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Creating a Diversity and Inclusion Plan: Tips from the CBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Connecticut Bar Association's Diversity and Inclusion Summit, hosted at Quinnipiac University School of Law. The event was an entire day dedicated to ways legal organizations can work to increase diversity and inclusion, ways those efforts can be measured, and why diversity and inclusion are so important.  It's no secret that creating a diverse workplace can be a challenge, but it's a challenge that is worthwhile. Diversity is not a fashionable agenda or a fleeting moment. We are a stronger workforce when we have different views and work to maximize our talents. In fact,…

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Brand Tip #9: The Role of Alignment in Brand Development

Now that you’ve established the building blocks for communicating to your target customers who you are, what you do and how you do it, it’s time to understand how alignment affects brand development.  Alignment is the act of ensuring that your brand reflects your target’s needs, wants, feelings and desires. Think of it as the act of walking (or shopping!) a mile in their shoes. Indeed, you must put on your customer’s shoes to understand and anticipate what it is they want from you. The key to effective alignment is the recognition that ultimately it matters not what you think…

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Repeat Trauma Numbs: Terrance Crutcher and So Much More

I don’t write many think pieces. Much of my writing is comprised of motions and memorandums of law. Even then, I would rather argue the law and the facts in front of a jury than to sit down and write. Yet, I am compelled write. I am compelled because on this day, once again like clockwork another black man, a human, has lost his life at the hands of over-zealous law enforcement. And I am numb. Yet, the pain is just under the surface. As I sat today, mulling over Terrance Crutcher in my head, my dear friend texted me,…

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Why Female Representation May Be Best for a Personal Injury Case

The task of finding the best lawyer to represent you or your family when a tragic accident occurs can cause a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty for clients. Already faced with a life-changing injury, it is hard for clients to know where to start to find the right attorney.  Of course, they must consider the attorney's reputation, qualifications, experience, skill, and trustworthiness.  However, I believe that another factor clients should consider is the gender of the attorney.  Research shows that gender matters and that a female attorney could be a better fit for a personal injury client for the following reasons: 1. Compassion and Empathy: A female…

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A Profile on Eli Mattern: Founder of SavvySuit

Why did you come to law school? A question majority of first year students fear being asked as they enter their legal education. For Eli Mattern, the question was not feared; rather it was encouraged because her answer was clear, and filled with passion.   Eli Mattern always knew she wanted to be a business owner, and she knew that by coming to law school she could attain the skills needed to run a business. And she did just that. As a theater undergraduate major, she felt that it prepared her well for law school. A playwright describes a protagonist and…

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Determining Accountability in Premises Liability: All You Need to Know

Source When you go out to shop, eat or drink, or meet someone, you have a reasonable expectation of not being injured in any way. Nonetheless, accidents do happen – and, when it’s something as minor as a trip, you may not even think of blaming someone else for your fall. That being said, some accidents can cause grave injuries, too, which is why the right thing to do in such situations is to approach a lawyer and file a case for compensation against the property owner for your injuries. While determining owner accountability and claiming compensation aren’t guaranteed in…

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A Detailed Breakdown of the Child Support CA Law

The child support California law regulates the size of payments as well as any other matters pertaining to child support. It’s essential to understand it completely in order to know your rights and duties as a parent during the separation or divorce. It’s always best to consult an experienced attorney to help handle these matters in accordance with all legal requirements. Child Support Agreements under the Child Support California Law The law stipulates that the court has to order the amount of child support according to the specific guidelines set by the state. However, if both parents come to an…

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Does Voluntary Rehab Actually Help Drug Defendants?

Many rookie defense attorneys are quick to learn the importance of client character in the eyes of the court. Despite hinging on relatively broad and sweeping laws and codes, justice is ultimately anchored to the fine details of an occurrence. The mindset, motive, and manners of someone engaged in criminal conduct are what largely decides their fate. In fact, fresh-faced criminal defense lawyers soon discover their client’s actions and behaviors beyond the alleged crime itself are factors to play in delivering justice. This is especially the case when guilt is admitted and a case has reached the penalty phase; the…

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The Issue Of Substance Abuse In The Legal Profession, And What Can Be Done

Lawyers struggle with substance abuse almost twice as much as those in other professions. It has been found that law students and those in other legal professions are more likely to deal with substance abuse, as well.   There were a lot of assumptions about why this may be. It’s no doubt that the stress of both the job and the path it takes to get there is not something that everyone can handle, and those in the legal field also have a higher likelihood of dealing with depression. Being exposed to the dark side of drug addiction and the…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School— Lead with Confidence

                 Inefficient, disorganized, unproductive. These adjectives describe many well-intended, yet poorly managed student organizations – also known as SORGs. With a new school year beginning, most students will either help lead a SORG, or at least attend SORG meetings during their time in law school. Sadly, student-led SORGs often lack disciplined management. This results in inefficient use of scarce resources, and it frustrates members. The problem lies in students not having a general grasp of how to run a small-scale organization. While other methods exist, today I present a simple framework to help…

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