July 2008

I have frequently used a pair of boots to illustrate the notion of perspective.  Boots are one thing is you’re wearing a nice pair of broken in boots, quite another if you’re looking at the bottom of a boot as you’re being stepped on.  Same object, different perspectives.

This notion of perspective applies equally to

"I will be out of the office until Tuesday, August 19.  If your matter is urgent, please contact my assistant, Robin Hood, at 222-555-7777, or reach me on my cell phone at 222-555-9999.  Thank you."

You have a Blackberry–everybody does.  Use it.  This is the 21st Century.  We have technology that allows people to communicate

Did you hear the one about the General Counsel who went shopping for hours? " I’ll have a dozen of the $380 hours and half a dozen of the $500 hours.  The $250 hours are looking particularly good this morning, so I’ll have twenty of those." 

Have you heard it? Neither have I, actually.  I

Randy Pausch died today.  I feel terribly saddened.  On the other hand, I can’t help but feel enriched by the enormous grace with which Randy led his life even as he knew death was on his doorstep.

If you haven’t yet watched it, you owe it to yourself to watch The Last Lecture.

I just came out of a meeting that included by inside and outside lawyers.  I was stunned by the lack of self-critical thinking on the part of the outside counsel.  Not that inside counsel were immune to the notion, but I was hearing a lot "we’re not the problem, it’s other firms" or "the problem

Are two heads better than one?  Four better than two?  I am sure there are exceptions, but frequently the answer is yes.

But let’s sharpen the question, shall we?  If your client has a tough problem that she wants your help to solve, will you come up with the best ideas by yourself or working