General Practice, Solo & Small Firm DivisionSolo Newsletter

Solo, Vol. 5, No 3.
Spring 1998
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Lift Yourself Up


Adding a Doberman pinscher to her office staff, jennifer rose practiced law in the bucolic cornfields of Iowa for 20 years before moving to Mexico. A freelance writer and editor-in-chief of The Compleat Lawyer, she can be reached at

Even though you can't change the seamier side of the practice, you can change your perspective by simply and temporarily leaving the world of your practice on a regular basis.

  • Take an avenue of escape between home and office by doing something that's completely out of your lawyer persona.
  • Watch a silly comedy.
  • Find peace and beauty in tending a rose garden.
  • Burn off that fury by chopping wood.
  • Learn how to tap dance, lay brick, or speak Italian.
  • Strive for the disciplined solace of running marathons.
  • Paint. Bake. Sculpt. Act.
  • Raise goats.
  • Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Sing in a barbershop quartet.
  • Become a Den Parent.
  • Go to a klezmer festival.

Do anything that reassures you that there's a world out there beyond the practice of law -- you'll be a far better lawyer by spending less time as one.

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