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Annesherwood

Center for WorkLife Law

This week is “Interview Week” at my school, during which several of my classmates will be interviewing for associate level positions while many others interview for summer internships. Implicit bias in interviewing and hiring has been an interest of mine for some time, but it seems even more relevant around this time of year. As I was researching however, it became apparent to me that eradicating implicit bias in hiring practices means nothing without an overall system that supports both women and people of color once they enter the workplace and keeps them there. This is how I discovered the…

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annajo

Building Trust: Why You Need Face-To-Face Communication

In the high powered world of legal careers, female lawyers tend to congregate in a few key areas. You may work in family law (including covering domestic violence cases) or be drawn to international rights law (including issues surrounding women’s rights abroad). Both fields hold clients who may be especially traumatized and vulnerable. It can be especially difficult for these clients to trust an outside figure, even one who is there to help. Regardless of what specialty you choose, however, women lawyers often face a general attitude of skepticism and distrust simply because we’re women in a male dominated field.…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Women Lawyers:  Get the Raise You Want!

Last week I wrote about why women should not have to ask --- for raises and other things they want in their professional lives --- any more than men have to ask.   But, as we saw, the truth is that women do have to ask, and they need to know how to ask smartly and effectively. For some of the best advice on this subject, I always look to Sallie Krawchek, one of the most accomplished women on and off Wall Street and one of the best mentors for women professionals.  She recently posted some salary negotiations advice on…

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RBull

The Rise of the Virtual Paralegal

Just a few years ago, the idea of becoming a virtual paralegal was just that: an idea. Independent paralegals offered their services to lawyers, and a few daring souls advertised themselves as virtual paralegals, yet there was a distinct under-utilization of these talented individuals. In 1995, only 9% of the workforce telecommunicated. According to a recent Gallup poll, that number has since skyrocketed to 37% (as shown in the graph below), and is not expected to decline any time soon. Image Source: Gallup Becoming a virtual paralegal is no longer a fanciful idea. We are witnessing the rise of the…

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alexislamb

Estate Planning - A New Look: Interview with Laura Cowan of The Law Office of Laura E. Cowan, PLLC

One of the most versatile attorney skill sets is that of estate planning.  Estate planning attorneys often have a CPA or a Tax LLM – skills easily transferable to any career field that draws upon their background in financial planning, such as wealth management or as a chief of staff/personal assistant for UHNW individuals/households.  Laura Cowan, Founder of The Law Office of Laura E. Cowan, PLLC, is taking an innovative and client-centric approach to estate planning law.  She also worked as a CPA for several years prior to law school at Goldman Sachs and Ernst & Young.   Let’s see…

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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation:  Who Competes Against Us and What to Do About It?

Recent research reveals that we know who at work likes us, but not who competes against us.  One study surveyed sales associates at a car dealership, where the sales associates cooperated in bringing in customers and making handoffs when needed, but also competed against each other for sales.  Each salesperson was asked questions to measure their feelings of liking, e.g. “How much do you like each of your colleagues?”  Each salesperson was also asked questions to measure their feelings of competition, e.g. “How much do you see each of your colleagues as a rival?”  Finally, each salesperson was asked questions…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: Preparing for the Road Ahead

When you are considering a change or otherwise facing change, there are typically multiple avenues to consider. You should prepare for any change by vetting the possibilities to the extent possible. There are five actions that you can take to prepare for change: 1. Consider your childhood passions. Your childhood passions can inform your adult career decisions. This is not a suggesting that you become an “arts and crafts” professional. However, it appears that basic interests tend to remain. If you liked to be creative as a child, you may pursue a role that allows for more creativity. If you…

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susiejean5

Part-time Law, Full-time Life: Talking About Nothing ... Says it All

When I started class in the fall of 2015, I stopped eating dinner with my husband. I stopped going to the grocery store, making breakfast, or meeting friends for happy hour. On one hand, I was saving money and realizing I was eating too much, but on the other hand I stopped interacting with my husband and socializing with friends and coworkers. My weekends were consumed with reading for civil procedure and torts and when I finished the assigned readings I opened my mountain of supplements in the hope I could fit more information in my brain before I crashed at…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: Understanding the Game—Not Allowing the Failure Consume You

Name: Kiera Potter Professional Title: Assistant Solicitor for the City of Atlanta Law School: University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Years Practicing Law: 2 years Sector: Government Specialization: Criminal Law and Prosecution Real life family experiences thrust her into the legal realm. While her interest in becoming a lawyer sparked when she was a teenager, Kiera Potter never really thought she would become one. In fact, she thought she was going to be a psychologist. It was not until some real life family experiences thrust her into the legal realm that Kiera was able to fully comprehend the difference an attorney can truly have…

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nicolemoriniere

Six Months In: Looking back on half a year in legal tech

Exactly six months ago, I had recently moved to London and had just started my job working for a legal tech startup. I've been reflecting on the past six months I've now spent working in this new sector and the lessons I've learned during that time. I learned that not all your career steps need to be meticulously planned. I was always told that you often don't end up where you expected to. While I was in law school I was not even aware of the legal tech sector, let alone considering working in it. I was focused on traditional legal…

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