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Author: Grover E. Cleveland

Grover E. Cleveland Grover E. Cleveland is a Seattle lawyer, speaker and author of "Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer" (West 2010). He specializes in programs to help millennial lawyers successfully transition from law school to practice, helping them provide more value and avoid common mistakes. He is a former partner at Foster Pepper PLLC, one of the Northwest’s larger firms. His clients included the Seattle Seahawks and other entities owned by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. he is a frequent presenter on lawyer career success for millennial lawyers at leading law firms and schools nationwide. Some of the questions in this column come from those programs. Readers may submit questions on his site or Twitter accounts. He is not related to the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. A second edition of Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks will be published this fall. Submit anecdotes to be considered for inclusion here.

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Email Storm

When inboxes attack: How to prioritize your legal emails

April 18, 2019

Q: I dread looking at my phone in the morning. Every day I am inundated with emails, usually from offices in an earlier time zone. The emails often contain random requests that don’t seem as if they would take much time, but they end up blowing up my mornings. Sometimes partners want

Saying NO

Sometimes saying no to more work is the right thing to do

January 16, 2018

Q: I have been told that I should try not turn down work, but I have also been told not to take on too much work. I am not sure when I should say, “no.” Do you have any suggestions about when and how I should decline work?  A: You are

Talking to Yourself

Take a pause and make a plan when using your filters

October 17, 2017

Question: I am a new lawyer, and I understand the need to keep my “filter” on. But it seems awkward to focus on that all the time. And I sometimes find that I have let my guard down before I know it. Any suggestions?


Shark school: 4 pre-law questions to answer before college

May 17, 2017

Q: I’m a freshman in High School, and I want to prepare to become an attorney. I have already done a bit of research, but there are still a few questions that I have (below). A: Excellent! You are preparing early! Being a lawyer can

2017 Oscars

Don't cause the next 'Envelopegate' – get your Oscars moment right, young lawyers

March 03, 2017

Q: Are there lessons for new lawyers from the recent Academy Awards “Envelopegate” snafu involving PricewaterhouseCoopers? A: Oh yes. The more obvious lessons are that even with straightforward assignments, the consequences of mistakes can be huge and “do-overs” may not be possible. I discuss these and other lessons below. “Envelopegate” is

Resolve to advance your career this year

How to move your career into new waters

February 22, 2016

Making connections in a new city can be challenging, but moving after graduation can be the ideal time to head to a new locale. After school you have the luxury – and the challenge – of being able to build your ideal career from scratch.

Resolve to advance your career this year

Resolve to advance your career this year

January 22, 2016

The start of a new year is a perfect time to reflect on past accomplishments and to commit to changes that will take your practice to the next level. DLA Piper partner Christina L. Martini recently wrote about the importance of new year’s resolutions on the Ms. JD blog. But

Resolve to advance your career this year

Swimming Lesson: The 411 on informational interviews

December 21, 2015

Q: Everyone says I should do informational interviews. Any advice on how I should go about this?  A: Yes. Informational interviews can help you in several ways. But you need to plan before you dive in. Here are some tips to make the most of your contacts: Identify your purpose. First, decide what