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Don’t Be a Jerk (A Judge’s Advice to New Lawyers; Good Advice for All)

You’re going to be in this game for the long haul,” he writes. “There’s no shortcut that’s worth it—never. If you have a bad document, produce it. If your client is lying to make his case, fire him. Compromising your conscience just is not worth it. There will be other cases. It’s a cliché, but it’s true: A legal career is a marathon, not a race. via www.abajournal.com

As we near the end of 2009, this article was especially touching. Two attorneys I respected were disciplined this year for essentially failing to move at a distance runner’s pace. One was suspended for deferring too many essential functions without adequate oversight and was penalized for the failures of his delegates. Another blatantly broke the law in an insider trading scandal that brought him big bucks in the short term but possible jail time and loss of a career that could have been enjoyed a lifetime.

I try to abide by this relatively simple advice (which applies both in my law practice and my life generally), except maybe where the lawyer jokes are concerned. If you’re a client, colleague or other affiliate and you disagree, please politely call my attention to any missteps and give me an opportunity to correct them. We’re all in this together, and I don’t want you to have to deal with a jerk! 😉 Happy Holidays, and best wishes for a stunning New Year! (I can’t wait for you to see what’s ahead! :))

– Nance 🙂

DISCLAIMER: This post is intended only as general information. It is not legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. If you need specific legal advice, please contact an attorney to discuss your circumstances.

You're going to be in this game for the long haul,” he writes. “There's no shortcut that's worth it—never. If you have a bad document, produce it. If your client is lying to make his case, fire him. Compromising your conscience just is not worth it. There will be other cases. It's a cliché, but it's true: A legal career is a marathon, not a race. via www.abajournal.com

As we near the end of 2009, this article was especially touching. Two attorneys I respected were disciplined this year for essentially failing to move at a distance runner's pace. One was suspended for deferring too many essential functions without adequate oversight and was penalized for the failures of his delegates. Another blatantly broke the law in an insider trading scandal that brought him big bucks in the short term but possible jail time and loss of a career that could have been enjoyed a lifetime.

I try to abide by this relatively simple advice (which applies both in my law practice and my life generally), except maybe where the lawyer jokes are concerned. If you're a client, colleague or other affiliate and you disagree, please politely call my attention to any missteps and give me an opportunity to correct them. We're all in this together, and I don't want you to have to deal with a jerk! ;) Happy Holidays, and best wishes for a stunning New Year! (I can't wait for you to see what's ahead! :))

- Nance :)

DISCLAIMER: This post is intended only as general information. It is not legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. If you need specific legal advice, please contact an attorney to discuss your circumstances.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is a mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City, where she works with creative professionals, entrepreneurs, human resources professionals, labor managers, risk managers, and executives to generate results beyond the boundaries of their imaginations. She is committed to creating a unified human race by empowering people to have lives they forgot were possible.