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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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Ms. Pre-JD: Unsolicited Advice from an Undergrad

Welcome to 2017! Even though January 1st isn’t inherently more meaningful than any other day of the year, I think it’s useful to use the turn of the year as a time of reflection on our past goals and preparation for our new, or continuing, ones. I figured that to start off the year right, I would offer some advice that you didn’t want (or, most likely, need). I’d like to think that, by again not fulfilling my new year’s resolutions, I have once and for all learned the importance of committing to my goals. This probably isn’t true, and come…

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Citizenship by Investment: a Multi-Faceted Challenge for Lawyers

Law industry has been undergoing a fascinating development lately: people’s aspiration to obtain a second citizenship by investing in a chosen country’s economic development is steadily increasing; so is the demand for legal service in this sphere. Among the most popular and well-established schemes of this kind is the US EB-5 program. It’s especially attractive for entrepreneurs from booming economies, such as China, South Korea, UAE and others, who seek to get all the benefits granted to US citizens and ensure safety and stability for themselves and their families. However, as a rapidly developing sphere that certainly doesn’t exist in…

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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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The Big Check Mark

My fellow checklist-lover, this is for you! If you derive satisfaction from crossing an item off your to-do list and if – when you accomplish something that is not on your list – you put it on just so you can cross it off (I’m with you), the below small change could make a big difference for you. We checklist-types tend to feel more accomplished when we check more things off our list. However, it’s easy to pay too much attention to how many things we are checking off and not what things we are checking off. Keep an eye…

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How to Make Your Small Law Firm Look More Professional

Larger law firms have a tendency to be heavy-handed with their professionalism. They can afford to be, and all of their expenses are easily justified. As a small law firm, you may not have the same kind of budget. You need to be able to outshine competitors with pockets far deeper than yours. A few small touches can take you a long way in setting a high standard of professionalism for your small law firm. Use a Great Web Designer Being a legal professional and being a web designer are two completely different things. You may be an excellent tech…

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Why Networking for Women Can Be Paramount for Success

Networking is one of the biggest pro tips offered to college students and recent graduates. Job candidates are promised that if they devote time and energy to building a network of professional peers and mentors, they’ll be guided to jobs that are perfect for them. However, all networking is not created equal, just like pay is not equal between men and women. Studies show that women need networking far more than men if they want to make it in today’s competitive atmosphere. Here are some of the reasons why women should put a focus on networking. 1. Mentors boost your…

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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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“He Said What?” A Panel on How to Combat Sexism and Gender Bias Against Women Litigators

This past Tuesday, I went to a panel discussing patterns of sexism and biases against women litigators and particularly young, women litigators.  As a petite woman who has been a litigation associate for just over one year, I was discouraged by these stories.  What do I have to prepare myself for if I want to stay in this line of work?  Getting verbally bullied and yelled at during meet and confer calls, getting comments such as “Don’t raise your voice at me.  It’s not becoming of a woman” during depositions, and getting used to my male counterparts jumping in to…

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Bankruptcy and The Other “Glass Ceiling” of Finance for Female Law Professionals

In 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it would be making a pivot in its focus.  Rather than addressing concerns about fraud and bias in lending for post-secondary students or low income mortgage borrowers, the shift would begin to address something that many female business owners (including lawyers who have moved to set up their own firm or private practice) are infinitely aware of; gender bias in small business lending for women. An archaic argument that attempts to explain the gap between available business lending for female owned enterprises, assumes that there are more male founded start-ups. …

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