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JD Advising publishes article in Michigan Bar Journal

Ashley Heidemann Michigan Bar JournalJD Advising founder, Ashley Heidemann, is proud to have an article published in the May 2017 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal.

Ashley Heidemann’s article is titled “The Business of Practicing Law: Targeting Millenials.” The article discusses how law firms and laywers can better tailor their practices in order to reach the millenial generation.  The Michigan bar journal article outlines 7 steps for lawyers and firms to take if they seek to make their businesses more “millenial friendly”.

To read the article on “The Business of Practicing Law: Targeting Millenials” please click on the link.   Continue reading


Our 7 Best Workflow Tips

7 best workflow tipsOur 7 Best Workflow tips: Nothing is more annoying than spending a day unmotivated, dragging your feet. Or realizing you have spent the past two hours on Facebook instead of getting anything done. Or, seeing half of your to-do list left for tomorrow. Here are our five best workflow tips to combat unproductivity and inefficiency.  Whether you are a law student, a lawyer, or something else entirely, we hope our seven best workflow tips can help you! Continue reading


Top 5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Being an Entrepreneur

start a small businessStarting your own business is super-exciting. It is something that is challenging, fulfilling, and different than any thing you have probably done in your life.

Unlike other goals, there is not a clear “start” or “finish.” There is not a set path. You have to find one as you go along. This brings a lot of surprises and challenges on the way. In this post, I discuss the advantages of being an entrepreneur as well as the disadvantages.

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Hate Practicing Law? Need a way out?

how to succeed in law school, mee seminar, pre-law, lsat, summer before law schoolHate Practicing Law? Need a way out? I litigated for three years after law school. I thought it was fine and fun for the most part. But it wasn’t super-fulfilling.  I would get irritated at having an unreasonable opposing counsel or unreasonable judge or unreasonable client! And I can only imagine that these are exaggerated in some areas of law. I was very lucky to like my boss and my coworkers and to enjoy my work, for the most part. But I know that many of my friends are not so lucky. Continue reading


So you want to start a small business (…Or Law Firm. Or side business?) Here are Five Tips to Start!

start a small businessA lot of our bar exam students (and even people who are not our students!) will set up appointments with me either after they take the bar exam or pass the bar exam to discuss business ideas they have and get our advice. Some want to start law firms. Others want to start side businesses selling products that they make. Others sell consulting services in a particular field where they have developed some experience. Continue reading


Challenges of Being a Female Entrepreneur

challenges of being a female entrepreneurI normally don’t write about gender-related issues. I have honestly not given that much thought to such issues in the past. However, I’ve recently read some articles that talked about the challenges of being a female entrepreneur which enticed me to think more about the topic.

Even considering what challenges come with being a female entrepreneur is difficult. It is hard to draw a circle around specific experiences and say I’ve had certain ones because I was a female. It’s even harder to know what perspectives and biases of my own that I bring to the table.

Many of the articles seemed to point to the following challenges (many called them disadvantages) of being a female entrepreneur: Continue reading


Introducing Our Attorney Skills Tutoring

Ashley HeidemannWe have been assisting graduated law students in attorney skills for a while now. Some students come to us simply because they need to brush up on their legal writing or research skills. Other students want to learn the basics of litigation before they start their new job. 

We love to help new attorneys learn important attorney skills.  We find that not only are new attorneys better at their jobs right off the bat, but they also feel more confident and comfortable on their first day of work.

If you are a new attorney about to start (or looking for) a new job, our private, one-on-one attorney skills tutoring may be right for you.  Continue reading


My New Years’ Resolution for Myself and My Business (And Lesson #6 I’ve Learned as an Entrepreneur)

entrepreneurMy Resolution and Lesson #6 I’ve Learned as an Entrepreneur:

Sometimes I get asked what my business goals are. People assume I have a monetary goal or a goal to expand my services, hire a certain number of employees, get a new office, etc. I don’t have any of these goals. I don’t even have a goal for my business to survive another year (if people do not think that the services I offer are outstanding, I do not want to waste my time and energy trying to sell them – I will use my skillset to do something else!)     Continue reading


Productivity Tip: Live Each Day as if….Someone was Recording Everything you Did

SunsetI am used to hearing the quote “Live each day as if it was your last.” I understand where people are going with that quote. In one way, the quote inspires me to try to make each day as meaningful as possible. However, on the other hand, the quote rings a little bit hollow. If it was honestly my last day on earth, I don’t think I’d be working.  I think, instead, I’d hang out with as many people as possible, eat a lot of chocolate, tie up any loose ends…you get the point.

So here is a different variation of that quote that rings truer to me. I read this wonderful quote and productivity tip in the book Die Empty by Todd Henry.  Continue reading


Five Lessons I’ve Learned my First Year as an Entrepreneur (Part 1 of 2)

entrepreneurDeciding to quit my day job as a lawyer was a strange decision for me. It was like it dawned on me one day, “Wait, I can actually quit?” It seemed unreal that quitting was an option. I had gotten so used to my  work routine at that point.

Once I realized I could actually quit, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. Getting called about deposition dates while I was on vacation, constantly going back and forth with opposing counsels about a few thousand dollars, putting on a show in court, managing my own docket….It had gotten stale and stressful after three years and I wanted to do something more meaningful and challenging. At that point, I had been tutoring law students and bar exam students on the side but aimed to make it my full time career. Continue reading