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Mentor’s Corner:  Sexual Harassment at Work

My Mom worked as a typing teacher and life skills coach starting when I was very young.  The Principal in my mother’s school  was kindly, tall, slightly charming and handsome man with a big smile for everyone. He ran a public school for special education students in an era when the idea of educating those students was an experiment, almost a generation before the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the subsequent laws that educate people with invisible cognitive disabilities. It was a job for a visionary , creative and hardworking man, and he was the right man…

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15 Top Legal Defenses to Criminal Charges: Tips for New Lawyers

There are many ways to fight criminal charges and win. Here are some of the most successful legal defenses we use at Chudnovsky Law when defending our clients. The defenses are presented from the perspective of a crime charged under California law, but the same defenses apply in most states.   1) Mistaken Identity Incorrect witness identification is a major source for incorrect accusations. This can happen if a person’s description is similar to a criminal perpetrator or if a witness assumes someone committed a crime due to circumstances or they are trying to cover for a crime they committed. 2) Accident Most California…

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The Gender Doesn’t Matter: The Best Female Lawyers When It Comes To Divorce

There will come a time when you find that one person whom you think you will be spending the rest of your life with and then you think of getting married. At first, happiness and satisfaction are there but as years pass by, your marriage becomes fragile. There are various reasons for a couple to get a divorce. It can be infidelity which is the usual cause of the collapse of most marriages. Lack of communication and the constant arguing might also be the motives. Getting a divorce is never simple, particularly when it is yours. Some people work better…

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The Importance of Females in the Legal Profession

The fight for equality rages on The fight for equality amongst all people has been there for decades, and it is bound to even get more vigorous with time. It is the value of this course that makes many people very passionate about it. The importance of having a diverse society where everyone has equal opportunity regardless of their gender, race or sexual orientation cannot be overemphasized. One of the areas where equality is being advocated for is in the legal profession. Many have and are still pioneering for women equality in the legal profession. Over the years, there has…

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How Ritu Bhasin Seeks to Create an Empowered & Inclusive World

“I define authenticity as the practice of consistently choosing to know, embrace, and be who we are as often as possible.” Ritu Bhasin is a global leadership and inclusion expert. Over the years, I’ve learned more about her work and have heard her speak on numerous occasions. I’ve developed a strong appreciation for her interesting and entrepreneurial career path, thought leadership, and dynamic presence. This blog post captures a conversation I had with her several months ago. Through this post, you’ll learn more about Ritu and her forthcoming book, The Authenticity Principle, which will be released on October 5, 2017.…

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How to keep your cool while you wait for bar results

There are approximately 1.3 million licensed lawyers in the United States (1). Take a moment and think about the fact that, except in a diploma state, each one of them studied, sat for, and waited for their bar exam results. While this might give you comfort or increase your anxiety, I hope it will give you peace of mind that you are not the only one having gone through this experience. On a personal note, I went through the process three times and each time I had to be patient, know that I did my best, fill my time with activities I…

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What *exactly* is free speech under the 1st amendment?

Lately there's been a lot of legal buzzwords and buzz phrases thrown around in the news. Free speech, First Amendment, hate speech are just a few of these. This post will give an overview of the legal basics about free speech. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” But what does that actual…

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“They is starting law school next week:” Gender-neutral pronouns are awkward at first but worth it.

My Law and Public Policy class begins next week.  But before we jump into reading cases and writing briefs we will introduce ourselves and share our preferred pronouns.  I prefer “she/her/hers.” Every year I have two or three students who prefer “they/them/theirs.”  At first I thought this was a ridiculous waste of everyone’s time. We have legislative processes to learn!  Executive orders to scrutinize! But, I’ve come to appreciate the practice. It reminds me to be mindful of people unlike me and I hope it signals to the students that our class values inclusion. In 2015, the press was already…

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The Benefits of Small Group Gatherings within the Legal Community for Women

Becoming a powerful female attorney or law school Juris Doctor of Law (J.D.) graduate in today’s grueling professional circle is no small feat for many in today’s society. May I first start out by applauding all of my fellow law school graduates and attorney groups for completing this perilous journey while many others failed or strayed too far from the path. Being a Ms. JD law school survivor or attorney in any city means you need to build and continue connections with people in the professional community at all times. Reach out with a phone call, text or social media…

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A woman Lawyer for the Pantheon: Hommage to Simone Veil

In many places of the world, saying that someone belongs in a Pantheon is an expression, meaning that the individual is great or special.  In Paris, France, however, there really is a Pantheon. It is in the student district by the Sorbonne and in its rotunda there are the statues commemorating famous men. Few women, three to be precise, have been honored there among the men - until now.  French society weeps the passing of a great lawyer who defended women’s rights; Holocaust survivor from the concentration camp in Drancy, France; mother of three; loving wife; Minister of Health for the Republic of France; and former President of…

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