Rhymes with Awe: How To Transition Across Timezones

Springtime brings a sudden upwelling of changes that become more obvious: the sun shines a bit brighter... people seem to be getting ready for transition. I had a couple of pings from LinkedIn telling me that some of my close friends and colleagues are moving on to bigger and better jobs. I just learned that I am moving to Nairobi, Kenya in September. Some people deal with transition really well and others don’t -- and that's OK. There’s no right or wrong way to experience change, but remaining open and flexible will certainly help, especially if you live or spend time abroad. This month…

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Teachers Make Good Law Students:  Happiness, Harmony & Incorporating Color

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.  — Harriet Ann Jacobs   The change of seasons brings an immergence of new colors, sounds, and sensations.  Cities showcase the latest spring fashions in bursts of yellows, pinks, and blues.  The cheerful chirps of the robin accompany morning sunrises, open windows welcome fresh breezes, and everyone seems to have a little extra pep in their step after the doldrum days of winter. To embrace this transformation, teachers freshen up classroom bulletin boards with flowers and bright characters, embark on exciting thematic units (perhaps…

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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Lacey Corona

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, Ms. JD's Attorneys Across America series seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Ms. JD had a few questions for Lacey Corona who is practicing law in Destin, Florida.  Where do you practice law? I practice law in Destin, Florida for Broad and Cassel. Destin is located in Northwest Florida.  Describe your legal market. What is the size of the market? How would you describe the culture? The legal market in this area…

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Don’t conform, fight the struggle, and continue to be different

One piece of advice I received before attending law school was “Do not conform.” I thought to myself, huh don’t conform? I didn’t really understand the underlying significance or the relevancy to a law school setting. Why would conformity and being true to yourself be an individual struggle for a law student at a law school? I assumed since it is a professional school, with students who were more mature, independent thinkers and were at law school for larger goals (i.e. justice, and equality) that I wouldn’t feel the need to fit in because they wouldn’t be concerned about trivial…

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What’s Your Number?

In the process of planning out law school applications, I now have gotten some fantastic responses to my posts from several people.  Thank you so much for responding!  I’ve discussed the different law specialties that I’ve looked at and wondered whether or not I’ll even get into law school.  It hasn’t exactly been light stuff, but I’ve been so thrilled by the responses.  Thank you, Ms. JD community! And this time, I’m reaching out again. How many law schools does the typical person apply to? My plan is to start studying for the LSAT sometime after I graduate with my…

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Interview with a Privacy Professional

Privacy is a hot topic right now and it has a global reach.  Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Sarah Taieb a Senior Associate in the Paris office of Hogan Lovells to learn about her career as well as learn about the privacy field. Could you provide a brief summary of your professional background? I studied law in France at the Université de Paris X Nanterre where I studied both French law and Anglo-American law and earned a dual degree.  Then I attended the University of Richmond in Virginia to obtain a JD.  I took the New York…

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Retooling at Midlife or Beyond:  Tips for Revitalizing or Transitioning a Legal Career

Increasingly, Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are assessing their career plans. For some, the time has come to transition key client relationships to seasoned associates or junior partners. For others, a midlife review of career accomplishments, goals and objectives is in order to determine next steps. Whatever your case, consider the following tips for revitalizing your career or transitioning to the next level. Keys to Revitalization Understand Your Career Focus. You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been, as the saying goes. Take stock of your career progress to date. What are your professional accomplishments? What have you enjoyed…

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Women Leading Change: 4 Questions to Aid You in Discovering the Leader Within

Leaders are lead problem solvers. A leader’s vision moves beyond the limitations of a problem to a vision for creating change. Evangeline M. Mitchell, founder of the National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc., is a lead problem solver who is promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. For over a decade, she has committed her work to creating a pipeline for aspiring law students from diverse backgrounds to not only strive to reach their dreams of becoming an attorney but to thrive. Her publications, conferences, and summits provide students with the tools to work effectively, think critically, and advance social…

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Crayons in the Briefcase: Looking the part

Sometimes I think I might have returned to law a little bit too soon.  Yoga pants are still not acceptable courtroom attire (not even the Betabrand yoga work pants), and that is a problem.  When you've spent nearly two years in yoga pants and T-shirts--or yoga pants and your husband's sweatshirts, depending on the season—it’s an adjustment to going back to wearing slacks, or skirts and (Eek!) hosiery. One would think this would be an easy adjustment for me.  After all, for the better part of the six years following my graduation from law school, my weekend uniform consisted of pajamas,…

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1Hell: An Evening Student’s Guide to Surviving Law School: Networking

Over the past decade, the number of law school graduates has increased tremendously, causing the market to be bleak for new attorneys.  No matter how hard you work to achieve outstanding grades during law school, you will still face an uphill battle when it comes to finding a job.  Unfortunately, the old cliché of it’s not what you know; it’s who you know has never been more true.  While you certainly need to know the law, now, more than ever, you also need to be able to make connections with practicing attorneys well before the job search begins.  Evening students…

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