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Nurturing Leadership Skills

It is one month until the MPRE. The time flew by quickly. The past week, I have been bombarded with trainings, workshops, organizing events, work obligations, and through it all, somehow spending time with my children. It was a stressful week as I dealt with personal matters relating to my oldest, yet we managed to take care of the situation. Unfortunately, this meant I did not begin preparing for the MPRE as I originally planned last month. Instead, I begin my MPRE preparation tomorrow, which gives me a little under a month to prepare. This means no outside distractions and…

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You’ll Move Mountains Kid: Through the Pipeline

Pipeline programs for aspiring law students are some of the best resources in the world for disadvantaged students to get a feeling of what it’s like to work in the professional world or go through law school.  I, myself, am a CLEO Fellow.  CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity) is a program created by the American Bar Association’s initiative to recruit more diverse students for the bar.  There are many other programs like it around the nation and they range from those sponsored by major law firms, to higher education institutions and non-profit organizations aimed at diversity in the professional…

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Join the Conversation:  What if Alienation is Not a Universal Feeling?

It was neither preaching nor praying that made a better person of me, but one or two people who believed in me better than I deserved, and I hated to disappoint them.  I recently went to a holiday party where two white male law firm partners were asking each other why we see so many female associates leave big law starting around their fifth year and what firms can do to keep them.  They were concerned that women leave for reasons beyond the firms’ control, such as appealing in-house positions or to devote more time to parenthood.  I told them…

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Drive Your Journey: Driving in a New Direction

You are cruising along a path when you get to an intersection. At the intersection, you have the option to continue straight, take a left, or take a right. Path #1 will bring you exactly where you planned to go. It is a predictable path that many have driven. Path #2 may be a shortcut to the same destination as Path #1, but it is likely a tougher path. Path #3 will bring you on an entirely different journey with a different destination. Life is filled with decision-making moments. When it comes to choosing a path to take for your…

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Concision in Legal Writing: Make It Brief (to an Extent)

As a reporter for the campus newspaper at my undergraduate university and the editor for one of the university's student-organization newsletters, I quickly came to realize the role of concision in news reporting.  As a reporter, I regularly skipped certain words (like "on" before a day of the week) in articles in order to meet the assigned word count; as an editor, I myself was forced to cut down on articles submitted to me so that I could make them fit on their assigned pages. In comparison to my experience as a news gatherer during my college years, I didn't…

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Do Diverse Attorneys Need Diverse Mentors And Sponsors?

Recently, I was speaking with another African American attorney who told me that she has not had a mentor in her five years of practice at a large law firm. She expressed that there aren’t any income or equity partners of color and very few of them are women. Understandably this absence of leaders of color and women leaders led her to wonder what it means for her own career. To add to her worry, she has struggled to receive quality work assignments, which has hindered her development. Straddling the line between hypervisbility (as the only woman of color in…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Final Stretch

2 weeks before the February bar. In my last post, I spoke about finding motivation. If anyone found any, can you maybe share? Kidding, though there are days when I could definitely use an extra dose. It seems like my life revolves around this exam. By the end of the day, I’m always exhausted. I've been studying for almost four months, but it's almost over.  Before I began studying back in November, I worked out my new study plan. I had all the outlines, so I didn’t need to spend time watching the lectures. I knew the MBE was my…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: The Path Most Traveled, Usually Isn’t Mine

Name: Camille Stewart Professional Title: Exiting Senior Policy Advisor for Cyber, Infrastructure & Resilience at the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration Law School: American University Washington College of Law  Years Practicing Law: 6 Years Sector: Government Specialization: Policy, Cyber, and Intellectual Property Extra Tid Bit: “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” –M. Scott…

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Mamattorney: He won’t remember, but I will…

People often try to encourage me by saying it is good that I’m going to law school while my son is young because he won’t remember. My problem with that is that I will remember: I will remember frequently hearing about the first time my son said or did something new. I will remember feeling that I selfishly spent too much time away to pursue a career.  will remember the pain of missing my son after a twelve-hour day. I will remember projecting my stress on my family. The other night I got home just in time to go through…

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The Journey: The Travel Ban

Travel - as many of us know it - has changed drastically over the past week. Thousands of people have been gathering in airports and city streets to voice their concerns over President Trump’s executive order, officially titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. Commonly called the travel ban, the order bans travelers coming to the United States from seven countries of particular concern - Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Somalia. In the one week since its implementation, the travel ban has resulted in the suspension of tens of thousands of visas of nationals coming from these countries. Visa holders are now required to undergo…

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