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Virtual Reality law clinic on July 12th from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

A colleague on my NYC Bar Committee on Women in the Legal Profession shared this event with me, please share with your networks if you are interested in learning about this HOT TOPIC. Note that privacy is one of the most-sought after skills for lawyers these days. Why not join? Event Description VR Law Clinic A Workshop Addressing the Legal Questions of Innovators and Entrepreneurs Working with Virtual Reality Technologies    Are you in the process of (or considering) developing a virtual reality-related technology, or starting up a company to commercialize it? Have you considered all of the practical legal…

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Interview with Mariam Zadeh: A Career in Mediation

Mariam Zadeh is currently a mediator at First Mediation Corporation in Los Angeles, CA.  She received her L.L.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University in 2006 and received her J.D. at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1995.  She specializes in mediating employment, class action, insurance, and commercial matters.  She has been featured since 2007 as a SuperLawyer in Southern California Super Lawyers magazine and since 2010 in the Best Lawyers in America magazine. How did you end up pursuing mediation as a career? I think everyone gets into it a bit differently.  I was litigating in…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Are Women Lawyers Held to Higher Ethical Standards Than Their Male Colleagues?

I love listening to NPR while I am driving in my car.  Fortunately, or unfortunately as it may be, I live in the Washington, DC area where traffic is worse than most places in the country.  As a result, I spend a lot of time in my car in traffic.  The silver lining is that it gives me a lot of time with NPR. Recently, while listening to All Things Considered, I heard about a study examining unconscious and subtle biases within the context of whether men or women are more ethical at work.  In examining which group, men or…

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How to Keep Motivated and Mentally Active Over the Summer If You Don’t Have an Internship

You’re probably panicking a little because you don’t have an internship this summer. But it’s important to realize that you aren’t the only one. Many other students didn’t get internships either. There are plenty of alternative options for you to do over the summer to keep your mind active, focused and ready for the next school year ahead. Keep Looking for an Internship Summer isn’t the only time you can get an internship. A lot of companies offer internships in the fall and spring semesters as well. If you didn’t get one in the summer, start applying for opportunities in…

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The Disenchanted Young Lawyer

Practicing law is demanding and extremely stressful.  Even the most balanced lawyer feels at some point the pressures of working in the legal field.  It is not surprising that often studies show that lawyers have a higher than normal level of emotional and mental issues: According to a Johns Hopkins University study, researchers found that lawyers lead the nation with the highest incidence of depression. An ABA Young Lawyers Division survey indicated that 41 percent of female attorneys were unhappy with their jobs. The ABA estimates that 15-20 percent of all U.S. lawyers suffer from alcoholism or substance abuse. That is one in five attorney!…

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Women Can Do Anything: Lessons from the White House’s United State of Women Summit

The air was buzzing with optimism and revolutionary spirit. The amount of talent, intellect, passion, and collective perseverance was positively inspiring and overwhelming in the best way possible. And the physical experience of witnessing 5,000 women in the same room, supporting the advancement and empowerment of women, made us realize that anything is possible. Yes, anything! As the representatives of the Women Serve on Boards Movement to the first-ever United State of Women Summit, sponsored by the White House in Washington DC on June 13-15, we were awestruck and empowered. It was beyond exciting to rub shoulders with amazing local…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Summer Stops for No One

Savannah Law School graduated its second class in May.  Kayley and her classmates now have a new group of fellow alumni joining them on the journey from student to lawyer, including a stop at the bar...exam.  May was a busy month for Kayley: she had volunteered with the campaigns for the re-election of the judge she completed her first externship in law school with and for his staff attorney, who was running for clerk of court in our county.  Those campaigns were fraught with negativity that is hard to bear when you personally know the candidates and you want them…

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Susan Smith Blakely

ACI Conference for Women Lawyers in the Life Science Practice Space

I am so pleased to be a part of a conference that will convene in Boston on July 28 and 29, 2016 to address the issues of leadership and advancement for women lawyers in life science law.  I will be moderating a panel titled "Tales from the Top on Effective Leadership:  Concrete Tips for Influencing and Motivating Others in the Life Sciences Legal Space."  My fellow panelists are leading in-house C-Suite and General Counsel Office lawyers from major life sciences corporations, and we also are joined by a partner and head of life sciences litigation at a top tier international…

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Now before I start talking about the ins and outs of law school applications, let me preface the title of this series. When I say get in where you fit in, please don’t take offense. By no means should you associate the common catchphrase with a negative connotation. In this particular context, it simply means that YOU possess the power and the prowess to get yourself into whatever school you desire to attend. So, instead of crafting your application to tailor yourself to be the typical cookie cutter applicant, design an outline that will leave an admissions committee (ad com)…

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Your Brain, Law School, and Law Practice: It’s All in the Framing

Let me intrude on a lovely June day with some disturbing hypothetical questions (not at all out of character for a law professor).  Suppose that you were contemplating a risky medical procedure.  In scenario 1, the doctor tells you that, “Of those who undergo this medical procedure, ninety percent are alive after five years.”  Alternatively, she tells you, “Of those who have undergone this procedure, ten percent are dead after five years.”  Would you give the same answer to both questions?  Ninety percent alive is equivalent to ten percent dead so the answer should be the same.   But the difference…

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Confessions Of A General Counsel:  Getting Fired

You are going to lose your job. Maybe it's intuition. Or maybe your manager has already delivered the news to you. Maybe you've been on a performance plan so you were aware of the risks. Or maybe the news interrupted an otherwise normal day. What should you do?  How should you act?  Keep these tips in mind as you make the adjustment. 1. Your first step:  check your cash. In reality you should have initiated this step when you were a new employee. While money is not the answer to every problem, the lack of enough of it to cover your basic…

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Heather Asher

Winston & Strawn LLP Expands Attorney Parental Leave

Winston & Strawn LLP recently announced it  revised its parental leave policy to allow all attorneys, regardless of whether they qualify as a “primary care giver,” to take 20 weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child.  The leave can be taken in one or two periods during the first year following the baby’s birth or adoption.  This generous leave period is accompanied by other support mechanisms to help attorneys transition into and out of leave, such as providing a leave liaison for each attorney (who will actively communicate with the attorney and the attorney’s practice…

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Not fLAWless but Fearless: Pensive About People

I recently visited one of my friends in Salt Lake City, just for a quick vacation before starting my summer internship. For my entire life, flying has always caused me to become deeply lost in thought. I suppose it’s the countless hours of sitting on a plane, somewhere high above the clouds. The fact that it can take so much time to cross a certain distance we find minimal on a map always amazes me too. I see the little towns down below us and the bigger cities sprawled out across the land, and I begin to think about how many…

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, and Everything In-Between: Let Them Eat Pie!

"It is like a pie eating contest where the prize is more pie." That was my mentor’s (witty and very accurate) description of what it is like to be promoted to partner at a major law firm. The year was 2005 and I was an 8th year associate in distress.  From an outsider’s perspective it appeared I had everything firmly under control.  I had proven myself and moved up the associate ranks.  I had every indication I was on track to be promoted to partner within a few “short” years.  Silently, though, I was having a career crisis of the…

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Getting from Here to There, Pt. II: Jumpstarting the Revolution (Lean In Group Discussion Session 1)

As mentioned in Part I of this post, our intergenerational group of lawyers had a rich and enlightening discussion on the Introduction to Lean In. We focused much of our first session on discussing Ms. Sandberg’s story about requesting reserved pregnancy parking. Our group initially held varying opinions of Ms. Sandberg’s request. One member of our group shared that if a junior attorney were to come to her and ask about requesting reserved parking spots for pregnant women, she likely would advise against it in an effort to protect the junior attorney. She shared that even if management were to agree to such…

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