Conference at the South Texas College of Law: In-House Counsel and Employment Law CLE Conference

Debra will be speaking from 3:15pm-4:00pm on Managing Your Legal Career – Learn how to build relationships, use social media, and communicate effectively. The conference will be held at the South Texas College of Law, on July 14, 2010 (1:00 pm – 8:00 pm).

Should a Newbie Solo Lawyer Represent Lindsay Lohan?

Debra L. Bruce, JD, PCC.

Carolyn Elefant started an interesting discussion on her My Shingle blog about whether a newly licensed lawyer should be willing to represent celebrity Lindsay Lohan in appealing her recent sentencing to 90 days in jail. It has been reported that Lohan’s lawyer in the case, Shawn Chapman Holley, no longer represents her. Rumors quickly surfaced that a lawyer licensed in November 2009, Tiffany Feder-Cohen, has taken on the representation of Lohan.

As the old saying goes, “Even bad publicity is good publicity.” This high profile case catapulted a brand new, unknown lawyer into the spotlight. Would you leap to take the case if you were in her shoes? Read more «Should a Newbie Solo Lawyer Represent Lindsay Lohan?»

Making Your Criminal Practice More Rewarding

Debra L. Bruce, JD, PCC.

“The variety in a criminal law practice keeps it enjoyable. Familiarity at the courthouse makes it fun,” says Austin solo Erik Goodman, who has been board certified in criminal law since 1985. Houston criminal attorney John Parras agrees. “People charged with crimes are wealthy, poor, smart, dumb, funny, eccentric, boring, interesting and mundane. The scenarios that bring them to court are sad, funny, interesting, complicated, simple, stupid, and entertaining,” according to Parras, who has been designated as a Super Lawyer – Rising Star and began his legal career as a law clerk to Michael Tigar and Ron Woods in the Oklahoma City Bombing trial.

Yet many criminal attorneys suffer from stress and burnout. Others struggle to make ends meet. How can you keep your practice manageable, enjoyable and financially successful, too? Read more «Making Your Criminal Practice More Rewarding»