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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?

Gamification. It means taking video game elements and reward mechanics and applying them to non-game activities.

It's been touted as a great way to help you work out, but it is a smart idea to apply it to actual work? Specifically, law?

Valentine's Day. Quite possibly one of the most controversial holidays out there. Frankly, we're surprised that Papa Costanza didn't create the Festivus version of Valentine's Day with the crankiness and consumerism that surrounds this day. But, it's coming and there's nothing you can do about. What you can do, is decide if you will celebrate Valentine's Day in the office, and if so, how you should do it.

To Celebrate, or not to Celebrate

Valentine's Day can be a tricky holiday to celebrate in a work environment because, you know, there's that whole sexual harassment thing you want to avoid, according to Forbes. So, should you even go there? Is it worth the risk?

It was 2010. It was the World Cup, and I couldn't have cared less. Football? It's played with an oblong brown ball by large men who do their best to permanently disable each other, not by skinny speedsters passing a soccer ball back-and-forth with their feet, but never actually scoring.

Pigskin. America. [Expletive] yeah!

Anyway, while I may not have been the biggest soccer fan in the world, many of my coworkers were. Spare computer monitors were streaming World Cup matches throughout the office. Until the senior partner noticed and yelled at everyone, including me, for our "lack of professionalism" by watching soccer at work. (I'm still bitter. I was working on an Excel spreadsheet.)

Needless to say, that wasn't the best way to handle it. With the Winter Olympics in Sochi offically opening today, here are a few tips for handling your firm's sports fans, sans the unwarranted freak outs:

What's your typical meeting like?

Partner walks in, sits at the head of the table, and runs the circus. Associates sit quietly at the end of the table, trying to remain attentive, but they have memos due by 3:00 p.m. to the same partner that is talking about last Sunday's golf game.

Meanwhile, Jimmy is teleconferencing in from home, where he's caring for a sick puppy. Unfortunately, he didn't mute his phone and we all have to hear the dog vomiting and whimpering.

Stop wasting billable time. Fix your meetings.

Hogwash! Ask your associates questions? Surely, you must be joking. What would you ever want to ask an associate, besides, "Is my coffee ready yet?" or "You call this research?" Associates are to be seen, and not heard!

If you think like that, quite frankly, you are a miserable failure as a leader. Sure, associates know far less than you, the almighty real-life Denny Crane, but if you've hired the right associate, that person can act as a sounding board, an alternative point of view, and hopefully, a revenue stream in training. And so long as we're encouraging associates to speak up and ask questions, we'll encourage you to do the same.

Conversations. Feedback. Professional development. It all helps you make sure that you get the most out of your associates.

It's December. Eleven months ago, you made some promises to yourself known as New Year's resolutions, and if you're like most people, you probably didn't make it past July. So how can you break that trend? Easy, just make resolutions you can actually stick to.

As an attorney at a small firm, or owner of your own small firm, you're in the distinct position of being a lawyer -- and business owner; your resolutions should reflect that. Here are our top five resolutions for small firm owners -- and we promise, you can definitely stick with them for all of 2014.

If you're running your own law firm then you already have enough to stress about without having to figure out what to get your coworkers for the holidays. What about your paralegal? What about the receptionist? What about your partner?

We've taken the mystery out of gift giving and made it as simple as possible for you -- choose from the options below -- and you're done.

How to Survive That Post-Thanksgiving Weekend Slump

Looking for ways to survive that post-Thanksgiving weekend slump? While it may be mid-week already, some of us might have had a little too much turkey and pumpkin pie (with leftovers to boot) over the past weekend that we are still feeling those sleepy side-effects of wanting to remain in bed. With the weather getting chillier, who can blame you?

Well, your clients, for one. So, with that said, here are some ways to help you survive that post-long weekend slump: