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Five Reasons to Schedule Your Whole Day

Try starting your morning by reviewing your to-do list, weeding down, and writing a roadmap for your whole day. Here are five reasons to give this a try: Increased focus.  Our days are full of temptation to jump from one project to another, tackling what pops up in front of us.  If you are scheduled to check your email from 9-9:20 a.m., dismissing a 9:07 a.m. distraction is easier.  Focusing is also easier when you are only required to attend to one thing for a limited period of time. Better time allocation.  Scheduling provides the opportunity to allocate time to…

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Getting An “A” After You Graduate

Lawyers typically start practice after years of academic excellence, accolades, awards, teacher praise, and proud relatives.  We evolve from gold stars to honor roll to Dean’s List in a constant cycle of effort and feedback.  However, legal practice is not currently a system built around such consistent feedback and praise, often making the transition to practice difficult. In school, if we studied enough, we could get the A.  There was a right answer or a best paper in the class.  In practice, there may not be a right answer or even feedback (although we should learn to ask).  There may…

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Business Development and Why it Matters Right Now

Marketing is an important part of private practice, but students do not typically learn marketing skills in law school.  Unfortunately, lawyers rarely learn business development skills or focus enough on marketing efforts until considering partnership.  Starting earlier requires effort, time, and self-discipline, but the result is worth the early investment. What is marketing/business development? Lawyers and law firms spend significant time and money marketing their services to attract new clients and developing business from new and existing clients.  However, marketing legal services is different than marketing other products and services.  Lawyers write articles, give presentations, build networks, and work to…

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Now Confirmed: Carmen Ortiz to join over 30 companies at ACI’s Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law

Network with a stellar faculty of life sciences General Counsel, government representatives, and female powerbrokers in the life sciences legal bar as they unite at the only conference dedicated to giving like-minded women the skills necessary for continued success in the life sciences space. Companies confirmed to speak to date include: Asuragen ■ Amgen ■ Avanir Pharmaceuticals ■ Bayer ■ Biocryst Pharmaceuticals ■ Biogen Idec ■ Blueprint Medicines ■ Covidien ■ Edwards Lifesciences ■ Eisai Inc ■ Endo Pharmaceuticals ■ Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals ■ Medtronic ■ Novo Nordisk ■ Pfizer Inc ■ Sanofi Pasteur ■ Terumo Corporation and many more… Featuring a Keynote Address by Marla Persky, President & CEO of WOMN LLC (Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Boehringer Ingelheim USA) Plus, hear from one of…

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Justifying Your Existence in Law School with the Help of “I Too Am”

Every time I dismiss social media as a meaningless waste of time, a new and critical use for it arises. From Harvard to the University of Michigan, students of color are using Twitter, Facebook and other social media to raise awareness about an amorphous campus secret: Black students encounter bias.  These brave students—mostly Black—are are not suffering in silence but instead are using the power of social medias’ micro-messaging systems to raise awareness about the micro-aggressions and micro-inequities (which I collectively refer to as “the micros” and I’ll define them later in this blog) on college campuses.  Instead of ranting…

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Yale Law Women Announces 2014 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms

Yale Law Women (YLW) is pleased to announce its ninth annual Top Ten Family Friendly Firms list. YLW congratulates these firms for their leadership in developing and implementing family friendly policies and practices. The 2014 Top Ten Firms, in alphabetical order, are: ARNOLD & PORTER BAKER BOTTS HOGAN LOVELLS US HUNTON & WILLIAMS KIRKLAND & ELLIS MORRISON & FOERSTER MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON VINSON & ELKINS Below are key areas of progress and opportunities for improvement from this year’s survey results.  We hope that these findings will enhance awareness and dialogue…

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Legally Brown

Being brown is one of my best attributes, and it’s one of my favorite topics of discussion. It’s fundamental to my identity and has always affected many of my perspectives, beliefs, and decisions. But when I was younger, no one was expected to talk about race and without the internet (do I sound old?), it was easy to ignore. Then I went to WashU, where everyone wanted to talk about race, and it seemed like people were generally more aware and more thoughtful in their discussions, plus it was a relatively (emphasis on relatively) diverse microcosm of the world. Then…

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Diversity Should Never Apologize to Discrimination

Whenever I see “diversity” in a New York Times article headline, I perk up. But, when the word “dishonesty” is also in the tile, I am intrigued. In Sunday’s paper, one of my favorite columnists, Ross Douthat, created a dissonance for me. Somehow, he managed to opine on three really big news items that dealt with vastly different aspects of diversity and rolled them all into one article: the anti-marriage equality CEO resigning from Mozilla; Brandeis withdrawing its invitation to Hirsi to be a graduation speaker; and Sandra Korn’s proposal to ending research at Harvard that furthers sex, race, and…

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Body Language in the Workplace

Let's say you're all set for your big interview—the one you're confident will change your career. You know you can wow the person across the desk with your accomplishments. Or you're ready to give the presentation that reflects months of hard work and success. But before you even open your mouth, the rest of your body has already spoken volumes. What does your body language say? Does it say you're confident, smart, and enthusiastic—or just the opposite? Only a small percentage of communication involves actual words: 7%, to be exact. In fact, 55% of communication is visual (body language, eye…

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What is the Cost of Marketing Complacency in 2014?

How many of us remember the great tagline “Be All That You Can Be”?  Where was this first spoken?  Yep, it was a popular slogan of the US Army from 1980-2001. An oldie but a goodie. I was reading an article in The Times recently in which a study reported that once complacency sets into a workplace it functions much like an organizational cancer, slowly eating away at the core values of the firms. This prompted my thoughts on lawyers and their marketing behavior. Regardless of the present economic conditions, your practice (and by extension, your law firm) will grow…

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