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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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annajo

Networking & Mentoring: Tips For Female Law Professionals

A strong mentor and solid networking skills are essential to the success of any new or inexperienced attorney.  Due to the predominantly male environment found in many law practices, a strong professional network, and a knowledgeable mentor can mean the difference between success and failure for a young female attorney. Countless issues can arise within the first year in the profession, and a competent mentor will provide sound guidance.  Office politics, gender disparagement in the workplace, career planning, and another ethical issue that are bound to arise in this cut-throat profession.  Take a look at a few tips that will…

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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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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation:  As Women, Should We Ask for Male Mentors?

Two weeks into being an associate at my big law firm, I was asked if I knew who I wanted my mentor to be.  Did I want a partner or an associate?  Did I want somebody in my practice group or not?  Did I want somebody of my own gender or race or not?  I debated these questions in my head.  I ended up requesting a mentor of the same gender and race as me.  But looking back, was that the wisest choice? If you google “how to pick the right mentor for young women lawyers,” you’ll find a few…

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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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jjembapa

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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melissa_v_burns

Talk Is Cheap… Or Is It? How Facebook Content Can Lead to Legal Action

Since its advent in early 2004, Facebook has become as familiar and as pervasive as the air we breathe – to such an extent that it’s been a ground for public concern for quite a while now, and not just because of self-evident issues like cyber-bullying. Social media, and Facebook, in particular, wield amounts of personal data beyond imagination (and leverage it for their commercial interests, too). The majority of users have no clue as to how far it spreads, and whatever one chooses to share with ‘friends of friends’ can go a long way – and much farther than…

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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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