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How Meditation Helped My Law Practice and Why I Think It Could Help Yours

Last year, I made equity partner at my Firm. In this blog, I have promised to tell some of the tips that I picked up along the way to share with other women lawyers who may have the same goal. Because January is a month for resolutions, I chose to start with something from my own list of New Year's resolutions: meditation. I have been meditating consistently for a few years now but my resolution is to keep it going in 2018 and to log at least 50 hours of meditation in 2018. That may sound like a lot but it…

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You’ll Pay For This: The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

I owe $226,020.79 in federal student loan debt for my legal education. Let’s start at the very beginning. I was extremely fortunate to have my undergraduate education paid for through a mix of scholarships and parental-aid. When I graduated with my shiny new B.A in Modern Languages and Cultures (yeah, I know), I had no clue what I wanted to do, and I had no concept of how different my life would be with student loans breathing down my back. In my infinite 21 year old wisdom, I decided “I don’t know what I want to do, so I will…

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From Paralegal to Associate: “So You’re thinking about going to Law School?”

A paralegal has the greatest inside view of the legal practice as opposed to someone who decides to go law school straight out of college. Often, as a paralegal, you do tasks that are given to new associate, you may have attend a trial or two, and are familiar with the legal jargon: M&A documents, closing, and so forth. But is becoming a lawyer truly what you aspire to? What are the reasons for the change? For me it was a natural next step, I had always wanted to become an attorney, and being a paralegal was just an in-between…

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Introduction - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

Hello and welcome to On the Field: Women in Sports Law! I am really looking forward to learning more about this area together this next year. To all my sports fans, let me welcome you to this column in which we’ll investigate different sports organizations, their legal impact, and how women have shaped the sports arena.   For those of you whose interests lie outside of sports, let me begin by saying I know that I may not be able to convince you of sports' merit. Besides the bloated budgets and expenditures on sports and related products that could go towards…

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How to Keep Your Sanity When Writing Legal Research Papers

Research papers are par for the course in law school. But it's easy to lose your sanity and get burnt out in the process. Use these five tips to help you stay on track and finish your paper on time. 1. Choose a Topic You're Passionate About When writing your paper, choose a topic that you're passionate about. When you care about the topic, you'll find it much easier to immerse yourself in the writing process and stay focused on the task at hand. That passion will also come through in your writing and make it more engaging. Exploring a…

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Smiling and Stuff

"Hey girl, it's okay to smile!" someone shouted at me as I walked down the steps to 24th Street Mission BART a few months ago.  My first reaction was: I know. What's THAT got to do with anything? As I'm reaching towards my thirties, and with sexual abuse and assault in the news more and more, I'm aware increasingly every day that the world sees me and labels me “woman,” and that carries its own set of connotations, expectations, and yes, risks with it. And although this is not a story about my own experience of abuse or assault, it…

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Join the Conversation:  This is Sexism

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says ‘Morning, boys.  How’s the water?’  And the two young fish swim for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over a the other and goes ‘What the hell is water?’ – David Foster Wallace, Kenyon Commencement Address, 2005 (later published as This is Water) Where is the line between what we should and shouldn’t ask of the female members of our bar?  What responsibilities do and don’t people in positions of power…

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Building your Brand and Network as a Pre-Law Student - #MsJDPreLaw Mentoring Hangout (Ep. 01)

The Ms. JD Pre-Law Program is excited to launch the #MsJDPreLaw Mentoring Hangouts, a series of conversations between attorneys and pre-law students! Our first episode, on "building your brand and network as a pre-law student," will be streamed live at 12pm ET on Saturday, January 6, 2017, at Guest speakers are: Katie Larkin-Wong - litigation associate at Latham & Watkins, Commissioner at the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, and former President of Ms. JD Nikki Datta - Class of 2019 undergraduate at Columbia University, President of the Columbia University Women in Law and Politics, and 2017 Writer-in-Residence…

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Burning the Midnight Oil

I stayed up until midnight writing a paper. As I was writing, I was intermittently caring for my two week old son and my two and a half year old son. My oldest had a hard time getting to sleep tonight (of course!) and we were in and out of his room until 10 p.m. My youngest was sleeping - the newborn life! Every time I looked over at him sleeping I thought about the classic advice you get when you have a baby: "sleep when the baby sleeps." Yeah, I would have loved to do that instead...but law school…

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Finding the Line: A Crash Course in Law School Boundaries

Reflecting on my law school years always fills me with a solid mixture of nostalgia and terror. I am one of those weirdos who really loved law school, but that “ish” was hard, particularly the first year. Everything was brand new, and I, like many others, went through a lot of personal growth. This required redefining and resetting my own boundaries with the people who were in my life before law school as well as learning to navigate new boundaries with my law school peers, professors, and administrators. This was a challenging balancing act, which I handled more gracefully at…

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