Year: 2014

How to Nail Your Elevator Speech

by the Editors of Attorney at Work Question: I need help with my “elevator speech.” When I begin to tell people about my practice, I tend to get flustered and embarrassed. Do you have any advice that would help me

How to Suck at Networking

by Ruth Carter If you’re a law firm owner or partner, you know the drill — when you’re not working in your business, you should be working on your business. For most of us, that includes a lot of networking

Message From Your Chair Elisabeth Mankamyer

I hope that this newsletter finds all of you well. If you’re like me, you are looking at the calendar in shock that we are days away from 2015! The holidays can become a very hectic time as we try

49 Tips for the New Lawyer – Download

by the Editors of Attorney at Work Who among us couldn’t use some good advice? An encouraging little nudge or two in the right direction, or a timely kick under the conference table? And who needs good advice more than a

10 Tips to Win at Life (in the Legal Profession)

By Courtney Gibb “When one of my clerks leaves and goes into practice, I tell them what I think it takes to succeed—which is what I’m going to do for you,” Judge Richard Gabriel says to kick off his DBA

Do you have what it takes to be a rural lawyer?

Podcast from Legal Talk Network Many young law grads are being urged to move out of large cities and into rural areas, where there aren’t as many attorneys competing for work.

Lawyers, Give Thanks: You Have It Better Than You Think!

Roy Ginsberg

By Roy S. Ginsburg Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to take a step back and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. For busy lawyers, taking the time to do this doesn’t come naturally. So I’m going to

How to Network Without Feeling Slimy

Stephanie Francis Ward

Podcast from Legal Talk Network Lawyers are often told how important professional networking is. But many find it so uncomfortable they feel physically dirty. Why is professional networking so distressing to so many? And how can you overcome it and

DBA Fosters Involvement Through Its 15 by 15 Initiative—One Young Lawyer’s Experience

by Andrew Herre Several months ago, I received an email from the Denver Bar Association seeking volunteers to discuss retention rates for younger attorneys. This group, later named the 15×15 Task Force, was put together to John Vaught, the DBA

As fewer law grads become lawyers, the profession shows its age

by Debra Cassens Weiss The legal profession is aging as the percentage of younger lawyers continues to shrink in a decades-long trend.

4 Things I wish I knew Before Starting a Law Firm

Over the course of my career, I have also had the honor of hiring, training, supervising (and unfortunately terminating) scores of young lawyers.

RIDING THE BICYCLE: Advice to Help Young Lawyers Start Pedaling

By Judge Robert L. McGahey, Jr. When I was teaching each of my kids to ride a bicycle, I had options. I could lecture them on riding a bicycle. I could read them a book about riding a bicycle. I

The Nuts & Bolts of a Contingency Fee Agreement

by Richard Gama Your Fee Agreement should be a comprehensive and unambiguous memorialization of your promises to your new client and your new client’s promises to you. If it’s not, it can lead to costly and uncomfortable disputes between you

What to do now that you’ve passed THE BAR EXAM

by Heather Folker There are several ways to become a licensed attorney in Colorado. This article is targeted to those Class C applicants who passed the Colorado bar examination.  If you are waived on a motion or have taken the

Message From Your Chair Elisabeth Mankamyer

I cannot believe that it is already October! If you’re like me, you are wondering how fall snuck up on us so quickly and aren’t quite ready to pull out those winter clothes. You may also be thinking about your

Lance Timbreza—New CBA YLD Chair Emphasizing Diversity, Outreach, and Service

by Alexa Drago When you talk to Lance Timbreza, the new chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD), it is immediately apparent that he is a man of conviction and determination. “I always knew I wanted to go to

Six Questions to Ask (Or Think About) at the First Meeting with a New Client

by Richard Gama “What does my new client think of me?” Most people have a certain image of what an attorney looks like, and while you can’t control things like your age, gender, or race, you can control how you

Incoming DBA YLD Chair Elisabeth Mankamyer on the Value of the Bar

By Courtney Gibb I don’t know how she does it. Yes, that’s the title of a recently released blockbuster, but it’s also going to be what you’re thinking as you read about Elisabeth “Beth” Mankamyer. Along with working as an

How Does Legal Mentoring Fit Into Today’s Evolving Legal Profession?

By John Baker, CAMP Director Young lawyers – you should seek out and “latch onto” as many professional legal mentors as you can! Mentors will not only act as a role model to help you develop your own “professional identity,”

What advice would you give to a new lawyer in their first year of practice?

The transition from law student to full-fledged attorney isn’t exactly a piece of cake. In fact, it can sometimes feel like you have no idea what you’re doing – what happened to all of the knowledge gained during those three