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Working From Home

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

I’m writing this looking out our western-facing window, a beautiful panorama before me. The sun is streaming through the window. Yes, I am working from home. There is a time and a place for working from home. For me, today was a day that I needed a quiet corner to focus and marshall my thoughts, getting them down on paper for an opposition that will soon be due. I have an upcoming weekend getaway with my closest friend, and, quite ...

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Time Management: Are Seven Days A Week Enough?

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Michael Bogdanow, Managing Partner, Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C.

People often complain that seven days a week aren’t enough to get done what they need to do. It’s a good thing they don’t live in the Belgian Congo of the 1950’s. In Barbara Kingsolver’s wonderful novel “The Poisonwood Bible,” a missionary family in the Congo encountered a society built around a five day week. In 1929, the Soviet Union also tried a five day week. The point ...

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Twitter For The Young Lawyer

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

Twitter accounts, in large part, break into two camps. Fun and business. Jokes and brand-building. So, as a young lawyer, where exactly do you fit? You can’t join Twitter as a professional and simply tweet inappropriate jokes. There is probably no faster way to undermine yourself. But, on the other hand, you have no personal brand to build (yet), you most likely have no personal marketing strategy, and you don’t want your tweets to be all about your law firm, ...

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Mentoring An Associate

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow, Managing Partner

In the nearly ten years that I’ve been managing Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C., one of the most important aspects has been mentoring – both my own mentoring of associates, and my ensuring that non-attorney staff members receive the mentoring they need. It entails an investment of time that is critical to the development of thoughtful, successful professionals who are actively and positively engaged in what they do. If you fail to provide serious, thoughtful mentoring, the result will ...

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Is Social Media Worth It?

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As a guest blogger for the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, associate Victoria Santoro addresses some of the questions lawyers have about the usefulness of social media.  Her blog can be found here.

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What Your Social Media Image Says About You

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Michael Bogdanow, Managing Partner, Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C.

Without looking, do you remember what your profile picture, blog image or twitter thumbnail are? Can you recall your last post? Have you ever regretted a post? Those are important parts of the story that you have been telling the world – a story very much about you.

Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing, profile pictures began emerging with a Boston angle – Facebook was flooded with them. People used ...

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The Young Attorney Balancing Act

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*This post originally appeared on the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Today website.

Work/life balance can be a delicate topic for all young lawyers. Demands on your time come from more experienced and more powerful attorneys, and you will feel pressure to achieve and impress those above you to get ahead. It also has not escaped me that 55 percent of 2011 law graduates were unemployed nine months after graduation. I understand that with the pressure of the job search, ...

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Art and Law: More In Common Than You May Realize

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Michael Bogdanow, Managing Partner
MBogdanow@MeehanBoyle.com

Before applying to law school in the early 80’s, I had spent ten years studying, creating and teaching art, first as an undergraduate at Brandeis, then at Columbia’s School of the Arts M.F.A. program, then teaching and exhibiting. When I decided to simultaneously pursue a career in law while maintaining a career in art, my essay for law school applications was ...

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The Makings Of A Great Witness

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

Remember that day, probably sometime in elementary school, when you had your first experience with public speaking?  Most of you absolutely hated this experience. What does this uncomfortable memory have to do with witnesses? Well, think about how your witnesses feel when they have to come in and testify in front of bunches of lawyers. It is nerve-wracking. To make matters worse, many people wrongly assume that the most comfortable public speakers translate into the most clever, composed witnesses. This ...

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Resolutions For The Young Lawyer

Posted by: Victoria Santoro


Ah, yes.  The obligatory New Year’s blog post on this year’s resolutions.  Luckily for you, I made these resolutions a few weeks back and have already tested them so I could honestly let you know what’s been working for me and what I’m taking with me into the future.

Educate.
In July, I attended the AAJ convention and on at least three separate occasions over three days, I had attorneys ask me “what books are you reading?” ...

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