For years I have fielded the same question from friends, colleagues, family, and current and former students: when am I going to leave law practice and devote myself to teaching, which I obviously love so much? Now we have an answer. I am delighted to announce that I have accepted an appointment to teach full-time at Georgetown University Law Center, with the title of Distinguished Visitor from Practice.

No one who has followed me as a friend or business contact can be stunned by this transition. Georgetown is an extraordinary academic institution, with a strong commitment to shape the practice of law in an increasingly complex world. I have taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown for more than a decade. During that time I have had the good fortune to write and publish two editions of a leading law school casebook in my area of principal practice expertise (with a third edition on the way this year). As mentioned above, the question has never been so much about “if” as “when.”

Nor would I expect those of you reading this blog to be surprised to see me teach full-time. My writing here has focused on mindful engagement with life. I want to explore how to function more effectively, whatever one’s calling. This blog started because my Georgetown students were asking questions about “success.” I wanted to have a sound basis for answers — or for at least reframing the questions. Readers no doubt sense the pedagogical bent.

Any transition is bittersweet, and this one is particularly so. I will be leaving a law firm where I have worked for many years, including a decade as a partner. During my tenure I have seen the partnership grow to one of the top five international law firms in the world. And for my money, it is the best place in the world to engage in private practice.

I will be taking some time off before my start date at Georgetown. I have worked full-time since graduation from law school. A break will suit me very well. I predict that I will be more regular in my posts here both during that hiatus and, later, in my new Georgetown position.

I can’t express how eager I am to take on my new responsibilities. I expect them to add additional perspectives to this blog. I hope you will continue to read here, with interest and engagement.