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Jannet M.

The Barred Life: A Series of Indefinite Length - Part II

PART II Lessons and Realities from the Pass List   Let’s get housekeeping out of the way. If you read my last post you know I took the California February bar exam and I was waiting for my results. So here’s the update: I didn’t pass. I sat on my living room floor with my laptop on my thighs. After navigating to the Cal Bar website, I carefully typed in my applicant number. Then my file number. I scrolled through and didn’t see my name on the pass list so I refreshed the screen. Again, I very carefully typed in my…

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The Uniform Bar Exam: An Unclear Hurdle to Licensure

Ask any attorney about his or her bar exam experience and you will get an array of stressful, nerve-racking tales, doubtfully containing any positive tones.  For me, personally, I will never forget the awful experience, including an all-nighter before the second day of the exam.  When you have to memorize black letter law for some 15-plus subjects in order to draft convincing essay answers, there’s just no time for rest.  These experiences, along with some brutal stories revolving around the Socratic Method in law school, are things that bind licensed attorneys together.  It’s awful, but it’s a rite of passage.  And…

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Tristany

How Can the Military’s Rules on Professionalism Help You?

You probably know that members of the military follow certain rules, regulations, customs, and traditions, from the requirement to wear a uniform to rules on how we interact with others. You may not know, however, that you can use military rules to boost your professionalism and personal brand in your own job. As an officer in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, I am evaluated not only on the quality of my work product, but also less tangible characteristics like leadership and military bearing. Military bearing includes the way I walk, talk, wear my uniform, and interact with others.…

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Lawyering in a Crisis: What Five Puerto Rican Women Did in the Aftermath of a Major Hurricane

Imagine living with no power for 10 months as a result of two major hurricanes and having to prepare for a third one. Or imagine being grateful for having your power back after 6 months but still having a blue tarp for a roof. That was the reality for thousands of Puerto Ricans this week when Beryl, the first hurricane of the season, formed in the Atlantic. I think we can all attest to the gut-wrenching feeling of anticipation the day we were expecting Hurricane María last year. Gazing out the window with my sister at 5:00 am still feels like yesterday,…

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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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Jannet M.

The Barred Life: A Series of Indefinite Length - Part I

PART I A Personal Thing, but a Family Affair I’m a December graduate of Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and took the February 2018 California Bar Exam. The month is May but I've been an emotional wreck since February. I write this post sitting two days away from knowing my fate and an alien feeling has come over me - my emotional wreckage is finally settling. The closer I’ve gotten to the result date, the more I let go of my anxiety, fear, numbness, and desire to control. This is a major breakthrough I'm profoundly proud of because I've…

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iAvaLee

To be a Woman and to be Workplace Ready

For a man, the common mantra is “seize the day.” For a woman, the common mantra is “act accordingly.” The ideal woman projects grace and cooperation. She is to complement situations, not challenge them. She is to follow rules, not make them. Easy to smile and easy to laugh, she is to sidestep her wants and needs for the greater good. One must be assertive, firm, and steadfast to reach personal and professional objectives, however these traits are downplayed at the for fear of being rejected or unlikeable. I remember my first day as a law clerk. It was standard protocol to listen and take notes during meetings. No one wanted to…

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Chudnovsky Law

Chudnovsky Law profile and firm information Chudnovsky Law is a law firm founded by Tsion Chudnovsky with offices in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, California. The firm's multi-lingual lawyers practice criminal defense, DUI defense, immigration, professional licensing defense and personal injury law. The firm's legal team includes a former government prosecutor and public defense lawyers that know the California legal system inside out and how to achieve the best possible outcome in client cases. Chudnovsky Law's highly skilled lawyers have a great track record in California courts and have successfully handled thousands of cases and trials of all types. Our experienced, multi-lingual legal team includes different types of…

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Dynamic Duo: Matthew O’Leary and Janet Wallace

Ms. JD is on a mission to interview power pairs--best friends, sisters, spouses, and business partners--who suport each other in life and/or work. We asked our former VP, Janet Wallace, and her partner, Matthew O'Leary, about their business partnership.   1. Tell us a little about your relationship. Janet: We co-founded O'Leary Wallace LLP.  Matt: We're co-founders of a trusts and estates law firm. We're also libation confidants. 2. What brought you together? Janet: We were at a local bar function where two attorneys were presenting on disruptive innovation in law practice. These two attorneys were running a successful firm with low overhead through the…

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It’s Time To Beat The Burn Out: The Importance of Well-Being In The Legal Profession

THE CURRENT CLIMATE Burnout, stress, anxiety, depression – whatever you want to call it – if you’re in the legal profession there is a chance that you’ll feel it at some point in your career. Lawyers are constantly reaching for a professional-personal life balance, and the pressure to deliver can feel enormous for even the most confident and most competent lawyers. Unsurprisingly, burnout starts in law school. A 2014 research survey on law student well-being revealed that law students might have higher rates of anxiety and depression than other graduate students. (Jerome M. Organ et al., “Suffering in Silence: The…

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