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How Do I Raise Work-Life Balance Without Coming Off as a Slacker?

Julie Brush | January 10, 2017

When interviewing for a job, the topic of work-life balance is not one that is easy to raise. And if done poorly, it can sabotage a candidacy as well as a reputation.

In Practice

  • How to Comply With California's New Criminal History Regulations

    By Lisa Pooley

    Recognizing that the consideration of criminal history in employment decisions is a frequently misunderstood and rapidly evolving area of law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) issued new regulations, which are effective on July 1. The regulations largely mirror the guidance set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in its April 2012 "Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

  • So You Say You're OK Accepting a Lower Level Role: Prove It

    By Julie Brush

    Titles can be tricky things--sometimes they mean a lot, other times they mean close to nothing. But titles can play a key role when it comes to a job search, influencing interviews, compensation and the overall viability of a candidacy.

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Your Skills

  • Unique Ethical Risks for Litigators

    By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens

    As with other lawyers, litigators must comply with applicable ethics rules, professional standards of care and professional obligations. Indeed, the California Rules of Professional Conduct and the California Business and Professional Code apply to all attorneys practicing within the state. But the obligations for litigators in applying those rules, standards and obligations can differ from other practices. The following issues can present unique challenges for litigators that are not faced by their peers in the profession.

  • Op-Ed: Will the Ninth Circuit Rein in What Might Be 'the Most Important Lawsuit on the Planet'?

    By Andrew R. Varcoe

    Does the U.S. Constitution guarantee a right to be secure against climate change? And do the President and his officers have a legal duty—enforceable by a federal district judge—to pursue and implement an effective strategy to fight climate change? These, to say the least, are cutting-edge questions. And the Ninth Circuit—which remains one of the most important environmental-law courts in the country—may be deciding them very soon.

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Your Career

  • What to Do About an Embarrassing Blip on Your Salary History

    By Julie Brush

    Your transition to a lower paying full-time position with health benefits to cover your important surgery was the right decision. Why? Because if you don't have your health, you don't have nothin'. So getting this health issue resolved was important—and the benefit you received from your current employer was material. But it sounds like there were some other financial and career trade-offs with your decision—particularly with regard to your salary.

  • Job Hopping to Pay Off Loans Not Necessarily Bad for Your Career

    By Julie Brush

    You're in a tough spot. Given that you were unable to secure a permanent position out of law school, you've had to make some hard choices in order to honor your law school loan obligations. I commend you for "making it work" in this legal market. That's not easy. But lemonade can be made from these lemons if you are strategic. If you are not, I'm afraid your career will be like a buoy in the ocean: aimless and nowhere to go.

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Your Business

  • Choosing Appropriate Malpractice Insurance Coverage

    By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens

    Picking the right legal malpractice insurance policy can be a daunting task. Procuring appropriate coverage generally involves balancing a law practice's unique malpractice risk factors against the price of coverage—and finding the right fit.

  • Modernizing a Law Firm

    By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens

    Upgrades in technology have undoubtedly changed the practice of law. Here are a few considerations that can help identify how law firms can use modern trends to reduce risk.

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