There is a Crack in Everything

There is a Crack in Everything

From time to time I am asked how I cope, spending so much time dealing with peoples’ problems.  I find people fascinating, so I can’t say that there has been a whole lot of heavy lifting.  I have also been fortunate to work with great people, who make the burden of...
Women are Leaving the Law

Women are Leaving the Law

In an age when women are graduating from law school at the same rate as men, why are they leaving the profession in such high numbers by age 50 and what can be done about it? These are questions Miami’s Hilarie Bass studied during her term as ABA president.  The...
Judges Experience Stress

Judges Experience Stress

As compared to the lawyers who appear before them, trial judges have much less control of the outside causes of stress.  For example, a family lawyer can control his or her stress level by guiding the case, as in the use of experts, and the use of mediation.  There is...
Letter to a Law School Graduate

Letter to a Law School Graduate

Recently, Judge Lane Smith, of Leon County, wrote an open Letter to a Law School Graduate.1  I find it to be instructive to all law school graduates, old and young.  Here, I have pulled out some of the highlights.  I place a comment after each quote. Diligently...