Delania

Drive Your Journey: Navigating Changes to Your Course

For a host of reasons, one of the (worst) questions we get asked as children is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Although it is fine to have children develop goals, this question also starts to set an expectation in young minds that they should know exactly what they want to do. While some people know at the age of six exactly what they want to be when they grow up and take the necessary steps to create the career of their dreams, the rest of us generally fall into one of two categories (the latter…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Happy New Year, Women Lawyers!

Happy New Year! I am back from my December hiatus and ready to embrace all new opportunities for the new year.  I hope you are in a similar frame of mind. Being a bit of a dreamer and having an open mind and a positive outlook for the future can be very helpful to your career development.  In fact, I could argue that those attributes are essential to positive career growth. If you are a maker of New Year's resolutions — and I know that some of you are — you might want to think outside the box this year…

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-PTeVnmfFP

Start Writing and Reap the Rewards!

Early in my career, I entered a writing contest … and won!  Thus began my career-long love of writing and publishing.  In mentoring many law students and young lawyers, I always suggest that writing and being published is a key to distinguishing yourself from the crowd, while also becoming a better lawyer in the process.  Back in the day, publishing was done only on paper, and involved quite a bit of lag time not only between writing the article and finally seeing it in print, but also in obtaining feedback from readers. Today, in contrast, publishing via a blog on…

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jchinnadurai

Not fLAWless but Fearless: Finding the Good in Goodbye

Let’s face it: goodbyes are rarely good in the moment. They’re hard. They force us to change, to grow, to move on – and none of that is ever easy, no matter how necessary it might be. You’re supposed to get better at saying goodbye over time, it’s supposed to become easier the more that you do it, but I’ve found the exact opposite to be true for me. Perhaps I’ve just become a “softy” over the years, but I used to be pretty tough about goodbyes, using a very minimalist approach. I remember my swift decision in 6th grade…

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Women_Lawyers_News

The Big Check Mark

My fellow checklist-lover, this is for you! If you derive satisfaction from crossing an item off your to-do list and if – when you accomplish something that is not on your list – you put it on just so you can cross it off (I’m with you), the below small change could make a big difference for you. We checklist-types tend to feel more accomplished when we check more things off our list. However, it’s easy to pay too much attention to how many things we are checking off and not what things we are checking off. Keep an eye…

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lawyergirl

I’ll be Home for Christmas.. Or in a land without Christmas at all

Working for the United Nations forces every individual human being abroad to rethink many cultural habits that seem natural and commonplace back home. What could be more natural than a Christmas party at the office? This question sounds abstract beyond merely foreign when sitting at a desk in New York Chicago Mission Texas Perry Georgia Honolulu Hawaii, Rome Italy or when shopping the Christmas Market in Strasbourg France. Christmas is a national holiday not only in the USA but most European countries. And Latin America too! But what about countries where the dominant theology is Muslim or Jewish? Or in…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: It Isn’t As Scary

As 2016 moves rapidly towards its end, so does this yearlong snapshot into the lives of the “Alumna and the 1L.”  Kayley, the alumna, is a year and a half out of law school and has been a member of the Georgia Bar for almost that long.  Zandrill, the now-2L, is officially halfway through law school.  I caught up with the two of them at another great Savannah restaurant (and boutique), Cohen's Retreat. I asked them what was different in their law-related lives now than a year ago.  “It isn’t as scary,” offered Kayley about being a brand-new lawyer. She…

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deResDPt45

Accepting Discomfort

The fact that I will be graduating from law school in a few months is beginning to sink in, and has also caused me to reflect on my time in law school thus far. Although I shudder to think back on the life altering and all-consuming time of my life called 1L, I realize that that time prepared me for what would become the beginning of life outside of my comfort zone. Living in a new city and adjusting to a completely new routine were just some of the changes that accompanied starting law school at UCLA. I also found…

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Marybeth.Herald

Your Brain, Law School, and Law Practice:  Mind Your Stress Levels

I invited you in January to get to know your brain better.  If you have been following my relationship guide this year, you may know a bit more about how your brain learns, thinks fast, acts out of habit, and buckles under situational pressure.   But it is December – my last post -  and we have only scratched the surface of that complex jumble of neurons. Yikes, under this time pressure, I better get to an important subject – stress.  Stress and the Law Exams, deadlines, and holiday pressures, not to mention events in the larger universe can cause feelings…

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annajo

Why Networking for Women Can Be Paramount for Success

Networking is one of the biggest pro tips offered to college students and recent graduates. Job candidates are promised that if they devote time and energy to building a network of professional peers and mentors, they’ll be guided to jobs that are perfect for them. However, all networking is not created equal, just like pay is not equal between men and women. Studies show that women need networking far more than men if they want to make it in today’s competitive atmosphere. Here are some of the reasons why women should put a focus on networking. 1. Mentors boost your…

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