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Ep 29: Wellness for Attorneys

This week on the 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast, Larry Port returns to talk about his recent Florida Bar CLE presentation on attorney wellness. Discover the biggest obstacles to wellness for attorneys, how to overcome them, and how to genuinely become a happier version of yourself.

Speaking of attorney wellness, we’re also excited to be hosting another upcoming Florida Bar CLE next week! Join us Thursday, February 1st at 2PM ET for Work-Life Balance with Yoga: A Seminar for Lawyers. Attendees will earn 1.0 hour of General CLE credit including 1.0 hour of Mental Health Awareness. Registration is FREE.  Click here to register today.

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Legal Freedom Fighter Series: Tania R. Schmidt-Alpers

Freedom Fighters

 

We’ve seen it repeatedly throughout our history: When people’s rights are threatened, it’s the lawyers who step up to the plate. Some are true Freedom Fighters, and they deserve special recognition. That’s why each month, we will feature lawyers who are really making a difference.

Today, we are proud to feature Tania R. Schmidt-Alpers.
Tania R. Schmidt-Alpers is legal counsel for Betty Griffin Center, whose mission is to provide protection and quality services for the victims of domestic violence and their minor children as well as victims of sexual assault and their families.  She has dedicated her professional pursuits to helping victims of domestic violence for more than 20 years.  Since 1997 she has also put in thousands of hours in pro bono work—most of it while maintaining a private law practice—which earned her a place among The St. Augustine Record’s 10 Who Make a Difference in St. Johns County in 2017 as well as the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council’s Women of Distinction 2017. In addition to individual legal advocacy for victims of violence, Tania has also been active in systemic advocacy through Pro Bono appellate cases resulting in the creation of new case law for survivors of domestic, sexual, and dating violence throughout Florida.

Here’s the interview:

What inspired you to become a lawyer?
While I was growing up, my father worked in the legal department of a large airline in New York. I would go to work with him from time to time and I became fascinated with what they did in his department. So, I decided I wanted to become an aviation law attorney. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized just how small and specialized the field of aviation law is. While I was in law school, I did an internship at the school’s family law legal clinic.  I was assigned two cases, one of which was a domestic violence case.  Handling that case was life-changing and eye-opening since I had not had any education or awareness of domestic violence issues.  At that time law schools did not offer classes on domestic violence. As a result of that internship, I decided to focus on family law.

What was your most memorable case?
It’s hard to point to one “most memorable case,” as every single person I have represented is memorable. They are all incredibly important. I will say that my first appeal had the most profound impact on me. I was working with a judge, who was challenging and was not giving people due process.  This was ongoing, and it seemed like the only way to inspire a change was to appeal his decisions.  At the time, I had concerns that appealing to the next higher court might make things worse with him and that he might retaliate, but he didn’t. He took it well, and he changed the way he handled things. It also created case law for the State of Florida as a whole.  Driving this systemic change was incredible and inspiring.

In considering the support and protection of victims of domestic violence, where do we stand today? What are our next legal hurdles?
Domestic violence awareness has changed significantly. In looking back at the 1970s and 1980s, there weren’t even domestic violence shelters in many cities. So, to come to where we are now with places like the Betty Griffin Center, for example, represents enormous progress. From the legal side, we are light years ahead from that same point in history. When the initial domestic violence grant funding through the Violence Against Women’s Act (for civil legal representation) came in, everyone in the justice system became very focused on the rights of domestic violence victims.  Since that time, I’ve seen the pendulum has swung backwards a bit again. We’re seeing a lot of victim blaming again rather than directing attention on holding the abuser accountable.  More education is needed to change the way people view domestic violence.

What is the biggest challenge you face today?
Without a doubt, it’s volume. Sadly, there are so many people that need our services. We do a great job of handling that first emergency part, in terms of getting victims to safety and getting injunctions with ancillary relief. The need is then to carry the victims all the way through the legal process that they face, be it dissolution of marriage or paternity cases.  However, grant funding is not there for those much needed matters.  This is where pro bono attorneys are so valuable to keep these victims’ safe, empowered, and moving forward to a better life.

You’ve had so many successes. Which one stands out the most for you?
Again, it’s hard to say because they all matter. It is incredibly empowering to see someone years later who says, “You helped me and my family get out of a terrible situation and we are in such a better place today.” It’s those moments when I feel like I’m making a true difference, and that’s what success is for me.

If you could give one piece of advice to other lawyers across the country, what would you say?
I know we are all pressed for time and overwhelmed by family and work, and most people think “I don’t have time for pro bono work,” but make time for it. Find the time.  You will be glad you did!

If an attorney wants to get involved in social justice, how can he or she get started? 
I obviously look at social justice through the lens of domestic violence, which impacts a number of different legal fields. I would suggest to anyone considering getting involved, that they find an area, such as family law, immigration, housing, taxation, or another area that they feel passionate about or have a specialized skill in, and throw themselves into it.  You can call your local domestic violence shelter or local legal aid office and offer to volunteer for needs that you can fulfill.  You might be surprised at how much your assistance is needed and valued.

 

Kristin Johnson is an executive and corporate communications professional, and founder of KSJ Communications, a communications and public relations firm. She consults with a diverse roster of clients spanning the technology, professional services, financial services, public sector, consumer, and healthcare industries. In addition to Rocket Matter, Johnson writes for various other publications as well.

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The Secrets to a Happy and Successful Legal Career

Secrets to a Happy Successful Legal Career

Last week I had the good fortune to provide three hours of wellness training to The Florida Bar at their mid-year meeting.

Cultivating a more positive and tranquil outlook is something I’ve been pursuing ever since I listened to an episode of Science Friday. A happiness researcher, Daniel Nettle, got my attention with the following lightning bolt:

“The best predictor of how happy you’ll be in 20 years’ time is simply how happy you are now, which is a sobering thought because we all believe that we’re going to have some incredible transformation in the next couple of years that will change everything.”

Mind. Blown.

To me, this meant that I had to actively pursue a happy lifestyle or else twenty years would go by and I would never be the person I wanted to be. Was this one of the reasons I quit my job and started Rocket Matter? Maybe. It certainly got me moving in a positive direction.

The question is, however, is it possible with what we know from research to turn from grumpy to happy, or at least non-grumpy?

The answer is 100% yes. To find out more, please check out my slide deck from the presentation. Here are some of the highlights and most important takeaways: 

  1. In my talk, I referred to writing my schedule down on this sheet (click here to download it) every morning. In addition to blocking off my appointments, I write three things that I accomplished the day before and three things I’m grateful for. For instance today, I was grateful for 1) my kids 2) my wife and 3) not having the nasty flu that’s going around. My accomplishments for the previous 24 hours: 1) finished a press release on a new feature 2) survived a very intense Orangetheory workout and 3) finalized my Q1 planning.
  2. My favorite meditation app is Meditation by Fitness22. It is available for iPhone and Android. I find it to be as useful as any of the techniques or disciplines I’ve spent thousands of dollars on over the years.
  3. My favorite nutrition tracking software is called LoseIt.
  4. I was asked about email management—twice. I recommended SaneBox for filtering out the unimportant, Zero Inbox as a processing technique, and Slack or my own product’s Communicator to reduce intra-firm email.
  5. I would also like to showcase a remarkable TED talk by Sean Achor, “The Happy Secret to Better Work.

A big shout out to the Florida Bar for their focus on the importance of wellness under the leadership of current bar president, Michael Higer.

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Productivity in Your Associates: The Value of Rainmaking and Business Development

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Rainmaking in the law requires you to project a certain savvy in a public-facing way. Whether it’s writing articles, making appearances and giving speeches, building your reputation in the community, or being strategic about lunches, dinners, galas, and other social events that will yield you the right clients, it requires talent in subtly delivering who you are and what sets your firm apart. Successful rainmaking will serve to consistently bring new business into the firm, and it keeps associates busy and worth the investment.  Here are some quick tips on how to leverage rainmaking abilities across your firm:

Spot the talent and reward it.
If your associate is solid at practicing law, but is also great at problem solving, strategy, and working with people,  then you have a potential rainmaker on your hands. Encouraging your associates to use their natural abilities to bring the firm new business, and incentivizing them monetarily to do so, will increase their job satisfaction and your firm’s profits. Some firms that move associates into this type of role will align their bonus structures based on the volume of business, the amount of money the firm is able to collect from the business the associates generate, and how well the matter is supervised and delegated.

Establish your firm’s story, and allow your associates to start telling it.
Coach your associates on the art of storytelling—or telling your firm’s story in a way that’s synonymous with the true essence of the way your firm does business. When you have a clear story about your firm— who you are, what you stand for, and the kind of clients you want to attract, then you will breathe life into that story by telling it and attracting the right client mix to the firm’s book. There’s nothing more magnetic than an attorney who can tell the story of how their firm was able to creatively solve a client’s problem and bring a matter to a successful conclusion.

Make sure your associates are also trained in the art of asking questions and listening intently to the answers to spot whether that client is the right fit for the firm. Bring associates to events with you, and let them watch, learn, and eventually participate. Always have retrospective conversations after each event or interaction where you are present to coach your associates on what went wrong and to celebrate what went right.

Incentivize business development and rainmaking efforts.
Take the associate’s business development results into account when assessing value and performance. If it’s a strength, allow them to push their work down to more junior members of the team so that it’s completed at a more economic rate for the clients and firm. Moving away from a billable hours target for bonuses is a great way to make sure that your talented rainmakers aren’t hoarding work unnecessarily and are instead focused on seeking new business opportunities for the firm.

Create a culture that values delivering the ultimate client experience.
Maintaining existing relationships with clients and referral sources is key in the overall rainmaking picture. These are likely the people who will give you great referrals for a job well done. Make sure your associates (and your entire staff) are aligned with your vision of treating your clients with respect and delivering value to them at every opportunity. High-quality client service comes in the form of keeping the client’s welfare top-of-mind during every interaction, anticipating the client’s needs, and communicating in a way that makes them see the value in the firm’s work. For example, a good associate will know that before they dive into a lengthy research project to pad their billable time, they should talk to the client and provide them with less costly options. For instance, they can delegate that task to a junior associate or paralegal which can make that task less costly for the client.

These tips illustrate that productivity in your associates is just as much about the billable hours they hit as it is about the overall value they offer to your firm and the clients you serve. Your ability to cultivate your associates’ talents through education, mentorship, leadership, direction, flexibility, and playing to their strengths will greatly determine how successful they are at your firm and whether their true value will be realized in the time they’re with your firm.

Nefra MacDonald is the Customer Success Product Manager at Rocket Matter. After working in various capacities at law firms, corporations, and non-profits, she decided to use her experience to help address the pain points that practicing lawyers feel every day. She currently co-chairs Rocket Matter’s Product Advisory Committee, which serves as a source of targeted feedback for the company’s product improvement strategy.

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Lawyers Weigh In: What’s the Most Challenging Aspect of Running a Law Firm?

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No one ever said running a law firm is easy. Here, ten attorneys share the most challenging aspects of their jobs:

“Dealing with people and taking home their problems.  You often see people at their worst, but their biggest crises and worst times of their life is your day to day.   It is impossible not to feel the stress of your clients’ situations if you truly care.  And it is also absolutely impossible to be a good attorney if you don’t care about your clients.” —Scott M. Aaronson, a criminal defense and expungements attorney in Southfield, Michigan

“Hiring quality employees.” —Anthony Castelli, a personal injury lawyer in Cincinnati

“As a solo practitioner, the hardest part has to be the “solo.”  After working as an ADA for 18 years in a fairly large office, I was always used to having other lawyers around to chat with, bounce ideas off of, and ask questions. And there were always supervisors to speak with about larger issues.  Now it’s all just me.  The buck starts and ends on my desk, and that can be difficult at times.  It’s also exhilarating—for the first time in my professional career, I have no boss.  I make all the decisions in my practice, and there’s really no net.  While I certainly miss having my former colleagues around, I’ve found that there is a lot of collegiality and camaraderie in the defense bar which is really great.  The future is much more exciting now.” —Glenn Kurtzrock, a criminal defense lawyer in Long Island, New York

“The same as living on planet Earth—dealing with people in a day and age where facts, evidence and logic are not only not appreciated but are almost an endangered species.  Oh, and everyone has been told so many times that they DESERVE a low interest rate, they believe and expect it.  The selfie generation and its creators are more self absorbed than any in history, mainly because we live in such (historically and relatively speaking) opulent times.” — Roger Austin, an attorney who handles election law, administrative law, real estate law, and general civil law in Gainsville, Florida

“Time management. It is so important to manage your time wisely, to focus on the “Alligator closest to the boat.” It can be tough not to to let daily chores, like email and billing, take up valuable time needed to prepare a client’s matter. —Michael McKneely, a criminal defense attorney in Fresno, California

“The most challenging aspect of running a legal team relates to keeping the team members satisfied, engaged, and working collaboratively. If your teammates are satisfied or dare I say happy, it creates a positive work environment that improves morale, innovation, and work effort.  As important as this is, it is very hard to accomplish on an ongoing basis. There can be no substitute for real and meaningful relationships with your work colleagues built on trust and loyalty.” Marc Lamber, a personal injury attorney in Phoenix

“The most challenging aspect of running a law firm as a solo is working in a professional field where people treat you like a scam artist. There are good and bad professionals in every field, but attorneys are particularly targeted. And maybe those jokes have helped to undermine the fact that lawyers work to earn a living. While we may provide some pro bono services, it is not our primary purpose to work for free. But that is an expectation that has become more and more prevalent. Clients want 24-hour instant access, a win every time, and superior service for pennies. Yet, no client really wants to pay top and fair dollar for the service that they expect. And that challenge is even greater with the plethora of legal access on the internet.” —Pamela Williams Kelly, a lawyer who focuses on issues in family, immigration, entertainment/fashion and probate/wills in Memphis, Tennessee

“I very much enjoy practicing construction law throughout Georgia; however, as the firm grows, my role has expanded to include marketing, human resources, IT, and many other hats.  It has taken time to teach myself these areas, and there are bumps and scrapes along the way.” —Mark Cobb, a construction lien lawyer in Georgia

“Realizing that running a law firm is more about business sense than the practice of law. If you’re going to succeed, you must remember that your firm is a business that offers legal services.” —Daniel Hamilton, a criminal defense attorney in Memphis

“The amount of time taken away from my ability to work with clients. It is a delicate balance of delegation. I delegate what I can delegate on the management side so that I have sufficient time to devote to my clients. Fortunately, I have a great team that is capable and trustworthy.” —Aubrey Connatser, who practices family law in Texas

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The Best of CES 2018: What Crazy Cool Tech is on the Horizon

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It’s that time of year! Thousands of people from across the globe flocked to Las Vegas last week for the largest consumer tech conference around: CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. While the blackout at the convention center where the conference was being held was certainly newsworthy, there is so much more to report regarding the tech coming out of the event. From robotic dogs and TVs that take up entire walls to virtual reality headsets and cool new gaming hardware, the show seems to have a little bit of something for everyone.

Unfortunately, we at Rocket Matter are too busy working on tech of our own—awesome practice management software for lawyers—so we couldn’t attend CES (though we’d love to, of course!) Luckily, plenty of other technophiles made it to Vegas and have plenty to report.

Here are the best roundups we found:

Time includes the ten coolest gadgets from the conference. We’ve got to admit that the L’Oréal’s UV Sense which helps track your UV exposure is very interesting, while the Philips SmartSleep headband that supposedly helps improve sleep sounds intriguing. But we really love My Special Aflac Duck, an adorable interactive toy that helps provide comfort to children with cancer.

CNET also delves into the best of the conference. It says that while last year’s CES was all about Alexa, this year “Google came to fight back.” They report, “Its Google Assistant will be built-in or compatible with a wide range of 2018 products (including LG TVs, Schlage smart locks, Hunter ceiling fans), and it debuted the Google Smart Display — basically an Echo Show for the Google smart home ecosystem.” In other words, everything will be smart in our homes—even mirrors!

TVs were also center of attention, with Samsung’s 146-inch display known as “The Wall” a major standout. Gamers can also enjoy larger screens.  As CNET reports,”Nvidia BFGD monitor is 65 inches of 4K HDR gaming glory. But what really got us at Rocket Matter most excited was Sony’s updated Aibo robotic dog. We want to fly to Japan (the only place it’s available) and get one as an office pet!

Wired sorted through the hundreds of vendors at CES and came up with their tops picks. A few standouts: Lego’s Boost kit “lets kids program their creations to walk, roll, flash, and make noise via an app that uses a drag and drop coding language.”  The Neonode AirBar “attaches to the base of a 13-inch MacBook Air, emits an invisible light field over the screen, turning your laptop into a giant touchscreen.”

Meanwhile, Gizmodo calls out Acer’s Swift 7, the “thinnest laptop in the world.” And it turns out that having to constantly replace batteries might someday be a thing of the past—Ossia’s AA battery sucks power out of the air.

Lastly, cars were certainly a centerpiece of this year’s CES (surprise, surprise!) Entrepreneur reports on the “coolest cars and concept vehicles.” Check out their slide show.

But as much as we think self-driving cars are cool, we’re still really excited about the robotic dog. Seriously. It’s that cute.

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How to Keep Teams Productive Across the Vast Web

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The paradigm for work teams has changed. Co-workers don’t necessarily sit in offices right next to each other. In fact, they might not even be in the same state—many teams work across the country and sometimes, the globe. This distribution of the labor forces has significant benefits but also raises new challenges. Specifically, ensuring productivity by team members working apart from one another requires specific management skills and standardized processes. Here’s how to keep your team productive, not matter where they are:

Task Assignment: Who’s Doing What?
The most wasteful failure point for teams is a lack of clarity about who is supposed to do what. It is imperative for distributed teams to have a centralized place to assign tasks and maintain information about those assignments. This allows everyone to check on responsibilities, including their own. There are a number of ways to do this. Law firms can use their case management platforms such as Rocket Matter. Teams can also use more rudimentary platforms such as Google Keep or Evernote. Most importantly, the centralized location must be updated in real time (which is challenging), and the entire team has to understand its importance. The task descriptions have to be short enough to not be overwhelming in a “quick reference” document but detailed enough so that people don’t have “task creep,” the process by which a task changes as people mis-remember what they were supposed to do or misunderstand their assignment.

Resources: Are The Tools for the Task Available?
One of the most frustrating aspects of being a distributed worker is when workers don’t have access to the right resources such as documents, software, data, images ,or information. A solid cloud-based sharing platform is critical. There are several options, although the most common ones are Dropbox and Google Drive. For law firms, document management can be subsumed into case management systems such as Rocket Matter. However, saving resources in a centralized place is not enough. They also have to be organized and labeled in a consistent and descriptive matter. Intuitive organization is difficult and can only result from thoughtful planning. It is worth it, however. Indeed, it is necessary. Team members should also have a standard file naming system. This can be as simple as, “Date_Project_Title,” or “Date_Matter_Title.” What matters is consistency, above all. This reduces time lost searching for resources to perform the work that has to be done.

Calendaring: When Does It Have to Be Done By?
Not only do people have to know what they need to do, they need to know by when. First, it is always imperative to set deadlines or at least timing goals for work. Second, these deadlines have to be saved somewhere. A calendar is a very basic and effective way to do this. Whether this is a shared Google Calendar, Outlook, or Microsoft 365 doesn’t matter. As long as deadlines are somewhere and team members can find them, this will ensure continued work flow.

Accountability: Is It Done?
Finally, team members have to be held accountable not only to their superiors but also to their peers. This means making sure people meet deadlines and complete tasks. There are several ways to do this. For example, individuals can submit weekly or biweekly reports giving status reports. This allows everyone to see where there is a slow down or where goals are going to be missed. Noticing issues before they become emergencies or outright failures allows smooth management rather than having to get into a “putting out fires” mode. Status updates can also be provided at regular phone meetings or video conferences. The important thing is to keep communication flowing so that managers can keep track of what is happening in situations where they can’t just walk over to a desk or have peripheral awareness of someone’s progress.

The items above are the building blocks to a productive and successful distributed team. They ensure solid work flow and provide entire teams with situational awareness. They are also helpful to reduce frustrations which, in turn, increases employee satisfaction and retention.

Maria-Vittoria “Giugi” Carminati
Carminati is a trial attorney and litigator, women’s advocate, and founder of Carminati Law PLLC, a distributed law firm. Her practice consists of commercial and business litigation, family law, and mediation. She is licensed in NY, TX, DC and CO. Carminati speaks and writes about gender bias, micro-aggressions and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.  Her firm leverages technology to maximize productivity and decrease costs while delivering high-quality legal counseling and representation.

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Four Easy Ways Lawyers Can Make 2018 Their Most Holistic Year Ever

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to live a healthier lifestyle, you’re not alone. Eating healthier and exercising typically tops the list for most people.

However, it’s important that you pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health. They are equally essential, yet people tend to mostly focus on the physical—they aim to, say, lose weight—rather than on what’s impacting their emotional outlook. And this is critical for lawyers. Stress in the legal profession is well-documented and can take a significant toll on a lawyer’s well-being given the long hours, heavy workloads, and overall adversarial nature of the industry.

Here are some tips on how to make 2018 your most holistic health year yet:

Practice Mindfulness
One might say the burgeoning mantra for 2018 is mindfulness. But what is mindfulness exactly?  Psychology Today defines mindfulness as “a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.”

Stress and anxiety are typically heightened when we are focused on the past or the future. When we focus on the present and stay in the moment, we can eliminate the overwhelming noise that according to Naomi Titleman Colla, founder of Collaborativity Leadership Advisory, a Toronto-based consultancy focused on driving progressive talent strategy, leads to unproductive and often irrational and negative thoughts about what we “should have done,” or things that “may happen.”

Lawyers Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford share their insight into how practicing mindfulness reduced anxiety, improved focus and clarity and enriched overall quality of life in the book The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation. Check it out. It can help you really stay in the present in 2018 and beyond.

Get More Sleep
Experts recommend that you try to get seven to nine hours of deep, restful sleep each night. “Quality sleep is a key component to overall health and even weight management, as sleep is the only opportunity the body has to detoxify and heal,” explains Farrah Minnich, a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and wellness coach in Connecticut.

So, even if you’re going to the gym on a regular basis, you won’t get the results you want if you’re not getting enough sleep. Even worse, sleep deprivation can put you at risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can also increase stress and anxiety.

To increase your chances of a good night’s sleep, avoid caffeinated drinks late in the day, turn off bright screens within 1-2 hours of bedtime, and keep your bedroom cool and dark. The National Sleep Foundation offers other helpful tips. 

Stay Hydrated
This one sounds like a no-brainer, but most of us aren’t drinking enough water. It’s time to drink up!  “My first piece of advice to clients is always to focus on getting hydrated,” says Minnich. “That tends to reduce a lot of their physical complaints and ailments, help manage hunger, and even address stress and anxiety.”

Staying hydrated can have a significant impact on your overall health, from more energy, clearer skin, and increased productivity at work. With so many quality water bottles on the market, it’s easy to chug some water from wherever you are.

Be Kind to Yourself
While we’re taught to be kind to others from the very beginning, few of us were ever taught the critical life skill of self-compassion. Why is it we are able to encourage others after making a mistake, yet we defer to self-flagellation when we make our own mistakes? “With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend,” explains Kristin Neff, Ph.D, a leading expert on self-compassion and author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.

Research has shown that self-compassion is associated with significantly less anxiety and depression, as well as more happiness, optimism, and positive emotions. And as Jim Dwyer, a personal injury lawyer in Portland, writes in his blog, “The more we practice being compassionate with ourselves as we would with others, the happier and better functioning we will be, which helps us in every area of our lives— including being a better attorney for our clients.”

Kristin Johnson is an executive and corporate communications professional, and founder of KSJ Communications, a communications and public relations firm. She consults with a diverse roster of clients spanning the technology, professional services, financial services, public sector, consumer, and healthcare industries. In addition to Rocket Matter, Johnson writes for various other publications as well.

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Ep 28- How to Plan a Profitable and Happy 2018

The 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast returns from its winter hiatus in full force! On this week’s episode, Larry Port recalls his most recent post in Rocket Matter’s Legal Productivity Blog and talks about how law firms can plan for an incredible 2018. From finally going paperless to eliminating waste and firing problem clients, Larry talks about time-tested and successful tips on how to make sure that your law firm has a profitable and happy 2018. If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get your law firm in gear this year, you won’t want to miss this!

 

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6 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Help Lawyers (Infographic)

There’s no doubt about it: Artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise and is very much a part of our reality. Though lawyers may be weary of AI taking their jobs, there is much to be said for artificial intelligence as a major asset to law firms.  Still not convinced? This infographic breaks down six ways that artificial intelligence can help lawyers:

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6 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Help Lawyers (Infographic)

6 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Help Lawyers (Infographic)

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