The Attorney at Large has been a steady presence on my working-mom-lawyer blogroll for a while. Although she has traded in her traditional law practice for writing/editing/parenting, her observations in The Attorney at Large’s Guide to Practicing Law: Volume I are dead on.
This is a helpful read for any newly-minted attorney. I read the whole book in about 2 hours. It was quick and light to read. The AAL has plenty of helpful insights about client relations and professionalism. Although the first couple rocky years of practice are (finally) a memory for me, I would have been extremely comforted in knowing I was not alone in feeling lost, overwhelmed and stressed.
The AAL’s tips on professionalism were extremely helpful. She wisely guides the reader through the often tricky balance between client’s expectations of assertiveness, zealous advocacy on behalf of your client and courtesies towards opposing counsel whom you’ll be working with time and time again. That’s something you really have to learn through experience, but some helpful pointers may have made that road a little less bumpy along the way.
The book is even priced with starving new lawyers in mind, you can download it for $2.99, or if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow it for free from the Kindle Lending Library.