Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Author Archives: camillestell

Overheard at the Water Cooler: Is the pandemic shifting retirement patterns?

When you reach a certain age, retirement is on everyone’s mind. And the age varies. Several of my schoolteacher friends reached retirement age a couple of years ago. Retirement was a hot topic for the then 54-year-olds. Many were exploring ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: How a study group became a lifeline

Each summer, Lawyers Mutual participates in the North Carolina Bar Association Minorities in the Profession 1L Summer Associate Program. This summer we have been fortunate to have Shawn Singleton from North Carolina Central University School of Law with us for ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: Evolving and Thriving Through a Pandemic: Part 3

Practicing in a pandemic is unprecedented, but I spoke with some lawyers who launched their legal careers in another difficult time, the Great Recession. While the crises aren’t identical, these stories of evolving and thriving give us hope and a ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: The Modern New Year’s Resolution

I’m sure you know that New Year’s resolutions are so last year. Instead, the trend is affirmations, a word of the year, or setting your intentions. Instead of a disappointing January filled with broken resolutions, the idea is to revolutionize ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: Evolving and Thriving Through a Pandemic: Part 2

We are living through a pandemic. And every legal professional—regardless of age, experience, or circumstances—has been affected. When the law school class of 2020 started their journey, they had the same hopes and fears about a new career that most ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: Evolving and Thriving Through a Pandemic: Part 1

We are living through a pandemic. And every lawyer—regardless of age, experience, or circumstances—has been affected. For advice on moving forward, I talked with a few people who started practicing law during or immediately after another crisis, the Great Recession. ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: Networking from six feet

Stay-at-home orders and self-quarantine are impacting our ability to physically connect with others, but they don’t mean our networking efforts have to cease. Having a vibrant network is essential to keeping your law practice healthy. When networking from six feet, ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: My 2019 Reading Challenge

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” Jean Rhys In January 2019, I set my annual reading challenge. This year’s goal was to read 52 books. ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: My 2019 Reading Challenge

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” Jean Rhys In January 2019, I set my annual reading challenge. This year’s goal was to read 52 books. ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: A Sabbatical is Good for the Soul

It is widely believed that Harvard University was the first institution in the U.S. to offer a system of sabbatical leave, when they established a program for faculty in 1880. While many university systems offer sabbaticals, it is less prevalent ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: Business Etiquette

Business Etiquette People often struggle with networking, not only because of meeting new people, but also having to navigate rules of professional behavior they don’t usually worry about. At the banquet table should you drink from the glass on the ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: Next Generation Leadership

What does law firm leadership look like? Too often, it’s an outdated model where reward goes to the most senior, regardless of contribution. Where leaders look for perks rather than developing servant leadership concepts.  Firm partners hold tightly to decision-making ...

Read More »

Overheard at the Water Cooler: My Summer of Wellness

Law environments are stressful and challenging places to work. Fortunately, there is more awareness of wellness programs and solutions than ever before. Here are a few that are helping me manage stress this summer. I am loving my Teknion height ...

Read More »
/* code tag for simpli.fi */