Neophyte Lawyer Day One (Delayed)


Day One: What’s With This “Day One” Stuff, Anyhow?

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for some time now. Part of my job at Dunn &
Dunn is to help with the firm’s online marketing. During my research, I came across many articles and blog posts that discussed the benefits of legal blogs as marketing tools. The more I read, the more it seemed like an interesting idea. But before I could recommend that Dunn & Dunn start a firm blog, I figured I’d give it a spin myself.

Once I decided upon this course of action, and came up with the name, it made perfect
sense that I should start this blog at the same time I started my legal career, namely, the day I was admitted to the Utah State Bar. The admission ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. So that is officially Day One of the Neophyte Lawyer.

My plan is to post approximately three times a week. Each day will have a different topic, as follows:

  • Mondays: The life of the Neophyte Lawyer.
    The joys, struggles, and annoyances of starting my practice. I’ll also
    pass along any tips I find that might help all of us newcomers navigate
    the uncharted seas of the legal profession. Ideally, I’d love to be able
    to start a dialogue between rookies and pros here, so we can all benefit.
    A rising tide lifts all boats, and all that.
  • Wednesdays: Practice Pointers. New
    developments in the areas of personal injury law, workers compensation,
    employment law, insurance law, and anything else that might affect my
    clients. I’ll also be looking at new laws passed by the Utah Legislature
    in the 2011 session, since most of them go into effect in early May.
  • Fridays: Law and Theater. For a change of
    pace, I will be discussing the portrayal of the legal profession in the
    arts. For starters, I will be looking at plays depicting legal proceedings
    and issues. I’m always on the lookout for new source material, so please
    feel free to pass on any suggestions you might have.

That’s the plan, at least. If anyone has any issues they would like to discuss, don’t
hesitate to contact me. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you come back soon (and


About W. Lewis Black

W. Lewis Black is an associate attorney at Dunn & Dunn, P.C., located in Salt Lake City, Utah. His practice focuses on personal injury, employment law, workers compensation, and Social Security Disability claims. He is a past member of the Ensemble at Pinnacle Acting Company in Midvale, Utah. He can be contacted at
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