116: Life as a Small Law Firm Associate (with Jeremy Richter)

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we’re talking with Jeremy W. Richter, an attorney with Webster, Henry, Bradwell, Cohan, Speagle & DeShazo, in Birmingham, Alabama. Jeremy practices civil defense litigation and focuses on commercial auto/trucking litigation, premises liability, general business liability, and various other aspects of insurance defense litigation. He also writes an interesting blog, spanning a variety of topics, which you’ll find at jeremywrichter.com. In this episode, we discuss: Jeremy’s background, why he decided to go to law school and how his career developed Life as a small law firm associate The impact that the people you work with have on your experience Tracking your time: basics of time keeping and the billable hour debate Blogging as a lawyer What young lawyers and law students should know about the business of law Networking as an introvert How to develop skills as a trial lawyer as a young associate What law firms are looking for when hiring associates Resources: Jeremy's Website (http://www.jeremywrichter.com/) Jeremy on Twitter @richterjw (https://twitter.com/richterjw) Three Steps to Becoming a Better Associate Attorney (http://www.jeremywrichter.com/2017/01/09/becoming-better-associate/) “Efficient Lawyers Starve to Death” (http://www.jeremywrichter.com/2017/07/27/efficient-lawyers-starve-to-death/) (Why) Should a Lawyer Have a Blog? An Interview with Keith Lee or, What's on an Associate's Mind? (http://www.jeremywrichter.com/2017/02/09/associates-mind-keith-lee/) Networking for a Job as an Introvert (Law School Edition) (http://www.jeremywrichter.com/2017/07/13/networking-job-introvert-law-school/) Knowing When to Stop Arguing Your Point (http://www.jeremywrichter.com/2017/08/23/stop-arguing-point/) How to Voir Dire a Jury: Goals, Tactics, & Effectiveness (Part 1) (http://www.jeremywrichter.com/2017/04/24/voir-dire-jury/) Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Episode-116-young-law-associate.pdf) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee

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