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Checking In: How Are You Doing With Those New Year's Resolutions?

By now, most people have blown their New Year's resolutions.

Actually, only half of all Americans even make resolutions. The other half, on average, fail in the first month.

Of course, lawyers are not your average Americans. They just start a new billing cycle.

Unless your firm hasn't done any hiring in the last decade, you've probably noticed that the Millennial Shift has happened.

We've hit that point where Millennials are now entering leadership positions at all levels in great numbers, and with that, more law firm employers need to be mindful of shifting their policies and practices to be more in tune with what the generation's top talent really wants, and no, it's not foosball, nor ping-pong, though both are delightful pastimes. Below, you can get a few tips to keep and attract top Millennial talent.

Do You Feel Pain or Gain From Changing Firms?

Body builders -- not lawyers -- made up the expression, "no pain, no gain."

There are some mutual truths, however. Lawyers inflict pain, and they usually gain in the process.

Of course, that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking about the pain or gain of changing firms.

It is a known fact that public defenders have more cases than any other type of lawyer out there. In some jurisdictions, public defenders might have upwards of around 200 active cases at any given time.

Compounding matters, because most public defender offices are underfunded, these overloaded attorneys are also over-burdened by a lack of support staff, like law clerks, paralegals, and investigators. That means that nearly all of the administrative and investigative work that district attorneys have help with must be done by the public defenders themselves.

Lawyers, Is Remote Work More Than a Trend?

No double entendre intended, but remote work is not going anywhere.

Trends come and go; remote work is here to stay -- as in "stay at home and work." It's a new reality in many professions, including the law.

So if remote work is more than a trend, what is it? The survey says: an industry.

Pray for Relief, but Be Careful About Praying in Court

Many lawyers have uttered the foxhole prayer.

It's that prayer you give after a judge crushes you with a bad ruling. Even the most atheist attorney knows the feeling, if not the words.

Whatever you believe, however, you can't really pray in court unless it's a prayer for relief. So maybe that's when you ask for a break.

For those lawyers that work from home, and must share their home with a spouse, significant other, children, roommates, or even four-legged friends, laying down some house rules for when you're lawyering from home is advisable.

Consider rules like: Residents shall not scream during business hours. Or: All dogs must remain outside during telephonic court appearances. These just seem reasonable.

Below, you can get a few tips on how to craft your own house rules to make sure your working from home doesn't reflect poorly on you as a lawyer.

The state of Missouri and the state's governor, Michael Parson, can let out a collective sigh of relief.

That's thanks to a recent decision of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that each could claim sovereign immunity in the class action alleging the state denies indigent defendants adequate counsel because the state's public defenders are overworked, understaffed, and underfunded. And while the state and the governor may be off the hook, the case is far from over, as the state's public defender office, and several other defendants, were not dismissed.

Marrying for Money and Other Legal Warning Signs

"Marrying for money" may sound bad, but it is becoming the norm in America.

According to research, most Americans want a partner who provides financial security more than "head over heels" love. That's what you'd expect academics to say, right?

Seriously, isn't it a warning sign that more than half of Americans prefer money over love? And isn't a strange coincidence that half of the marriages end in divorce?

5 Ways for Lawyers to Stay Active After Retirement

Apparently, it's dangerous to your health to be idle in retirement.

Studies say people are 40 percent more likely to have heart attacks or strokes than those who are still working. Not to be a skeptical lawyer, but don't diet, age, and genetics have something to do with that?

Anyway, it's all the more reason for attorneys to stay active in retirement. Otherwise, they will question people to death. Here are five different things to do: