An older lawyer wants a younger lawyer to return phone calls. The younger lawyer wants the older to return texts. An older lawyer wants to interact face-to-face. The younger lawyer wants to interact electronically. An older lawyer wants to see a younger lawyer well-dressed and at his or her desk. The younger lawyer wants to be casually dressed and working remotely.Have any of these situation come up at your law firm?“A law firm can have as many as four different generations working together at the same time – and often on the same team,” said Caroline Turner. “Each of these generations brings different expectations and styles to the table – depending on the cultural climate in which they grew up. Each generation can be dismissive of the traits of those who are older or younger.”Generations are strongly shaped by historic and technological developments during the first two decades of their lives. These … [Read more...] about Radio-age Meets Internet-age: How Do Different Generations of Lawyers Communicate?
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patchwork may be the best way to describe the layers of laws that governed the relationships of same-sex couples before June 26, 2015, the day the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right to marriage for gay couples in Obergefell v. Hodges (PDF).Robert Stanley, a partner at the family law firm of Jaffe and Clemens in Beverly Hills, California, has personally navigated that patchwork. When he moved to California about 10 years ago from Georgia, he went from a state with no legal status for same-sex couples to one with domestic partnership status. Shortly after the California Supreme Court’s ruling that recognized same-sex marriage went into effect—in mid-June 2008—Stanley and his partner got married.Then the state’s voters approved Proposition 8, the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. That left Stanley’s marriage legal but prevented additional same-sex couples from marrying. Challenges to Prop 8 sprouted, and same-sex marriages again … [Read more...] about After Obergefell: How the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has affected other areas of law
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that "the health of the eye seems to demand a horizon." For many lawyers, however, sight lines extend only as far as the office door, and the horizon is truncated by walls and window edges. They're in a box, literally and figuratively, held captive by tasks, deadlines, rules, expectations and stress. But these eight lawyers have discovered that to get out of this box, one simply has to get out—to step outside and seek adventure in the great outdoors. Whether on a bike, in a boat, on foot or even on ice skates, they turn to nature to nurture their mental and physical health, finding peace and happiness along their journeys to that horizon.Tom Mullikin Managing partner, the Mullikin Law FirmCamden, South CarolinaTom Mullikin preparing to dive during a blizzard in Antarctica. Photos Courtesy of Tom Mullikin.On any given day, environmental lawyer Tom Mullikin might be in the Amazon rain forest discussing a cleanup of a contaminated site, in Alaska … [Read more...] about These lawyers turn to nature to nurture their bodies and souls
Norwood, Ohio, already was bleeding in 1987 when General Motors Corp. pulled the plug on its plant in the Cincinnati suburb, idling more than 4,000 workers and sucking away 35 percent of the city’s tax base.Other heavy industries had packed and left, and still others were on the verge of moving out. But when the Camaros and Firebirds stopped rolling off GM’s Norwood assembly line, it became a defining moment for the city of about 20,000 residents.GM had been making cars in Norwood since 1923. The plant appeared impervious to economic forces that periodically rock the auto industry, including the 1970s gas crisis. “When other General Motors plants were shut down, ours was running two and three shifts a day,” recalls Norwood Mayor Thomas F. Williams. “It didn’t affect those Camaros and Firebirds. When General Motors decided to close, everybody said that’s the end of Norwood.”But, Williams quickly adds, “It didn’t happen … [Read more...] about Taking Control
We’ve consulted with some of the legal profession’s best prophets, prognosticators and soothsayers to bring you a report from the future.In 2007, judges will increasingly get creative with sentencing, shaming defendants in the hope they will think twice about violating the law again. Partners being pushed out by their firms will have new leverage to negotiate sweeter severance deals. And patent holders will find their way to a forum that resolves their disputes in record time.Americans will battle over who’s really a citizen, online background checks will raise thorny questions about discrimination, prosecutors will zero in on medical ID theft, and lawyers will discover that MySpace ain’t just for kids.For a closer look into our crystal ball, read on.Who’s a Citizen?Immigration reformists want to deny citizenship to “anchor babies.” Saul Arellano is 8 years old, but he may carry … [Read more...] about Next!