The turkey has been eaten, the pants unbuttoned, the football watched, the holiday cards purchased. It is time for the most anxiety-inducing (and financially painful) time of the year: holiday shopping. You like giving gifts that are smart and unique, gifts that people won’t want to re-gift at their company’s “White Elephant” exchange. For your buddy who is already camping outside of the local cinema, a Star Wars-themed ugly Christmas sweater. For your friend’s kid, a mermaid tail blanket. For your pal who has just discovered Korean skincare, a sheet mask advent calendar. Then, you get to that person. You know the one. The legal professional. They are so smooth, so smart, so sophisticated. What do you get that person?
Between the pressures of the year ending, social gatherings, monetary concerns, and the diminishing of daylight hours, the holidays are a tough time of year for everyone. But if you add in the stress of working in law, the holidays are an especially difficult time of year for legal professionals. According to a 2016 Hazelden Betty Ford/ABA study, nearly a third of practicing attorneys report mild or higher levels of depression . If you compound that statistic with the additional stressors that come with this time of year, the stakes are that much higher. While work is important, one must ensure their own well-being first and foremost. Here are some ways you can practice self-care this holiday season.
On December 14-15, 2017, the MerusCase team will be attending the Louisiana Association for Justice CLE conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. We’ve attended our fair share of conferences, conventions, and CLE events, and we’ve seen many types of CLE courses. It’s very common for CLE events to feature Ethics seminars, and for good reason — most states’ bar associations require one or more hours of “Ethics” CLE per reporting period.
(Check your state’s requirements here: https://www.americanbar.org/cle/mandatory_cle.html )
At MerusCase, we focus on legal ethics issues, particularly digital ethics in law practice. In the internet age, technology is vital for growth. A law firm without a website will inevitably struggle to compete with a firm that with an established a web presence. A firm without digital file storage is just waiting for a paper file to get lost. Even though technology is a clear benefit to the average law firm, there is still potential for ethical issues.
In this post, we'll cover a few common digital ethics issues that a growing firm might encounter.
As a legal professional, you are always concerned with victory. You believe in your clients' cases, and you want them to win for the sake of justice, the Constitution, and apple pie. This is an admirable pursuit. We at MerusCase believe in you and your quest. So much so, you could say that we have made an entire product and company in service of your cause. MerusCase's purpose, its raison d'être, is to help you do what you do better. We are constantly perfecting our product in service of you and your clients so you can reach ultimate victory. In a couple of weeks, we are going to unveil MerusCase 5.0. I know what you're thinking.
You’re a legal professional. You know law things. You are a discerning, intelligent, and refined individual. Shouldn’t your Thanksgiving feast reflect your acquired tastes and sensibilities? We at MerusCase think so. We have compiled a one-stop shop for your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, with the appropriate legal flair. Don’t leave your work at the office (do you ever?). Bring it home with you to share with your friends, family, and loved ones.