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Meet #Superwoman Diane L. Rosenfeld

The Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award is given to a woman who inspires others by her commitment and passion to her work. Diane L. Rosenfeld, who has a long history of advocating for issues concerning violence against women, truly embodies the spirit of the Woman of Inspiration Award!  Previously, Ms. Rosenfeld served as an Executive Assistant Attorney General in Illinois where she provided legal policy advising on women’s rights, among other issues. She then moved on to serve as the Senior Counsel to the Violence Against Women Office (now the Office of Violence Against Women) of the U.S. Department…

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So You Want to be An International Lawyer: International Law Without Travel

Globalization. A word that makes everything ordinary seem faraway and yet captures the essence of how interdependent our economy at home has become, inextricably linked to economies abroad. The notion that things happening far away are not part of our local world is no longer true. A old phrase has disappeared from our daily life:  “that has as little to do with my life as the price of tea in China!”   because the daily importance of the price of tea in China has grown exponentially. Sitting in the office using a mug from Las Vegas made in China to sip…

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Résumé Writing FAQs for Legal Management Professionals

Times New Roman or Arial, that is the question. Actually, that’s one of several questions that befuddles résumé writers. Don’t despair. Read on for some popular writing FAQs. Should I put my cell phone number on my résumé? You should include your cell phone number on your résumé if it is likely to assist a hiring party in reaching you. If you never turn your cell phone on except for emergency situations, then don’t use it as a contact number. Likewise, if calls are likely to drop off the planet due to reception in your calling area, it might not…

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Lawyers Must Focus on Their New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Readers- Happy 2016 to you all!  I hope that your holidays were filled with much laughter, joy and memorable times with family and friends.  As we are well into January and celebrating Martin Luther King Day this week, it is a good time for us to reflect on our wishes and goals for the year. New Year's resolutions are top of mind, and we should all think about where we are headed in 2016.  In January 2012, I began writing my monthly column "Paradigm Shift" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and my first installment, which originally published on January 10, 2012, focused on New Year's resolutions.…

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A Parliament of OWLs (Older Wiser Learners): Bramble Bush, Thoughts for Winter Break

I am waist deep in winter break.  In the past ten days, I have driven 1400 miles, sorted bank statements and health insurance paperwork, visited the school where I taught, walked my favorite beach, baked bread and cookies, wasted hours online, and celebrated Christmas.  There are appointments scheduled for the car, the dentist, and the doctor, and the Heir flew back to Boston early yesterday morning.  By noon, I was bored. Bored?  No kidding, bored.  I have multiple knitting projects going; I’m walking every day, exploring the city and the campus beyond the law school, and I’m reading three books. Two are not…

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Feeling Stuck in Your Job? Tips to Adjust in a Slow Economy

Many are stuck in a job they hate because they can’t afford to quit or can’t find other employment under these weak economic conditions. If you can’t change jobs, then you must change your attitude. Begin by asking yourself—what worked for me? Most people enjoy a honeymoon phase in the early stages of a job. What was it that made the job enjoyable or enticing in the first place? What has changed?  Often this kind of introspection brings about a realization that it’s the de-motivating aspects of the job getting you down rather than the entire job. Try to find ways to tame the…

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Ladies of the House (and Senate): The Continuing Conundrum of All Male Panels

I’ve been going to law-related conferences for almost 20 years. As a law student, I was usually fairly dazzled by any panelists and their expertise. However, as the years pass it has become more obvious that the speakers at legal conferences are often more disproportionately white and male than the audiences. Evidently, my experience is not unusual. A new tumblr titled “Congrats, you have an all male panel” caused a buzz in 2015. It had winning internet-humor by using a “Hoffsome stamp” to mock pictures of all male panels with a 1980s era David Hasselhoff giving a thumbs up. But it was the ring of…

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Good Manners Mean Good Business

There was a television commercial for a personal injury firm where one of the actors gave the following testimonial: “They weren’t just lawyers. They were human beings.” All lawyer jokes aside, let’s safely presume that lawyers and human beings are not two distinct species. What the ad really highlights is the issue of “bedside manners.” So how well-mannered are you with your clients? Are you human—or humane? What would your best or worst client have to say about that? As the oft-used expression goes, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. That applies to your…

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6 Simple Steps to Acquire Probate

What is probate? Have you ever thought what happens to the assets of a person when he or she dies? The answer is simple - his/her property is probated and the will is vested in the trustee. You might be asking, what is probate. Probate is the transferring of person's possession after they die. Part of this legal process is verifying whether the will of the deceased person is genuine or not. Probate judges the validity of asseveration and demands made against the property done by the inheritors and beneficiaries. It involves distributing the possession and property in the trustee.…

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Innovation in the Law

Dear Readers- I hope that your October is off to a great start. Over the past year or two, we have been hearing more and more about innovation. While it is most often in the context of technology and medicine, we have no choice but to acknowledge its importance in all aspects of the legal profession - from the way in which our law schools teach their students, to the way law firms train their associates, and how they package and deliver services to clients. We as lawyers have a lot to learn from the engineers and scientists among us. In March…

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