December 16, 2013

The Holidays, Lawyers and Depression

During this time of holiday cheer and celebration, I am reminded by a number of Legal Sanity’s readers how the holiday season triggers an upsurge in depression, substance abuse and suicide. It’s important for each of us to be on the lookout for colleagues, clients, friends and family members who may be suffering and are at risk. I first posted here on this topic back in... Read More


January 21, 2013

MLK, Obama and the Possibility of Change

Regardless of one’s politics, it is quite extraordinary that President Obama will be inaugurated for his second term on the very same day we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. Back in 1962 when I was born, the possibility of a non-white male becoming President of the United States, let alone for two terms, was as fanciful and ridiculous a notion as having a man... Read More


January 20, 2010

Haiti Relief Fundraiser

Dear Legal Sanity Community:  In light of the recent tragedy in Haiti, Legal Sanity® is joining IF Management (a NYC media management company owned by my brother Steve Herz) to co-host a fundraiser tomorrow, Thursday, January 21st, to help support the victims of the earthquake. The cocktail evening will take place from 6 pm – 9 pm at the World Bar located at... Read More


October 2, 2009

the legal sanity mentor: kathleen brady

Due to the summer posting hiatus, it’s been a little while since the last installment in my series of posts on redesigning legal services around the client experience.   I’ve always been a proponent of the idea that it’s really hard for unhappy lawyers to provide great client service. To put it another way: The lawyer experience and client experience are two... Read More


August 30, 2009

notes from the legal sanity hopper: helping lawyers on-ramp into the fall

These last days of Summer, my kids are busy reuniting with friends and preparing for school. (Shockingly, I now have a middle- and high-schooler in the trio.) Their don’t-quite-know-what-to-do stir craziness is ironclad proof of the change that’s in the air. Truth is, it’s hard to segue into the Fall. The more laid-back Summer is a welcome respite from the normal... Read More


July 29, 2009

the legal sanity mentor: spike jones

When it comes to the topic of (re)designing client-centric legal services, I’ve found a muse in Spike Jones. One of the visionaries at Brains on Fire, a company at the crossroads of identity development and word of mouth marketing, Spike helps organizations build movements. Having drawn from his observations a bunch of times, I was delighted to have the chance to talk to... Read More


June 29, 2009

the legal sanity mentor: jason mendelson

My introduction to Jason Mendelson came by way of a compelling how-to blog post he wrote titled: Quick Ways To Get Fired as a Lawyer. From the first read through, it’s clear that Jason knows what he’s talking about. As a self-proclaimed “recovering lawyer” and successful VC with his own company, Foundry Group. he’s gained insight into the best and worst of legal service... Read More


June 22, 2009

consuming bad news: a new spin on you are what you eat

Even though there’s been a bit more encouraging news about the state of the economy, the media (mainstream and otherwise) still inundates us with story after story of global, national, local, professional and personal crises in the face of the financial undertow. Even my 8-year-old – who’s mood largely rises and falls with the performance of his beloved New York... Read More


June 16, 2009

adding creativity to the lawyer toolkit

Regular readers here know that I’m a big fan of author/right-brain-champion Daniel Pink and his take on our new Conceptual Economy that places a premium on creativity in business. Lawyers aren’t known for being a creative lot. This is evidenced by the enduring nature of the billable hour over alternative fee structures, among other business practices. Some will undoubtedly... Read More


June 8, 2009

Can Lawyers Pursue Happiness?

Lately, when I’ve been out and about for business and socially, I’ve noticed that conversations often turn to the topic of happiness – what true happiness is; what makes us happy; what makes us unhappy (and variations on these themes). The topic also seems to be winding its way through the commercial space, where you’ll find sentimental/upbeat ads like this... Read More



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