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A Woman of Wine and Business: An Interview with Bottle Rush Founder Tamara Lover

This week, I interviewed my dear friend Tamara Lover about her company Bottle Rush, which she founded when she was pregnant with her first child and launched while she was pregnant with her second. The idea for Bottle Rush was born out of necessity.   When Tamara, the co-founder, graduated from wine school her friends discovered they had their own personal sommelier on speed dial.   As word spread, requests for the perfect wine pairing and gifts increased. A lot. Tamara quickly realized she needed to figure out a way to automate her services so that everyone could have their own wine expert at their…

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Finding Inspiration in the New Year

Dear Readers: I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season. It is hard to believe that the end of 2015 is upon us, and the New Year is just around the corner. As we finish year-end client work and administrative responsibilities over the next couple of weeks, it is a great time for us to take a step back and reflect on all that we have accomplished this year, and what we have left unfinished; what we did well, and what we could have done better; what we have won, and what we have lost; and whom we have inspired, and who…

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5 Areas in Which People Are Constantly Looking for Legal Advice

When deciding upon the direction your legal career is going to develop, it helps to think long-term and choose areas that are growing in popularity and show no signs of slowing down. Here are 5 spheres that may be good finds for any new and aspiring lawyer. 1.Debt Advice More forward-thinking people ask for debt legal advice before taking a loan. Those less prudent tend to look for it after they already got into trouble – but in most cases, they are going to need it. It is especially true in case of title loans, as different firms often offer…

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Women in Law: Is Equality The Rule Here?

                                             (Image Source) The legal profession, from its very beginning has been male dominated. Let's take the example of one of the most popular Shakespearean plays, 'The Merchant of Venice.' Even though Shakespeare had the courage to make his female protagonist Portia play a significant role in the courtroom, she had to disguise as a male jurist. But of course this is not the 16th century and things have changed radically. At least, a woman doesn't need to disguise as a male to practice law. That said, gender bias still exists in this profession. While browsing the Internet a couple…

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The Magic of Professional Gravitas

Dear Readers- We are well into November, and the holidays are just a few weeks away. As we begin to develop our lists of goals and aspirations for 2016, it's a good time to think about additional ways we can make our mark with clients and potential clients. Being memorable and indispensable are key in these efforts. To that end, I wanted to share with you an article which originally appeared in August 2014 as an installment of my "Paradigm Shift" column in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about the magic of professional gravitas. In this installment, I explore what gravitas is…

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Getting to Know Jennifer Rubin, Mintz Levin’s Fearless “Dudette”

I recently spoke to Mintz Levin Partner Jennifer Rubin, who was gracious enough to give me a few minutes of her time for an interview for Ms. JD. I was extremely impressed by Rubin, and I think you will be too.     In her 25-year career as a lawyer, Rubin has gone from handling general commercial litigation cases as a young associate to building a bi-coastal employment practice. It would seem that someone this dedicated should have been preparing all her life to be a lawyer. But Rubin isn’t one of those people. She “wasn’t a very good student” in high school and never thought…

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Women Leading Change: Transforming the Law School Classroom

“Schools are the garden for leadership- the places where seeds are planted and first green shoots spotted, tended, and encouraged.” John Adair, How to Grow Leaders: The Seven Key Principles of Effective Leadership Development As the new school year approaches, parents are filling backpacks, college students are buying textbooks, and teachers are finishing their final lesson plans. In the haste of preparing for back to school, a time for reflection is often missed. This leaves questions unanswered such as: What is the purpose of education? What skills will students develop in the classroom? What is in the hands of students…

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Laura Bladow

No Layover: The Ins & Outs of International Careers in Law - An Interview with Lisa Savitt

I recently had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Lisa Savitt, a Partner in The Axelrod Firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Lisa’s practice focuses on international and domestic litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution, representing foreign and domestic companies in matters involving complex legal, regulatory and technical issues. She is also Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law. Albeit unexpected, Lisa’s legal work for the aviation industry launched her career in international law. Today, she encourages aspiring international attorneys to keep an open mind about their future career paths and to join the Section of International…

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Lawyering in the Tech World

By Paul Freiberger When people think of lawyers working in tech, especially lawyers who entered the profession with the goal of a tech-centric career, they tend to picture people who came to the law through the technology portal. The quintessential example – perhaps the stereotype – is the MIT graduate who majored in electrical engineering and has made law school part of a journey that leads inevitably back to tech. It’s a career path that parallels the path of a doctor or nurse who adds a JD in order to specialize in medical malpractice or to bring the legal perspective…

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The Future of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case of 2012-2013.   After all, Florida law had always recognized the right of self defense in the home under the “Castle Doctrine” from the seventeen century decree.  Protection outside the home was based on common sense law: if threatened with serious bodily harm one had the right to protect oneself and others if retreat appeared impossible.  So, little concern was expressed when the NRA and the relentless NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer pushed “Stand Your Ground” legislation through both houses of the Florida Congress. Longstanding Law Without Recognition: It seemed as if nothing had really changed.  That is until the…

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