Linaya

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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Alan Bryan

Alan Bryan 2017 Ms. JD TIM Initiative Award The following questions were formulated based on Alan's profile. 1. You served on the American Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission; you are an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and helped found its NAWL Challenge Club program; and you are a board member of DirectWomen. You are involved in many other organizations aiming at the advancement of women in the legal profession and you have received several awards attesting to your dedication to diversity in the legal profession. As a man, why is it so important to…

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irenemo

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Ms. JD Fellowship Project: Legal Technology for Access to Justice (event and live-stream)

**UPDATE** February 22, 2017 -- Missed the live-stream of #MSULawLT4A2J? Here's the recording of the event. In August 2016, I was selected as 2016 Ms. JD Fellow. I applied with the hopes of establishing a platform to promote women, especially women of color, to enter the legal technology field. As my fellowship project for Ms. JD, I am hosting an access to justice panel focused on using legal technology to help marginalized and low-income individuals on a large scale. The event will be live at MSU College of Law's campus but I will also be live-streaming the event. Here is the Facebook page and the…

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Sappho

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The Bar Exam: How Will That Look Like?

The past month has been a period of transition. As I continue adjusting to life as a mother of three children, I balance a (mostly) flexible schedule. My partner returned to work full time two weeks ago. While there have been occasional challenges, especially when dealing with the needs of an infant and toddler, it has been an amazing experience. In early January, I registered for the March MPRE. I registered for it before, but did not take the exam due to being sick with pneumonia. One of the joys of living where I do is I am often ill…

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irenemo

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The Power of a Strong Twitter Tribe

**UPDATE**Febraury 22, 2017 -- Missed the live-stream of #MSULawLT4A2J? Here's the recording of the event. **UPDATE**Febraury 8, 2017 -- Please visit my new blog post for event details or you can head straight to the Facebook event or the live-stream link. (Note: There will be nothing on the live-stream link until 5 minutes before 12:00pm on 2/14.)**   Thank you to my Twitter tribe! As my fellowship project for Ms. JD, I wanted to plan an access to justice panel focusing on the use of legal technology to help marginalized and low-income individuals on a large scale. When I started planning the event last…

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EmilyJones

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Legal Blogging for Success: How to Start a Law Firm Blog

People spend good money for an hour of a lawyer’s time, and they want to feel comfortable with that investment. One of the best ways to build trust with potential clients is by running a law firm blog. It will give them a taste of your expertise while boosting their familiarity with who you are and what you do. Another great bonus is that regularly updated blogs will help you rise up in Google’s ranks, allowing you to connect to more potential clients via organic search. You can’t afford to skip out on a valuable blog. Great Design is Key…

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BrookeFaulkner

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Non-Lawyer Jobs For Those With A Law Degree

Not everyone who goes to law school intends to become a lawyer. Some have other aspirations, like becoming a judge or a professor, while others are simply interested in learning about law. There are also plenty of students who discover throughout law school or internships that being a lawyer might not be the right job for them. Others still may pass the bar and go on to practice law, only to discover down the road that it’s not their ideal career. Everyone deserves a career that makes them happy while also utilizing their knowledge and talents. Having a law degree…

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robinmorisey

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Does Voluntary Rehab Actually Help Drug Defendants?

Many rookie defense attorneys are quick to learn the importance of client character in the eyes of the court. Despite hinging on relatively broad and sweeping laws and codes, justice is ultimately anchored to the fine details of an occurrence. The mindset, motive, and manners of someone engaged in criminal conduct are what largely decides their fate. In fact, fresh-faced criminal defense lawyers soon discover their client’s actions and behaviors beyond the alleged crime itself are factors to play in delivering justice. This is especially the case when guilt is admitted and a case has reached the penalty phase; the…

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robinmorisey

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Attorney Job Search: Avoid These Common Mistakes

Whether you’re a student who has recently graduated, a mom getting back into the workforce, or a woman looking to make a career shift, the law industry is a HUGE playing field to venture through. There are literally hundreds of law firms in any given location that are always looking for hot new talent. What also works to the advantage of those looking to work in the law industry is that there is always a need for legal representation, providing you with a bit of job security. So if law is a good field to get into, why is it…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending March 25, 2016

Melissa Murray Named Interim Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law Muse details three common resume phrases that should be avoided at all costs. The 2016 Ms. JD Fellowship applications are due April 1, 2016, at 11:59 pm. The National Law Review discusses, "How to Succeed at Setting — and Achieving — Your Law Firm Goals." Above the Law discusses, the curse of competence and the importance of employees speaking up to ensure that they are utilizing all of their skills, rather than only the ones that are attracting attention. Ashley Fletcher is a Class of 2018 student at Seton…

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cvarg023

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Blind Work Allocation to Achieve Fairness in The Workplace

In an effort to increase diversity and fairness in the workplace, Ashurst conducted a trial in July 2015 headed by Dave Cook, resource management consultant. The experiment consisted of shifting the allocation of work distributed to associates from partners to Cook making the assignments pretty much “blind.” These allocations would be based on an associate’s prior experience rather than simply leaving it up to the discretion of the partners. Although a discrepancy in work allocation might not be intentional, the history or familiarity associates have with partners has led to a lack of diversity/equality in mandates.        …

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