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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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ally

Hillary Clinton, Respectability Politics, and the Crisis of Modern Feminism

The results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election represented a failure on many fronts. It was a failure of the American commitment to diversity, openness, and refuge. It was a failure as a check on corporate greed, wealthy interests, and predators of the poor and vulnerable. It signified a societal sickness— with our obsession with celebrity culture and worshipping of money as status. It displayed a majoritarian callousness to the calls for equal dignity by marginalized groups – by racial and ethnic minorities, the transgender community, immigrants, religious minorities, the gay and lesbian community, the disabled community, and women –…

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JennifferPickard

Should a Female Lawyer Be Preferred for Birth-Related Medical Malpractice Cases?

There has always been a disparity in the ratio of women lawyers as against the male ones. Although a steep rise is witnessed in the percentage of women lawyers over the past decade, the latest statistics of the American Bar Association Market Research Department shows that the legal profession is still male-dominated, and women constitute only 36% of the total strength. More women lawyers are needed not only to balance the gender inequality in the profession but also to deal with gender-sensitive cases such as medical malpractices related to injuries during labor and delivery. Here are a few significant aspects…

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NickyGomez

Seven Ways to Support a Friend or Family Member Experiencing Domestic Violence

In the United States annually, there are more than 10 million cases of domestic violence reported to authorities.  However, many cases go unreported or un-addressed, placing women and men in physical and emotional duress and danger, per domestic violence statistics provided by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Just over 50 percent of cases are even reported to authorities. If a family member or friend has been victimized by domestic violence, relatives and peers can play an important role by providing emotional support, encouragement, and resources to help the victim take control, and make a change that may save their…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Liani Balasuriya

Liani Balasuriya 2017 Ms. JD Student of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Liani's profile. 1. What made you want to be involved in the Northwestern's Women's Leadership Coalition? I’ve been interested in women’s leadership issues since high school. I was the only woman on the executive board of my high school newspaper, and I believe being a woman affected how my peers perceived my leadership. I was also surprised by how few women ran for Student Council President. After graduating high school, I went to college in D.C. and volunteered at Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign headquarters…

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vatsaleisha

Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Final Stretch

2 weeks before the February bar. In my last post, I spoke about finding motivation. If anyone found any, can you maybe share? Kidding, though there are days when I could definitely use an extra dose. It seems like my life revolves around this exam. By the end of the day, I’m always exhausted. I've been studying for almost four months, but it's almost over.  Before I began studying back in November, I worked out my new study plan. I had all the outlines, so I didn’t need to spend time watching the lectures. I knew the MBE was my…

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lawyergirl

Removing Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: UN Global Compact Spotlights Partnership

Few people within the United Nations (UN) system talk about the impact in 1982 when USA President Ronald Reagan pulled the economic plug on USA international relations by withdrawing funding from key international organizations within the UN System. The move was based upon the administration's political agenda, fully within the scope of powers of the USA Executive Branch, despite underlying treaty provisions. The move had three impacts: First, withdrawl of funds threatened to have a dominio effect, with large funders withdrawing their funding too. This never actually happened however, because of a second impact: small rich nations such as the…

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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Many entrepreneurs go through The Darkness - eating instant ramen, crashing in their parents' basement, remortgaging their house, fearing monthly cable bills or paying rent  -- before The Big Success Break, as do many who seek a transition to an alt-path.   While not all alternative legal careers involve entrepreneurship (though in later blog posts we'll speak with lawyers turned entrepreneurs), when it comes to our careers, we are our own entrepreneurs.  We are companies of one.  We are selling our labor and skills and that unique bit of ourselves that only we can offer.  We are convincing others to invest time, money, capital, and goodwill…

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Sappho

The Bar Exam: How Will That Look Like?

The past month has been a period of transition. As I continue adjusting to life as a mother of three children, I balance a (mostly) flexible schedule. My partner returned to work full time two weeks ago. While there have been occasional challenges, especially when dealing with the needs of an infant and toddler, it has been an amazing experience. In early January, I registered for the March MPRE. I registered for it before, but did not take the exam due to being sick with pneumonia. One of the joys of living where I do is I am often ill…

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KatieDay

ANNOUNCEMENT: Amazon’s Kelly Jo MacArthur and Lia Moeser will be the #MsJDPROPEL Keynote Speakers!

Ms. JD is excited to announce that Kelly Jo MacArthur, VP & Associate General Counsel at Amazon, and Lia Moeser, Corporate Counsel at Amazon, will be the keynote speakers for #MsJDPROPEL! The conference will be held on March 3, 2017 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. To see the full conference schedule and purchase tickets, please click HERE. Read on to learn more about our keynote speakers! Kelly Jo MacArthur Kelly Jo MacArthur is VP & Associate General Counsel at Amazon. In her current role she wears two hats – she leads legal efforts for Amazon’s physical retail initiatives (Amazon Books…

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