It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

At this time of year over many years, I am frequently asked if our practice gets busier as the year-end nears. Many areas of law are seasonal, typically those serving clients who want to complete transactions before year-end for tax purposes or estate planning or other reasons dependent on the calendar year. But no two […]


Press pause, then press restart

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  Press pause, then press restart. This is an inviting formula for a sabbatical. I was fortunate enough to take three months off beginning in January 2018.  After months of grappling with the next stage of my career and life, I received sage advice that I had worked myself incapable of making good personal decisions and that […]

The Impact of Small Firms and ‘Country Lawyers’

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When I describe myself as a country lawyer, most of my friends and family laugh. Yes, I have a specialty in business bankruptcy law, and yes, I am a professor of consumer and business bankruptcy law, and yes, I have practiced all aspects of bankruptcy law for three decades. But the description remains apt.  The […]

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: the life of a traveling law school professor

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I admit it:  I loved law school.  Yes, I am one of those people who relished the Socratic method, the demanding professors and the seemingly-endless reading.  I knew from my first law school class that I had found my passion. That was thirty-four years ago, at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon.  Now, […]

Technology and Law Practice: what’s changed?

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There are many benefits to exposure to law students.  The use of technology in the classroom is unsurprisingly ubiquitous.  I have become accustomed to having a discussion of current events cross-chec ked against a real time search on the internet for up to the moment verification.   Books are practically relics; if statutes and cases are […]