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Skirting the Ceiling: Black Hair Shouldn’t Be an Occupational Hazard

Before last week, I thought that, as Elle Woods once said, "The rules of haircare are simple and finite," but after attending Occupational Hazards: What's Hair Got to Do With It?, I realized that is anything but the case. The keynote speaker at the event, the fabulous Professor D. Wendy Greene, focused her discussion on grooming code discrimination in the workplace and how such discrimination disparately impacts black women.  If you're saying to yourself, "What's grooming codes discrimination?" That's okay. I was right there with you up to that lecture. A grooming code is a standard issued by employers that employees are expected to meet in terms of…

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alexislamb

Estate Planning - A New Look: Interview with Laura Cowan of The Law Office of Laura E. Cowan, PLLC

One of the most versatile attorney skill sets is that of estate planning.  Estate planning attorneys often have a CPA or a Tax LLM – skills easily transferable to any career field that draws upon their background in financial planning, such as wealth management or as a chief of staff/personal assistant for UHNW individuals/households.  Laura Cowan, Founder of The Law Office of Laura E. Cowan, PLLC, is taking an innovative and client-centric approach to estate planning law.  She also worked as a CPA for several years prior to law school at Goldman Sachs and Ernst & Young.   Let’s see…

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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation:  Who Competes Against Us and What to Do About It?

Recent research reveals that we know who at work likes us, but not who competes against us.  One study surveyed sales associates at a car dealership, where the sales associates cooperated in bringing in customers and making handoffs when needed, but also competed against each other for sales.  Each salesperson was asked questions to measure their feelings of liking, e.g. “How much do you like each of your colleagues?”  Each salesperson was also asked questions to measure their feelings of competition, e.g. “How much do you see each of your colleagues as a rival?”  Finally, each salesperson was asked questions…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

A Word on the Use of “That,” “Of,” and Variants of “It is”

As a judicial clerk, I quickly learned I enjoyed using the word "that."  I also apparently enjoyed using the word "of."  How do I know this?  My co-clerks, who were assigned the task of initially editing the drafts of judicial opinions I had written, weren't as crazy about those words and expressed their preference with red circles to indicate deletion.  In other words, those were words commonly edited out of my drafts (and for good reason).  For my part, I tried to avoid the construction "it is" or "there are" when not referring to an actual antecedent and partook in some circling…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: Preparing for the Road Ahead

When you are considering a change or otherwise facing change, there are typically multiple avenues to consider. You should prepare for any change by vetting the possibilities to the extent possible. There are five actions that you can take to prepare for change: 1. Consider your childhood passions. Your childhood passions can inform your adult career decisions. This is not a suggesting that you become an “arts and crafts” professional. However, it appears that basic interests tend to remain. If you liked to be creative as a child, you may pursue a role that allows for more creativity. If you…

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vatsaleisha

Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Limbo

Four months of studying are finally over. The days that followed consisted of cleaning my room of all things related to the bar, outlines and papers that scattered the floor and desk. I didn’t realize the mess I lived in the last two weeks prior until I began cleaning. While I don’t normally like talking about exams, I do want to mention one thing. Every person who saw me mentioned my first blog post and their views, prompting a discussion. Many of these people I haven’t seen since we graduated. It made me happy because I succeeded. People are talking…

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susiejean5

Part-time Law, Full-time Life: Talking About Nothing ... Says it All

When I started class in the fall of 2015, I stopped eating dinner with my husband. I stopped going to the grocery store, making breakfast, or meeting friends for happy hour. On one hand, I was saving money and realizing I was eating too much, but on the other hand I stopped interacting with my husband and socializing with friends and coworkers. My weekends were consumed with reading for civil procedure and torts and when I finished the assigned readings I opened my mountain of supplements in the hope I could fit more information in my brain before I crashed at…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: Understanding the Game—Not Allowing the Failure Consume You

Name: Kiera Potter Professional Title: Assistant Solicitor for the City of Atlanta Law School: University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Years Practicing Law: 2 years Sector: Government Specialization: Criminal Law and Prosecution Real life family experiences thrust her into the legal realm. While her interest in becoming a lawyer sparked when she was a teenager, Kiera Potter never really thought she would become one. In fact, she thought she was going to be a psychologist. It was not until some real life family experiences thrust her into the legal realm that Kiera was able to fully comprehend the difference an attorney can truly have…

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nicolemoriniere

Six Months In: Looking back on half a year in legal tech

Exactly six months ago, I had recently moved to London and had just started my job working for a legal tech startup. I've been reflecting on the past six months I've now spent working in this new sector and the lessons I've learned during that time. I learned that not all your career steps need to be meticulously planned. I was always told that you often don't end up where you expected to. While I was in law school I was not even aware of the legal tech sector, let alone considering working in it. I was focused on traditional legal…

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abell

Insecure at Work: Being Authentically You Without “Switching It Up”

A friend of mine introduced me to the HBO hit Insecure and it became my Sunday guilty pleasure. For those who have not seen it, Issa Rae stars as Issa, a black woman who works at a non-profit and spends most of the season re-evaluating her career and love life. Her best friend Molly, played by Yvonne Orji, is a black woman navigating Biglaw who is also struggling in the dating world. In one scene, Molly’s law firm partner approaches her about talking to the new summer associate who is an outspoken black woman named Rasheeda. The more seasoned lawyers…

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