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Failure Turned Inside Out: You Are Stronger than You Know

NAME: ELIZABETH RIOS PROFESSIONAL TITLE: MANAGING ATTORNEY FOR LEGAL SERVICES OF SOUTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN Law School: University of Michigan Law School Years Practicing Law: 10 years Sector: Public Service-Nonprofit Specialization: Housing Law Extra Tid Bit: “God Bless and Go Blue!” “I do it because I love it and I feel privileged everyday to be able to do this work.” What ultimately sparked your interest in becoming a lawyer? I first decided to become a lawyer as an undergraduate at The University of Michigan. The affirmative action lawsuits were being litigated and it was so clear the power and impact that legal advocacy could…

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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Legal Paths.

Happy New Year, fellow writers (and readers)!  Thanks for stopping by!  Let's start things off with a shot of some Q&A to ease us down the road.  1. What is an "alternative legal path?"   In this blog, we'll be discussing anything you can do with a law degree that doesn't involve keeping your feet stuck on the traditional conveyor belt. This could include:  Opening a solo practice Transitioning into a high-level HR/recruiting role at a law firm Continuing to practice in biglaw, but in a "nontraditional" way - such as in an overseas office or working part-time Starting a business…

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Sappho

Reflections Before Moving Forward

Happy New Year! Welcome to what I hope will be an exciting year as we move forward and say good-bye to the good and bad moments of 2016. As for me, 2016 was an interesting year. After traveling a twisty road, I graduated with my law degree in May 2016.  Through careful deliberation, I made the difficult choice to postpone taking the bar exam until July 2017 as the State Bar will be switching to the Uniform Bar Exam. I applied for many employment opportunities in nonprofits and state and local governments, was rejected by many, and received several interviews. Undeterred,…

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DeeEsq

Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

January Mantra: I will open myself to new opportunities and experiences in all aspects of my life and welcome the uncertainty they bring. January is the beginning of the calendar year, a month of fresh starts, resolutions and renewal.  It offers each of us one more chance to get it right. Use this as a launching pad to establish fresh goals and to open yourself to new opportunities and experiences. Deviating from the familiar can be anxiety provoking, I know; I’m a woman who ate the same packed lunch for the better part of a year.  Change has not always…

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Women_Lawyers_News

Turn Billable Hour Blues into Green & White

Billable hours don’t make much sense.* Now that we have that out of the way, the reality remains, law tends to move at the speed of……molasses, which means – many of us are stuck with the billable hour model for the time being.  But, until we have a model that works better, let’s make sure we’re thriving under the billable hour regime and making it work for us. To do that, you need control over your time and predictability surrounding your billable hour picture so you can turn your billable hour blues into: GREEN.  You guessed it: money.  In other words, that control and predictability will help you…

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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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Susan Smith Blakely

Would Mandatory Paid Childcare Leave Make US #1?

I discovered two things today --- seemingly independent but connected, I think.  These things are important for all women, those with children and those who love the children of others, and they are important to me. First of all, I read that the United States of America comes in fourth in terms of being the most desirable country to live on earth.  The first three positions were awarded to Germany, the UK and Canada.  Not bad to be in fourth place, but first place is better.  However, this probably was predictable because the subject of the survey was "quality of…

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Write Like It Means Something to You

As a law student, your writing is the key to your academic success. If you can’t write, you can’t pass a law school exam, let alone excel in your studies. Yet, it’s not really your writing, is it? Think about it. You get told what to write, when you should be writing it, who to address, how long you have to write it, and exactly how you should say it. You spend a lot of time answering other people’s questions—namely, your professors’—in their very precise and particular way. As a 1L, I found the process to be difficult and tedious…

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The Value of Reflection in the Law

In a 2014 study on how reflection improves performance, a team studied employees at a tech support call center in their first few weeks of a type of training. Dividing the employees up into a reflection group, a sharing group, and a control group, the team found that the employees did much better when they spent the last fifteen minutes of each day writing and reflecting on the lessons they had learned. In addition, the employees that spent an additional five minutes explaining their notes to a fellow trainee did 25 percent better than the control group! We all stand to benefit from more reflection in our legal…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats: Leveraging Mindfulness to Survive a Sometimes Stressful Season

Join Ms. JD and our experts on Friday, November 18th at 4:00 PM ET to learn more about how leveraging mindfulness can help you thrive. Whether you're a practicing attorney adding the holiday season to your busy days or a student headed into finals, November and December can be a stressful time of year.  Ms. JD is here to help with a set of experts in mindfulness practice.  They'll give you tips and tricks for leveraging mindfulness to help you increase focus and calm, reduce stress, and improve your overall performance!   We will livestream the panel on Ms. JD's YouTube channel. Meet…

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