Why I Left the Bar

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Updates | No Comments

For those in Minnesota or elsewhere who know me, you may be wondering why I left a pretty awesome position at the Minnesota State Bar Association, where I oversaw the development of a lot of online services for members and blogged a lot about it at the Practice Blawg. Two words: it’s personal.

Seriously, it’s for personal reasons, and while “for personal reasons” frequently seems to be the statement given in less than amicable employment partings, it’s the genuine reason. And the parting was very amicable (I continue to do some projects for the bar).

Basically, I wanted complete control over my time, which meant figuring out how to spend at least the next fifteen years hanging out more with my family and my kids (until they are both in or finished with college). I also go to Italy for a month every two years, something hard to do with a 9 to 5 gig. So, I restructured things, am taking a bit of a flying leap, and have now jumped ship.

Where have I landed? Well, for one, I’m doing some limited freelance and consulting work with lawyers on website development and document automation. Thus, my revamped website. But, in bigger news, I’m now one of the three dudes who own Lawyerist, the legal marketing and technology blog (I call Lawyerist’s Sam Glover and Aaron Street the “two dudes.”). I’m digging into work there now and heading up further development of Lawyerist LAB, otherwise known as the Lawyering Advisory Board. I’ve got my hands back on content creation and just helped produce and release the Top Tech Upgrades LAB Report. More stuff is in the works.

I’m starting over in some ways, but starting fairly strong and active. Thanks for those who have been asking about my whereabouts. I’m still hanging around and messing about.

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