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Around these parts there is a wonderfully talented and very pretty female lawyer who is in her late twenties. She is brilliant, she writes well, she speaks eloquently, she is zealous but not overly so, she is always prepared, she treats others, including her opponents, with civility and respect, she wears very short skirts and shows lots of her ample chest. I especially appreciate the last two attributes.

Welcome back, Judge Richard Kopf!

His Tuesday blog post on courtroom attire managed to both make a lot of women angry and nod their head in agreement at the same time. If you don't recall, the wonderfully talented writer Judge Kopf hung up his keyboard in January, stating that he had nothing left to say. Earlier this month, he returned with bad news (a diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma) and began writing again, mostly about his treatment.

Spring Break: A Good Vacation Option for Solo Practice Attorneys?

For many solo practitioners, taking a lengthy vacation is neither financially nor logistically feasible. If that describes you, a spring break trip might be a better option.

If your heart rate is already going up from just thinking about how to sneak away on a spring break trip, take a deep breath and read on. There are ways to tackle the two main vacation stressors -- finances and scheduling -- and maximize your well-earned (and frankly, much needed) vacation.

What Mentors Can Learn From Their Mentees

While mentors are usually the ones doling out advice to the newbies, mentors can actually learn a thing or two from their mentees.

Although traditionally seen as a one-way learning experience, a mentor-mentee relationship might actually be mutually beneficial, according to the ABA Journal.

So what can your mentee teach you?

FindLaw released a survey yesterday: 1 in 12 parents report that their child has been cyberbullied. And a Thomson Reuters whitepaper on cyberbullying trends, released this month as well, reports that only 2 in 5 kids that are cyberbullied will mention it to their parents.

Think about that for a second: sixty percent don't speak up, which makes that 1-in-12 number a drastic understatement of the problem. Of course, we're lawyers. We like to fix things. And we really like to make life hell for those who deserve it.

What can we do?

The back story, in case you missed the last two posts in this exciting trilogy: I let someone shoot me in the eyeballs with lasers. It worked out fabulously (so far). Because many lawyers need functioning eyes and/or confidence, I figured I'd share the experience with you. We've already talked about the decision and the incisions. Today, we talk about the most important part: returning to work.

Lasers. Eyeballs. Pain pills. Blurry images of Bad Boys I and II. The first few days after surgery were pretty unpleasant, but the following Monday, I returned to work. The return also wasn't particularly pleasant, as my job puts me in front of a computer monitor for eight hours per day. Fortunately, with a bit of planning, the pain and the disruption to my work was minimal.

Six months ago, I voluntarily let someone shoot me in the eyeballs with lasers. Because laser vision correction is something that many lawyers may consider, I figured it was worth sharing my experiences in a three-part series: the decision, the surgery and recovery, and coping with limited vision when returning to work. Today's topic is surgery and recovery. Tomorrow, we'll talk about the worst part: returning to work.

What do you need to do before going under the laser? Besides taking a few days off of work, not much, actually. The night before my operation, there was only one piece of prep: wipe my eyelids with antibacterial wipes. The morning of the surgery consisted of waiting, paperwork, an anti-anxiety pill, and more waiting.

Six months ago, I went under the knife. Or laser, to be more exact. Because laser vision correction is something that many lawyers may consider, I figured it was worth sharing my experiences in a three-part series: the decision, the surgery and recovery, and coping with limited vision when returning to work. Today's post, and tomorrow's, were written at the time of the surgery and edited today.

Why in the hell would someone voluntarily submit to having their corneas removed, lasers shot in their eyes, then having their corneas slapped back on? That doesn't even begin to address the weeks of recovery.

For me, I have slightly misaligned eyes. One bugs out, more so when I'm looking through thick lenses. And my lenses were thick. Last year, I tried contact lenses. Though we couldn't find lenses that fit my extremely-farsighted eyes, the experiment was worthwhile for one reason: my eyes barely float when using contacts.

In short, vanity. But hey, if Justice Sonia Sotomayor can get her teeth done in the name of confidence, I don't feel too sinful for having lasers shot in my eyes.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not only the most senior member of the U.S. Supreme Court, she's arguably its most groundbreaking.

Fellow Justice Elena Kagan told The New York Times on Monday that her own path to the nation's highest court -- which followed being Dean of Harvard Law and the first female Solicitor General -- was made possible due to Justice Ginsberg.

In the spirit of this trailblazing woman and the upcoming Valentines holiday, we present five reasons to love Justice Ginsberg:

"Sounds like somebody has a case of the Mondays!" Egad. Just the phrase brings to mind that woman's face, and makes me want to react violently.

I suspect I'm not alone, either.

That doesn't make her point less true, however. Mondays are a productivity nightmare. How can you pummel the sluggishness, reticence, and annoyance of the initial hours of the work week?

Courtroom attire is, like any field of fashion, evolving. And depending on the hipness of your locale, you may be able to ride the bleeding edge of fashion while in court.

And while bow ties are currently riding a Wes Anderson-sized wave of nostalgia-based popularity, here is our definitive guide to this court fashion question:

Neckties or bow ties?