JEL23652-Blackford, Sheila P3 (2)  by Sheila Blackford   ©2010    I am down at University of Oregon School of Law teaching an intensive one-week Law Practice Management course on how to launch your law practice. This is the first time in its history that U of O Law has offered intensive one-week classes. The students are enjoying it because they can focus their attention on one class. I think the January term idea is a good one. I still remember my own January term course at Mills College : Translating Anglo Saxon Prose to read Beowulf: unforgettable, though it was the first and last Anglo Saxon I read… I dare say this course will be far more useful. For me it’s a fantastic experience working with enthusiastic bright 3Ls, using PBWorks as a collaboration tool in a state-of-the art law school. I have used Google Docs and enjoyed using it to collaborate. But down here in Eugene, I have been steeped in PBWorks in a community of learners– truly the best learning is learning together.

Hmm, I think I might be turning into a Duck. I just might be tempted to buy the Oregon Ducks wireless computer keyboard I saw in the Court Cafe…

Seriously, mid-way through the week, I know that the Oregon legal community will be enriched by this group of entrepreneurs who are looking forward to becoming this decade’s newest members of the Oregon Bar.

Jay Foonberg’s helpful book “How to Start & Build a Law Practice (5th Edition) has been the course text, offering lots of ideas to ponder. Tonight, my favorite is Project Reverse Mentoring: pairing senior lawyers with young lawyers. Win-win. I hope we can see this happening here in Oregon! (See www.SeniorLawyers.org) The senior lawyer can have a technologically savvy highly-motivated mentor and the young lawyer can have a practice-savvy seasoned mentor who may be wanting to have someone help with the caseload and wondering how they can keep up the pace of a busy practice as they get closer to retirement. Pairing up with a young lawyer may be just the ticket to feeling re-invigorated. It has been for me. If any Oregon senior lawyers are interested in this idea, get in touch.

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Sheila Blackford is an Oregon attorney who has been a practice management advisor for the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund since 2005. She loves writing, riding her horse, and taking long walks with her husband and their dog.

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