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Stand Your Ground Has Been Used More Than Just Trayvon Martin

Sixty-five year old Michael Monahan had been living in West Palm Beach on a sailboat he had purchased from forty-nine year old Raymond Mohlman.  Monahan had not gotten around to registering the boat in his name when Mohlman and his friend Matthew Vittum paid him visit in April, 2011.  It seems Mohlman had a backlog of $500 worth of citations that he wanted Monahan to pay though the citations were accrued by Mohlman.  Monahan refused to pay for citations he had not incurred even though he was the legal owner of the boat.  An argument broke out between the men.…

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Laura Bladow

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

I recently had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg regarding her career and relentless support of advancing women in the legal profession. Bobbi is a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan, and Black in Philadelphia. Her practice focuses on class actions, antitrust and complex commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense. Bobbi’s robust career as a litigator and her leadership of numerous efforts to advance women in the legal profession are both fueled by her passion and grit.   Bobbi’s journey to selecting her practice area is “a great story about grit. I had clerked on the United…

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Laura Bladow

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

In July, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Lexi Menish, an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Lexi is a member of Freshfields' litigation practice, where she works on international arbitrations and global investigations. She worked with Freshfields in New York for three and a half years and now works in Singapore. Prior to law school, Lexi worked in Central China for three years where she developed an interest in rule of law and economic development issues. Lexi pursued her interest in international law at Vanderbilt Law School in a number of ways, and she ultimately found her niche…

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Laura Bladow

No Layover: The Ins & Outs of International Careers in Law - An Interview with Yi-Chin Ho

I recently had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Yi-Chin Ho regarding her work at Latham & Watkins LLP. Yi-Chin is a litigation partner in the White Collar Defense & Investigations and Antitrust & Competition practice groups. Her practice primarily focuses on representing Chinese or Taiwanese clients with business in the United States. Despite the challenges of bridging two very different cultures, she has leveraged her language and legal skills to build a thriving international practice. Even before starting law school, Yi-Chin knew that she wanted to use her law degree and language skills to bridge the gap of legal…

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meganeboyd

Law School Rules: Five to Keep and Five to Break

As you’ve probably already discovered, when you tell people you’re going to law school, everyone wants to offer tips and advice, even those people who were never law students themselves! Much of the guidance you’ve heard (or will hear) is contradictory. Based on my experience as a law student, the experiences of my friends and colleagues, and what I’ve seen teaching first-year law students, I’ve compiled a list of five law school rules you can break and five you should definitely follow! Rule to Break #1—Read the Cases and You’ll Do Well in Law School This rule isn’t 100% wrong—you…

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MWillis

South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - June President’s Message

June 8, 2015 Re:      Are We Having Fun, Yet? “Midlife,” they say, “is where fun goes to die.”  Really?  Well, not if I have anything to do with it. Dr. Marguerite here, with your “RX” for June:  Have more fun!  Sing, dance, drive a go-kart.  Have two big laughs tonight and call me in the morning. It turns out that fun and games are good for you.  When women get out and “play,” they cope better with stress, which sets up protective mechanisms that contribute to health and wellbeing.  Apparently, when it comes to stress prevention, fun and play can create a suit of armor. I do not…

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racheloliver

Are Gender Schemas Still Shaping Lives of Women Lawyers

Despite achieving significant fame in the legal world, women lawyers still lag behind their male colleagues in various ways. Billing rates are just one of them. According to a new analysis, female attorneys are paid 10 percent less for their services. While it is true that the number of female lawyers practising today has considerably increased (32.9 percent as of 2014), they are still battling gender bias. Recent studies too indicate that the undercurrent of gender bias does exist in the legal profession. It is imperative for all practicing attorneys to identify areas of gender bias in their profession and…

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racheloliver

Issues affecting Women in the Legal Profession

    Women in the legal profession today no longer face the challenges that were encountered 25-30 years back. However, there are still several unique, gender-based issues they have to face. Women lawyers, especially younger lawyers are judged and compared to their male counterparts almost always. While aggressive women attorneys are often judged as harsh and unpleasant, the passive or those not aggressive enough are termed as weak and someone who lacks self-confidence to do the job. Women attorneys are also criticized for lacking physical attributes like weight, height and/or a deep voice, which are considered to convey experience and…

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smwinfield

Women in Human Rights Law: Kathy Roberts

In January 2015, Katie Larkin-Wong gave a presentation to UC Hastings' NWLSO chapter on the power of social media in career development. Fired up by her talk, I immediately resolved to start a column on women in human rights, as that area of the law is my passion. Every other month over the course of the next year, I’ll interview and profile a woman who practices human rights law, blogging about each interviewee’s life, passions, and advice for budding human rights lawyers.  In March 2015, I had the honor of shadowing Kathy Roberts, Legal Director of the Center for Justice & Accountability…

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JeffTomczak

What to Expect from Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

Are you looking at some serious penalties and/or some time in prison? What you need is a criminal defense lawyer fighting for you. Criminal defense lawyers defend individuals or organizations against crimes such as domestic violence, sex crimes, theft, fraud, embezzlement, drug crimes, driving under the influence, murder, and attempt to murder and other violent crimes. If you have been charged with any of these or similar kind of crimes and looking at a hefty criminal penalty or prison time, you will need to appoint a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer, unless of course you are entitled to a…

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