General Practice, Solo & Small Firm DivisionSolo Newsletter

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

BY JENNIFER J. ROSE

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 jenniferrose@abanet.org.

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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