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A Review of The FBA—Tampa Bay Chapter’s “Staying in the Game: Getting to the Top.”

When you walk to any corner of the University Club of Tampa, you're immediately struck by the beauty of a sun-kissed Hillsborough River. You're eye-level with a helicopter, and a bit further off you spot a sailboat.  The beauty of Tampa isn't lost on me at that moment and being surrounded by a room full of 100 plus successful attorneys and judges; you get a sort of invigorated feeling. I'd like to tip my hat at this moment to all of those who put on such a great event.   I'll start by saying that overall, I thought the program…

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Interview with a Virtual Paralegal

With the rise in use of technology in the practice of law, it follows that legal support services, like paralegal and legal assistant services will experience increased technology use as well. But have you ever thought that an entire section of your law practice could be run virtually? Probably not, which is why Ms. J.D. is excited to have had the opportunity to talk with Robin Bull to answer some question about what it means to be a virtual paralegal. Robin Bull is the former Program Director of Paralegal Studies for Vatterott College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is the…

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MS. J.D. INTERVIEWS GROVER CLEVELAND AUTHOR OF SWIMMING LESSONS FOR BABY SHARKS

Grover E. Cleveland is a Seattle lawyer, speaker and author of Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer (which is now in its second edition). He is a former partner at Foster Pepper PLLC, one of the Northwest’s larger firms. His clients included the Seattle Seahawks and other entities owned by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. Grover is a frequent presenter on new lawyer career success at law schools and firms nationwide. Grover is an avid Ms. J.D. supporter, and he offers readers the opportunity to submit questions on his Ms. J.D. Blog here…

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Dear 1Ls: Sincerely, A Former Law Student

When I think back to law school I remember: welcome week, struggling to read for my first week of classes, and getting my first “C” in YEARS. It is easy to get caught up in the rush and emotion of the first-year. You’re smart, you’ve always gotten good grades, and for the first time in your life, you’re constantly surrounded by 75 people who are just as smart as you, who think a lot like you, and in some ways, act a lot like you. As those weeks start to blur into months, and you get comfortable with being a…

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The Westside Justice Center—Legal Aid & Community Outreach

Community justice generally refers to various crime prevention techniques that explicitly include the community. The idea behind community justice initiatives lies in restorative community goals –creating a “grass roots” path to neighborhood inclusion by active involvement. Recently these initiatives have included community: crime prevention, courts, policing, prosecution, etc…. Access to the legal system, or the lack thereof, plays a large role in whether the community has faith in its lawmakers and the justice system as a whole. The Westside Justice Center (WJC) works to fill that void; providing Chicago citizens with legal services in immigration, family law, real estate, estates and trusts, etc. The…

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Ms. J.D’S. REPORT CARD: 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE “SUPERWOMAN J.Ds”

The Ms. J.D. Annual Conference has become a spotlight event for the legal community. Each year Ms. J.D. holds its conference to highlight where the organization, and the legal community, holistically, has been, and where it plans to take it. Ms. J.D. has talked about putting our passions on display, (“Passion Forward,” 2014), honored women trailblazers (“She Leads,” 2012), and united as a network of, not just women lawyers, but lawyers in general (“Stronger Together,” 2015). This year’s conference was all about Superwomen, ("may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them"). You know that woman who…

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Scratch A Lawyer Find A Novelist: Ms. J.D. Interviews Jonathan Watkins

In law school lawyers are told to write…write again, and write some more. Many lawyers have taken that advice to heart, and are now best selling novelists; Jonathan Watkins is no exception. This time Ms. J.D. is interviewing Mr. Watkins, about his book Motor City Shakedown, the first in a series of four mystery novels surrounding two hotshot criminal defense lawyers in Detroit. Jonathan Watkins is an attorney, himself, focusing on indigent defense in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University, and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He lives with his…

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Ms. J.D. Interviews Lawyer-Turned-Author Allison Leotta

Again, I’ve been afforded the great opportunity to delve into the world of a “Lawyer-Turned-Novelist.” This time Ms. J.D. interviews a former federal prosecutor in Washington D.C. She graduated from Michigan State University, and Harvard Law School. For twelve years Allison Leotta specialized in sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children. She published her debut novel Law of Attraction in 2010, and received numerous accolades. Her novels have been referred to as “real,” “riveting,” and in my humble opinion, relatable! Allison currently lives outside of Washington D.C. with her family, no doubt contemplating her next huge legal thriller.  …

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Ms. J.D. Interviews Lawyer-Turned Novelist Julie James

I stumbled across Julie James’s novels in my summer before law school. I had grown tired of the standard “Which law school is best for you” read, and was interested in something a bit more fun. So I did what any millennial would do; I turned to Google and typed in “lawyer romance novels.” Back then there weren’t nearly as many returns as there are now, which illustrates the fast paced popularity with which the lawyer novelist has grown. I picked up Practice Makes Perfect and was introduced to Payton Kendall; the feminist, employment litigation lawyer, whose mother called her…

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Law Firms Experience Small Gains in Minority and Women Representation, According to NALP’S Latest

The National Association For Law Placement (NALP) recently released its latest demographic findings concerning women and minority representation in law firms. The study looked at representation across four categories: associates, partners, summer associates, and lawyers overall. Although these increases in both women and minority representation in law firms have been on a steady upward trend, the gains have been marginal and there is still much to be done. Beginning with summer associates, since 2000, the percentage of minority law school graduates has ranged from 20% to over 25% and women have accounted for 46% to 49% of graduates. Although summer…

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