Promises and Contracts

Growing up, I’ve came with the idea that we are all destined to meet the one. The idea of making promises to find one another lifetime after lifetime just sounded so romantic to me! Even if I don’t believe in reincarnation, that thought always made me melt and daydream about this great love that I would at some point meet.

Until last week, when it suddenly hit me: Who was I when I made that promise? Who were they? Does it still make sense to even hold on to that binding commitment that we have made to each other – allegedly – lifetimes ago?

For me, a promise into the future meant security. Certainty. It meant being safe and relaxing into the known. I was protected! And isn’t that exactly what we are looking for when we enter into contracts?

However, where once I saw safety, I now saw a limiting constriction.

Who are we when we are making those promises? What are we creating when we are placing upon ourselves binding obligations to another?

Contracts place us in so many situations: marriage, jobs, transactions. If we are constantly evolving and changing, how do we go about it without being limited by the promises of our past self?

How do we transcend into the future to make commitments that are equally contributive to all parties involved throughout all the times?

Is that even possible? I don’t know.

What I know is, I am being invited into looking at contracts and promises in a whole new light. To seek balance between freedom, space for mistakes and the possibility of simply changing my mind. The notion that I should only commit to that which will create greater. Not only for me, but for everyone. To create bonds that will propel us to soar and thrive. To commit under promises that will not be a bondage, a source of control, but a space of respect and honoring of what we can create together: as a couple, business partners or commercial allies.

In that way; maybe, just maybe… all the promises we make to one another will always lead us to a greater tomorrow.


From People-Pleaser to Bold Attorney

Quote from “Shark: Pilot Episode”

Although I have been talking about being a lawyer ever since I was 7 years old to my parents, when I actually joined Law School at 17, it came as a shock to our outer circle of friends.

“You’re so calm. You should do psychology”.

“Law School?! You should go for something more like you… Architecture or Veterinarian”.

Well, I carried that with me for all Law School and the first years of my career. Extremely lost and doubtful of my choices. I LOVE the law. I love the principles and values that guide society. However, somehow, my qualities as a person, specially being a people-pleaser didn’t match what people would perceive as a successful lawyer.

And I truly was. I used to place so much value on other people’s opinions as if they knew me better than I knew myself. I mean, so much so, my own choices tortured me for years, to the point I was always looking for a way out, which, ironically, only led me to become empowered and certain of the choices I made.

Your Job is to Win!

On my second year of Law School I stumbled upon this TV Show called ‘Shark’. It was about this “sleezy lawyer” who only cared about winning. And he said: “Your job is to win. Justice is God’s problem“.

Now… it sounds really bad, right?! To have that as a some sort of motto.

I was thrilled and shocked at the same time. As a people pleaser who valued honesty, transparency, fairness… being guided by nothing by your own self-interest was preposterous. On the other hand, not giving a f*ck about anyone else’s interest but your client’s was extremely liberating.

Most of my Law School I looked for careers such as Diplomacy, Judge… something that would allow me to consider all sides and ponder about what would be fair. However, as I progressed in Law School and internships, it was clear to me that the lawyer was the one with the biggest “burden”. We had to know and do it all: everyone’s role in the system, all the steps and procedures, make sure everyone was behaving well and following the law and, on top of it, make sure our client got what he wanted from the lawsuit.

I MEAN… that’s my mojo. My jam. Know it all, do it all, be on top of everything and come out winning. So, it was natural for me to choose this path because I love challenging myself and be the best at everything.

With time, and as I gained more experience – specially in such a tough field like Election Law fighting for politicians – that quote made more and more sense. I was fighting for my clients and my job was to win for them!

Mindset of a Bold-Attorney

Now… aspiring to be a bold-attorney is not for the faint of heart. Much less for the lazy.

  1. We are constantly competing against ourselves, which means… we are our greatest and only enemy. Our first and most important task is to know all of our weakness and strengths. We do not want to ever be blindsided.
  2. Great adversaries are our best friends. They’re not enemies (remember? We only have one). We L-O-V-E bold attorneys, specially when they’re on the other side. That’s a rising up opportunity knocking on your door! Next level sh*t.
  3. If you want to stay on top of the game, you have to know the insides and out of the rules and regulations. Leaders are rule benders (not breakers). Therefore, we must know when, what and how much to bend. The Law is our greatest asset. Work with it!
  4. Whenever someone comes with information against you: always be suspicious. Our client is always right, until proven wrong. And even so, he suffered a great injustice. Keep fighting!
  5. “NO” is your coach. Everybody wants to say no to you when you’re thinking outside the box or coloring outside the lines. EMBRACE IT! Sometimes, it takes some of them and some arguments won’t be enough to get them on your side. If it’s a “one rock at a time” kind of building. It’s ok.
  6. Go outside the law. Go into the reasons of being for laws and rules. Learn to think and to argue, even (specially) when you know there’s a no or slight chance of it going your way. The fewer the chances, the harder you have to work. It’s an Art and you’re an artist!

Have fun and love what you do.

I cannot stress this enough. If you don’t enjoy your work. QUIT IT! If you don’t like your career. LEAVE IT!

I struggled so long with my career as a lawyer, which prompted me to go into several coaching classes and courses, self improvement seminars. They all brought me back to the Law.

The harder I tried to let go, the harder I fell in love with because it was all about changing my mindset and give myself the tools to actually create what I am creating now.

I’m not replicating anyone’s pathways. I’m forging my own. I have my own way of going about the Law. I trust my inner compass. I trust my devotion to knowledge, to justice and fairness. Regardless, I know who I’m fighting for. And that’s what makes me the great lawyer I am.

When I believe, when I know… when I MOVE with PURPOSE, I’m unstoppable. And that… is the signature trait of a bold lawyer.

From People-Pleaser to Bold Lawyer Paula Camila Pinto

Keys to a Bold-Lawyer Mindset from my perspective. 
  1. From People-Pleaser to Bold Lawyer
  2. Roteiros: Organizando Prazos com Engenharia Reversa

Roteiros: Organizando Prazos com Engenharia Reversa

Organização é TU-DO! Eu adoro trabalhar e ser produtiva, com a mesma intensidade que amo NÃO FAZER NADA!

Por querer fazer tudo logo e rápido, sou muito propensa ao burn out (esgotamento/estafamento) e isso faz com que eu repetidamente incorra na mesma lição de que cuidar da minha saúde mental, emocional e física é tão importante quanto produzir e trabalhar.

Um elemento CHAVE disso é a organização, em especial no controle de prazos pra cumprirmos todas nossas responsabilidades cotidianas.

No meu caso, uma técnica que uso pra tudo é engenharia reversa. Eu me planejo de trás pra sempre, partindo do meu objetivo e fazendo o caminho contrário. Isso cabe como uma LUVA no gerenciamento de atividades e prazos – em especial quando administramos muitos processos.

Isso ficou muito mais fácil com o PROJUDI, PJE pois temos um tempo de leitura para intimação que já nos permite uma programação e por isso, fica mais fácil cria uma espécie de Roteiro.

Análise Inicial & Planejamento

  • Passo 1: Ler a Peça ou Despacho
  • Passo 2: Análise de Complexidade e Estimativa de Tempo
  1. Qual é o nível de prioridade dessa tarefa?
  2. Como está sua disponibilidade de tempo?
  3. Qual o nível de complexidade da peça?
  4. Qual sua estimativa de tempo necessário para fazer essa petição?
  5. Qual o seu prazo?
  6. Será necessário fazer pesquisas?
  • Passo 3: Fazer Linha do Tempo
  • Passo 4: Programar no Calendário/Lembretes com Alarme

Tudo vai variar conforme suas demandas diárias, a velocidade com a qual você pretende conduzir o processo, o nível de complexidade da peça. Por exemplo, uma apelação demanda muito mais que Embargos de Declaração. Se você é mais experiente, talvez não precise de tanto tempo. Talvez queira cumprir o prazo o mais rápido possível e é um processo que tem urgência/prioridade no seu portfólio. Enfim…

Ilustração do Método

Tomemos como exemplo uma simples petição de manifestação nos autos de um Cumprimento de Sentença. Um dos corréus teve penhorado o valor total da obrigação solidária. A sentença não rateou os valores e por isso, ele questiona que deveria incorrer em tão somente no bloqueio de 50% do valor total, solicitando o desbloqueio do restante. O prazo para manifestação é de 15 dias e meu prazo final é 06 de julho de 2021. Como posso organizar isso?

A prioridade é baixa, pois tenho outras atividades mais urgentes que precisam ser cumpridas antes. A peça é simples e não demandará muito tempo, por isso estimo que um intervalo de uma semana é suficiente.

Nossa linha do tempo (engenharia reversa) é:

  • protocolo na data final;
  • revisão da peça um dia antes (veja dica final 2);
  • rascunho com um intervalo de dois dias (veja dica final 3);
  • pequisa de jurisprudência, doutrina e legislação dois dias antes do primeiro rascunho;
  • esboço de teses e relatório;
  • leitura da petição da parte contrária.

Se você não sabe por onde começar…

Em especial quando é algo que eu não sei nem por onde começar, ler a peça e fazer um relatório é FUNDAMENTAL! Quando não sei o que fazer, me dá um certo pânico e isso foi algo que desenvolvi com o tempo – hábito de início de carreira!

  • Qual o pedido da outra parte?
  • Quais os seus argumentos?

Isso já delimita e me dá uma noção de qual será meu primeiro passo, por isso, são sempre as primeiras atividades de qualquer roteiro meu.

Melhor Aplicação da Técnica

Essa técnica é especialmente maravilhosa pra contratos volumosos. Já tive contratos mensais com grandes empresas e e assessoria jurídica a município, em que atuamos em todas as demandas do cliente. Essa engenharia reversa foi TUDO pra mim na atuação desses contratos, em especial por me permitir ter espaço na agenda pra LAZER – exercício, meditação, tempo com a família. Enfim, tudo aquilo que é importante para sermos bons profissionais e termos uma vida plena.

Dicas Finais

  1. Se você está começando ou não tem tanta experiência, sempre tente se antecipar, acompanhar o processo, ver o despacho antes mesmo da publicação. Assim, você pode fazer tudo com muita calma.
  2. Se você trabalha sob supervisão, ajuste o intervalo se sua peça precisa ser revisada por seu superior e já informe desde o início quando você pretende submeter a peça para revisão e qual o prazo final quando o fizer.
  3. Entre o esboço e a revisão, tenha um espaço suficiente para refrescar a mente e analisar a peça com outros olhos. Naturalmente, quanto mais complexo e maior seu prazo, maior será esse intervalo.
  4. Inclua tempo na sua rotina pra cuidar de você, pois quanto melhor sua bateria e estado mental, mais fácil e claro tudo será. Deixe um espaço pra cultivar seu bem-estar. Nossos clientes são MUITO importantes, mas sua prioridade é você. Quanto mais feliz e saudável estivermos, melhor os atenderemos!

Equilíbrio é tudo, disciplina é chave e organização é fundamental.

From People-Pleaser to Bold Lawyer Paula Camila Pinto

Keys to a Bold-Lawyer Mindset from my perspective. 
  1. From People-Pleaser to Bold Lawyer
  2. Roteiros: Organizando Prazos com Engenharia Reversa

‘Study With Me’ Fever

I’m going to admit… I’M OBSESSED. After sitting down and making a very serious and to the minute schedule of my life so I can fit in 6h of daily study (for each hour of class I require around 3h to prepare and go through the material).

Since school is online, study groups last semester was a TOTAL FAIL. I tried my best but all the different time zones make it almost impossible to find good common study time. That’s when I found ‘Study with Me’ videos on YouTube.

I’ve also watched many study techniques that were super helpful and I’ve been trying them to see what works best for me. On my Brazilian Law School, I used to transcribe every class, use outlines and practice exercises.

However, my Masters of Law program is in the US has a total different way of going about it – not to mention a different legal system (common law x civil law). So… IT’S BEEN A JOURNEY.

Here are my favorite videos and I wish it will contribute to you as much as it did for me.


This was the first channel I ever stumbled upon while looking for Law Students. I love the vibes!
My current favorite. I don’t remember how I found James. He’s so authentic and inspirational! I love his discord server.
I’m obsessed with this table!


I loved this video. Specially because I’m also a fan of prepping one day earlier for class! Takes off the stress.
I LOVED his highlighting tips + notes tips. Changed how I did it!
I’ve been loving this to study the Rules and Codes!
Overall amazing tips with different techniques. First time I heard of Anki + Active Recall!
Practice is HUGE! It’s how I passed the Bar Exam in Brazil! Loved this.