It’s 2018: Three Resolutions for your Consideration

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It’s 2018: Three Resolutions for your Consideration

The start of a new year is the perfect time to make some resolutions for your law practice. Karen poses three resolutions you might consider heading into 2018.


2018 is here and everyone is making New Year’s Resolutions for their personal life.  Let’s make some New Year’s Resolutions for your law practice too.  Here are 3 resolutions you might consider:

One – In 2018, start the year off by pledging to keep a closer eye on your bottom line.  Dig in to your expenses from last year and find out what’s working and also where there might be opportunities for cost savings. The business of practicing law can be just as stressful as doing legal work so make this the year you take control.

Two – Try to make better and stronger connections with your fellow attorneys and others who are involved in the court system.  Whether it’s going out for lunch or hosting a get together after work or even taking the time to chat in the hallway at the courthouse, you will enjoy your practice more if you feel less isolated.

And finally, in 2018, I invite you to add a dose of humility into your law practice.  At the very core of our profession, lawyers are helpers and problem solvers and when we help our clients, we don’t do it to show them how important we are – we help our clients to show them how important they are.

So here’s to knowledge, collegiality and humility in 2018. Happy New Year!

Check out the webinar that Karen presented for ALPS on 10 Things I Wish I’d Learned in Law School.

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Karen Thalacker

Karen is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, and Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA. She began her legal career as a prosecutor before entering private practice. For over 20 years, her practice has focused on family law and general practice. Karen is trained in Collaborative Law and also acts as a parenting coordinator for high conflict parents. Since 2009, Karen has served as a judicial magistrate in Iowa. She is also the Chief Compliance Officer and pre-law advisor at Wartburg College. Karen is the author of “The New Lawyer’s Handbook: 101 Things They Don’t Teach You in Law School” and also two knitting books for children. Her commentaries and guest opinions have appeared in the Huffington Post and the Des Moines Register. She and her husband Pete have 4 children.