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How Divorce Affects Immigration: What to Do If You Are a Conditional Resident?

Divorce can be a nerve-wracking experience for both partners. But it can become worse if one of the partners is a U.S. resident and the other is a non-resident or a conditional resident. In order to convert your conditional residency into permanent residency, you must fulfill two conditions, which are: You must be married in good faith, i.e. you should not have married for the sole purpose of obtaining a green card, and You must be married for at least two years. In order to get permanent residency, both partners need to file the Form I-751, Petition to Remove the…

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Re: Twelve Year Old Girl Lawyer

“You would make a good secretary” – Attorney in my office “Are you a paralegal or a legal assistant?” – Opposing counsel “You’re a lawyer?  But you look like you’re 14.” – Receptionist for my office. I read Ms. Raposa’s Ms. JD blog post about being a twelve-year-old-girl lawyer.  I am a twelve-year-old-girl lawyer.  In reality, I am 25 and I have been out of law school just shy of two years.  The above quotes are just a few examples of the things I hear on a daily basis.  I recognize that blog posts are limited by their nature in…

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Four Reasons Why Telecommuting Is Better For Women (That Have Nothing To Do With The Mommy Thing)

I’m going to throw out a bold prediction. Working from home is better for women. Especially for women in high-intensity, male-dominated professions, such as law. Here are four reasons why – none of which have anything to do with childcare flexibility. 1.That Hair-and-Makeup Thing.   This morning, I witnessed one of my closest friends (a non-lawyer who works in an executive role at a financial institution in Midtown Manhattan) spend close to an hour on hair and makeup prior to leaving for work. After rising before the sun and disappearing into the bathroom, she sat down next to me on…

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Skirting the Ceiling: Hope in the Aftermath of Harvey

To celebrate the end of the first week of school and the start of 2L year, Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston and wreaked widespread havoc on a city that houses a population similar to that of the entire state of Delaware. As a citizen of Houston, I saw firsthand the damage my childhood neighborhood took from a tornado and subsequent flooding that drove thousands from their homes. I watched on the news as flooding caused evacuations, explosions, power outages, and contamination of drinking water due to chemical plant and water treatment plants’ inundation. Each and every day, we woke up news…

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Breaking the Ice: 8 Conversation Tips for Your Next Networking Event!

Networking events can be a pain, especially if you're not comfortable in a room-full of strangers. However, networking remains crucial to attorneys in that they get to access information about jobs and current developments in their field. Networking also helps lawyers meet potential clients and peers. That being said, merely attending a networking event won't make the tide turn in anyone's favor. You have to work to make the event work for you! So if you're an introvert or simply bad at striking up a conversation and holding it, here are some tips to help you break the ice and…

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Put the Kids First During a Divorce

As a legal professional, you’ve probably seen your fair share of messy divorces, even if family law isn’t in your area of expertise. It’s tough on everyone, especially kids when they’re involved. As you go through your own divorce with kids in tow, make sure your kids come first. Divorce Often Hurts Kids the Most An overwhelming amount of research reveals that kids are usually the innocent victims of divorce. “Parents, who have given the children life, are perceived by the children as very competent people with supernatural abilities to meet the needs of the children. No problem should be…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Failure is a State of Mind

Name: Ryan S. Ragland, Esq. Professional Title: Municipal Trial Counsel, Hamilton County Public Defender Sector: Public Law School: The Ohio State University Years Practicing: 1.5 years  Area of Specialization: Criminal Defense “I am passionate about making sure they are humanized.”  Full disclosure: the woman I am featuring in this month’s edition of Failure Turned Inside Out is one of my best friends in the entire world. And while I may be a bit biased here, I think that her poise, maturity, and depth as a human being is awe-inspiring because these characteristics speak to the qualities that true carriers of…

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The Fear of the Unknown

I started taking my son to an early learning center when he was three months old so that I continue going to law school. He has attended that same school since and is now two and a half. That first day was rough. So rough, that I made my husband drop him off and I still cried. I will never forget it. But the tears were short lived because I knew it was the right thing to do. I knew that I was doing something that would benefit my family in the long run. I also knew that I was…

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The End of Summer and Feelings of Inadequacy

The past two months passed by quickly. The last vestiges of summer is here, with a new school year to begin in four days. My oldest will be starting 3rd grade, while my other two will remain home for awhile longer. It is quite possible my second will be starting pre-school in January. It depends on whether there is space for him. As summer ends, I feel remorse and regret. Not because I did not take the bar. More so that I feel I was not ‘good enough’ as a mother to my children. Every year, there are certain annual…

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My Shema [A Poem for DACA & A Promise to Defend]

My Shema-Call to Prayer   When the neo-Nazis came for my city, I looked out And saw people passing out yarmulkes I cried tears of happiness, relief,  as I gripped my Star of David Given to me by my Episcopalian father, a sign of Tolerances over differences My ancestors fled Europe because their own homes Didn’t want them They wanted something better A job where they could work without ridicule, harassment or persecution. Sound familiar?   We defend the right to move The right to avoid death The liberty to be you Whatever that means Wherever that is When Tuesday…

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