Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-22
  • Publisher: West Academic
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This book contains hundreds of tips from attorneys throughout the country with the critical advice new lawyers need to ensure their success. The book provides useful, practical advice that law schools never teach. it starts with important steps graduates can take even before they begin work. With an easily readable style, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks continues to teach new lawyers the ropes from their first day on the job. Humorous, real-life examples illustrate the lessons along with bulleted tips that provide comprehensive advice quickly.

Author Biography

Grover E. Cleveland is a former partner at Foster Pepper PLLC, one of the Northwest's largest law firms. He currently holds an environmental policy position in Seattle and has more than a decade of experience mentoring new lawyers.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Bookp. v
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Sink or Swim: The Transition From Law School to Law Practicep. 1
Your Choice for the Summer: Frisbee or Test Prep?p. 1
Bar Review Study Tipsp. 2
No "A" for Effortp. 3
You Are Not a Superstarp. 4
On the Bottom of the Heapp. 5
First Impressions Matterp. 6
A Good Impressionp. 6
Understanding Your Real Jobp. 7
How Well Do You Swim: Your First Evaluationp. 9
Your First Major Testp. 9
What the "Test" Meansp. 11
Just One Rule: Never Screw Upp. 15
Top 10 Goofs to Avoidp. 15
Dealing With the Goofs You Don't Avoidp. 16
Cutting Through the Currents With Ease: 10 Quick Tipsp. 17
Feeding With Fellow Sharks: Getting and Doing Workp. 19
Day Three: What to Expectp. 19
You Eat What You Kill: Getting Workp. 21
Knocking on Doors: How to Ask for Workp. 21
Completing Your First Projectsp. 24
Project Checklistp. 27
Swimming With Sharks: Building Relationships With Other Lawyersp. 29
The Stack of Papers: How Not to Endear Yourself to Other Lawyersp. 29
Earning Your Keepp. 31
Judgment Dayp. 32
Think Before You Actp. 34
Not So FastàAvoiding the Perils of E-mailp. 35
Before You Hit "Send"p. 35
Never Let Them See You Sweatp. 39
Becoming a Pilot Fish: Making Yourself Indispensable With Exceptional Legal Workp. 43
Online Research Skills: The Case of the Elusive Sundomep. 43
Perfecting Your Electronic Research Skillsp. 45
Sharpening Your Analytical Skillsp. 47
Analytical Checklistp. 50
The $1 Million Comma and Other Perils of Failing to Pay Attention to Detailp. 50
Tips for Keeping Errors at Bayp. 53
Navigating the Currents: Managing and Building Your Practicep. 57
Taming Timep. 57
Overcoming the Overwhelmingp. 58
Managing Your Work Flowp. 59
Controlling Interruptionsp. 62
Building a More Civilized Practicep. 63
Preparing for the Five O'clock Shufflep. 64
The Office Support You Needp. 65
Supervision 101: Getting the Most Out of Your Assistantp. 66
The Invaluable Assistantp. 69
Making Your Mark With Presentationsp. 71
Public Speaking Tipsp. 72
Shark Supply: Law Firm Economicsp. 75
Fastest Is Cheapestp. 75
Time Is Moneyp. 76
Miracles Are Not Freep. 78
Time Records: Making Your Billable Time More Billablep. 79
Tips on Time Entriesp. 81
What Really Matters: Realizationp. 82
Your Dollars in the Doorp. 84
Partner Compensationp. 84
Working for Freep. 87
Being Strategic About Non-Billable Timep. 88
Enjoying the Swim: Managing Your Lifep. 91
It's a Marathon-Not a Sprintp. 91
Keeping Your Career on Coursep. 94
Order In: Why You Should Buy Timep. 95
Life-Work Zenp. 97
It's Called Your Life "Outside" the Office for a Reasonp. 98
Don't Blur the Linesp. 99
Office Romances: No, No, Nop. 100
Perilous Watersp. 101
Taking the Next Plunge: Client Relationsp. 103
Marketing 101: Skip the Schmoozingp. 103
Take a Seat on the Couch: The Importance of Empathizingp. 105
Showing Clients More Carep. 107
"Everything I Needed to Know About Practicing Law, I Learned Waiting Tables"p. 108
Anticipate Client Needsp. 109
Helping Clients Choose Their Battlesp. 109
Helping Clients Gain Perspectivep. 111
The Critical Importance of Confidentialityp. 111
Keep Your Jaw Shutp. 112
Never Forget: CYAp. 113
Document, Document, Documentp. 115
Other Fish in the Sea: Opposing Counsel and the Mediap. 117
Working With Opposing Counselp. 117
Rules of Engagementp. 118
Handling Media Inquiriesp. 119
Swimming Like a Pro: Legal Skills in the Real Worldp. 121
Contract Drafting: Think Win-Winp. 121
Smart Negotiationsp. 123
Raise Your Right Hand: Taking Your First Depositionp. 126
Deposition Goalsp. 127
Deposition Tipsp. 129
Swimming Awayp. 131
Leaving Without Making Wavesp. 131
Tips for Leavingp. 133
Special Advice If You Are Laid Offp. 134
Quick Tips for Successp. 135
The Really Quick Listp. 135
Building Relationships at the Officep. 135
Researching and Draftingp. 136
Practice Managementp. 136
Client Relationsp. 138
A Dozen Personas to Avoidp. 139
Acknowledgmentsp. 141
Creditsp. 143
Indexp. 145
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