It all began 4.5 years ago.
I embarked on a journey that I could never see coming when I started my law career in 1998.
I started a part-time solo intellectual property law practice out of my home.
If you knew me back then, you would have been surprised. Why would a woman who vowed never to work in a law firm (and didn’t for her entire legal career) choose to start her own firm? Especially when she had told everyone that she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom until her child went off to school?
Oh, life holds many surprises, least of which was how much I didn’t like being a full-time stay-at-home mom. I missed my job. I missed the people. I missed dressing up to go to work.
At the same time, I didn’t quite want to let my mom aspirations die.
So what’s a girl with a law degree to do? Start a law firm of course.
I went back into law part-time on my own terms, and it was good for a while. It solved my immediate problems of boredom and loneliness.
But it never felt comfortable. In fact, I felt like I was trying to be something I’m not.
Much to my surprise, I discovered over time that I really don’t like practicing law. I don’t find the work challenging. Not like when I was in-house.
I began taking stock of my career and my life. What do I like? What do I want to do? What appeals to me now at this time of my life?
What did I love about my in-house career? Strategy and teaching.
What did I learn from my years of solo practice? What it takes to build a great law firm in today’s challenging legal market.
Can I put what I love and what I learned together? You bet!
Early in 2013, I felt this overwhelming sense that I needed to start something new, a new business dedicated to challenging the legal industry standards and change the way attorneys market and sell their legal services.
In late spring, Lawducate was born.
I worked on my business model over the summer, and am so excited to start this new chapter in my life.
Unfortunately, that means I must say good-bye to my intellectual property practice.
That is such a hard thing to write. I’ve wanted to be an attorney since I was 13 years old, and I LOVE intellectual property law. I would not have practiced law if I couldn’t practice IP.
Letting go is not easy, but I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things. Sometimes, you have to say farewell to something, to say hello to something else.
Thank you for reading this blog over the years. Thank you all for your support.
It’s good-bye law practice, hello Lawducate.
The IP made simple name will live on as a brand new program to train in-house IP counsel, just one of the many unique offerings at Lawducate.
Come visit me soon at my new website, www.lawducate.com. Follow me now on Twitter at @lawducate.