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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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Tennis Lessons For My Legal Career

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

As a tennis player, one of the first things you learn is the importance of your follow-through.  Of course there are many components to a great stroke, but there is nothing like the follow-through to both correct a poorly executed swing, and keep the tennis ball on course, over the net, and heading gracefully towards your opponent.  For reasons still unknown to me, a strong follow-through ensures the ball goes, generally, where you want it to go.  But I don’t ...

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Uncomfortable? Good.

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

In the past couple of weeks, I have gone from one uncomfortable situation to the next…and I couldn’t be happier about it.  Professional discomfort, in my opinion, is the single greatest indicator of whether or not you are achieving, growing and taking important risks.  To be clear, I’m referring to the type of discomfort that results in butterflies in your stomach, the type of pressure that makes you want to perform.  If your discomfort level makes you feel nauseous and panicky and ...

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THE TRIUMPHS OF MEDIATION

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

We so often in our society trumpet the goodness inherent in compromise, but how many people truly practice it in their lives?  The mediation process can be a terrific, cost-effective and less confrontational means of settling a case prior to trial.  Oftentimes, a mutual decision to mediate indicates both parties’ true willingness to come to fair terms.  Of course, court ordered mediation might result in somewhat unwilling parties, a situation clearly that at times does not create ...

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JURY DUTY: A BLESSING OR A CURSE?

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

I was reminded this week of the very noble underpinnings of our civil justice system. The jury system in our country is a national treasure, and one of the few remaining ways everyday citizens exercise one of their most immense powers.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) highlighted the importance of the jury in his radio address this week, stating “The brilliance of our legal system is that it places judgment in the hands of everyday citizens.  Twelve complete strangers, from ...

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Depositions Of Your Client: Testimony To Tip The Scales

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

Given the nature of our supportive clan at MBBB, some weeks after passing the bar, I was unsurprisingly assigned my first deposition. Never one to back down from my next challenge, I jumped right in.  Two years later, I have taken many depositions, and although all of them are important, the deposition of your client is crucial. Often, your client’s deposition comes last, just prior to the close of discovery, and can sometimes serve as that final push into settlement.  ...

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