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New Year’s Resolutions for Young Lawyers

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Hon. William H. Burgess, III, B.C.S.

young-lawyer-rockwellASome people believe in New Year’s resolutions; some do not.  I think that it can be a very good thing for one to regroup at year’s end and make a fresh start, especially in the case of a young professional.  With this in mind, the following are my suggested New Year’s resolutions for young lawyers:

#1. Commit yourself to your own professional and career development.

#2. Master the rules of evidence and procedure.

#3. Improve your writing skills.

#4. Strengthen your relationships with your clients and your fellow lawyers.

#5. Master a new legal skill and become the go-to person for that skill.

#6. Sharpen your time management skills.

#7. If in a small firm or partnership, make marketing a top priority.

#8. Get involved with your local community, as pro bono or volunteer.

#9. Make it a priority to take care of your health and well being.

#10. Always come to court on time, fully prepared, and be on your best behavior.


Written by Hon. William Burgess

December 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm

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  1. […] response to my recent post, “New Year’s Resolutions for Young Lawyers,” I have been asked to turn the focus around to the bench and suggest a set of resolutions […]

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