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SylviaKohl

Female Attorneys: How to Divorce Life from Work

Legal profession is by no means a relaxed walk in the park. Yes, it is among the most challenging and thus fulfilling walks of life – but the constant pressure of both acute competition in this field ­and difficult cases can run one into the ground if not handled properly. Such risk is especially grave for female attorneys, as, firstly, women have to work harder to meet the rigid traditionally predefined standards of the profession, and secondly, because they are naturally inclined to greater emotional involvement with the case at hand. Let’s see how a lady attorney can safely sail…

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KatieDay

Talking “Ladder Down” with Author, Lauren Stiller Rickleen

This week I sat down with Lauren Stiller Rikleen to chat about her newest book, "Ladder Down:  Success Strategies For Lawyers From Women Who Will Be Hiring, Reviewing, And Promoting You." Lauren shared her perspective on the legal profession, and what lawyers (especially female lawyers) can do to promote their success. Before I jump into the Q&A, let me give you a little background. Lauren is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multigenerational workforce.  As President of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, Lauren conducts workshops, speaks at conferences, retreats, and professional events, and provides training programs focusing on: strengthening multigenerational…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: The Path Most Traveled, Usually Isn’t Mine

Name: Camille Stewart Professional Title: Exiting Senior Policy Advisor for Cyber, Infrastructure & Resilience at the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration Law School: American University Washington College of Law  Years Practicing Law: 6 Years Sector: Government Specialization: Policy, Cyber, and Intellectual Property Extra Tid Bit: “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” –M. Scott…

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bg3orge

Mamattorney: He won’t remember, but I will…

People often try to encourage me by saying it is good that I’m going to law school while my son is young because he won’t remember. My problem with that is that I will remember: I will remember frequently hearing about the first time my son said or did something new. I will remember feeling that I selfishly spent too much time away to pursue a career.  will remember the pain of missing my son after a twelve-hour day. I will remember projecting my stress on my family. The other night I got home just in time to go through…

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DeeEsq

Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I will treat myself with patience and kindness and will actively seek opportunities to show grace to others. February’s chocolates and valentines provide constant reminders of love.  In this month dedicated to loving those we hold dear, we also need to internalize that feeling and treat ourselves with kindness.  Belonging to a career field that prizes results under challenging circumstances, can cause us to be unforgiving of our own shortcomings as well as those of others.  When faced with unrealistic expectations, it is important to remember we are human and imperfect and that it is actually a good thing.  In…

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Shundt

Let’s Be Real

My best friend Jess is a rockstar. So when I read an article in The New York Times a few months ago suggesting that women ought not to be themselves in a professional setting--at least not completely themselves--I knew I had to ask Jess if she agreed. Is that true? I wondered. Do you have to hide who you are to get ahead? Jess is no stranger to sticking out because of who she is. She is an environmental engineer, has worked as a technology consultant, and now is a senior product manager at a clean energy company.  In her undergraduate degree, she…

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Sappho

She Held My Hand Today

It was the two of us this afternoon. We were running errands together, and had went into a nearby shop. Outside, it was cold and crisp, with temperatures around the upper 20s. When we walked to the store, I felt a small hand go into mine. I looked down and at her for a moment. I looked at her closely. Then a wistful thought came in my mind. She is eight years old and in second grade. Yet, she is holding my hand. My proud, intelligent, challenging, and outspoken eight-year-old reached out and held my hand. As I write this,…

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JovaniM

A Second Semester 1L

Okay, so I am in my second semester now. Let me just say that the first semester was crazzyy! I am not over exaggerating. Adjusting to law school is a skill within itself. It's all about finding your niche, learning to adjust your learning style, learning what to study, learning what supplements to help you learn to study while learning. It sounds kind of crazy, because it is. However, that's what it's all about. Mastering the skill of learning how to learn, while learning. I appreciated the experience, because now I know what to expect for the up and coming…

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bg3orge

Mamattorney: Memories from a 1L Pregnancy

I started law school a few months before my twenty-ninth birthday. Not only did I wait to go to law school after completing undergrad, but I had a gotten a full-time job as a paralegal that I loved. However, my passion for the legal field pushed me to follow through with that dream of becoming an attorney. My husband (then boyfriend of many years) and I had been discussing the idea of having children around this time also. We didn’t feel that we were getting “too old” but perhaps just that we were at the right age in terms of…

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susiejean5

Part-time Law, Full-time Life: “Fools rush in…” or Enrolling in a Part-time Law Program

Three weeks ago, I uploaded my last exam response of the semester. I went through my now-typical process of double-checking my formatting, reviewing the instructions, taking note of the time of upload, re-calculating the number of words, and cautiously hit the submit button. Later that night, joining my husband for a post-semester celebratory drink, it dawned on me that I had transposed my exam number during submission – on that exam, and two others. I remember freezing with terror as my husband looked at me, panic in his eyes, worried I was having some kind of attack, until I shrieked…

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