the Zealous

31 Dec 20

Many lawyers, especially litigators, perceive qualities such as empathy, authenticity, and collaborative spirit that are essential for success in relationships and in most other professions to be liabilities in the practice of law. These lawyers may feel compelled to leave those qualities outside the office rather than harnessing the enormous positive energy that those qualities can provide to fuel their work. It’s no wonder that so many lawyers have low psychic energy and feel disconnected from their authentic selves in doing their jobs.

Robert Holland.
30 Nov 20

From an article in the ABA Journal, August 1929 issue:

Of course the economic situation of the bar would be considerably improved if the number of lawyers could be reduced. There are too many lawyers today for the amount of legal business everywhere in America; and the normal result of excess of supply as compared to demand, has kept fees of lawyers low and elaborate living by lawyers rare.

31 Oct 20

M&A lawyers: we are not above criticism.

M&A has been characterized as a bloodsport. In a strategic transaction, the stakes are high for all concerned: careers, reputations, and business and financial fortunes and are on the line. In addition to the high stakes, the one-off relationship between a typical