Don Hutcheson, founder of TheCompleteLawyer.com, didn’t exactly create his popular legal community resource center website with the current economic crisis in mind.
But countless under-employed legal types across the country are eternally grateful to the Dahlonega entrepreneur anyway. As unemployment mounts in the legal community, TheCompleteLawyer.com has become equal parts reassuring social networking site and an online community where career coaches, consultants and other legal eagles offer professional advice and a much-needed ear.
“It’s not just economic downturns that lawyers are unfamiliar with,” Hutcheson told Buzz. “A lot of law schools simply don’t adequately prepare lawyers for the world of work awaiting them.”
TheCompleteLawyer.com was originally geared to offer office-addicted legal types a way to achieve a better work/life balance.
“The law is a very jealous mistress,” explained Hutcheson, the author of “The Lemming Conspiracy: How to Redirect Your Life From Stress to Balance.” “It will bleed you dry, if you let it. We’re hopefully offering folks some constructive alternatives to that kind of all-consuming life.”
Hutcheson even sees an upside to the law firm layoffs being experienced nationally.
“We’re taught that big law is the only route,” he said. “It isn’t. And when people are thrust into the real world like now, they have the time to reassess things. Job loss doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you end up happier as a result of getting off that stress cycle. We tend not to be a very reflective culture. I advise people just to stop. Go to Piedmont Park. Spend an afternoon on a park bench doing nothing but being quiet.”
In addition to featuring more than 120 different resources, including working lawyers and trained counselors online, The CompleteLawyer.com also has a growing presence now on Facebook and on Twitter.
Said Hutcheson: “It’s incredibly important for people in the legal community to know they’re not going through this alone right now. Hopefully, that’s part of our mission.”
Batting for the Braves
Braves fans should be on the look out for brand new promotional spots featuring country duo Montgomery Gentry and R&B group Dru Hill on Peachtree TV this month. The musical acts have been tapped to participate in this year’s Braves promotional campaign for the team’s new TV home. We’re told that both acts have recorded original songs for the new “The Braves Play Here” spots recently shot around the city.
Montgomery Gentry were spotted shooting their music video on the roof of Atlanta’s Hilton Garden Inn using the city’s impressive skyline as a backdrop, while Dru Hill shot at Turner Field. Peachtree TV is set to air 45 regular-season, primetime Braves games in high definition this year.
Tweets from ‘The Office’
Twittering fans of “The Office” take note. Former Atlantan and Westminster grad Brian Baumgartner, who portrays Kevin the accountant on the NBC sitcom, has been dragged onto the social networking site by castmate Rainn Wilson. The actor’s first “tweets” appeared Tuesday.
As Baumgartner explains in his Twitter bio: “I was told to try Twitter…but it scares me.” Among his first entries to fans: “So Rainn [tweeted] that I am on here. And now I have people reading what I write. I hate the power he has and uses for evil.” (Wilson is so addicted to the site that he’s even tweeted from his sitcom desk as cameras rolled this week).
As of deadline Tuesday, Baumgartner had already attracted an impressive 14,147 “followers.”
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