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Newbies: Anticipate the next step

I ran across some very useful advice for new lawyers — or really any new employee — at the ABA Journal Website; I’ll be citing the piece to my law students. Here’s an excerpt:

Doing good work means not only creating a strong work product but anticipating the next step.

  • If you are drafting a responsive pleading, you should be thinking about the discovery you will soon serve to support the claims or defenses.
  • If you are researching whether a particular contractual provision is permissible in a business contract, consider drafting your own clause.

Dustin M. Paul and Jennifer L. Eaton, 11 tips to survive your freshman year as an associate (ABAJournal.com Apr. 8, 2021) (emphasis and bullets added).

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