Monthly Archives: November 2013

Building support. Building clientele

Excited about finishing school. Working hard not only to have a grupo of lawyers and paralegals I can call if I need to for consultation, but also a clientele who will trust me. I believe things are going in the right direction: I started helping an attorney with translations and legal research. Learning and letting others know that I’ll be graduating soon. The market looks promising. The goal is to build self-confidence and trust in others. The rest is to pass the BAR;)

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The company you keep

Sometimes as a law student I wonder if I am on the right track, if I am meeting the people I need to be meeting, and going to the events that will help guide me down the right path.  Almost as an answer to this question was an article in the TBA’s Fall 2013 Issue of Tennessee Young Lawyer (TYL) written by Philip Hatch about the accomplishments of Rachel Moses.  You see these two lawyers from Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland have been mentors and role models to me since my first semester of law school.  I wrote about them in previous posts. ( Networking My Way Through Law School – Part 1(of 3) and Networking my way through Law School – Part 2 (of 3) )  As I read this article I was struck with just how lucky I have been over the last few years to have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many talented people who have been willing to take the time to talk with me and help guide me in the right direction.

You can read the article about Rachel at http://www.tba.org/news/news-r/cookeville-attorney-rachel-moses-sets-bar-for-service

-Brett Knight

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Surfs up for change

surfing-in-suitI have recently been thinking about change, I guess that is only natural for a person in my position.  You would after all expect a 40 something year old man who has recently jumped tracks from one career field to another to be pondering such things.  But it is not my change in careers that I have been thinking on specifically.  I have been trying to identify the secret to dealing with change from the perspective of a business.  It is pretty easy to see that businesses and industries have to learn to deal with change just like people do, so what can a business do to deal with change more effectively? 

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This Mentoring Program Can Help You Start Out as a Solo

Several of you have said you may begin your legal career by hanging your own shingle. The Tennessee Bar Association has a new program to help you with that — you can sign up to work with a mentor to get your career started off right (and it’s free!). The deadline to apply is Jan. 3, 2014, so take a look here and see if it’s something you would be interested in. The person who is coordinating the program is the TBA’s Assistant Committees and Sections Coordinator Christy Gibson, a fellow law student.

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We Don’t Need No Education, We Don’t Need No Thought Control…

Okay that title is not entirely true, clearly we need an education or we wouldn’t be in law school.  This post is more about how we think we don’t need an education or to study at this magical time of year, finals!  I can honestly state that some of my finest cleaning and chore catching up is done in the weeks leading up to finals.  I think after my first year, maybe first semester, I realized what valuable time this was when I didn’t have class at night and thought, wow that baseboard sure does need scrubbing.  I’m not alone in this I know.  I know a lot of people who become super productive when it is time to take law school finals.  Really, who doesn’t suddenly need to clean a closet at this precise point in time? Continue reading

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Federal Public Defender’s Office Hiring

The Office of the Federal Defender for the Western District of Tennessee is accepting applications for an assistant federal public defender in Memphis. Fluency in Spanish, experience in federal court, and knowledge of federal criminal law and sentencing guidelines is preferred.  Learn more about it from TBA Today

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October was busy. November is busier.

Law school has definitely made me better at identifying and taking good advice. I spent most of October with “Law Launch Blog Post” in the middle of my to-do list. The fact that this brief post comes in November should serve as evidence that October was a busy month. The fact that it was manageable at all is a product of good advice from a professor who suggested that I lighten my course load to make the most of my opportunities with the clinic and the journal. I am glad I took that advice. Continue reading

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The value of a JD

I recently read an article discussing how the Chicago based Willens Law Office,  offered an “Anything But Law School Graduate Scholarship“. ( http://tinyurl.com/l5wvb3t ) This begs the question… Is this a good strategy to protect the legal industry from overcrowding?  Or is this a prime example of a firm stuck in its way of thinking and failing to have the vision to see where the legal field is going?

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Be still.

Seems like the past couple of months I have been everything but still. My life has changed in ways that I never would have planned two years ago. Law school is still law school and will not change regardless of what happens to me. There are responsibilities that I have been forced to give up and many nights that I still cannot not sleep. But even with the lethargy, crying, and pain, something my late grandmother said years ago pops into my head. Be still.

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These Kids Today!!

 I overheard some attorneys talking about these “kids today”. They swapped horror stories and complained about their interns and new associates. “These kids today have such a sense of entitlement”. “These kids today have no work ethic”.  And although I have definitely met my share of lazy law students, perhaps for some of us law students our work ethic hasn’t changed, but our values have. Continue reading

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