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3 Reasons to Take Business Risks in Your Legal Practice

During times of relative stability, it's so tempting to grow complacent. Sure, there are those professional risks you've fantasized about taking to boost your practice. But the dreaded string of "what ifs" soon follows and puts those fledgling temptations to rest.

But here's the thing: Those "what ifs" are crippling and can actually hurt the longevity of your business. Risks are not only necessary to thrive, they're crucial to survive.

Here are three reasons why you should take calculated risks in your legal practice:

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Oh, beckoning weekend: what adventures do you have in store? Motorcycles? Prison? Binge watching mediocre television on Netflix? We can't wait!

But, if you're looking for something to keep you occupied for the last couple of hours before your weekend begins, we've got a list for you: understanding Millenials, asset forfeiture reform, and not making lazy assumptions about judges' leanings based on presidential party affiliations.

As always, if you have a suggestion for next week's roundup, tweet me @PeacockEsq.

Sorry folks: no porn or leather this week. Instead, our weekly shout-out to the best law-related things on the Internet is a bit more tame, and some might say pragmatic. 

It's office attire. And a guy kicked out of court for his attire, which mocked the judge's ongoing ethics scandal. Plus, law graduates that can't afford attire. And more!

As always, if you have a suggestion for next week's roundup, tweet me @PeacockEsq.

We've been talking about firm culture a bit, but haven't really defined the term. Think of it as your law firm's personality. While you've probably heard the concept of "lifestyle firm" when it comes the occasional BigLaw or MidLaw firm, you're probably wondering what that has to do with small law firms. Well, we're here to tell you that it is definitely important to small law firms.

Let's look at some ways law firm culture will play a larger role in your firm's business.

Porn. Dominatrices. Online privacy. Judges dropping F-bombs. And one badass Army Captain blogging about her experience with the JAG Corps.

Welcome to "Holler," a weekly piece where we'll give shout-outs to the best things we've seen that week in the legal blawgosphere. If any of those topics interest you, read on. And if you have a suggestion for next week's roundup, tweet me @PeacockEsq.

You may be sick of hearing Pharrell Williams' "Happy" by now, but you'd be lying if you said it didn't put a smile on your face, and a swing in your step -- at least when it first hit the radio waves. And, maybe it resonated with so many people because well, people like to be happy.

Even lawyers.

Earlier this week we read an article in Inc. about company culture hacks for a happier workplace. We were inspired, and decided to give their hacks a law firm twist -- especially considering lawyers seem to struggle with this "happy" thing just a bit. Here are five easy things you can do to make your law firm a happier place.

Ramadan is coming. And for those that fast, this is probably the worst time of year for Ramadan. With daylight hours clocking in at almost 15 hours of the day, Ramadan (always difficult) is especially hard during summer.

So, as an attorney that is working at a fast pace for much of the day, how do you fulfill your religious obligations, while also fulfilling your professional and ethical obligations?

It's been one year since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Windsor, striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act as an unconstitutional "deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution."

Justice Anthony Kennedy's legally vague, but passionately worded opinion was expected by many, including the dissenting Justice Antonin Scalia, to have an impact on the ongoing debate over same sex marriage bans. But did anyone expect it to happen this quickly? One year after Windsor, the scorecard is clear: same-sex marriage is winning in a blowout and will, in all likelihood, be knocking on the Supreme Court's door in a matter of months.

One of the rumors that is currently making the rounds on celebrity gossip sites is that Jennifer Lopez's ex-beaux Beau Casper Smart enjoyed two trysts with transgender individuals. As someone with a functioning brain, this does not interest me in the slightest.

What does interest me is free speech on the Internet and defamation. And when a notorious gossip site, TheDirty.com, received a threatening letter regarding a user-submitted rumor about Mr. Smart, the site's response letter was at the top of my reading list. Fortunately, it didn't disappoint, and it provides further proof that (a) the Communications Decency Act (Section 230) needs to be part of every torts class and (b) some lawyers are really, really bad at writing 'F U' letters.

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Tomorrow is "Bring Your Dog to Work Day." What's today? At the rate this fauxliday thing is going, it's probably listen to Regina Spektor Day, or be a grumpy lawyer on a blog day. I'm going with both.

So, should you bring the pooch to work? Are you kidding me? Here are five reasons not to:

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