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Lawyers Must Focus on Their New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Readers- Happy 2016 to you all!  I hope that your holidays were filled with much laughter, joy and memorable times with family and friends.  As we are well into January and celebrating Martin Luther King Day this week, it is a good time for us to reflect on our wishes and goals for the year. New Year's resolutions are top of mind, and we should all think about where we are headed in 2016.  In January 2012, I began writing my monthly column "Paradigm Shift" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and my first installment, which originally published on January 10, 2012, focused on New Year's resolutions.…

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robinmorisey

Why More Women Need to Consider Law Enforcement

Law enforcement has long been considered by both those inside of it and those outside of it as a “boys' club.” It is so ingrained in American culture that law enforcement officers are men that the few women who do decide to join up and serve their communities are often met with resentment and have to deal with harassment and violence not just from citizens but from the men within their own departments. Those who stick with the job are rarely promoted to supervisory or high ranking roles. It’s no wonder that, according to a 2013 report, only 13% of…

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fmjay-2nYR

Finding Inspiration in the New Year

Dear Readers: I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season. It is hard to believe that the end of 2015 is upon us, and the New Year is just around the corner. As we finish year-end client work and administrative responsibilities over the next couple of weeks, it is a great time for us to take a step back and reflect on all that we have accomplished this year, and what we have left unfinished; what we did well, and what we could have done better; what we have won, and what we have lost; and whom we have inspired, and who…

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gsteinberg

Month 12: Go out with a bang.

By the end of the year at my previous job, I made up my mind to start my own firm. (See my previous post). All that was left to do was to announce my resignation. This was my first time quitting a big job (not counting times I quit my summer jobs when I was in high school and college) so I definitely needed to prepare what to say, although I would recommend in general that you should prepare for any type of meeting like this. It was a little tricky to schedule a time to sit down with my boss…

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fmjay-2nYR

The Magic of Professional Gravitas

Dear Readers- We are well into November, and the holidays are just a few weeks away. As we begin to develop our lists of goals and aspirations for 2016, it's a good time to think about additional ways we can make our mark with clients and potential clients. Being memorable and indispensable are key in these efforts. To that end, I wanted to share with you an article which originally appeared in August 2014 as an installment of my "Paradigm Shift" column in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about the magic of professional gravitas. In this installment, I explore what gravitas is…

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fmjay-2nYR

The Power of the Elevator Speech

Dear Readers- I hope that your fall is off to a good start!  It is hard to believe that October is already here.  As we gear up for Q4, it is a good time to reflect on all that we have accomplished so far this year, and to brainstorm ways we can finish off 2015 by moving the needle on the goals we set for ourselves 9 months ago, including on the business development front. Being our own advocate is an important part of these efforts, and having a powerful and effective elevator speech is essential. In 2013, I wrote a column on this subject, which appeared as an installment of my monthly "Paradigm Shift" column in…

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Ladies of the House (and Senate): So you want to run for office?

When I was young, I had a motto that I doodled on notebooks or wrote in yearbooks: “Peggy in 2012.” It referred to my future campaign in the first Presidential election year after I reached the Constitutional age of eligibility. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t run in 2012. While I haven’t run for office myself (yet), I have had the chance to work on campaigns in various capacities over the years: from envelope-licking volunteer on 1992 Clinton-Gore to managing a city-wide candidate for city council in 2011. Plus, I’ve learned a lot from the legislators that I’ve worked with over the…

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MWillis

South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - June President’s Message

June 8, 2015 Re:      Are We Having Fun, Yet? “Midlife,” they say, “is where fun goes to die.”  Really?  Well, not if I have anything to do with it. Dr. Marguerite here, with your “RX” for June:  Have more fun!  Sing, dance, drive a go-kart.  Have two big laughs tonight and call me in the morning. It turns out that fun and games are good for you.  When women get out and “play,” they cope better with stress, which sets up protective mechanisms that contribute to health and wellbeing.  Apparently, when it comes to stress prevention, fun and play can create a suit of armor. I do not…

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MWillis

South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - May President’s Message

This May, we celebrate a law day, a wedding day and a mother’s day. What do these days have in common? Read on. May 1 is Law Day. Founded in 1958, Law Day is a national day to celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms Americans enjoy. This Law Day, the American Bar Association is also celebrating the 800 year anniversary of the Magna Carta. Remember that document from history class? Well, of the original 63 clauses, only three remain as law. Most famously, however, the 39th clause gave “all free men” the right to justice…

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LAAtwood

Reflections on Revamped Rights for Animals

Progress!! Recently chimpanzees in a New York legal case (Petitioners: The Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. on Behalf of Hercules and Leo) were granted a writ of habeas corpus (unlawful detainer) against Stony Brook University, on Long Island New York, where they are being held for biomedical experimentation in a research facility. Although the Honorable Barbara Jaffe, Justice of the New York Supreme Court case, later struck down that exact wording on the court order (see link to the document below). The court order remains nonetheless executory to show cause, and the omission of those exact words (habeas corpus) does not change the meaning…

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