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Big Dream

Midlife Career Transitions

Advice for the restless from lawyers who have reimagined and retooled their careers.

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October/November 2007 Issue | Volume 33 Number 7
Table of Contents


Advice for the Restless Lawyer: Discovering Your Possibilities

Don’t you deserve fulfilling work and a life that makes you tingle? Insights from a lawyer and best-selling author turned career coach.
By Tama J. Kieves


Right Time, Right Place: A New Mission as Law Firm COO

Making the journey from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, to become COO of Stoel Rives, former ABA President Robert Hirshon finds a second calling in law practice management.
By K. William Gibson


No More Default Judgments: Recapturing the Dream

After 30 years in practice, this corporate counsel launched a new seafaring life and a new career. Here are the DIY steps that led her to living the best of her life in the law—on her own terms. Plus: Resources for Reinventing.

by Barbara D’Amico


Pursuing My Passion: A Lawyer Novelist Plots Perfect Endings

A demanding day job and a pile of rejection letters didn’t stop this employment lawyer from pursuing her dream of writing legal thrillers. Here she reveals lessons in perseverance and the pursuit of the perfect plotline, with a book deal at the end. Plus: Tips for Writing a Novel Despite Your Day Job.

By Pamela Samuels-Young


You and Me and Our Life Passions

What about you, Ms. or Mr. Age 30- to 40-something and ambitious for a life full of law and love? A senior advocate offers eloquent advice on how to refresh and enrich the days with difference—from delegating well, to being good to yourself, and so much more.
By John F. Evans



Who Is...

Honorable Christina M. Habas?

Learn this judge’s views on technology in the courtroom.
By Mark Tamminga


Hot Buttons

Forensics Experts in the Crosshairs

An Ohio court decision has serious implications for how technology can be used in exhibits—and for how forensics experts can do their jobs.
By Sharon Nelson and John Simek

How to Back Up Your PCs and Macs: An Obsessive’s Guide for the Small Law Firm

A step-by-step plan for keeping your data safe without spending a bundle.
By Erik J. Heels


Tips & Tricks

Eking Extra Time Out of Cell Phones, PDAs and Other Portable Devices

How come the battery in your cell phone always seems to die when you have one more call to complete?
By Dan Pinnington


Product Watch

A trip to LinuxWorld and more cool product news.
By Nerino J. Petro, Jr.




Making Hay: Tips for Optimizing the Second Half

Lawyers at mid-career must optimize the yield derived from their client base and staff leverage.
By David Bilinsky and Laura Calloway



How to Prepare the Groundwork for Transitioning Your Relationships

Turning over clients is one of the toughest retirement-planning hurdles. Here are tips for smoothing the way.
By Susan Saltonstall Duncan



Creating an Excellent Client Service Environment

One firm’s showcase program for bridging the divide between administrative staff and lawyers.
By Marcia Pennington Shannon


Rip It!

Seven Simple Rules for Avoiding Malpractice Liability

Advice for staying on track and out of the hot seat.
By Alan S. Rutkoff