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Author Archives: Shawn Healy

You’re not a pot roast (access required)

An old story often used in psychology lectures to illustrate the power of habits goes something like this: One evening a young mother and her daughter are making a pot roast dinner. After they season the meat, the mother cuts ...

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Counterintuitive networking: not what but who you know (access required)

Most often when people hear the word “networking,” they think of a means for ultimately getting a job or getting clients. In today’s legal industry, networking is an essential part of marketing your legal services, creating connections for future job ...

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Ways to increase holiday well-being (access required)

Even though the holiday season comes around every year, it can’t hurt to take a moment to remind ourselves about the ways in which we can increase our well-being during this time. Whether you associate the season with enjoyment, dread ...

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Focus on where you want to go, not where you’re afraid to end up (access required)

Fear and anxiety are like gravity: just enough will keep you grounded and protected but too much will crush you. While fear is a protective device (and there are many benefits to experiencing fear), many of us experience fear or ...

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Learning how to ask for help (access required)

Stigma holds us back; here’s how to beat it. In my line of work as a clinical psychologist, one of the biggest barriers to being able to help lawyers, law students and judges is the stigma that many feel about ...

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Mastering the adversarial opposing counsel (access required)

In the idyllic view of a trial, one often pictures scenes from classic movies that portray two lawyers in a professional sparring match, each party making an articulate, compelling argument for his side. They both use their intellect, their persuasion, ...

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Dealing with difficult clients (access required)

I have heard several lawyers break the ice with an audience of their peers by joking that they love their jobs — except for their clients. This joke often elicits a quick laugh because almost every lawyer can identify with ...

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Law school changed me (access required)

The experience of law school is unique among graduate-level programs, so much so that law students and lawyers have often told me that law school changed them in some fundamental ways. This realization usually occurs after numerous friends and family ...

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Solo practitioners: handling the fear of delegating (access required)

In order for any law practice to expand, additional personnel and delegation of tasks are required. On the surface it makes logical sense that, in order to expand a legal practice, you need more and more people to do the ...

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Failure as an opportunity for improvement (access required)

Being a lawyer often involves a fair amount of sales and persuasion. Whether you are delivering an argument or pitching yourself as the lawyer who can deliver for his clients, a common burden for lawyers is the idea that you ...

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