Got some time on your hands? Why not learn something?

These uncertain times got us all under pressure, whether we worry about our loved ones’ health or our own, we have to adapt to new ways of working, have to organize our kids’ home schooling or take care of the whole family being at home, let alone all of these at once. I am convinced that learning is the single most important skill these days, and I thought that even before we had these new situations to adapt to on a daily basis. As I am a huge believer in lifelong learning, I was planning a post about this topic…

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Connection in the Time of Corona

Sunday at 11:59pm. Do you remember the days when your professor would make important assignments due at this time? If you were anything like me, you acted like it was a requirement to be making the final edits at 11:58pm. I, admittingly, debated beginning this blog post thirty minutes before it was due. Why? Because for about three weeks I’ve had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach about writing about connection in the era of physical distancing. I chose the topic of writing on the importance of connection and community for the well-being of the female lawyer, because…

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Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: Living in a world affected by the COVID19

On March 13, 2020 the president of the United States issued a declaration for a national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease outbreak. The nation has been severely rocked! The disease is both deadly and easily contactable. The virus is spread primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and…

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Techlegality: As Days Go By

The rare conditions of this day and age have led me to offer some thoughts on how to channel your energy in unprecedented times. Your new normal likely resembles nothing you ever imagined, and it is my hope that you find something helpful as we all navigate the current landscape.   Whether you’re looking for ways to occupy your time or simply want to try something new, here are some thoughts on how to approach the times in which we are living.   Look Within Introspective work is not always an easy feat. With distractions often lingering, it can be…

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Navigating Your Career in Times of Uncertainty

Back in December when I was envisioning what this column would look like I had envisioned that the March column would likely focus on how to succeed during a summer internship or an interview with a woman working in entertainment law. But the world has changed a lot since December. Most of the country is under shelter in place orders due to the coronavirus epidemic. Entertainment companies, particularly in the live music or events sector, have been heavily impacted. Firms are reconsidering timing for on campus interviews. Given the uncertainty that we’re all facing, I decided to re-focus this month’s…

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Self-Care During Self-Quarantine (4/16)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Self-Care During Self-Quarantine" with Jeena Cho, Lawyer, Author & Mindfulness Instructor Register today at https://bit.ly/msjdvirtualtoolkit5

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Bar Exam Preparation During a Pandemic (4/14)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Bar Exam Preparation During a Pandemic" with Keriann Stout, Owner of Vinco Prep, LLC Register today at https://bit.ly/msjdvirtualtoolkit4

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Desiree Goff

Female Scientists at the Forefront of COVID-19 Research & Regulations

As practicing attorneys we need others to understand what we are writing, understand what we are saying in court, and understand our recommendations to clients. This may mean helping decipher recent legislation and how it impacts businesses, researchers, and the general public. What is the point of having regulations or guidelines if the public can’t interpret them or follow them? Instead of focusing on lawyers who work in science-related legal fields, I want to focus this month on the female researchers and scientists who are dealing with changing regulations and guidelines daily while attempting to develop containment methods and diagnostics…

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Everything is Reproductive Justice—Meet me at the Crossroads: #RJ & #Rona

     My life was surreal before COVID-19. I was transitioning from a position with a reproductive justice organization and back into the field of law as a criminal defense attorney. At the start of 2020, I was also a newly divorced, Black woman ready to conquer my goals by not only being the best attorney I can be but also remaining connected to reproductive justice (this is one of the reasons I'm grateful to be a Ms. JD Writer in Residence). Yet, here I am anticipating not only what lawyering will look like as I re-engage with the law…

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The Investigation, Grand Jury and a True Bill

I hired Dan as my attorney to implore the Government to look at the facts and realize that I was not involved in a crime. Being a target of a Federal investigation began to permeate facets of my life and the investigation phase was now in play.  The Government had grabbed my attention in a way that I never could have imagined and I was more than willing to do whatever I could to show them who I was and what had happened in my role as a Fund administrator. Dan was my shield.  He protected me from myself and…

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