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Making a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire

Every day, ordinary people make a difference in the world by embracing their moral responsibility to leave the world a better place than how they found it. History has shown us that ordinary people can have an extraordinary impact on the world around them. Whether it be: Marian Wright Edelman (who has taken a stand to ensure every child has a healthy start), Ida B. Wells (who recognized that the pen is mightier than the sword by writing for justice), or Shirley Chisholm known as the “candidate of the people “(who understood the importance of political engagement which compelled her to…

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Ms. JD Book Review: The Associate’s Handbook by Francisco Ramos

The Associate’s Handbook, written by Francisco Ramos, is a resource for aspiring trial lawyers. In this article I will outline the handbook, and summarize the material provided in each section.  I will include my personal opinion on the subject matter and whether I find it applicable to the modern day lawyer.  The sections I will cover include: Starting Out, Attorney Marketing, and Trying Every Case. Starting Out Ramos suggests that all new attorneys starting out focus on self-improvement, becoming your own CEO, improving your writing, and finding a mentor.  Ramos finds it imperative that you take charge of your career…

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The Leader’s Journey: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within

Leadership is a journey often mistaken for a destination. The Leader’s Journey: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within provides guidance and inspiration for that journey. My new book will provide you with inspiration on how to develop your individualized leadership style and market your signature brand. This is the foundation of leadership growth. In three parts, the book explores core values of leadership and how these values inform your understanding of leadership. Part 1: Leading Change—Planting People, Growing Justice (Why Lead?) Leadership is about influence. You have the power in your hands to positively influence the world around you.…

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Ms. J.D. Interviews Lawyer-Turned-Author Allison Leotta

Again, I’ve been afforded the great opportunity to delve into the world of a “Lawyer-Turned-Novelist.” This time Ms. J.D. interviews a former federal prosecutor in Washington D.C. She graduated from Michigan State University, and Harvard Law School. For twelve years Allison Leotta specialized in sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children. She published her debut novel Law of Attraction in 2010, and received numerous accolades. Her novels have been referred to as “real,” “riveting,” and in my humble opinion, relatable! Allison currently lives outside of Washington D.C. with her family, no doubt contemplating her next huge legal thriller.  …

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“How wild it was, to let it be.” - Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. Honesty. That word kept hitting me as I turned each page.  It’s been a while since I've read a book that I've become emotionally attached to.  I dove into this book and was immediately hooked. I felt her sadness, anger and triumphs. I encourage each and every one of you to read this book. This book resonated with me because it described a journey. It’s not about a whimsical walk on a mountain. It’s about a woman’s hike throughout her insecurities, fears and comforts. She questioned her decisions and reflected on her life throughout the book.  While we are all on…

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A Book Review of Dr. Artika Tyner’s “The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice”

It Takes A Village to Create Justice.  March 7, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that subsequently led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.  In the not-so-distant backdrop, the debate about law enforcement and racial profiling continues as the U.S. wealth gap lingers at a record high level.  The mass call for social justice reform has, literally, taken to the streets at a fever pitch in recent months. Dr. Artika Tyner’s rally for legal professionals to lead this call for change in “The Lawyer as Leader:  How to Plant…

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SF: Read all about it! 3 Must-read books about The City.

Before I moved to SF, I lived in Berlin, Germany for a study-abroad semester and traveled throughout Europe. My experiences as an international traveler (10/10 would do again) strongly influenced and informed the way that I wanted to approach SF as a new home, a new city, and a new adventure. Though SF was not entirely new -- I grew up in the South Bay, so I did the SF weekend trips -- I never felt like it was my city. I'm working to change that, and through my blog posts I am going to share with you the different…

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Recommended Video Podcast Series with Professor Nancy Leong: The RightsCast

On Wednesday, January 28 at 2 p.m. ET, University of Denver Sturm College of Law professor Nancy Leong – a specialist in civil rights, constitutional law and civil procedure – will launch an innovative video podcast series about civil rights called The RightsCast. The first episode will feature a discussion with UC Hastings professor of law Scott Dodson on his new book about United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  You can preview their discussion here:  Each week, Professor Leong will speak to a different scholar about his or her research via Google Hangout. That video will then be…

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Supreme Ambitions: A Book Review

David Lat, of Above the Law and Underneath Their Robes fame, has released his first novel, Supreme Ambitions. The protagonist, Audrey Coyne, is a smart but socially underdeveloped baby lawyer. After graduating from Harvard and Yale Law School, Audrey takes a clerkship with her judicial idol, Judge Christina Wong Stinson, a rare conservative on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Audrey’s dream is to one day clerk for a Supreme Court justice, and she thinks Judge Stinson may be her ticket to that prestigious clerkship and the perks that come with it. But clerking isn’t all Audrey thought it would…

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