Caambridge

The Closed Door - A Reflection

Think about a time you were told no. Think about how it made you feel and why it made you feel that way. Now think about how you maneuvered this situation. Did you used that no as a stepping stone to better yourself or did you allow the no to make you feel as though you were helpless and/or stuck? Was the no impactful to the point that you ruminated on the event or did you forget about it right after it happened? As a law student, NO is one of the most frustrating words I can hear. Whether it…

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The Mental Load: Unpacking the Excess Baggage

The Mental Load column explores the paradoxical effects of Type A personality traits. The perfectionism, drive, and ambition that propel women lawyers up the career ladder also tend to contribute to chronic stress, burnout, anxiety, and attrition from the profession. I’m going to dive right in with this first post at what seems like the logical starting point – the actual mental load. Why The Mental Load is Extra Intense for Successful Professional Women The “mental load”, despite being a creature of recent cultural debate, is very real. Shouldering the lion’s share of a household’s innumerable responsibilities leaves many women…

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dogarro

Health(s)care: An Introduction

Hi, my name is DéJeune, and I’m a health care enthusiast. Ironically, I don’t like hospitals. I never have, and I probably never will. As a pastor, my father frequented hospitals, visiting members of his congregations, sharing communion, and praying for their families and wellbeing, but it wasn’t until my mother suffered a fatal heart attack that I really started avoiding hospitals. Whenever possible, I stayed with an older sibling or asked my dad to schedule his “sick and shut in” visits during after school events. I was woefully unsuccessful because, my newly widowed father brought me almost everywhere he…

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ktran227

Chicken or the Egg: Why Can’t We Retain Our Female and Minority Lawyers?

I went to a conference recently and sat at a table with a group of male partners, and the topic of our conversation turned to this question.  They lamented the loss of diverse talent in their firms, and they simply could not understand why.  Their firms have internal networks for female and/or minority lawyers. They host diversity workshops. Some of them even have an in-house diversity and inclusion specialist.  They told me they personally assign female and minority lawyers in their offices to their cases and actively mentor and sponsor them when they can. They sounded genuine. They sounded like…

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jennyrpatten

The Role Client Company Culture Plays in Your Legal Practice

Over the next few months, my column will explore the role that company culture plays in a successful legal practice.  I know…culture.  Before your eyes glaze over, though, hear me out.  An entire body of literature and best practices exist on the powerful role culture can play in business.  Here, we’ll focus on exactly what company culture can mean to you, as counsel, and how focusing on this aspect of your company or client organizations can reap great benefits for your practice. Chances are, if you are in-house, you may have come across your company’s mission, vision and values, or a quixotic set of…

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stephanietheother85

5 Easy Ways to be a Giver When Networking

One of the most common mindset mistakes when networking is approaching relationships as a “taker” -meaning, you are solely focused on your goals and what you can receive from a relationship, instead of thinking about the value that you can add. When I work with clients on this mindset shift, a very common question is “But what do I have that is of value that I can offer when networking?”  Here are 5 easy ways you can be a giver (and add real value) when networking. Keep a list of helpful articles. Start compiling a list of good articles on…

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mjtimko13

Something Blue:  Exposing my Blue-Collar Roots on a Blog

I have wanted to share my thoughts about bringing blue-collar roots to the legal profession for over 10 years, but conversations about class are difficult and uncomfortable.  Moreover, revealing some aspects of my personal life on a public forum is pretty scary.  Let me start by saying that I did not grow up in poverty.  I am also keenly aware of the privilege I have by virtue of being white.  I know there are many stories out there about extraordinary people who overcame tremendous obstacles to escape poverty and achieve success.  My story is much more ordinary.  Nevertheless, I still struggle to maintain…

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Millennial Women

Why, hello there!

As the 2019 Writers in Residence program kicks off, we here at Millennial Women are thrilled to kick off our column and welcome you, our readers. As we start blogging, we thought the first question we needed to address is: why are we here? Meaning, why are we creating a blog post monthly, and why should you read our posts? Well, aside for our brilliant writing and cool blog title name (at this point both Elise and Melanie have rolled their eyes at me)… but in all seriousness, we want to discuss issues affecting diversity in the legal profession. And…

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Lindsey_E_White

Statistically Weeping: Gratitude - Part II

At this column’s beginning, I was one month out of law school and a few weeks into my first round of bar prep. Twin emails confirming my graduation and welcoming me into the alumni community visibly sat on the first page of my inbox. I hadn’t received an official transcript in actual, tangible paper form yet. And now that I think about it, I’m sure it wasn’t very many lines away from the message congratulating me on my acceptance to Ms. JD’s Writer in Residence Fellowship. Reading and rereading those subject lines was still so exciting. Even humbling. I did…

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Career Advice: Sometimes You Just Have to Say “%^&* ‘Em!”

As a young associate, my supervisor was a stressed-out, unpredictable, yet unfalteringly transparent mid-level partner. I’d approach his office with the typical timidity of a newly minted lawyer soliciting input from an esteemed superior, praying my question was warranted and his mood would be receptive. Sometimes, we’d have spirited intellectual discussions, and I’d leave his office wiser and with a fantastic plan for tackling a tough issue. Other days, he’d peer up from his desk with an unshaven face, tousled hair, and bags under his eyes, apparently frustrated by my mere existence, and apologize because he didn’t have two minutes…

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