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This is the Gen Why Lawyer podcast. This is a special episode, cosponsored by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in connection with the Young Lawyer Toolkit. You can access the toolkit by visiting http://www.ambar.org/younglawyertoolkit
Bob Young is an attorney and partner at English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For most of his career, Bob has practiced extensively in the area of medical malpractice but he has also handled some personal injury cases. Bob is also the Immediate Past Chair of the ABA Law Practice Division.
Important Topics We Discuss in this Episode:
- 4 core areas of the ABA Law Practice Division: 1) finance, 2) marketing, 3) technology, and 4) management
- When the division was first launched in the ABA, the section focused more on law firm economics. Over the years, the division has transformed. Now the division addresses anything and everything that lawyers need to run a law practice.
- You have to run your law practice like a business or else you’ll fall behind. There’s so much competition out there from lawyers and non-lawyers.
- Be on top of your law firm branding! Even if you’re an associate at a law firm, you can create your own unique brand within your firm.
- Where young lawyers have an advantage over more experienced lawyers.
- Employers want to hire attorneys who produce great work-product but who are also efficient
- If you want people to refer you business, you have to develop relationships and make people feel comfortable with you
- Finding a mentor is the key to your success as a new lawyer
- Diversity initiatives should be adopted by law firms if they plan on remaining competitive and viable
- A happy lawyer is going to produce better work
- Bob suggests some ways to maintain happiness outside of just the practice of law
Needles – Case management software
Google can teach you anything!
One Thing I Wish I Knew As A Young Lawyer:
Branding yourself is so important when you’re first starting off in your legal career.
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