career guides for women. Throughout the book, they weave real-life anecdotes from the women they interviewed, along with quick kernels of advice like a "New Girl Action Plan," ways to "Take Care of Yourself", and even;"Comeback Lines" for dealing with sexual harassment and other difficult situations. Up-beat, pragmatic, and chock full of advice, What Works for Women at Work is an indispensable guide for working women.
Call Number: Online Resource
Publication Date: 2014-01-17
Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters by ABA Commission on Women in the Profession (Other Primary Creator)This book is a unique, inspirational collection of letters from 44 experienced, highly accomplished women attorneys of color to the next generation outlining various roadmaps for success in the legal profession as a minority woman attorney. The book is organized by practice setting, and at the end of each chapter are tips for success from the authors featured in that chapter. The essays end with a response from a sister/daughter from the next generation.
Call Number: KF299 .M56 D42 2009
Publication Date: 2009-08-16
Learning to Lead by Gindi Eckel Vincent; Mary B. Cranston; ABA Commission on Women in the ProfessionThis book (a) synthesizes and distills the research, anecdotal evidence, and key concepts on leadership techniques and success that help working women, in any field, develop in their careers; (b) tailors these principles for women practicing law, regardless of practice area, and creates practical actions that lawyers can implement in their lives and workplaces; and (c) puts the learning into practice by hearing from women who are leading in legal fields and by transforming themselves with a total leadership makeover. Learning to Lead provides a concise road map of the latest collective wisdom on leadership and applies those principles to women lawyers. It features interviews with 11 women legal leaders who share their lessons learned and tips for success. Women lawyers will read this book, take action, and chart their courses to leadership and success.
Call Number: Online Resource
Publication Date: 2014-06-10
Best Friends at the Bar by Susan S. BlakelyBest Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law addresses the realities of law firm practice, especially in large firms, and gives pre-law students, law students, and new attorneys a realistic view of the opportunities and challenges most often encountered by women lawyers. Drawing on her many years of practicing law and mentoring young lawyers and with the help of other women in all areas of the legal profession, her "best friends at the bar", Susan Smith Blakely strives to help young women entering the legal profession begin their careers with open eyes and a more level playing field than women lawyers of past generations. This concise paperback, which is written in a direct, personal tone that instantly engages the reader Explores the experiences of the author and more than 60 private and public sector attorneys, judges, law school career counselors, and law firm managing partners who address a wide variety of issues as trustworthy mentors Candidly speaks to the issues women face in law firm practice and provides invaluable advice for planning enduring and satisfying careers in the law Critically addresses business, cultural, and personal conditions and offers strategies for dealing with them, including how to manage expectations in the context of actual job conditions and the dynamics of personal/professional life struggles Full of helpful advice from attorneys, judges, law school career counselors, and law firm managing partners with wide and varied experiences, this book will be an invaluable resource to any woman planning a career in the law.
Call Number: KF299 .W6 B59 2009
Publication Date: 2009-11-17
The Woman Advocate by Abbe Fletman; Evelyn StorchContains first-hand accounts by successful women lawyers of their experiences at various stages of career development. In the four parts: Where We Are; How We Got There; What Our Environment Is Like; and Where We're Going, this book includes contributors who provide reflections, advice, guidance, and, of course, war stories.
Call Number: KF299 .W6 W642 2010
Publication Date: 2011-07-16
Women at Law by Phyllis Horn EpsteinHow do women lawyers define success in today's world? For this new guide, author Phyllis Horn Epstein interviewed over 100 women lawyers of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyle in a wide variety of practice settings in the nation.
Call Number: KF299 .W6 E77 2004
Publication Date: 2004-11-22
Sisters in Law by Lisa Sherman; Jill Schecter; Deborah Turchiano"A MUST READ...Loaded with wisdom, candor, insight and laugh-out-loud humor, Sisters-in-Law sets the standard in the legal profession for aspiring and practicing female lawyers, as well as their male counterparts." -Robert Shapiro The Essential Accessory for the Savvy Lawyer A fabulously wicked, uncensored romp into the world of lady legal eagles of the 21st century. Sisters-in-Law takes you behind the scenes of the old boys club and lets you in on the secrets that can make you the Queen of the courtroom or at least the Diva in a dark suit. These Sisters teach you what your law school professors didn't-about the nuts and bolts of practicing law, finding a specialty that suits your talents and moving from one firm to another-while addressing the demands of being a single gal, facing motherhood and perhaps managing a family. This hilarious trek through the years following law school provides the new attorney, as well as any veteran, with valuable insights. This uncensored guide will keep you focused on your career-but not too much! "FUNNY, INFORMATIVE AND UTTERLY IRREVERENT! Sisters-in-Law is complete with real-life office antics, acres of advice and honest reassurance [that] neophyte lawyers will find nowhere else. I wish this book was available when I started law practice!" -Karen Koenig, Of Counsel, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
Call Number: KF299 .W6 S53 2004
Publication Date: 2004-08-01
Reaching the Bar by Robin Sax (Editor); SAXWomen account for 30% of the 1.14 million attorneys currently practicing in the U.S., and in 2007, 48% of all juris doctor degrees were awarded to women. Despite the growing appearance of women at the bar, the law is still a profession dominated by older white men. While some of the challenges an aspiring lawyer faces are the same regardless of gender, other issues are particular hurdles for woman attorneys. Reaching the Bar provides the perspectives of women lawyers to their peers and to women just getting started in their legal careers. From their first torts class to their final case studies, women at law have to make choices about what specialty degrees to pursue, whether or when to have children, and how they are going to respond to sexism in the workplace and the courtroom. These books provide a forum for women at all levels to describe and examine those choices Reaching the Barfeatures stories from each stage of a lawyer’s career – beginning with the law school students and clerks, through the corporate stages from junior associate to senior partner, then on to late-stage careers like judges or professors. Reaching the Bar blends inspirational, funny and dramatic stories, with the constant theme of seasoned women looking back at their experiences and sharing what they’ve learned.
Call Number: KF299.W6 R43 2009
Publication Date: 2009-03-31
50 Unique Legal Paths by Ursula Furi-PerryFollowing on the success of Fifty Legal Careers for Non-Lawyers, Ursula Furi-Perry authors this new book designed for lawyers looking to take a career path less traveled. Filled with resources and practical tips on how to break into these fields, this book is an invaluable resource for the law student just starting out, or the legal professional looking for a change in scenery.
Call Number: KF297 .F87 2008
Publication Date: 2009-02-16
The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook by Hindi GreenbergThere Are More Than One Million Lawyers in America A law degree is not necessarily a ticket to succes, wealth and happiness. Perhaps it's dissatisfaction with the hours, the firm, or the work itself, but every year, more and more lawyers want out. Now there's a real-world primer that can help virtually anyone in this position. Wheather you're merely considering a change or firmly committed to one, The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook provides all the tools and information you need. A surprising number of lawyers in this country have discovered that a law degree is not necessarily a ticket to wealth, success and happiness, and now they want out. Hindi Greenberg -- founder and president of Lawyers in Transition -- has written an indispensable quidebook for those in that position. Chock full of helpful advice, exercises, listings of resources and real-life stories, The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook provides all the tools needed to help the unsatisfied many who are either considering a new career or actively pursuing one. This one-of-a-kind volume can help legal professionals identify, target, and get new jobs that best suit their abilities, background, personality and interests, while offering them ways to cope with the inevitable stress of changing fields. And those who wish to remain in the law world will discover invaluable methods for creating more satisfaction in their current fields, for exploring other areas of the law that they may not have previously considered, and for determining if a solo or small practice is the right way to go.
Unhappy Lawyer by Monica Parker"Parker has done an outstanding job of demystifying how any lawyer can make the transition into a new career that offers more potential for success and more importantly, personal satisfaction." - Don E. Hutcheson, Author, Don't Waste Your Talent: The 8 Critical Steps to Discovering What You Do Best The Unhappy Lawyerwill help you uncover exciting alternative careers with a unique step-by-step program that will make you feel like you have your very own career coach. With chapters containing real letters from lawyers who are desperate to leave the practice of law, tales from lawyers who have shut the door on their legal careers, and powerful exercises, The Unhappy Lawyer provides a witty, no-nonsense roadmap for finding and pursuing engaging work outside of the law. The Unhappy Lawyer will show you, step-by-step, how to: Figure out what you really want from your work and life Discover several career possibilities that excite you Immerse yourself in career possibilities that allow you to use your natural talents And much, much more. The Unhappy Lawyer provides you with the escape route you are seeking. This book helps you ask and answer the hard questions about what you really want from your work and life and will help you successfully pursue your career goals.
Call Number: HF5384 .P37 2008
Publication Date: 2008-07-01
Life after Law by Liz Brown; Gloria Larson (Foreword by)Written by Harvard-trained ex-law firm partner Liz Brown, Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have provides specific, realistic, and honest advice on alternative careers for lawyers. Unlike generic career guides, Life After Law shows lawyers how to reframe their legal experience to their competitive advantage, no matter how long they have been in or out of practice, to find work they truly love. Brown herself moved from a high-powered partnership into an alternative career and draws from this experience, as well as that of dozens of former practicing attorneys, in the book. She acknowledges that changing careers is hard much harder than it was for most lawyers to get their first legal job after law school but it can ultimately be more fulfilling for many than a life in law. Life After Law offers an alternative framework and valuable analytic tools for potential careers to help launch lawyers into new fields and make them attractive hires for non-legal employers.
Legally Mom by Anne Murphy BrownLegally Mom profiles the lives of more than twenty women practicing law at different stages of their career and with varied ages of children. This collection brings together a selection of deeply felt, personal narratives by smart, interesting women who explore the continued inequality of the sexes in law practice and suggest changes that could make firms more family friendly workplaces.
Call Number: KF299 .W6 B76 2012
Publication Date: 2013-12-07
Staying at Home, Staying in the Law by Julie Tower-PierceDoes leaving the firm mean that you have to leave the profession? Not according to Julie Tower-Pierce who offers advice on everything from devising your transition plan and redefining your success, to staying active and making money from home. Alternative full-time and part-time careers are discussed, including freelance writing, pro-bono opportunities, telework, and compressed workweek options. Includes a helpful list of resources on the subject.
Call Number: KF299 .W6 T68 2008
Publication Date: 2009-03-16
The Creative Lawyer by Michael F. MelcherNow completely revised and updated, this book is a self-help and career-management book for lawyers of all levels of experience. The book is a step-by-step method for imagining and realizing your path to personal and professional satisfaction. The book will: give you a template for envisioning and managing your own professional development, whatever path you choose help you to manage your career so that you can stay happy. If you are not sure what you think about your career give you a framework for sorting things out and moving forward amidst ambiguity, and more Brilliantly written, consistently practical, and filled with scores of illuminating exercises, including many new ones, The Creative Lawyer is the book that the profession has been waiting for. "Professional satisfaction," the author writes, "is a question of creating what you want, not just waiting for it to appear."
Call Number: KF300 .M45 2014
Publication Date: 2015-06-07
Success As a Partner by Marian LeeChart your course and build your ladder to ultimate success with this essential career resource Law firms are promoting fewer associates to partnership and looking more closely at the performance of existing partners. This book will set you apart from the crowd and help you: prove you can produce for the firm, manage the business and manage people, add value to the firm in other ways, and much more Most firms provide surprisingly little guidance to associates about the skills they need to succeed as partners. If you want the skills and talents beyond those typically needed to succeed as an associate, this insightful step-by-step guide can help you look ahead and build your ladder to success at your firm."
Call Number: KF300 .L44 2013
Publication Date: 2013-12-07
The Art of Practicing Law by James M. KramonThis collection of 70 essays covers a wide range of legal areas and cases large and small, complex and simple, criminal and civil. Music, painting, architecture, and ethics are also discussed. These stories transcend the specific cases in which they occurred; they combine to teach you effective ways of building meaningful relationships with your clients, staff, and the others around you, and in turn, finding meaning and happiness in your profession.
Call Number: KF300 .K73 2012
Publication Date: 2013-02-26
Managing Your Legal Career by Richard L. HermannTo compete in today's tight job market, you need up-to-date, reliable information on how to manage this phase of your legal career. This thorough guide--divided into short, specific sections that touch on what you'll need to do before your new job hunt, while you're looking, as you're sitting in the interview, once you've gotten an offer, and everything in between--covers everything you need to know.
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