sjachion

Law School Reform: Accepting GRE scores and what it means for LSAT takers

Law schools have been struggling for the last several years with low enrollment, high tuition and low bar passage rates.  As a result, law schools have been experimenting with getting back to the pre-2008 momentum when law schools around the country flourished. The first experiment began in 2013 when then President Barack Obama endorsed a 2-year accelerated J.D. program.  The accelerated program was designed with the intent to allow prospective students who were hesitant to apply to law school because of the mounting debt the opportunity to complete law school sooner with less debt.  Although some law schools like New…

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lawyergirl

A woman Lawyer for the Pantheon: Hommage to Simone Veil

In many places of the world, saying that someone belongs in a Pantheon is an expression, meaning that the individual is great or special.  In Paris, France, however, there really is a Pantheon. It is in the student district by the Sorbonne and in its rotunda there are the statues commemorating famous men. Few women, three to be precise, have been honored there among the men - until now.  French society weeps the passing of a great lawyer who defended women’s rights; Holocaust survivor from the concentration camp in Drancy, France; mother of three; loving wife; Minister of Health for the Republic of France; and former President of…

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alexislamb

GO AHEAD, TAKE YOUR LUNCH BREAK!

This past Friday, I stepped away from my computer for an hour for a doctor’s appointment. I was in and out in 35 minutes, and contemplated grabbing a couple of tacos to go from the local food truck by my apartment. Then, it struck me. When was the last time I sat down and took a lunch break? I didn’t have any appointments or calls scheduled for the rest of the day. Nor did I have any deliverables due. Emails, sure. But I had my phone on me, and could be contacted quickly by anyone who needed to reach me…

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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation: What For?

“To what purpose?  This was why they started us here [at the tennis academy] so young:  to give ourselves away before the age when the questions why and to what grow real beaks and claws.” – David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest I realize that my posts to date have largely focused on how to increase retention and success of women and racial minorities in high-powered, male-dominated institutions where it takes mentors and sponsors in order to rise up the ranks.  Sometimes these articles make me feel that I should try to stay and make it, that my success is tied…

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bg3orge

Washington State Family-Leave

The Seattle Times recently reported on a "revolutionary" law, one-decade in the making. Washington State is joining California, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C. in mandating employers pay workers' salaries while they take time off for the birth of a child. The Washington State law allows 12 weeks of leave at 90% of income (higher than any other state mandating the pay). This law, which has technically been on the books since 2007, is funded by weekly paycheck contributions from the employee and the employer and will take effect in 2020. I'm sure you can imagine how…

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fhg14CnXLS

Ms. Pre-JD: Career Trajectory Reflections

(First, I hope everyone enjoyed the Fourth – belatedly, Happy Independence Day!) If I’m being honest, I can’t wait for school to start again. I always remember the shiniest parts of the semester, the perfectly organized reading schedules and new, unedited syllabi, my color-coordinated calendar and a refilled set of black gel pens. The glamour lasts for about two weeks of the semester, and then it gives way to a much more havoc-filled (and realistic) mess. On a more typical Monday morning, my reading isn’t done, I can’t find a single pen, and I’ve forgotten to put any of my…

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Susan Smith Blakely

In Praise of Independent Women Lawyers

Happy Independence Day!  Yes, it is about small town parades, fireworks and sparklers, burgers on the grill, mountains of ice cream, and being together with family and friends. It only comes once a year, so knock yourself out!  But, during the festivities, do not forget about the "independence" part. I am not just talking about the Declaration of Independence or what it has meant to the evolution of this country where we all enjoy freedoms and independence unparalleled in the world.  That is the focus, but it goes much further than that.  It is about national independence and also about…

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Jmnakamoto

You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: By Mastering Minutes as a Mommy!

When I began law school as a single mother of two small children, I did not fully appreciate how much hard work it was going to take to be both a successful law student and a good mother at the same time.  It has been extremely hard.  At times, I have been very overwhelmed, stretched far too thin, and daydreamed about how nice it would be to have a personal assistant, babysitter and secretary at my disposal.  Since law school consumes a lot of brainpower and time on an everyday basis, it’s important to learn how to master your minutes…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

A Word on Party References

One of the first decisions I made as a practicing attorney following my judicial clerkship concerned how to refer in my legal writing to the defendant I was representing.  As a judicial clerk, the decision had been easy: I was to continue the method established in previous judicial opinions of referring to the defendant in the case for which an opinion was being drafted by party name (i.e., "the Defendant") after her or his full name was given.  In contrast, as a practicing attorney no longer bound to any one way, the decision on how to refer to my client suddenly became my own, and…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: Pay It Forward

Name: Kimberly Amrine Professional Title: Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Frost Brown Todd, LLC Sector: Private Law School: George Washington University Law School Things eventually came to a head. Like many recent college graduates, Kim did not know what she was going to do after she graduated from Northwestern University. After all, she did not particularly love school. So, she packed up her little Honda Civic and moved to Washington D.C. Her interest in politics eventually led her to apply for jobs on Capitol Hill. But most of the jobs on the Hill were unpaid and she needed to…

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