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Karen Thalacker

Karen is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, and Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA. She began her legal career as a prosecutor before entering private practice. For over 20 years, her practice has focused on family law and general practice. Karen is trained in Collaborative Law and also acts as a parenting coordinator for high conflict parents. Since 2009, Karen has served as a judicial magistrate in Iowa. She is also the Chief Compliance Officer and pre-law advisor at Wartburg College. Karen is the author of “The New Lawyer’s Handbook: 101 Things They Don’t Teach You in Law School” and also two knitting books for children. Her commentaries and guest opinions have appeared in the Huffington Post and the Des Moines Register. She and her husband Pete have 4 children.

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How Far to Take Workplace COVID Precautions? Problem Solved.

There may be people in both your professional and personal lives who are at the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the level of precautions, mask wearing and physical distancing they want to do in the time of COVID. How far should...

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Difficult Clients in Difficult Times

We’ve all had difficult clients. In the best of times, they can be a challenge but in the times we’re living in right now they can be even more...

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3 Suggestions for Staying On Track While Working From Home

WFH – Work From Home. Are you doing it? Do you love it or hate it? I’m doing it right now. Here are 3 suggestions for staying on track during...

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Make the Call

Guest Blogger Karen Thalacker advocates that sometimes a good, old-fashioned phone call makes the most sense.

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Appreciating Good Employees

I get it — you’re busy. But, you should never be too busy to let your good employees know they are appreciated. Here are 3 things you can do to let...

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Summer Vacation

The summer has flown by and you’ve probably watched your non-lawyer friends and their families trotting off to fun destinations. If you haven’t done...

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Comments on Appearance

“You look great today!” “Love your outfit!” “Have you lost weight?” We’ve all heard comments like this in the office and in the courtroom. Even if...

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Time is a 4-Letter Word

Guest Blogger Karen Thalacker digs deep into that short, little 4-letter word that we just don’t seem to have enough of these days.

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When Tempers Flare

Transcript: We work in a high-pressure field where people’s lives and livelihoods are often at stake. When tempers flare and someone gets angry,...

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Listen to the Voice

Have you ever had someone propose an idea that you felt was wrong but couldn’t, in that moment, articulate what you didn’t like about it or what...

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Setting Boundaries for Client Communication

Just because there are 24 hours in a day doesn’t mean that you have to be accessible to clients for all of them. In the era of cell phones and 24/7...

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Worry Not

Don’t lose sleep. It’s easy enough to say, but how can you intentionally work towards not allowing worry to consume you? Guest Blogger Karen...

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Don't Be One Of THOSE Attorneys

Don’t be the attorney that your peers hate to work with. Karen Thalacker reminds us all to take steps to be professional and courteous even when a...

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