Ramos’ new website is built to benefit beginning lawyers
In his 2018 book, “The Future of Law,” veteran Miami attorney and author Frank Ramos proved eerily prescient.
“If you take anything from this book, take this,” Ramos told a reviewer for the Defense Research Institute. “We’re on the cusp of a new age and a new reality, and the practice is radically going to change.”
Ramos says he had no idea at the time that a lethal COVID-19 pandemic would threaten the planet and spur a rapid pivot in the legal profession to home offices and remote technology. Now the managing partner at Clarke Silverglate, P.A., acknowledges that the crisis has brought some of his predictions — “the day will come when we will be able to operate our firms from our phones” — closer to fruition.
“A lot of the stuff I wrote for that book are issues we’re struggling with now, in terms of a smaller office footprint, remote work, and more technology,” he said. “The pandemic really hit the fast forward button on all of that.”
Ramos hopes law students and beginning lawyers will benefit from his vision and years of experience by visiting his new webpage, miamimentor.com.
On the landing page, Ramos describes himself as a “lawyer, writer, speaker and purpose coach.”
“I will help you define, chase and achieve your purpose,” he writes. “And by achieving your destiny, you will help, serve and empower others.”
Ramos built the webpage because he wanted a place to compile his 19 books, training videos, and other “how-to” material for beginning lawyers in a single place, while maintaining full editorial control. With the exception of one book, all of the material is free.
An advocate of social media, Ramos at one point had more than 50,000 followers on LinkedIn. Ramos dedicates much of his free time to mentoring the next generation of lawyers.
When he joined the firm in 1998, Ramos said he benefited from its dedication to training young associates in all aspects of law, including “hard” and “soft” skills, and its emphasis on legal writing.
“They’ve always paid it forward to me, and I’ve paid it forward to others,” he said.
Given the economic fallout from COVID-19, paying it forward has never been more important, Ramos said.
“I speak with a lot of young lawyers, and a lot of firms are engaging in hiring freezes, a number of firms let go of more junior folks, it’s also tough on staff,” he said. “Not to be presumptuous, but this is to help fill the gap in some small way.”
The best advice for beginning lawyers, Ramos says, is to become active in The Florida Bar, local voluntary bar associations, and professional associations. They offer free training materials as well as networking opportunities, he said.
Above all, Ramos says, don’t give up hope. The hardest challenges are opportunities for growth, he said.
“People who start their careers knee-deep in the muck, just trying to get through it, turn out to be better lawyers,” he said. “It’s better to be challenged early in your career than it is to be challenged late in your career.”