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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: Dealing with Difficult People - The Provocateur

Just because other people are fueled by drama, doesn’t mean you need to attend the performance. – Cheryl Richardson I was busily working away at my new firm when the head of my department crept into my office, eyes wide.  She hunched her shoulders down, looked around to make sure no one else was within earshot and said in a hushed tone, “Do you have a second?  I have to tell you something.”  She closed my office door.  She proceeded to tell me that a colleague had a problem with some work that I had done.  Her story didn’t ring…

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Difficult Clients: Here’s How To Deal With Them

Since many lawyers began their careers with months on end reviewing documents, it is no wonder that engaging with clients can seem to be a significant achievement and a welcome break from being in the document review den.   Yet as you begin to communicate with customers, you know that there is now an entirely new problem: that is your customers. While it is not entirely external to a GAP shop, legal services may have a clear sense of retail. You have to say often sometimes that the customer is wrong and always keeps the customer satisfied with their job,…

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How COVID-19 is Reshaping Legal Practices and Providing Opportunity for Innovations

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every industry. The legal sector is no different. However, with all of the negative aspects of the virus there are many benefits to the changing digital landscape. Some are optimistic and others are frightened about the changes. One thing is for sure, the legal practices are evolving, offering opportunities for innovation. According to a new study from LexisNexis, 64 percent of independent law firms are confident that they will survive the crisis. While many lawyers are worried about the industry, it is an opportunity for law firms to employ to new technologies and provide…

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The Case for Reading for Lawyers Reading for Leisure

As a child I was your stereotypical bookworm. Buried behind large broad rimmed glasses, I could spend hours sprawled on the living room couch. Some of my fondest childhood memories include trips to the library and going up the long spiral staircase to the “grown-up” section while my father browsed the shelves. Seeing the long stacks of books felt both like home, and like endless rows of adventure to be explored. I learned how to navigate the card catalogue and was expected to retrieve whatever reference books I needed for a school project on my own. I can still probably…

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PaulaMJones

Everything Nobody Every Told Me: Visioning Really Works

As I was approaching thirty years of working full-time, I began much more flexibility in my daily schedule.  My dream was to be able to set my own schedule instead of adhering to the schedule of others.  Unfortunately, I could not see any viable way to make that happen, since I was working in a big firm where time seemed to be the master of us all.  Over time, my frustration began to build.  Whenever I became frustrated, I began to write out what I wanted my daily life to look like.  Dreams – even those that seem impossible –…

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Susan Smith Blakely

How RBG Helped Lead the Way to Women’s Financial Independence

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone. Our mentor is missing. We all should be very sad. Our politics do not matter in this context. We all are women. We all should be grateful that this small and powerful woman walked amongst us. I was in law school at Georgetown Law (then Georgetown University Law Center (GULC)) during the mid 1970’s when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was arguing cases on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union and setting the foundation for women’s rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is entirely possible that most…

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Remembering RBG

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately nicknamed the Notorious RBG, passed away on Friday, September 18, at the age of eighty-seven. The second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, and first Jewish female justice, Justice Ginsburg is remembered fondly for her continued effort to advance rights through her progressive court opinions, and even steamier dissents, as well as her own work as a lawyer and professor in serving as a champion of equality between the sexes.  When asked for one word to describe Justice Ginsburg, Ms. JD community members used words like “inspirational,” “iconic,” “trailblazer,” and “visionary.” In celebrating her accomplishments, it is important to…

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Never Again: Society Needs to Combat Gender-based Harassment

Every day, anyone could experience sexual harassment anywhere. Unfortunately, it continues to be a problem or an illness as common as the cold in the present time. And the virus responsible for this crime comes in various forms such as sexism, moral and cultural values, power relations, and psychological factors. It varies in every situation, but each case remains a violation of an individual’s rights.Women have become an incessant target of sexual harassment. Chilean President and former UN Women Founding Executive Director Michelle Bachelet remarked that women and girls remain as subjects to threats of violence and sexual harassment, whether…

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Important Ways to Volunteer and Empower Women of All Ages

For years now, we celebrated the various significant contributions of women from all around the world by dedicating one month of the year to it. However, stories that inspire and drive others to contribute to meaningful change need not remain within the 30-day period of the Women’s History celebration.   Here are some ways for anyone, anytime, to make a difference in and uplift the lives of young girls and women of all colors and backgrounds.   Empower Young Women   Being a role model for girls and young women is important. Whenever possible, empower them to be strong, independent…

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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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