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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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Mindfulness Meditation & The Practice of Law

It’s the first day of law school. We take our seats sharply at 8:45 am to partake in our first ever law school lecture. Contracts. With stadium seating and an established and intimidating Professor wearing a three-piece suit standing before us, we await what would likely be a profound and mind-altering lecture of the law. All the meanwhile, all I could think was...please don’t call on me. Silence erupts as class begins. In a loud, strong, deep, booming voice we hear "Ms. Hailey Hardwick, please rise and give the class the case holdings for Hadley v Baxendale, including the issue, rule,…

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Alleviating Common Fears Associated During Your First Year of Law School

When you receive your first acceptance letter to law school your heart flutters with excitement.  You cannot wait to share the exciting news with friends, family and loved ones, and you ecstatically wait to turn the chapter onto your new professional and educational path.  As the first day of law school draws near, your heart begins to have that same fluttering feeling, however this time, it feels a little bit different.  This time, the flutter represents nerves, anxiety, and a general sense of uneasiness, as you are unsure of what the first day of school will bring.  Unsettled thoughts begin…

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Stronger Together: An interview with Ashley Overhouse

Ashley Overhouse, the founding member of UC Hastings NWLSO chapter shares her law school journey of being a female law student and how building a successful network of mentorship has inspired her to give back to the legal community. Tell me a little bit about yourself? I’m a California native, born and raised in San Jose. I recently graduated from UC Hastings with my juris doctor, and in the process of completing my LL.M. at SOAS, University of London. I specialize in international environmental law, and will be looking at environmental issues within California after I take the Bar Exam…

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