Is our legal profession confronted with “fierce urgency?” I submit that we are.
I have the pleasure today to launch the inaugural offering of a new Indiana Lawyer column entitled, “Eye on the Profession.” The plan is to do my best to share commentary and insight on issues of the day that are or will be impacting our profession.
A couple of days ago, I was rummaging through some old papers when I found my 2008 New Year’s resolutions. As I read over them, I thought to myself, “Johnny boy, I think you need to dust these off and try again, but let’s have a little better effort this time!”
On Friday, Nov. 6th, I had the opportunity to represent the Indianapolis Bar Association at a very special naturalization ceremony that was conducted at the site of the 39th annual Indy International Festival. One hundred and ninety five individuals from 62 countries took the oath of citizenship that day and became newly-minted United States citizens.
In a perfect world, my dream would be for every job seeker to land a full-time position. I would also hope that all of you could find the time to network and mentor our colleagues who cannot find work. In the meantime, I have one question for you: “Have you hired a contract lawyer lately?"
While Dr. King’s sermon was written and preached to Christians, his message applied equally to all enlightened human beings.
Hopelessness in Indianapolis? Please, take a moment and consider the meaning of hopelessness. Can any of us even imagine what it would be like to be hopeless? Indeed, being hopeful is simply a standard state of mind for most of us.
There is no shortage of sources for lawyers of all ages to receive tips on how to succeed. The tips that follow in this article are just a few that have been passed along to me by my mentors through the years.
Despite the challenges, fears and demands of solo and small practice, legal market experts tell us that more and more newly minted lawyers are entering law as solo and small firm owners.
It was over as quickly as it started … an overdose of food, fun, friends and education. For me, as IndyBar president this year, Bench Bar 2015 will long be etched in my memory. It was all I had hoped it might be and more.
Every professional meeting I attend these days seems to have a segment on the subject of “branding.” We are either being encouraged to develop a law firm brand or a personal brand, or both (At first I thought that a personal “brand” was just a euphemism for a tattoo, and the thought of a branding iron on my backside did not interest me.).
To all of you … my friends in the IndyBar, I am here today to break the rule: Bench Bar 2015 is going to be off the charts GOOD, and while it may sound too good to be true, take my word for it. It’s true.
I was motivated to write this column when I overheard a lawyer say to another lawyer: “If I hear the word ‘networking’ again I am going to puke!
Your Indianapolis Bar Association continues to advocate for local government leaders to face the justice system facilities crisis head on, urging prompt action on whatever financing model can be agreed upon to move a project forward toward construction.