Emotional Intelligence (EQ) : Why Lawyers Need It to Succeed

By Cedric Ashley

It was Friday, and a typically frenetic week at Larry’s firm was winding down. Larry was in his car on his way back from court after being excoriated by the judge deciding his motion for summary judgment. The motion was for one of his firm’s most important and demanding clients. Larry lost the motion, and the judge did not withhold his criticism for what he called “the least persuasive motion I have read in my 25 years on the bench.”

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