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1. Who is JD Bliss?
JD Bliss is a blog
that was launched to provide attorneys with resources
to achieve greater career satisfaction, work life balance
and personal growth.
The founder and editor-in-chief
of JD Bliss is Joshua Fruchter. Joshua formerly
worked as a bankruptcy litigator at the law firm of
Kaye Scholer before embarking on a new career as an
Internet entrepreneur. He currently serves as President
of Envoy Messaging,
Inc. - a leading provider of online marketing solutions
to corporations, professional service firms and nonprofits,
- a division of Envoy that provides online marketing
solutions to law firms and individual attorneys. Joshua
has written and spoken extensively for various bar associations
and legal organizations on website development, email
marketing and blogging.
Joshua also provides coaching
and advisory services to individual attorneys seeking
greater career satisfaction and to law firms seeking
to address attorney retention and turnover problems
through greater attention to work life balance issues.
You can contact Joshua
or through our Contact
What is the purpose of JD Bliss?
Our goal is simple and
focused: to help attorneys leverage their JD degrees
into satisfying careers, personal growth, and individual
Unfortunately, the statistics
are grim. According to a 2002 ABA poll, only 27 percent
of lawyers reported being "very satisfied" with their
professional lives. At least 70 percent of lawyers surveyed
would start a new career if they could, and more than
half would not recommend a legal career to their children
(California Lawyer magazine).
Importantly, this problem
is not just an issue for the individual attorneys affected.
Associate turnover at law firms is reaching epidemic
proportions. According to one recent study by the NALP
Foundation (which studies law firm hiring trends and
practices), a whopping 37 percent of associates at big
law firms (defined by the study as those employing more
than 500 lawyers), quit their firms by the end of their
third years of practice. The steady departure of top
talent from a law firm hurts client service, and imposes
higher recruiting and training costs on the firm.
At JD Bliss we believe
that work life balance and career satisfaction are achievable
goals for both attorneys and law firms willing to get
For individual attorneys,
this may simply be a matter of changing the way one
practices on a day-to-day basis, switching into a different
area of law more suited to one's interests and personality,
or leaving law altogether for an alternative career.
For law firms, it means
taking a hard look at human resource policies and firm
"culture," and implementing changes and solutions
that let attorneys know the firm cares about their career
satisfaction and personal needs.
What type of content does JD Bliss offer?
Our site is structured
as a "blog" - that is, an online journal featuring
dated entries that are ordered chronologically and divided
into different topical segments, or "categories."
You can receive regular updates on new content posted
to our blog via either
an email subscription or an
Our categories of content
is constantly expanding, and includes some of the following
Stories - read original case studies
of attorneys who have successfully transitioned from
law into alternative careers such as public relations,
recruiting, marketing, and small business, or have
found new and innovative ways to make the practice
of law more fun and fulfilling.
- Resources for
satisfaction and success and work
Side of Law Ė who said lawyers canít
be funny? We bring you the best jokes and other humorous
antics from (or about) your fellow attorneys
- check in regularly for reviews of books and
videos offering advice, inspiration and guidance to
lawyers considering alternative careers and seeking
methods for balancing their work and personal lives.
Life Winners - profiles of law firms
that have implemented groundbreaking, forward-thinking
policies designed to promote work/life balance, or
have otherwise displayed unusual sensitivity to the
personal needs of their attorneys.
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