Desi Advocacy: Spotlight on South Asian Women in the Law - A 1L’s Reflections During the Pandemic

This month, I chose to write about my own experiences dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and its related consequences as a first-year law student.  “We’re just worried about you dhana (sweetheart),” my mom said, her mouth contorting in a deep frown. “You’re all alone out there. What if you get sick? Who will take care of you? Who will take you to the hospital if something happens?”  I reassured my parents, who were Facetiming me from Northern California, that I was self-isolating. I most likely would not get sick, and I should just wait it out, I told them. Still,…

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Support Black Owned Small Businesses: Awesome Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate the dads in your life than by celebrating black owned businesses in the process.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: acknowledging your purchasing power and being mindful about where and to whom you send your hard-earned dollars can make a world of difference to under-represented and marginalized people, particularly black small business owners.  Below are some awesome gift finds for the dads in your life while supporting black businesses.  You might just want to pick something up for yourself in the process too.  Win, win! …

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Work ethics – six things you should not do if you want to be taken seriously at work

Everybody wants to be liked at work. Well, everybody wants to be liked in general, but for most of us, it’s work where we spend the most of our time. Since we see them every day, it’s especially important to maintain good relationships with our co-workers, which is not always easy to do. Here is a couple of things that could easily ruin it.   Being notoriously late Things happen. Even the most punctual person can be late sometimes, but not all of the time! If being on time is the exception, it shouts that this person cannot be trusted.…

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Desiree Goff

Major Minority Inventions and Milestones

I have been stunned, saddened and angered by the events this week as I am sure those reading this are. But this isn’t the first time. I question how I can help, what I can write or say or DO to change the systemic issues affecting our society. I am certain that many of our readers experience covert and overt acts of racism frequently. In our careers as lawyers, we often only ACT once the damage is done. Often the prerequisite of a case is the question of “what are the damages” or “what is this case worth?” As attorneys,…

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Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all. Being black just got harder . . . .

In the midst of a pandemic, we’re still being murdered, subject to racism, unjustly accused of violent acts . . . and the list, distastefully, continues. There’s one hat that I can never discard, and that’s being black. I’m a mother of a young black boy, a daughter of a black father and a sister to black brothers. As tensions rise surrounded as a result of the injustice, lack of human decency, brutality and racism, there is no escaping my reality. There are times when I feel hopeless. With tears of fear running down my face, I shouldn’t have to…

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On May 17, 2020 NASA unveiled The Artemis Accords. The Artemis Accords are a set of principles and processes where The United States and other countries agree to a common set of principles that refer to how the moon is to be explored. According to NASA, the raison d’etre of this Accord is to “establish a common set of principles to govern the civil exploration and use of outer space”. Bilateral Artemis Accords agreements, based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty are aimed at “creating a safe and transparent environment which facilitates exploration, science, and commercial activities for the…

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Dear Bar Taker: You Are Not Alone

There is no denying that those of you taking the bar exam this summer or fall are under an incredible amount of stress. You are tackling a significant milestone in your legal career, and you are doing it against the backdrop of truly unprecedented times. This is tough. But so are you. Below are some of my tips on keeping yourself connected and sane during bar prep. Everything I suggest may not work for everyone, but I do think they are worth considering. Celebrate. Before you start putting oversized post-its covered in bar prep notes all over your bedroom wall…

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Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: Don’t give up!

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. George Edward Woodberry   It’s undeniable that COVID-19 has forced us all to celebrate, worship, create and work differently. That’s OK, because we have discovered new and creative ways to adapt than we could’ve ever imagined. We’re having to adapt to many changes and maneuver in a world full of uncertainties. Change and uncertainty can make us feel overwhelmed, stressed and anxious. We may start to develop thoughts in our heads that aren’t positive. Please know that you are not alone. You’d be surprised at…

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How Agile Women General Counsel Navigate the Winds of Change

From trade wars to #fakenews to global pandemics to cybersecurity breaches—economic, political and social changes have upended business as usual.  A general counsel’s ability to navigate and manage in these turbulent times is critical to the viability of her organization. This panel discussion with leading women GCs and Chief Compliance Officers will explore the GC and CCO roles in managing risk while adapting to the pace of change.  We will hear how successful women lawyers at the forefront of their organizations navigate the winds of change.Monday, June 1st, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Program Fee: Free for New York…

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Motion to Dismiss due to Destruction of all Original Business Records

It was a beautiful Saturday morning in the spring of 2005 and under normal circumstances, I would have been out with my three kids going to the park, setting up playdates, exploring and the like, but as hard as I tried nothing felt normal. I was a defendant in a criminal case that I had no idea what things were going to happen and when. At that time, my activities were a juggling act combining me working and playing with the kids as much as I felt I could afford given Court deadlines and projects that my attorney gave me. …

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