So many of us have been brain-washed to frame our careers as "passions" or "vocations."
That could be exactly why we, a nation of sports addicts, fail to apply the same game planning we observe in, say, football to getting a job, holding a job, landing a promotion on the job, and hustling for a better job. That could even include you future law students who face a downsizing, rapidly changing marketplace for those practicing law.
Instead of developing play books from the get-go in college, we hide from that strategic reality. We distract ourselves with hitting the books, having fun, chasing sex, exploring the inner self, worrying about the future in an abstract way, and having nervous breakdowns.
If that's you, future law student, add to all that or eliminate some of it and focus strategically on what your game plan could be. Experiment in plays.
Me? I have been among those duped by "vocation." I saw my mission as being an effective scribe for those who had message bigs.
When did I shift to a game plan? During The Great Recession. It's now all about making the winning moves
The term "merger" tends to be used broadly and loosely. However, even in its most elastic configuration it couldn't be applied to the kind of combination which has taken place between law firms Kenyon & Kenyon and Andrew Kurth.
As lawyer-journalist, Kathryn Rubino, reports in Abovethelaw, forever it seemed distressed law firm Kenyon & Kenyon has been struggling to find a merger partner. Its lawyer headcount declined to about one-third of what it had been.
The underground buzz had been that it was getting hitched with law firm Andrew Kurth. Even a domain name containing the two brandnames had been discovered.
But, alas, there was no merger. Instead the remaining 55 lawyers at Kenyon & Kenyon did a lateral to Andrew Kurth.
Now we are waiting for leakers to tell how things are going with that kind of combination. What about staff? Will they be declared "redundant?"
Lett's cut to the chase: No, Taylor Swift wasn't selected for jury duty in Nashville, TN.
But her wattage made the process the experience of a lifetime for the rest of the folks who were part the jury pool.
In Abovethelaw, lawyer-journalist, Kathryn Rubino, captures that wattage for those of us who wind up reporting for duty with a bunch of nobodies in nowherevilles like Tucson, Arizona, in 120-degree heat (I left there Saturday.)
As Rubino tells us, Swift glammed-down for her civic duty. But no one was unaware who she was. Generously, she allowed them to take selfies with her. She also signed autographs.
Well, she isn't the only celeb who has been dismissed from the opportunity to serve this important function in our society. Katie Couric also got the boot in New York. Some speculate that she turned on her journalist personality and asked way too many questions. Hey, leave the questions to the lawyers and the judge.
However, John Downey Jr. did make the cut in Los Angeles. Swift might ask him for tips.
The Drudge Report isn't immune from the dog days of August. Its anti-Hillary coverage has become sleepy.
Yesterday, the Drudge Report tried a Hail Mary Pass with associating Human Abedin's mother, Saleha Abedin, with radical Muslim philosophy and stone-age views about women's role in marriage. Hillary had buddied up with Saleha.
Today, it's the same sort of Hail Mary Pass. This time it isn't Huma's mother but her husband Anthony Weiner. He's back in the gossip rags again. So Drudge Report has a photo of Huma and her boss Hillary out shopping. Tame. The Weiner Problem is nothing new.
Thrown in also is the link to the coverage of the Emerson poll which highlights Hillary's weaknesses. Hey, Clinton Inc. has been around a long long time. We are quite aware of Hillary's weaknesses.
Let's hope that post-Labor Day, the Drudge Report gets fire back in its belly about the Anti-Hillary. In addition, it might come up with an unflattering photo of Hillary. That's always clickbait.
This one charges no fee. And already DoNotPay has helped drivers in the UK, New York, and now Seattle appeal 175,000 traffic tickets valued at about $5 million.
DoNotPay is a robot lawyering service created by Stanford student Joshua Browder. Although investors have approached him about his startup, he intends to keep it free, reports 10 News.
If you get a ticket you click into DoNotPay. The robot questions you. For example, it asks if the signs were conflicting or if there were no signs. Based on your answers, it provides you with a letter to send to the local authorities.
Obviously, DoNotPay puts government back in the hands of the people. Perhaps it should run for U.S. President in 202o/
I left the motel to take the dog for a walk and buy treats for both of us in a nearby deli. The drive through Texas is long and boring. But, I was pleased to be making such good time on my journey back east from almost three years living in Arizona.
I inserted the e-card in the door, when we got back to the motel. Nothing happened. I went to the office. Nothing wrong with the card, said the desk clerk. Try again.
I have a hunch he assumed because I was over-50 I hadn't really gotten a hang of being digital. Still the door didn't open. Time was passing.
This time I raised my voice. I told the clerk to try the e-key himself. He did. No luck either.
He brought out some tools. Meanwhile, I got to thinking: Suppose I was in a diverless car and the technology failed. I could be dead, not just annoyed and delayed.
The tools didn't work. His next tactic was to get in through the window. He returned to the office to get another set of tools. Time was a -passing.
After about eight minutes he was able to remove the window. He reached in and opened the door.
My 11 years blogging about law and more had trained me to think like a lawyer. And to talk like one. I demanded, not requested, a discount on what I had paid for the room. The outcome: more than half off.
Perhaps had I been a lawyer I would have demanded that the entire bill be wiped off my credit card. A JD gives you that kind of confidence.