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Did you always want to be a little bit more like Mike? Were you disappointed when you discovered it took more than some really sweet shoes?

If you're a lawyer who consumes any sort of news media, you might actually want to be more like Michael Avenatti. You know, that 47-year-old lawyer who considers himself a "dragon slayer" and happens to be representing Stormy Daniels.

How to Be a Happy Lawyer

Often the requirements of the job simply make attorneys miserable. Three extra years of schooling and passing an exam were supposed to make life better, right? Whether it's the long hours, the heavy weight of responsibility, or the nature of the work itself, many lawyers find out too late that the job can wreak havoc on a person's happiness.

Fortunately, even if you need to work miserably long hours, or in an area, or for a boss, you hate, you may still be able to find ways to be happy (especially if you're making good money) right where you are. Below you can read a few tips on how to be a happy (or happier) lawyer.

3 Tips to Monetize Your Legal Passion

Even if the internet seems like it has all the answers, don't pray to it.

Reality check: the internet is a soulless amalgam of information. But that's what blog writers are for: to give human perspective.

Like, how do you monetize your legal passion? You know you've been asking yourself the same question.

Healthy Things to Do When Taking a Break at Work

Taking breaks at work is natural -- no need to mull over the benefits here.

Knowing what to do on those breaks should also come naturally, but for some it's a bit of a puzzle. It's like knowing you need to eat, but having a hard time eating right.

We can't promise amazing weight loss or rock-hard abs, but here are some suggestions about how to take healthy breaks at work.

For many attorneys, there is very little concern that a judge will comment on your attire, hair, or overall style. However, it does happen, and unfortunately, more often than not, it will happen behind your back.

When it does happen that a judge calls out a lawyer in their courtroom for some perceived fashion faux paus, an attorney may feel compelled to defend their dressing decisions, but that might not be the right choice. After all, it's the client's case, and if a judge is going to be distracted by an attorney's clothing to the point of commenting, that attorney may want to listen and dress to the judge's expectations, simply to not prejudice their client.

How to Make Solo Business Travel Fun and Productive

When it comes to making business travel more fun, who better to ask than a pilot?

After all, pilots have their privileges. They may not disclose all of them, but First Class and the VIP lounge are givens.

Absent the super-secret list of fun things to do when traveling alone, however, here are some suggestions for lawyers:

Lawyers: Don't Tell Bad Judges They're Bad

Words to the wise: don't tell bad judges they're bad.

It's like bringing a knife to a gunfight. It's not going to end well, even if you do get in a few digs.

Attorney John Carter learned that lesson the hard way. Like his client said: "You know it's a bad day when your lawyer goes to jail."

Attorneys are often expected to put in long hours at the office. Just because the courts or businesses close at 5, that doesn't mean you have to (or can) stop working. Associates know all too well that after 5 is when the phones go to voicemail automatically, and you can actually get work done.

However, there's a fine line between working long hours and being a workaholic. Though neither is really good for your health, a new Harvard Business Review study suggests that the workaholic mindset is worse for your health than working long hours. Surprisingly absent from their report is any mention of the revolutionary finding that the sky is blue.

Succession Planning and Heading to Retirement for Solo Lawyers

Did you ever have that moment when a teacher or a speaker pointed in your direction, and you turned around only to see no one behind you?

That's what it's like when you are a solo practitioner at the end of your career and you don't have a succession plan. It looks like there's no one to take over and it's all on you.

Of course, solo practitioners are the champions of doing things their way. Here a few more ways for solos to head towards retirement without dropping off the deep end of a career.

Shocking! Judges Can't Electrocute People for Not Answering Questions

'Shocking' barely describes the treatment of Terry Lee Morris.

When he refused to answer questions at his criminal trial, Judge George Gallagher ordered deputies to jolt the man with 50,000 volts of electricity. They administered the punishment through a shock belt, which is supposed to be used for security purposes.

Morris was convicted of soliciting sex from a minor and sentenced to 60 years in prison, but a federal appeals court reversed and remanded for a new trial. In a classic understatement, the appeals panel said it had "grave doubts" about whether the man was treated fairly.