What Ruth Taught Me

"I'm sorry about RBG, I know how much she meant to you," said my husband, who was first to read the news.  My mind went blank.  I may have blurted out "that's okay."  My mind could not fathom the enormity of this sad occasion at the instant moment.  It's obviously not okay.  The introvert in me needed to do some deep thinking before I could process my thoughts and feelings.  But the man knows me best, so of course he was right.  While I didn't know her personally, like so many others my life and career have been touched by Ruth Bader Ginsburg's…

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The Prosecution Rests

I am telling the story of my criminal prosecution regarding being charged for managing a venture capital fund with others. This blog is a summary of the prosecution’s witnesses. Per their charges, the prosecution was supposed to prove that I was in a conspiracy to launder money. Money laundering is defined as the concealment of the origins of illegally obtained money, typically by means of transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses. A conspiracy is a secret plan by one or more people to do something unlawful and they take some action towards that plan.  We started the trial with the unexpected…

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Desi Advocacy: Spotlight on Aparna Shewakramani, Attorney and Cast Member of “Indian Matchmaking”

I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Aparna Shewakramani, General Counsel and star of Netflix's "Indian Matchmaking," a reality television show about South Asian dating and relationships. Aparna's outspoken remarks and confident outlook led her to become an international sensation. Although the show did not focus on her career, it briefly touched on Aparna's views about being an attorney. After watching "Indian Matchmaking," I interviewed Aparna to delve deeper into her perspective on being a lawyer, career advice for young women, and opinion about her portrayal in the series.  You mentioned in the show that you wanted to be a lawyer since you…

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Techlegality: A Moment to Reflect. Thanks, RBG.

This year has been filled with so many remarkable moments, which makes it difficult not to acknowledge their impact on our lives when they happen. As a result, I thought it would be a good idea to use this month’s column to appreciate the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In expressing my appreciation, it is not my intention to even attempt to capture the countless contributions she made to enhance the lives of women and marginalized groups in this country. Instead, I took some moments to reflect and honor the fact that many of the…

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Help Me Build My Space Colony….

Let’s have some fun this month.  What would MY perfect space colony look like…? Here goes… First and foremost, I think it should be located on a safe but very exotic planet. Use your imagination when it comes to exotic. All people, whether indigenous, or migrated are from the jump start considered EQUAL and will not be separated based on race, color, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Equal means Equal. The form of government would most likely be a democracy or a hybrid of such, but it is important that citizens refer to the previous mistakes made by democracies and…

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People have the power - to vote

We’ve all learned about the electoral process and its importance in functioning democracies, yet, we might have different opinions about voting in practice.   I used to have a professor at law school who was very proud that he has never voted at any elections in his entire life. Ever. Not once. He talked quite a lot about politics – teaching administrative law –, his lectures were full of political comments and opinions about each and every topic, and he was convinced that not voting entitles him to criticize all political sides as he wishes. I always thought just the…

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Desiree Goff

Clean Air, Clean Water, and Losing a Trailblazer

In a month filled with fires and hurricanes, and in homage to a pioneering woman lawyer and Supreme Court justice, we are taking a look at what a career in environmental law entails and how Ruth Bader Ginsburg approached her decision making process when confronted with environmental law cases.  A fighter for equality and for justice, RBG forged the path for countless women lawyers to come behind her. In her years on the bench, many influential cases came before her. Justice Ginsburg’s opinions ranged from regulating greenhouse gas emissions to expressing support for a more expansive definition of jurisdictional waters…

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Everything is Reproductive Justice—Reading Reproductive Justice in 2020

    One of the most optimistic leaders I worked with once said something along the lines of, “sometimes, having a book, even if you can’t finish it or haven’t started reading it, can be useful because you are aware of the idea simply by having the book.” With that quote, I urge you to consider the following books if you or someone you know is beginning to explore reproductive justice in 2020.    1. Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts  “Ms. Wooten ... stated that detained women expressed to her that they didn’t fully understand why they had…

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Connecting with Your Community Through Service

Can you truly be selfless when you’re doing something good for others? Is there such a thing as a selfless good deed? For those of you of who were philosophy majors, maybe you spent entire semesters debating the morality of your actions. For me, I attribute most of my philosophical musings on whether you can truly be completely selfless to some couch conversations while watching “The Good Place.” Even though I probably didn’t start thinking about how a good deed made me feel until Chidi started teaching us all a little bit more about philosophy, I have always thought about…

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Practice Pointers - Working with a Legal Recruiter

Inevitably, at some point in your legal career, you’ll be contacted by a recruiter. Maybe it’s a phone call. Maybe it’s an email or LinkedIn message. One way or another, you’ll hear from one. As a litigator turned recruiter, I’ve been on the receiving end of recruiter calls and now I’m the one reaching out to candidates. And I’ve learned that many young lawyers aren’t really sure how recruiting works, who’s legit, and whether chatting with a recruiter is worth their time. So let’s remove the proverbial veil and get acquainted with legal recruiting. A quick note to start –…

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