Henry Vinson

A Legal Professional in Cincinnati, Ohio

Early Career Advice For Young Lawyers

Early Career Advice For Young Lawyers

 

Law school is over and you’ve finally secured your first job – but now what? Getting to this point may have seemed like a marathon and yet your entire career still lies ahead. There are many questions to still be answered and many unknowns that have not yet been encountered. I understand firsthand how difficult the early-career uncertainty can be to deal with, which is why I’ve compiled following list of early career tips for young lawyers. I based the points I outline here on my own experience as a lawyer, looking back on what I wished I had known when I first started my career. The tips, in no particular order, are as follows:

 

Build Relationships Early And Often

 

Always Ask Questions

 

Treat Your Profession As A Business

 

Build Relationships Early And Often

 

Lawyers never know when a contact made years ago may become useful. The law community tends to look out for one another and thus relationships can serve early lawyers favorably. Not only is the benefit of learning from other experienced professionals gained, but also the possibility of opening up future career advancement. Top notch talent is always sought after and making connections ensures that a young lawyer will be considered for promotions at a variety of firms.

 

Always Ask Questions

 

The field of law is not only extremely difficult but it is changing virtually every single day. For this reason alone, asking questions frequently is of the utmost importance. Senior lawyers will be able to provide insight that goes far beyond the law books required for schooling. As the length of a career increases, a young lawyer can in turn answer the questions of the new generation of law professionals.

 

Treat Your Profession As A Business

 

Lawyers are always seeking to represent more clients. Thus, even though a young lawyer may be employed by a specific firm, it is important to treat the career as its own business. This includes frequently increasing marketability through additional education and certificates. With any luck, a young lawyer will someday start their own firm and truly be in control of a business which is self funded.

 

Career success in the field of law is determined by a variety of factors. While nothing is ever guaranteed, the probability of success as a young lawyer can be greatly increased if the above listed tips, as well as many others, are taken to heart and acted upon immediately upon beginning a career.

Understanding Small Claims Court

Understanding Small Claims Court

Small claims court is a special division court that is used to settle disputes quickly, inexpensively, and without the need for a lawyer. In most jurisdictions, small claims courts restrict their dockets to only include claims of less than $10,000. Additionally, claims can only be made for money. This means that the judge can only make a monetary judgement, and . There cannot be other orders such as “returning” something or forcing someone to do something.

 

The parties who are suing or being sued will represent themselves in court. This type of hearing is referred to as a pro se or “in proper person.” Attorneys are allowed in a small claims court proceeding. However, if a person wins, they cannot collect court fees. So if you decide to hire an attorney, you will have to pay out of pocket for fees. This rarely happens because small claims courts are comparably informal and more laid back than larger-scale criminal or civil courts.

 

The first point to remember when submitting a small claims case is that these smaller-scale courts have different rules and procedures than regular courts. If you need information about how small claims courts work in your jurisdiction, you should use the Internet or contact local courthouses.

 

All this said, there are a number of points that you should consider before taking the steps necessary to sue someone in small claims court. While this type of court may be advantageous in some ways, it is not always the best solution to solve your problem. You will need to a bit of planning and research before you make that move. And by all means, answer the following questions:

 

Do you have a good case?

 

Are you willing to invest the time and energy?

 

Is your claim less than $10,000?

 

Do you just want money or something else?

 

Have you attempted to settle the claim?

 

Has the statute of limitations run out?

 

Can you find the person or company you wish to sue?

 

Can you prove your case?

 

Can you collect if you win your case?

 

There are some alternatives to small claims court such as a free Neighborhood Justice Center mediation (NJC). Also, you can sign up for small claims court classes to give you a better overview of the process. Lastly, be sure to study the small claims process so you don’t end up wasting your time with a case you cannot win.

About Henry Vinson

Henry Vinson is a 10,000 hour commercial pilot with Single-Engine and Multi-Engine Airplane; Rotorcraft-Helicopter; Instrument-Airplane; Flight Instructor Airplane & Flight Instructor Helicopter ratings. Henry Vinson holds a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Airplane Owner and Pilot Association, American Marketing Association, American Communications Association, and Experimental Aircraft Association.

Henry Vinson was born in 1960 in South Williamson, Kentucky. He graduated from Williamson High School in 1979, and, after attending South West Virginia Community College, he enrolled in the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1982, he was appointed the Coroner for Mingo County, West Virginia.

Four years later, he became a funeral director for W. W. Chambers Funeral Homein Washington, DC. After his stint at W. W. Chambers Funeral Home, he owned and operated the largest gay escort service ever uncovered in Washington, DC at the age of 26.

In 2007, Mr. Vinson received a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, and today he is a successful entrepreneur who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Following a successful career as a marketing and advertising consultant, Henry Vinson opted to return to school in 2014 to pursue a law degree. Vinson is currently enrolled in the Juris Doctor Program at William Howard Taft University, America’s oldest nationally accredited distance learning law school.