carron-nicks

The Influencers: America’s First Woman Lawyer?

Who was the first woman lawyer in America? Was it a woman who bucked tradition in the heavily male-dominated American Colonies? How about a woman who studied law not in the powerhouse commercial centers of the East, but the American Heartland after the Civil War? Or the woman who took the denial of her bar application to the US Supreme Court?  History tells us that lawyers have been plying their trade since the days of ancient Rome and Greece. But history also tells us that those were male lawyers. From what we know, there were no female lawyers in America…

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AnnLloyd

Stuck in a Career Rut? 7 Tips for Women Practicing Law

Stuck in a Career Rut? 7 Tips for Women Practicing Law By Ann Lloyd, Student Savings Guide  Practicing law is one of the most stressful, high-pressure professions out there — especially when you’re a woman. We know it’s not all exciting courtroom drama. In fact, most of it is just the opposite: seemingly endless hours of research, reading, and writing. Just getting through law school was stressful enough. Now you’ve got clients, clerks, and demanding partners depending on you, too.  And what about making partner, yourself? That could seem like a pie-in-the-sky dream, in light of the gender discrimination you…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Young Lawyers Need to Protect Their Careers

I currently am counseling a young lawyer about changing a focus in the law.  In that work, I am reminded of the importance of future vision and developing career plans.  A career plan and the research involved in developing one are essential to protecting your ability to exercise options in time to remain true to the career you envisioned when you entered law school. I know that it is difficult to change courses midstream.  Lots of anxiety and insecurity is involved.  I have been through it myself, and I have helped others through it as well.  One thing is common…

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victoriawillingham

Techlegality: What’s It Like to Work in Tech?

Before going to law school, I had a clear vision of the type of law I wanted to practice. I applied to numerous internships and sent many “cold emails” to lawyers in that field in efforts to gain insight into how to create a similar career path. I distinctly recall one response that said something like, “There is no way to be a ______ type of lawyer. You must do well in school and get the proper training. My job is no different than being a lawyer anywhere else.” I’m sure the person meant that, although some attorneys work in…

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svald011

Love Connection

Everyone else feel like we blinked and suddenly we are in the third month of the year? I’m pretty sure I still haven’t finished writing out all those New Year’s resolutions and that groundhog has the audacity to not see his shadow? Before you move on to planning spring brunches and trying to figure out what parts of our closet spark joy, I invite you to take a moment to reflect on the month of February. For most, that means it’s the month of love. I filled my home with convenience store hearts and baked cookies filled with icing (if…

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katalintarjan

Five things I learned working in the construction industry

My first legal job after law school was at a semi-governmental organization working in the construction industry. In short, we were either helping construction workers when their bills didn’t get paid, or home owners when they didn’t get what they paid for. Construction law is a special area of law with lots of learning opportunities.   A few years ago, just getting out of a job that promised one thing and turned out to be something completely different, I was eager to find any job that fits my qualifications and pays the bills. I didn’t know much about construction law…

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Desiree Goff

Calling All Humanities and the Arts Undergraduates: How to Work in Science and Tech Adjacent Law

As promised, this month we will be exploring how to work in science adjacent law if you don’t have a scientific or technical background. One of the biggest decisions law students and attorneys starting in their careers face is what area of law they want to practice in. Often this may be influenced by pre-law school training or preference. For example, my gynecologist once informed me that her medical doctor husband was going back to law school and planning to focus his practice in medical mal-practice. Other classmates of mine went into JAG after spending a few years in the military.…

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lawyerleigh

Everything is Reproductive Justice—Bail Bonds: Sometimes cash isn’t the problem

     The awareness of the systemic destruction caused by the money bail system has grown alongside bail reform efforts and increased media coverage. Indeed, many may recall the story of a woman in Texas who admittedly took $1.00 (be sure to read that as "one dollar") and was charged with felony robbery. A judge set her bail at $12,000 and the woman was unable to post bail. There are more stories across the nation, like those of half the women in a Massachusetts jail who are stuck in jail because they cannot post a fifty dollar cash bail. Shedding light on the stories of…

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dkw1

The Prosecutor’s Call

Becoming a Target It all began with a simple call.  I was sitting at my desk on the third floor of the bank building in downtown Raleigh, NC.  I worked as a trust advisor in the bank’s trust department.  I had been there for a few years. I was good at my job and liked it. The phone rang and I answered it with my typical, professional bank greeting.  I was glad I was sitting down. Mr. Williams announced his name and identified himself as a federal prosecutor. He continued the conversation by stating that I was the target of…

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carron-nicks

The Influencers: America’s Pioneering Women Law Students

The Law.com headline of January 21, 2020, read, “Women Hold Editor-in-Chief Positions at the 16 Most Elite Law Reviews.” It made me smile. I’ve been practicing a long time - close to 30 years. And while women have not been particularly rare in the profession during my tenure, the struggles have been real. Many women still in the profession today can recount the difficulties they encountered convincing law firms they were capable of handling the rigors of a practice. Many women today continue to face issues of inclusion, equal pay, and sexual harassment.  As difficult as those issues have been for…

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