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“Litigating for Our Childrens Rights to Education: What else could I do with my time?”

This blog post is based on an Invited Editorial in PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES magazine, New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council Sept 2000 - Article by Dr. Ilise L. Feitshans JD, ScM and DIR It sounds sexist but true: educating my learning disabled son disproportionately consumes my family’s resources – compared to the time, cash and lost income I spend on the academic life of my gifted, beautiful daughter who is four years younger. She is easy to educate; bright-eyed and pretty, she loves learning and absorbs new data, sounds and new experiences like a sponge, able to recall moments from a trip…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School— Amazing Mentors

  “I’ve been through half a dozen other lieutenants just like you.” “You guys all come and go.” “Meanwhile, we stay here and keep things running.” “So you stay out of my way, and I’ll stay out of yours, and we’ll get along just fine.” Then he went outside to smoke a cigarette – one of many he would light up throughout the day. Tim was gruff, outspoken, and not used to working with women. Most of his Army aviation career was spent working in special forces units, units comprised solely of males. But as a brand new lieutenant in…

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Top Ten Tips for Law Firms to Make the Most of Summer Programs

Dear Readers- I hope you are well and that your August is off to a great start.  Last week I wrote a post with 10 tips for summer associates to make the most of summer programs. As legal internships draw to a close and we are now knee-deep in on-campus interviewing and job fairs across the country, I thought it would be a good time to share my top 10 tips for law firms who are deciding on offers for their current summer classes and conducting interviews for their summer programs for 2017. Whether you are a law student, law firm or legal department, this…

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How to Build a Brand Tip #6: What is Positioning?

Positioning refers to a product or service’s place in the market or the strategy of giving a product or service its place in the market. Identifying the ways in which your brand’s benefit uniquely sets it apart from the competition is just one aspect of positioning. Indeed, consumer attachment is as much emotional as it is a rational purchasing decision; consumers buy from brands they like. There’s an adage in marketing that stories sell and facts tell. Therefore, even if your brand is loaded with features and distinguishable benefits, a brand story is an essential facet of a brand platform.…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Finding a Job – Part 2

First off let me say congrats to everyone who took the bar exam in July! I know how wonderful and terrifying it is to be done. If you want to see exactly how I was feeling and get some tips on post bar wind down here is my article. This month I am continuing the theme of “finding a job.” I am fortunate to have a really amazing Career Services office at my law school. Because of this I decided to pick the brains of the Michigan State University College of Law Career Service Advisors to get more advice for new…

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Top Ten Tips for Summer Associates to Make the Most of Their Summer

Dear Readers- I hope this post finds you well and enjoying the your summer.  As we wind down the last hours of July and begin a new week and month tomorrow, we are reminded that summer associate programs are drawing to a close at law firms and for in-house legal departments.  We are also gearing up to begin on-campus interviewing and job fairs across the country.  Whether you are a law student who is participating in one of these summer programs or getting ready to begin the fall interviewing process looking for a job, you will find the following article useful.  It…

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Stronger Together: An interview with Ashley Overhouse

Ashley Overhouse, the founding member of UC Hastings NWLSO chapter shares her law school journey of being a female law student and how building a successful network of mentorship has inspired her to give back to the legal community. Tell me a little bit about yourself? I’m a California native, born and raised in San Jose. I recently graduated from UC Hastings with my juris doctor, and in the process of completing my LL.M. at SOAS, University of London. I specialize in international environmental law, and will be looking at environmental issues within California after I take the Bar Exam…

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How to Build a Brand Tip #5: Understanding the Competition

How well do you understand your competition? In the first instance you’ll need to identify who your competitors really are, which most assuredly is not simply “everyone else.” Depending on the nature of your business, competitors may be defined by geography or the relatedness of the goods or services being offered. Market research is essential because identifying your competitors is important before you finalize your decision about which business categories and market segments to compete in. Once you determine who your competitors are, you need to assess their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, commonly referred to as a SWOT analysis.…

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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Amy Ismail

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, Ms. JD seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Ms. JD had a few questions for Amy Ismail who is a an associate at Reid Rubinstein & Bogatz in Las Vegas, Nevada.  1. Where do you practice law? I am an associate with Reid Rubinstein & Bogatz in Las Vegas, Nevada. 2. Describe your legal market. What is the size of the market? How would you describe the culture? Fortunately, Nevada has more jobs…

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Getting from Here to There, Pt. II: Jumpstarting the Revolution (Lean In Group Discussion Session 1)

As mentioned in Part I of this post, our intergenerational group of lawyers had a rich and enlightening discussion on the Introduction to Lean In. We focused much of our first session on discussing Ms. Sandberg’s story about requesting reserved pregnancy parking. Our group initially held varying opinions of Ms. Sandberg’s request. One member of our group shared that if a junior attorney were to come to her and ask about requesting reserved parking spots for pregnant women, she likely would advise against it in an effort to protect the junior attorney. She shared that even if management were to agree to such…

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