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Reality Check: Are you Staying True to Yourself?

“Run Your Own Race.” “Just Do You.” “Comparison is the Thief of Joy.”  There are multiple quotes and phrases to remind you to stay in your lane so to speak, and focus on what is important to you both professionally and personally.  In the practice of law, I frequently have to remind myself to slow down and stay focused on things that are important to me. We are all different.  Our goals are different.  The things that bring each of us joy……guess what, they are different.  Some people get a real charge out of billing over 200 hours a month…

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Mid Year Check In- Time to Connect with Yourself!

We are more than half way done with 2020. For most of us, this year has already been more eventful than we would have liked. For all of us, the year has brought a series of changes. When I applied to be Ms. JD Writer in Residence and proposed a topic focusing on the benefits of having a sense of community, I could not have dreamed about the reality we are living in today. I imagined writing articles about networking or finding a community of women who share your ethnic background or hobbies. But 2020 forced us all to rethink…

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Career Talk, How to Become Persuasive in Sales?

One essential requirement to become successful in the field of sales is the ability to persuade people. While it may sound easy, not a lot of people can persuade other people to change their minds and believe them and do or buy the things that they recommend. However, having the ability to persuade people effortlessly needs preparation, a lot of practice, and persistence. Persuasion is a natural skill that we have learned since we were kids. In fact, we experience being persuaded almost every day from watching TV, listening to music, and when talking with your friends and loved ones…

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How To Find Hidden Business Opportunities That Will Work For You

What's a business opportunity? That problem has troubled many people who have been trying to decide whether to purchase a current independent company, franchise, or business opportunity.  There is a similar relationship between career market prospects, independent sales firms, and franchises. Franchises and independent companies for sale are business opportunities, but not all commercial opportunities meet the criteria for a franchise or are standalone for sale in the strictest sense. Make sure that your business option follows all business opportunities laws, which vary from state to state, and is licensed in countries where applicable. Find out if you are interested…

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Violence Against Women During COVID-19 Times: What to do?

Your partner apologizes and claims that the hurtful behavior will not happen again; however, you fear it'll. Sometimes you wonder whether you imagine the abuse, yet the emotional or physical pain you feel is real. If it sounds familiar, you might be experiencing domestic violence. The UN has described the worldwide upsurge in domestic abuse as a"shadow pandemic" along with the Covid-19 pandemic. It has thought cases have increased by 20% during the lockdown, as many individuals are trapped at home with their abuser. Violence against women often results in injuries and acute physical, mental, reproductive, and sexual health conditions,…

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The Benefits of Voluntary Bar Associations: A Q and A with Nicole Del Rio

We hear about the importance of being involved in different organizations all the time. While this column focuses on connection, I want to remind all the young lady lawyers out there that yes, it is ok to take a step back if you have to rethink how you spend your time. You will not gain anything out of participation in a voluntary bar association if you are stretched too thin. Joining a voluntary bar association can be incredibly rewarding for lady lawyers. To offer a young lady lawyer’s perspective, I’ve asked some questions from Nicole Del Rio, Staff Attorney at…

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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: Why If You’re Hysterical, It’s Historical

I had been having problems with my email lately. I dreaded calling technical support, since my experience in the past involved sitting for a long time on hold and listening to someone reading from a script instead of thinking creatively about my problem. However, since I could not fix the problem myself and I felt I had no other options, I called my internet service provider’s technical support line. True to form, after thirty minutes on the phone we had barely moved past the point where I had repeated my name and account number to four different people. Then, after…

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dlamorie

Healing Moments on Juneteenth (and Beyond)

Today is Juneteenth and it is wonderful (but overdue) to see how quickly companies and states have embraced this moment in time to recognize it as a day of observation and declaring it a holiday. This week New York, Virginia, Oregon and Philadelphia announced they will also make Juneteenth an official holiday. Yesterday it was put forth as a bill in Congress to make it a federal holiday. Hopefully next time this year we will all be observing it officially and coming together to commemorate this critical historic milestone in our nation’s history.  Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the end of…

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Making This Moment Matter (6/9)

"Making This Moment Matter" featuring Tara Murray, Social Justice Advocate, Human Rights Lawyer, and former Public Defender in conversation with Sarah June Benjamin, Ms. JD's Public Interest and Advocacy Director Register today at https://bit.ly/msjdwebinar2

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dlamorie

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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