Every year in October since passing the bar exam in 2004, I come spend a few days at St. Simons Island for a continuing legal education (“CLE”) seminar on workers’ compensation law.  The first several years, when I was a 20-something, it was an exercise in seeing how much I could imbibe, how little I could sleep, and how much “face time” I could have at the required classes with my supervising partners.  For the past 3 years, however, I’ve taken my children, and since my only supervising…

Several years ago, when I was what older paralegals call a “baby lawyer,” I worked for an insurance defense firm that had an event each summer called the “associate retreat” that meant going out of town for a weekend with the people I saw every day at work, so we could bond or something.  One year, all 90 or so of us were on a bus headed for the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina…a place I’d heard was a beautiful, relaxing, and fancy hotel in a…