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Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Over the course of his 35-year career he was a solo practitioner, corporate lawyer, legal editor, Legal Aid staff attorney and insurance risk manager. Today he helps lawyers and firms put more mojo in their practice through marketing, work-life balance and reclaiming passion for what they do. He is available for consultations, retreats and presentations.

Client Steals Car to Make Court Date on Auto Theft Charge

Here’s a little free risk management advice: if you’re representing a client charged with car theft, advise them not to drive to court in a stolen vehicle. It will only compound their misery. Just ask the hapless defendant in Hartford, Connecticut, who showed up for his court appearance in a 2014 … Read More

Is it Time to Abolish the Bar Exam?

Has the bar exam outlived its usefulness? Is it time to scrap the grueling two-day endurance test? Should graduation from an approved law school – perhaps in conjunction with an apprenticeship requirement – be enough? A rising tide of bar leaders and legal educators – including a former Nort… Read More

Lawyers Spend 37 Hours a Year in Pro Bono Service

A whopping 80 percent of lawyers say pro bono service is important. And they’re not just saying it, they’re doing it. The average lawyer spends close to 37 hours a year in pro bono activities, according to the latest national figures, with older attorneys volunteering more of their time than younge… Read More

When Jurors Snooze, Your Client May Lose

Here’s a free trial advocacy tip: the next time you’re selecting a jury, you might want to ask if anyone on the panel is feeling drowsy. This might avoid embarassing distractions once the trial gets underway. It seems more and more jurors are nodding off in courtrooms. It’s happening here in… Read More

Defendant Files Document That Scuttles Own Claim

Here’s a free risk management tip: it’s a bad idea to file an unfinished draft of an important document in a court case. It’s even worse if the document contains the embarrassing acknowledgement – in all caps, no less – that one of your own arguments is “PROBABLY NOT WORTH A… Read More

Website is Hopeful Beacon in Stormy Legal Seas

In the wake of a flood of bad news about lawyer loneliness, stress and job dissatisfaction, one website offers a ray of hope. New York attorney Dan Lukasik launched Lawyers With Depression 10 years ago as an online support community for legal professionals struggling with mental health issues. Since then, the … Read More

How an Emoji Can Land You in Court

Be careful before adding a smiley face or thumbs-up emoji to your next email or text. You could be communicating a message you don’t intend – and you might even be opening yourself up to a lawsuit. The danger is greatest in the workplace, where ill-considered emoji have spurred sexual harassment c… Read More

Mind-Body Fitness is the Theme for Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, and this year’s theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body. That couldn’t be timelier for lawyers, in light of alarmingly high rates of depression, substance abuse, suicide and career dissatisfaction. Lawyers Mutual is committed to keeping North Carolina lawyers safe, healthy and hap… Read More

First “B Corp” Law Firm in NC is Growing Fast

A commitment to “profits, people and the planet” is fueling the rapid growth of a unique North Carolina law firm. The Forrest Firm – which began in 2011 and now has 32 attorneys and seven offices statewide – is the only certified B Corporation in North Carolina. It’s also notable … Read More

Five Ways to Respond to a Negative Online Review

If you’ve received a scathing online review, the best defense might be no defense at all. Just let it go. Engaging the criticism will give it unwarranted credibility and prolong its shelf life. Better to shrug it off and turn to more pleasant, productive matters. “This may be difficult to swallow,… Read More

9 Easy Ways to Build Strong Client Relationships

Here’s a solid-gold law marketing tip: stop handling cases and start building relationships. It can mean the difference between having a job and launching a career. A case is a linear event. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. Along the way, you do some work and get paid for it. A relationship, by… Read More