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Author Archives: Sybil Dunlop

Before pushing the ‘send’ key… (access required)

The average worker sends and receives about 140 emails per day. And lawyers, of course, are above average. I do worry that the constant flow of emails can prevent me from thinking. In 1961, Kurt Vonnegut published a short story ...

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Does being a lawyer make you unhappy? You can turn things around (access required)

This month, I’ve been puzzling over the question of how to practice law with joy . I recently gave a presentation on this topic. I started with a confession—I have no idea how any one lawyer can become happier. I’m ...

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LSAT should test for grit and logic (access required)

Last month, Harvard Law School announced that it would no longer require applicants to take the LSAT to apply. Applicants can now submit either LSAT scores or scores from their Graduate Record Examination (more commonly known as the GRE). According ...

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Confessions of a pro bono failure (access required)

A lawyer should aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono public legal services per year, say the Minnesota’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Since graduating from law school in 2008, I have failed miserably at meeting this aspiration. ...

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Break those bad cellphone habits (access required)

I have been checking my cellphone more than usual these days. I am busy at work. There doesn’t seem to be enough time during normal business hours to get everything done. And collaborating with folks in different time zones means ...

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Overcoming imposter syndrome (access required)

I had always assumed that there was no cure for imposter syndrome; we all just needed to suffer through it. Identified in the 1970s by a pair of clinical psychologists, the syndrome refers to “individuals marked by an inability to ...

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Summer associates, you have a lot to learn (access required)

Summertime is the season of the summer law clerk. I had the good fortune to spend my law school summers with two different law firms (this was pre-Great Recession). And June is the right time of year to chat about ...

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