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Crystaleellison

Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: The VP looks like me!

Senator of California, Kamala Harris, will be the first Black woman and the first Asian American to appear on a major-party ticket—the Democratic presidential ticket. On August 11, 2020, Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, announced Kamala as his running mate for Vice President. There is much to be said about Kamala, but what I can say, is that I am truly proud to be able to watch a Democratic National Convention that depicts a woman of color as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the 2020 election.  What’s disturbing to me is that I see people that look just like Kamala, diminishing and…

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victoriawillingham

Techlegality: Expanding Broadband Access to Close the Homework Gap

With fall quickly approaching, online school is in full swing for students due to the ongoing global health crisis. As a result of the requirement to operate in a virtual setting, having access to adequate internet is more prevalent than ever. Many students, however, do not have the luxury of readily available internet access. Often referred to as the homework gap as a result of the digital divide, groups of students are disproportionately disadvantaged to what may seem like an inevitable, basic necessity to most people. As the need to have internet access at home continues, various levels of government have…

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editor

Remembering RBG

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately nicknamed the Notorious RBG, passed away on Friday, September 18, at the age of eighty-seven. The second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, and first Jewish female justice, Justice Ginsburg is remembered fondly for her continued effort to advance rights through her progressive court opinions, and even steamier dissents, as well as her own work as a lawyer and professor in serving as a champion of equality between the sexes.  When asked for one word to describe Justice Ginsburg, Ms. JD community members used words like “inspirational,” “iconic,” “trailblazer,” and “visionary.” In celebrating her accomplishments, it is important to…

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carron-nicks

The Influencers: Nevertheless, She Persisted: The Story of Belva Lockwood

In 2020, to be admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court is not a difficult process. If you’ve been in good standing with your state bar association, you can ask two members of the Supreme Court bar to sponsor you. Then, you pay a $200 fee and take the oath. An extra special perq is to attend an oral argument session and have that oath administered by one of the justices, although that is not required.  But it was not always thus. If you were a woman in 1880, it would literally take an Act of Congress. …

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Desiree Goff

Suiting Up for Space Law

Between the launch of NASA astronauts in test flight for SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft earlier this summer, the addition of Space Force on Netflix, and NASA’s recent announcement of Jeanette Epps to launch aboard Boeing’s new CST-100 Starliner spaceship in 2021, the topic of space law is timely. Considered the body of law governing space-related activities, I reached out to my law school negotiating partner and friend, Elsbeth Magilton, to learn more regarding this area of law. As the current Executive Director for Technology, Security, and Space Law initiatives for the University of Nebraska College of Law, she oversees development,…

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fK3EjYGEID

Look Mom ! It’s A Drone

In space and aviation a drone (unmanned aerial vehicle) is spacecraft or aircraft that has no pilot. Drones are primarily used in the military. Drones are advantageous for military use because pilots are not exposed to combat zones and drones don’t become exhausted. They fly as long as they have fuel and are mechanically sound. Space bound drones, alternatively are used as cargo space crafts and satellites. (www.space.com) The drone market is booming! In 2018 the drone market was valued at approximately 20 billion dollars.  Consumers are using drones for a variety of things-photography, recreation, surveillance and even distributing fertilizer for…

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dkw1

Prosecution Witnesses at My Trial

I am describing the prosecution’s presentation to the Court at my criminal trial.  As hard as it is, I am doing my best to not present a one-sided case. The prosecution had about 10 witnesses at trial who were investors in a Fund that I administrated as part of a five-person committee. None of the witnesses were people I had asked them to invest. Some of them I talked with about their paperwork because that was my job. There were three men from the committee testifying against me. There were a travel agent and banker who testified. There was one…

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katalintarjan

Three of the weirdest job interview results in my legal career

Over the course of my career I have been through countless job interviews. Some were pretty regular and normal, but I feel I could fill a whole book with some wild examples too. You know those articles that promise to prepare you for the typical job interview and list the most typical interview questions? I am not saying they aren’t helpful, just that there are so many factors in your job application process that you cannot prepare for. As far as interviews go, I’ve seen so many things over the years, from the interviewer falling asleep while listening to me, through…

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bsimpson

Reality Check: Are you Staying True to Yourself?

“Run Your Own Race.” “Just Do You.” “Comparison is the Thief of Joy.”  There are multiple quotes and phrases to remind you to stay in your lane so to speak, and focus on what is important to you both professionally and personally.  In the practice of law, I frequently have to remind myself to slow down and stay focused on things that are important to me. We are all different.  Our goals are different.  The things that bring each of us joy……guess what, they are different.  Some people get a real charge out of billing over 200 hours a month…

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carron-nicks

The Influencers: From Canoe to Air Force One

  You may not know her name, but I bet you’ve seen her picture. She’s the one in the lower left in the photo here. She’s wearing the dress with the polka dots on it, and she’s carrying the bible. Her name is Sarah T. Hughes. The photo was taken on Air Force One as it sat the tarmac at Love Field in Dallas, on November 22, 1963, barely two hours after the death of President Kennedy, as the jet’s engines were being powered up to take the new president, Mrs. Kennedy and JFK’s body back to Washington.  To Sarah…

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prianka

Desi Advocacy: Spotlight on Natasha Alladina, Recruiting Director at The Partners Group

For this edition of Desi Advocacy, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Natasha Alladina. Currently a Recruiting Director at The Partners Group, she is responsible for the recruitment of lateral attorneys and in-house counsels in law firms and corporations. However, Alladina has contributed her strengths in several legal environments in the past, including at a large law firm, a public defender's office, a boutique law firm, and as a central staff attorney in the Supreme Court of Georgia. I asked her about her career path and her advice for women of color searching for their niches in the legal profession. Thank you so…

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PaulaMJones

Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: How To Find A Job You Love, Part One

“You are not given a dream unless you have the capacity to fulfill it” – Jack Canfield Well, you did it.  You made it to law school.  Now, perhaps you are looking for a summer internship, so that upon graduation you can boast some measure of experience.  Perhaps you are on the way to graduating and need to find something permanent.  Maybe you are one of those non-traditional students, getting an education while continuing to work your day job.  How do you make a switch from your present area of employment to a brand new field?  In the words of…

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katalintarjan

Some of the main differences between private vs. public service jobs as a lawyer

Over the course of my career I have worked in jobs both in the private sphere and the public sphere. There are a couple of clear differences between the two worlds, that I will lay out here based on my unique experiences. First on my list is job stability, since during times like these it is a major thing to consider. Whether you work for a law firm or a private company, you work for profit, and if for some reason or another profit is scarce, you will have to start worry about the future. Government organizations are going to…

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Crystaleellison

Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: Take it one day at a time.

It feels like it was just yesterday when I received an email from my daughters’ school mid-March about her transitioning to online schooling. Now, we’re back to square one.  On July 20, 2020, the Governor of Kansas, Laura Kelly, shared the details of Executive Order #20-58. One of the most important sections in this order is the delaying of schools from starting until after September 8, 2020: Labor Day weekend. The order could only be signed if the Kansas Board of Education voted to approve the order. Governor Kelly’s reasoning behind the order was to give districts more time to take precautions against spreading COVID-19. Unfortunately, the Board failed to reach an agreement on the order. However, schools…

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nalladina

Practice Pointers - Up-leveling Your Interview Prep

Know what used to give me more butterflies than an actually viable “we both swiped right” first date situation? Interviews. Although, to be fair, interview anticipation was more like having pesky moths or something more insidious eating away at my insides. And I know I can’t be the only one who’s gotten tingly hands and feet at the thought of an interview… So what’s changed? Well, for starters, I’ve done a ton of interviews (both public and private sector) since law school, both as an interviewee and interviewer. And more importantly, I’ve learned how to prepare effectively. So even though…

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