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January is the longest month and many lawyers will be relieved it is now over. The return to work, the cold and the commute makes everyone think about what else they could be doing. Luckily there's a website for everything - including lawyers who want to change careers.
More to Law (www.moretolaw.com) was set up by an ex-Herbert Smith lawyer to give the profession "effective access to all the career and lifestyle options that exist for them". The site features interviews with people who have made successful breaks from the grind of law, which is both inspiring and depressing, depending on how you look at it.
For instance, it's inspiring to read that ex-Simmons & Simmons lawyer Jonathan Downey carved out a bar and club empire while working 100-hour weeks. But depressing to see that he now spends much of his time in Ibiza and Chamonix.
Lack of irony is great fun and part of what makes the US the fascinating place it is. Legal marketing and IT blog Legal Andrew (www.legalandrew.com) is a stellar example of this.
Andrew likes business cards. Andrew goes into great depth about business cards. Really minute, detailed depth about business cards and their holders and how to be creative with them.
Andrew says: "One idea is to use something that's not a business card display. You could put a few cards in a small plate that you like and place that on your desk or counter. That breaks out of the mold [sic] and shows your personality."
He continues: "Since I'm a woodworker, I plan to make a small wooden plate to hold my business cards. It will be truly unique, but really simple."
All artistic expression is valid, even if it does involve business card holders. For those readers who would like to follow up on Andrew's card ideas, he helpfully posts a link to specialist blog Free Business Cards (www.business-cards-free.com). Enjoy.