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Sponsor Spotlight: Legal Kid and The Little Lawyers

This Friday, June 15, 2018, Ms. JD is hosting its “Ready to Rise” one-day academy in law and leadership for middle school girls (grades 6-8). This academy is designed to introduce young girls to the legal profession and allow them see themselves as future members of it. Ms. JD wouldn’t be able to hold important events like this without the help of our wonderful and generous sponsors. Today, we are so excited to showcase one of our #WeSupport sponsors: Legal Kid. In the summer of 2016, Legal Kid, Inc. began as a conversation among a group of strong and skillful…

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Why Your Law Firm Needs Strong Cybersecurity

Like usual, it's a hectic workday at the office. Meanwhile, you get an email that includes an attachment. You don’t remember asking for the memo, but you download the attachment anyway. Warning! Your alarm bells go off, and it turns out to be malware. It's disrupting your computer and all the other computers in your law agency now.   This was the position Jessica Mazzeo and Fran Griesing were facing during July of 2016. The computer arrangement for their humble Philadelphia law firm of 12 attorneys was affected by malware. The firm reached out to their outsourced data technology service.…

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Your Guide to Contract Services

Most people in the business world enter into contracts with other parties for the provision or receipt of certain goods or services. The contract symbolizes the agreement between the two parties. The contract may be oral or written. Elements of a Contract For a contract to be deemed as valid it must have certain elements. These include capacity, offer, mutual acceptance, consideration, agreement, and legality. Capacity. The parties entering into the contract should have the ability to understand what they are agreeing to. Minors, intoxicated people, and mentally incompetent adults do not have the mental capacity to enter into contracts.…

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"No Man is an Island" No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;... any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." --MEDITATION XVII, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, John Donne I keep hearing these words in my head as I dive into my bar prep (hard to believe I am even doing it, didn't I just start law school?). I am extremely cognizant of the many, many hands that helped…

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How To Help A loved One Understand The Benefits Of Estate Planning

Being a lawyer means you have an advantage when it comes to offering suggestions to friends and family. Understandably, you may not want to give your friends legal counsel, but when a friend is confused, it’s hard to stay completely silent. Okay, the situations portrayed in Hollywood movies regarding friends annoyingly asking their lawyer friends for advice aren’t that far off. You’ve probably had more than your fair share of friends asking you for advice, even in areas of law you aren’t even familiar with. Somehow, when people know you’re a lawyer, they think you can get them out of…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Retaining Valuable Associate Lawyers—- But for How Long and Why?

For those of you who care about what is going on in Big Law, here is a new development worth checking out --- and with critical eyes. Weil Gotshal & Manges announced last week that the firm "hopes to improve associate retention by cutting the wait for partnership" from 9 1/2 years to 7 1/2 years.  Sounds good, right?  Still a long time to wait for partnership, but better by two years.  The firm also stated that "substantially all" of the 7 1/2 year associates will be promoted to partner or counsel. That takes a little more explaining.   New partners…

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Networking Tips from Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard, Asst. Gen. Counsel - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

Last month, we were introduced to Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard, Assistant General Counsel to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bobbi-Sue graduated in 2007, the crux of the US recession. After waitressing and building her legal skills through CLEs, Bobbi-Sue took on a few clients as a sole practitioner. A very early adopter of Twitter (she even has her first name as her handle! @bobbisue), Bobbi-Sue used Twitter to comment on her life, eventually being profiled in the Boston Business Journal. As a result of the story, a local businessman hired her as in-house counsel at New England Cryogenic Center. Through Twitter, Bobbi-Sue was…

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Disability & the Summer Associate Gig: To Disclose or Not to Disclose?

During my 1L year, I was thrilled to receive a summer position at an employment rights firm that represented plaintiffs in anti-discrimination suits. I’d convinced the firm to waive its practice of hiring only rising 3Ls for summer law clerk positions. I entered my summer job with high hopes about the extraordinary cases I’d be a part of, and an understanding that, as a rising 2L, I’d need to prove myself. I knew that the firm’s associates worked around the clock, but for summer law clerks, the hours were reasonable. Feedback on my research and writing was strong, and it appeared that…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Seasoned Lawyers are Critical as Mentors for All Young Lawyers

Sometimes you just read something that you know is wrong.  Not just wrong, but Wrong, Wrong, Real Wrong. Well, that happened to me just the other day.  I was reading the Above The Law blog, and I came upon an article captioned "Why Today's Seasoned Lawyers Shouldn't Mentor Newbies."  Because I have written so much on mentoring, including in my new book to be released this summer, the article immediately interested me.  In that new book, What Millennial Lawyers Want (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers), I argue that young lawyers want more  --- not less --- attention from senior lawyers.  I argue that it is the isolation…

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Ms. CyberLaw: What’s going on with all the emails on privacy policy updates?

Welcome back!  Like mine, your e-mail inboxes have probably been flooded these past few days with messages upon messages containing subject headings along the lines of 'Privacy Policy Update' or 'GDPR and Updates to Our Privacy Policy.' It was one way of realizing that I had mindlessly signed up for countless programs, apps, websites, and so on that were now bombarding me with their concerns about privacy. With each new beep indicating a new message, I would grow closer and closer to exploring the important question: Just what is the GDPR? A few basics: GDPR stands for the European Union's General…

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