contemplateIT

The Strategic Clerkship Application

I am the first person in my immediate and extended family to attend law school. So, I had no idea that judicial clerkships existed, let alone that my application was being shaped the minute I walked into my first law school class. By the time I’d figured out what a clerkship is, that I wanted a clerkship, and what I needed to do to get one, I was well into my second year of law school and getting ready to put the actual applications together. I still managed to land a clerkship, but now I realize I could have been…

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Chief Judge Deanell Reece Tacha

Listen to Professional Reflections by Chief Judge Tacha

This video will be posted back up here soon - in the meantime, you can watch Judge Tacha's presentation by following this link!

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Lydia R.B. Kelley

Tips for Summer Associates: Get the deadline… and the budget

Be sure when you receive an assignment to know the deadline. If the assigning attorney does not give you a deadline, ask for it. Also be sure to receive the budget for a project. The budget is the time the assigning attorney expects you to spend on the project. Many summer associates do not appreciate the importance of the budget. The budget is critical because the time you spend on a project will translate into hours billed to a client. When you ask for the budget or the amount of time to be spent on a project, the responses may…

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Manamana

To ring or not to ring?

I know that my school's career services office has its own line on this question (do what you feel comfortable with), but the ring dilemma seems to come up every interview season. The WSJ blog The Juggle has posted on this here, and it seems there are many opinions out there. Basically, there is no real bright line rule, which indicates the question will linger on. (I also recommend checking out the post's comments, which include many from lawyers and former lawyers.) Has anyone here had negative (or positive) ring experiences in interviews? Or does it really not matter (as…

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Manamana

Sure, you passed the bar, but are you relationship material?

Valentine’s Day has already passed, and this is therefore coming late, but I was interested in this post two weeks ago in the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog entitled “Lawyers in Love” (this was the second part of a two-part series; the first was the lyrics of a 1983 song by Jackson Browne, which I will spare you). A lot of the more “life” posts at this blog and others are frequently externally oriented, by which I mean they are focused outward (towards employers, towards institutions, towards spouses or significant others) with their observations and comments. I don’t mean to…

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granolagoddess

The Bar Exam

I am getting ready to take the bar exam for Washington State next week. It is ironic that I am trying to categoraize myself on this website, for my login information. I am no longer a student, not since December 2006, but am I really a professional, yet? I have a JD, but no bar affiliation, so what does that make me. We shall revisit this come May, when bar results return. Till then...yours... Elizabeth Alexander, J.D., but not yet a lawyer.

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femlaw

Help Protest an Offensive Mock Trial Rape Case

To my fellow women and our allies— I am writing to inform you of a mock trial fictional case to be used in a national competition that involves sexist stereotyping of female rape victims. On February 20, the Texas Young Lawyers Association and American College of Trial Lawyers posted a fact scenario for their national championship tournament, in which a popular football player is accused of raping Krista Chicona, a promiscuous massage therapist who is thought to enjoy sadomasochist sex [http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc.html]. Somewhere in America, a woman is raped approximately every two minutes, but less than one half of rapes are…

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Miss Feasance

My first legal mentor

“You should really learn to be more humble,” my college guidance counselor told me. I was seventeen years old, alienated from my parents, a scholarship student at a very expensive high school, an opinionated and outspoken young woman with only male teachers and administrators, about to go before the judicial committee, and my arrogance was all I had to fight back the feeling that my life and plans were completely out of my control and quickly unraveling. But there was a mom, my boyfriend’s mom, a successful corporate attorney mom, who stepped in and stopped the unraveling for me. When…

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Manamana

Federalists v. women?

While not reading for class tomorrow I came across this post at Feminist Law Professors, pointing out the lack of women in the Federalist Society’s 2007 Student Symposium. My count confirms that out of 19 panelists, 16 are men and 3 are women; of 6 moderators, 5 are men. Needless to say, the keynote speaker is a man. As my original source pointedly points out, the Federalists’ counterpoint, the American Constitutional Society, had much better numbers at their 2006 symposium. (I’ll admit I didn’t count, because there were many more speakers, but informally looking at the brochure reveals at least…

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Legal Eagle

Bye-bye Buchanan, Hello Brown Stone Nimeroff

News from Philadelphia: three female partners quit to launch their own firm. "[Founding partner Antoinette R. Stone] said as a woman-owned business, the firm will work to obtain opportunities given to women and minority-owned firms by the city and other organizations." Read more at New York Lawyer (free site registration required).

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