I’m unsure how first year lawyers will start this year, but no matter how you or they start, it will likely not be with the miscues I experienced when I left the USAF and became an associate in what was then a mid-sized, now a tiny law firm in Roanoke, Virginia.

Given how appropriate dress

I never met a lawyer who went through his or her career with smooth sailing all the way. I certainly wasn’t one of those lawyers. I lost trials I thought I should have won. I lost my biggest client twice. When those losses occurred it was hard to pick myself up, put on my suit