Feb 21

Don’t go it alone!  Dealing with unemployment (or underemployment) and the job hunting process warrants as much information and support as you can get.  That’s why  LCL and your Mass. Bar Association are teaming up once again to offer this free 8-session twice monthly series for lawyers immersed in the trials and tribulations of looking for work.  The series begins 2/27 and continues on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the months through 6/12/13.  It is held from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Mass Bar Headquarters, 20 West Street, Boston, and provides valuable information, mutual support, and accountability.  Pre-registration is required.  Use this link to the MBA for more information and registration: http://www.massbar.org/publications/e-journal/2013/february/02-21/work-search   or contact Nancy Brown at nancyb@lclma.org or call 617-482-5004.

Feb 21

Volvo is, of course, the car to have if you truly care about safety.  But Mercedes means you have style and deserve luxury, and BMW means you’re oh so exacting about the machinery you drive.

Progressive Insurance is the one that provides warm, friendly help (from Flo) while AllState is the reliable authoritative father figure of insurance (Dennis Haysbert) and GEICO is the cute insurance (gecko).

So, what’s your brand as a lawyer?  Why would a consumer choose to engage your services rather that someone else’s?

These are among the questions and issues to be faced by solo and small firm practitioners in the upcoming group “Your Law Firm is Your Business: Managing Your Solo Practice.”  It’s a free 6-session series starting soonclick here for more info!

Feb 13

The  Cape Cod meeting will be held on alternate Wednesdays, commencing on:
February 27, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at:
Conference Room
275 Millway, Barnstable, MA 02630

A light lunch will be served. Please let us know if you are planning to attend, so that we can plan the food accordingly.
For additional information, or to confirm attendance please contact:
Margo 617-921-3360
Larry 508-375-9180

Feb 11

When Ray Stevens’ so-titled hit was playing in 1968, offering its biting commentary on the plight of the business person, you never thought it applied to you.  Well, to be more accurate, most of you had not yet been born, but I remember it well.  Anyhow, when you were immersed in your law school curriculum, motivated perhaps by a love of the law, or a desire to do good, or to be a professional without having to take organic chemistry, you may never have pictured yourself worrying about budgeting, marketing, branding (unless you planned to represent ranchers), or networking.

But now you find yourself in a solo or small firm practice, and you discover that mere legal excellence, work ethic, and good intentions do not bring in the clients or pay the bills, at least not to the extent you would like.  With or without reluctance, you must face the fact that the lawyer who runs a present-day practice is running a business.  What’s a person to do?

Funny you should ask.  The same LOMAP-LCL partnership that brought the recent “Getting Things Done” group series to interested solo and small firm practitioners is now gearing up to present, Your Law Firm is Your Business:  Managing Your Solo Practice.  Like the previous series, this one will consist of 6 sessions meeting every other Friday at lunch time (12:30 pm to 2:00 pm), starting (beware) on March 15.  For more information, click here.

Jeff Fortgang, PhD

Feb 01

Many years ago when I was first trained as a clinical psychologist, patients’ interest in self-help books was often viewed as a cheap substitute for psychotherapy, and their requests for book recommendations was sometimes deemed a form of resistance to therapy.  In my own memory it was the world of alcoholism treatment, and then the 1980s explosion of interest in adult children of alcoholics, that opened the door to what is sometimes called “biblio-therapy”.

Things have certainly changed, and now, according to a study by psychologists at the University of Scranton, 85% of psychologists polled found that their patients/clients reported benefitting from self-help books, and 57% said the same of autobiographies.  Reviewing these results recently in The Register Report, a periodical for psychologists, the researchers had provided a list of the top 50 self-help books and top 50 autobiographies for issues including grief, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and more.  [Unfortunately they have taken down these pages since this blog was originally composed, but if you need ideas feel free to call Dr. Fortgang at LCL.]

Jeff Fortgang, PhD

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