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In the final scene of the last Star Wars movie, a promising Rey holds out a light saber to Luke Skywalker like a protege reaching for her master.

Moviegoers won't know how that relationship turns out until "The Last Jedi" is released in December, but it will definitely balance the forces of good and evil. Will the relationship go toward the Force or will it turn to the Dark Side?

It's a classic question in a futuristic tale, but it plays out everyday in real life. So are you are looking for a mentor or a sponsor? And how will you know when you find the right one?

Yes, you have a duty to be civil with the court, your clients, opposing counsels, and even opposing parties. That means refraining from ad hominem attacks against judges, individuals, and even your opposing counsel, no matter how badly they're annoying you. Seriously, you can get disciplined.

However, there are several ways to sneak in polite trash talking into your pleadings. And while non-lawyers might see the language and think nothing of it, when it gets read by a lawyer, the natural tendency is to shout out: "Shots fired!"

Below, you'll find some magic language that is sure to get under your opposing counsel's skin without raising the ire of the court.

Should Your Law Firm Have a More Creative Office Space?

Should you have a more creative office space?

Well, duh, because the '90s want their furniture back. Unless you've got more retro-shtick than the Dude, his Dudeness, or Duder, it's time for an upgrade.

This is not an entirely subjective suggestion because Harvard also said so. If you want to inspire creativity at work, change your environment.

A couple years back, a lawyer couldn't throw a handful of rocks at a computer screen without hitting some article on the subject of mindfulness. If you managed to avoid the deluge of articles from the mindfulness invasion, maybe because you were too busy litigating to read anything unrelated, basically, it's a philosophy that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

Mindfulness in the legal profession quickly became rather trendy, particularly as our profession tends to have a high rate of alcoholism, depression, and suicide. Lawyers that are overwhelmed with the practice of law, or can't seem to keep their personal lives in order due to their career, can be greatly helped by practicing mindfulness.

However, recently, mindfulness does not seem to be as hot of a topic in legal circles, and has been seeing some pushback in other industries. So what gives? Is mindfulness out of mind now that it is out of sight?

Especially in our current political climate, regardless of what side of the coin, aisle, or pantry, you identify, fighting for social causes that you believe in is exhausting. For attorneys, being professional while on the clock for your cause is not only necessary, but it comes at an exacting emotional cost.

Sadly, one fact that seems to remain too true, which was highlighted in a study on activist burnout in 2015, is that social justice and human rights activists, like lawyers, "are not intentional about tending to their own well being." Basically, while fighting for their causes, activists tend to ignore the necessary self-care to avoid burnout.

Handling Parenting Challenges as a Full-Time Lawyer

Gennady G. Golovkin, who is a better boxer than $300-million-per-fight Floyd Mayweather, was facing the biggest challenge of his perfect-record career.

"GGG" was preparing to fight a younger, stronger fighter who was thirsty to take Golovokin's championship crown. But that was not Triple G's biggest challenge.

The biggest challenge was deciding whether he should interrupt his training for the big fight so he could be present when his wife gave birth. As it is in legal battles, sometimes you don't know if the tough calls are worth it until it's over. So how do you decide how to juggle parenting duties when your law office wants to monopolize your life?

So long as you're doing plaintiff work, being a civil rights attorney is about the most noble calling a private attorney can answer. But that's not to say that practicing in the area is not without its pitfalls.

Below, you'll find a short list of some of the pros and cons attendant to being a civil rights plaintiffs' lawyer.

How to Perform Well Under Pressure

Diamonds are made under pressure.

It's a naturally occurring process deep in the Earth. Companies do make fakes -- "cultured diamonds" -- but nature's recipe is the most valuable.

People are not much different when it comes to performing under pressure -- the process makes them better. And as anybody who has seen a good trial lawyer in action knows, you can't fake that.

Judge Makes Rule So Women Can Speak More in Court

If there were a poster boy for an old boys club, Judge Jack B. Weinstein could pose for the picture.

He's white, male, and 96 years old. They don't come much more "experienced" in a male-dominated profession than that.

But contrary to outward appearances, Weinstein may be the most progressive judge in New York. One legal publication calls him "a hero" for women and diversity.

Checking In or Checking Out on Vacation?

College student: 'I am interested in pursuing law, and I was just wondering, on average, how many weeks of vacation a starting out lawyer would receive?'

Columnist: "Ha, ha, ha. Oh my gosh! That's a good one. Next question."

As if lawyers actually take vacations ... it's more about managing the time you take to get away from the office. The "checking-in" method can help.