Btw, if you are giving any in-house counsel job interviews in the next 12- 24 months, make sure you are able to explain how you can help the business with all these issues described here.
Even talking about these issues will set you apart.
If you are a litigator or a law firm lawyer, read these issues very thoroughly because this is what your clients are dealing with. Make sure you show sensitivity and understanding of their situation when you deal with your corporate clients next.
I thought I knew a lot about gender justice. I have been trying to do my bit through lots of initiatives at my end, such as free legal helpline for victims of sexual blackmail, writing how-to blogposts for women who need legal help in a host of issues...
that are read by thousands of people every day, and supporting feminist causes wherever I could.
And so I assumed that I am beyond misogyny and sexism. How can anyone question me? I was not willing to consider or reflect on my own behaviour.
So when I was called out for doing an inappropriate webinar and called sexist, I was bewildered. Sexist? Who, me? Do you know what all I have been doing last 10 years to support women's fight for equality?
HOW CAN YOU CALL ME SEXIST? HOW DARE YOU CALL ME SEXIST?
So the tweetstorm that started last night has not subsided, and it’s mostly about why LawSikho and I have not apologised for last night’s webinar with Kshitij Sehrawat, a dating coach.
Actually, there are lots of questions. It is possible that if I answer that one question in one way, as in the nature of mobs on social media, it would be overly generalised, taken out of context and further retweetable content created out of it.
So I would at least save you the trouble, create all the content for you myself and in the process hopefully will be able to convey the entire story of what happened last night.
Even the flapping of the wings of a butterfly that occurred several weeks prior can greatly influence the ultimate outcome of how and where the tornado forms, how far it travels and how soon it ceases to exist.
Let me quote from a celebrated scientific paper:
“one flap of a sea gull's wings would be enough to alter the course of the weather forever. The controversy has not yet been settled, but the most recent evidence seems to favor the seagulls.”
This is a line of work that has gained a lot of prominence and is an in-demand choice for young lawyers.
Law firms have not remained as attractive as they used to be, as the horror stories of long nights at work, cruel partners, boiler room situations on a daily basis and difficult work conditions have made it less attractive for millennial lawyers.
In my experience, I could not even do 1-minute plank, so I did not even try. That one looked impossible. I and my 2 cofounders that time attempted to do 1000 push-ups. I did 500 in one hour thirty minutes and gave up.
But I saw that 1000 was not impossible. If I just kept doing one at a time, with some break of 10-15 seconds, I could keep going and finished all 1000.
But what kind of person can do a 5 minute plank without a break?
Mother Teresa was known for that quality. It was such a matter for passion for her to help the most unfortunate, and she stood by the helpless with such passion and interest, that it inspired millions of others to follow suit.
When I read great poetry, it calls forth the poet in me, and I feel like sitting down to write some poetry again.
There are some books, which I can’t read more than 2 pages at a time. Why?
However, if you are having money issues already, it will not only be for enrolling in our courses alone but everywhere else in your life is probably stuck for want of money.
Maybe you want to watch a movie, but you have to stop yourself. Maybe you want to give a treat to your friends, but you can’t. Maybe you want to travel the world, but money is stopping you. I know the feeling.
The question haunted me for many years. In 2012 April, as I sat atop a ledge of very posh The Address in Dubai, quite drunk, and watched Trilegal lawyers party with Allen & Overy partners, I wondered what it would take if I wanted to start my own law firm and succeed.
If not as big as Trilegal, could I start a law firm that earned at least 1 crore a year? Is that too big a dream?
I have so far built 3 organizations that blasted past that milestone, in less than a year in the last 2 attempts.
That is probably something that inspired Steve Jobs because when you use an Apple product, you can feel that love. Today you have many products that are almost as good as Apple, but there was a time when Apple products were literally revolutionary, out of the world.
I have gone through 5-6 laptops since my father bought me the first one when I got through to NUJS. The first one had to last for 4 years till I could afford to buy another to replace the battered Compaq.
When I was younger, I mostly worked late at night. I found that time to be serene and less distracting. Also, as I didn’t get the work done the entire day, sometimes I was just forced to work hard late at night.
I even got convinced that I am not a morning person, but someone who needs to stay up late and work. I called myself a night owl.
However, entertaining such fantasies while I was in college was easier.
In the last one week, I have been to 3 cities and at least a dozen campuses. And I am clear that there are two kinds of people out there in our law colleges. This includes teachers, students, and administration.
There are some people who have come to believe that there are no opportunities, too many obstacles and that the sweet status quo is comfortable and they can sustain in it.
They remind everyone that better things are not possible and recount the number of past failures to justify no progress. They believe that luck and privilege is the key to all success, and there is no other way we can achieve any significant success.
How do you think an MBA will plan a legal practice or a law firm?
I have that experience. When I was starting ClikLawyer, I thought of it as a startup and not a law practice, though in hindsight I realize that it was just a super specialized, hyper-systematic law practice,
If I set aside the semantics and legal structure. Technically, it was not a law practice, due to regulatory compulsions.
It is a pity that most lawyers do not think like that while setting up their law practice or building a law firm.