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KatMacfarlane

Owning Up to My Reality: I’m Disabled, and I Always Will Be

I struggle with calling myself disabled. It’s much easier to write “I’m disabled” than it is to say it out loud. I use an endless list of euphemisms instead. “I need to sit down.” “I need extra time to board.” “I’m just not feeling up to it.” "It's going to be hard for me to make that walk." I’m not sure I’ve ever said the words “I’m disabled.” I’ve had countless conversations about my need for reasonable accommodations, and my volatile health, but generally avoid claiming my status.  Which is ridiculous. I've spoken at legislative hearings about the tremendous impact…

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johemmer

Women in the Legal Field & the #MeToo Conversation

Regardless of a woman’s age, race, location, career or economic status, most have either experienced sexual harassment first-hand or know of someone who has.  With the numerous allegations made in the past year against Harvey Weinstein and dozens of other powerful figures in Hollywood, the media and politics, and the explosion of the #MeToo movement, the prevalence of sexual harassment in American society has never been more exposed than it is right now.  There has not been a formal study conducted on sexual harassment specifically in the legal field, until now.  Lauren Stiller Rikleen, founder and President of the Rikleen Institute for…

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Jeanne1408

Lawyering in a Crisis: What Five Puerto Rican Women Did in the Aftermath of a Major Hurricane

Imagine living with no power for 10 months as a result of two major hurricanes and having to prepare for a third one. Or imagine being grateful for having your power back after 6 months but still having a blue tarp for a roof. That was the reality for thousands of Puerto Ricans this week when Beryl, the first hurricane of the season, formed in the Atlantic. I think we can all attest to the gut-wrenching feeling of anticipation the day we were expecting Hurricane María last year. Gazing out the window with my sister at 5:00 am still feels like yesterday,…

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Shundt

Islands

"No Man is an Island" No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;... any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." --MEDITATION XVII, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, John Donne I keep hearing these words in my head as I dive into my bar prep (hard to believe I am even doing it, didn't I just start law school?). I am extremely cognizant of the many, many hands that helped…

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iAvaLee

To be a Woman and to be Workplace Ready

For a man, the common mantra is “seize the day.” For a woman, the common mantra is “act accordingly.” Women are conditioned to believe their self-worth is based on following rules or being good. The ideal woman projects grace, cooperation, and compliance.  She tailors herself to be pleasant and acceptable, laughing at humorless jokes and brushing off blatant offenses. She accommodates and sidesteps her wants for the greater good. Unfortunately, this approach can leave one professionally stagnant. Being assertive, firm, and steadfast are required to achieve personal and professional objectives. But these traits are often downplayed for fear of being rejected or…

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paigemrgreene91@gmail.com

It’s Time To Beat The Burn Out: The Importance of Well-Being In The Legal Profession

THE CURRENT CLIMATE Burnout, stress, anxiety, depression – whatever you want to call it – if you’re in the legal profession there is a chance that you’ll feel it at some point in your career. Lawyers are constantly reaching for a professional-personal life balance, and the pressure to deliver can feel enormous for even the most confident and most competent lawyers. Unsurprisingly, burnout starts in law school. A 2014 research survey on law student well-being revealed that law students might have higher rates of anxiety and depression than other graduate students. (Jerome M. Organ et al., “Suffering in Silence: The…

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biglawinvestor

10 Habits of Wealthy Lawyers

Setting yourself up for financial success isn’t about making one good decision. If willpower were all it took to get rich, we’d all have a million dollars by 3 pm and on a flight to a tropical island by 7 pm. Unfortunately (or fortunately really), building wealth is about changing behaviors through developing new habits. And just like any habit you’ve ever changed, it’s not something that happens overnight. You’ll have to build these habits over time. Here are my top 10 habits of financially successful people. Habit 1: Paradigm Shift People that are successful with money believe that money…

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biglawinvestor

Don’t Be An Investing Clown

The stock market just finished a great year. For every dollar invested on January 1, 2017, in an index fund tracking the S&P 500, the market returned a whopping 19.42% in appreciation by the end of the year. That’s not even taking into consideration the dividends paid. If you add in those, the index investor saw a return of 21.83% on each dollar invested (less fees, which of course should be kept to a minimum). Those are exciting numbers. What does a 21.83% return get you? Well, it doubles your money every 3.3 years for a start. You could get…

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lawyergirl

Mentor’s Corner: What’s the Difference in Gendered Education?

Dr. Ilise L Feitshans JD and ScM and DIR Swiss 0041 79 836 3965  USA  917 239 9960     forecastingnanolaw@gmail.com Award Recipient MS-JD SUPERWOMEN- JD  2016 Author, Report to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE, 47 Nations Representing 850 million people) NANOTECHNOLOGY: BALANCING BENEFITS AND RISKS TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT accepted unanimously in Parliament www.coe.int (English, French and Russian). Auhtor, Handbook For Parliamentarians on the Convention Preventing Counterfeit Medicines("Medicrime") Council of Europe, in English French Russian and Spanish www.coe.int  Forthcoming  Chapter in the Book (Mark Hoover, NIOSH and Nathan Baker, Eds) NANOINFORMATICS: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES  Forthcoming Book,…

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admin@immigrationslaw.com

How to Become a Top Lawyer and Love Doing It

If you do good work and can promote yourself, career doors will open for you. As a new female lawyer or soon to be lawyer, there are many things to learn as you develop who you are and what you will do in your career. One key facet that has helped me at Chudnovsky Law is to learn how to promote myself at work and build a book of business. As a lawyer you will need to learn how to market yourself and communicate your expertise to clients early in your career. If you can do that effectively, you will be an…

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