Richard Amador’s Take On Paths To Career Success For Attorneys Of Color

Richard Amador’s Take On Paths To Career Success For Attorneys Of Color

About The Blog

In the past year, a few of the many law firm associates, junior partners and in-house lawyers I mentor have encouraged me to use a blog to dig deeper than the character limit of my LinkedIn posts on building a successful career as a diverse business lawyer. I love to write, to tell stories, and

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Learn to use criticism as fuel, not baggage

When I was a young lawyer, I dreaded criticism. I heard it as, “you suck.” It took me many years to learn that criticism — even if delivered bluntly and rudely — is a gift. It is an opportunity to learn what matters to other people so you can communicate with or for them more

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ABOVE THE LAW

I’m writing some articles for the pages of Above the Law on effective strategies that can be used to further diversify the legal profession. You can get to them from my blog here.

How In-House Counsel Can Increase The Ranks Of Their Minority Outside Counsel

No matter the budget constraints, championing diversity is worth it. Many law departments are revisiting efforts to diversify their outside counsel ranks through getting more lawyers of color on their cases. A plethora of benchmarking tools, carrot-and-stick models, and consultants abound. Many such activities require significant budgets or structural changes that can be hard for

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A few of my recent posts on LinkedIn

‪Psst! In-House Counsel—maybe it’s you.

‪My friend Won Hur and I were talking about how outside counsel are often justifiably lambasted for client-service fails. Then we got to talking about how some in-house counsel are mediocre in making the best use of outside counsel. They make it harder for their lawyers to efficiently represent them,

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Sharing good news: Alan Bowie

With everything going on in the world, its a privilege to share good news for legal community and its future. My friend Alan Bowie  recently elected President for the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association in Connecticut. This is good news for the BBA and the Connecticut bar, but it is

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How to Avoid a Lawyer Layoff: Think Gardening

Lawyer layoffs are everywhere. Can you insure yourself from them so great job offers and opportunities always come your way? Think gardening. You love berries, fresh spinach, juicy peaches. Do you throw seeds in the dirt a few times a year? Or till the ground and tend your garden? Tossing

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Failure is not just an option…

ITS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN! Two of my favorite LinkedIn reads, Meyling “Mey” Ly Ortiz and Olga V. Mack, posted today about failure, and how much we can learn from it. And I’ve seen a few law student/young lawyer comments about how exhausting it can be to read here

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The world is on fire. Yes, this is about business.

It’s 8:25 pm in Downtown L.A. on Friday, May 29. For the first time in months, there are no cheers at 8pm sharp for front line workers. Instead, police helicopters swarm overhead, sirens and horns and voices blare. People are in the street and on the freeway, some of them

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When Lawyers Get Laid Off

…there’s an urge to hide. But it’s a global pandemic so everyone understands—great lawyers are losing their jobs. Craft a narrative of Why (eg, the firm/company cut 10% of my group and I was new) and be ready for the natural follow-ups. More importantly, build up confidence delivering the message.

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‪Psst! In-House Counsel—maybe it’s you.

‪My friend Won Hur and I were talking about how outside counsel are often justifiably lambasted for client-service fails. Then we got to talking about how some in-house counsel are mediocre in making the best use of outside counsel. They make it harder for their lawyers to efficiently represent them,

Read More »

Sharing good news: Alan Bowie

With everything going on in the world, its a privilege to share good news for legal community and its future. My friend Alan Bowie  recently elected President for the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association in Connecticut. This is good news for the BBA and the Connecticut bar, but it is

Read More »

How to Avoid a Lawyer Layoff: Think Gardening

Lawyer layoffs are everywhere. Can you insure yourself from them so great job offers and opportunities always come your way? Think gardening. You love berries, fresh spinach, juicy peaches. Do you throw seeds in the dirt a few times a year? Or till the ground and tend your garden? Tossing

Read More »

Failure is not just an option…

ITS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN! Two of my favorite LinkedIn reads, Meyling “Mey” Ly Ortiz and Olga V. Mack, posted today about failure, and how much we can learn from it. And I’ve seen a few law student/young lawyer comments about how exhausting it can be to read here

Read More »

The world is on fire. Yes, this is about business.

It’s 8:25 pm in Downtown L.A. on Friday, May 29. For the first time in months, there are no cheers at 8pm sharp for front line workers. Instead, police helicopters swarm overhead, sirens and horns and voices blare. People are in the street and on the freeway, some of them

Read More »

When Lawyers Get Laid Off

…there’s an urge to hide. But it’s a global pandemic so everyone understands—great lawyers are losing their jobs. Craft a narrative of Why (eg, the firm/company cut 10% of my group and I was new) and be ready for the natural follow-ups. More importantly, build up confidence delivering the message.

Read More »

A very special thank you to Nishan Ardon and his team of digital marketing geniuses at Elavanz for developing and building this blog from my half-baked ideas. The design, layout, images, and feel are all Nishan’s doing. And it was Nishan who urged me to take my LinkedIn posts a large step forward with this blog. So, truly, it would never have happened without his support, creativity, and effort.