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Start Thinking of Yourself More as a Business Owner Than an Attorney

Dear Readers- Happy Spring!  As we get ready to wind down the first quarter of 2016, it is a good time to take stock of how well we are doing in achieving our work goals for this year.  Are we on track, or are we already falling a bit behind?  As we contemplate our performance, we must view ourselves through the eyes of a business owner, rather than as an attorney. Are we keeping clients happy?  Do the economics of our practice make sense? Are we getting out there enough and developing our personal brand and market awareness?  Are we strategically collaborating with others as…

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lawyergirl

Text of SUPERWOMEN JD Acceptance of Award

Dr. Ilise Levy Feitshans JD and ScM and DIR Author, Council of Europe handbook for Parliamentarians on the Ratification of the Convention Preventing Medicrime (English and French text coe.int) Ms-JD Writer in residence on international Law Ms-JD Superwomen-JD Award Recipient 2016 Thank you for inviting me and I welcome my guests Hon. Obaid Noori of the United Nations in New York who was my classmate in Geneva, Jennifer Alden of the Japan Society in New York and my brother Fred who lives nearby. I was born and raised on a self-contained island, different from its surrounding nation. I graduated high school…

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lawyergirl

Mary Poppins Viewed As a Tale of Migration

Travel is easy in a generation where airplanes land everywhere frequently and cost not more than a week or month's salary to jetaway. It is difficult to imagine the life of people who were chained to where they lived and loved, lucky to voyage to another country once in their life or perhaps to take a long journey to the next town. Yet travel was rare and expensive in the century just next door. And the few people who boldly chose to forsake everything and go to another country to start a new life only rarely ever returned home. History does not record the…

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fmjay-2nYR

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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Bari Burke

Sisters-in-Law/Then and Now—“Can I Be a Lawyer?” - Advice in Historical Newspapers

“Can I Be a Lawyer?”:   Advice in Historical Newspapers “I would like to know if there is still any very strong prejudice against the woman lawyer?  Is she at a great disadvantage?  Could I expect the sort of future my brother, were he to follow the law, would have a right to expect?”      B.F.L., a high school girl, to Miss Jessie Roberts, “The Girl’s Job:  Can I Be A Lawyer?” Idaho Statesman 1/27/1917 *        *        *        *        *        *        * During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, newspapers contained an abundance of…

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jessipatton

Why You Should (Or Should Not) Start Your Own Law Practice

For my inaugural post, it seems fitting to begin with the most important question you should ask yourself before starting your own practice: “Why am I doing this?” Starting your own practice or firm has many advantages: independence, control over your focus, and flexibility to name a few.  It can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life but if you’re doing it for the wrong reasons, you will be miserable. This question will come up constantly —in your business plan, in conversations with potential clients, and with other attorneys.  It will also be the deciding factor…

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fmjay-2nYR

Finding Inspiration in the New Year

Dear Readers: I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season. It is hard to believe that the end of 2015 is upon us, and the New Year is just around the corner. As we finish year-end client work and administrative responsibilities over the next couple of weeks, it is a great time for us to take a step back and reflect on all that we have accomplished this year, and what we have left unfinished; what we did well, and what we could have done better; what we have won, and what we have lost; and whom we have inspired, and who…

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fmjay-2nYR

The Magic of Professional Gravitas

Dear Readers- We are well into November, and the holidays are just a few weeks away. As we begin to develop our lists of goals and aspirations for 2016, it's a good time to think about additional ways we can make our mark with clients and potential clients. Being memorable and indispensable are key in these efforts. To that end, I wanted to share with you an article which originally appeared in August 2014 as an installment of my "Paradigm Shift" column in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about the magic of professional gravitas. In this installment, I explore what gravitas is…

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fmjay-2nYR

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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cynthialam

Journey to a JD: 5% of the Way There

Today is a big day.  Why?  Because as of today, I am officially 5% of the way along with my law school education.  Which means I am this much closer to earning my JD and becoming a lawyer.  Looks like it’s time to break out the champagne… Here at Penn, it is a special tradition for all the 1Ls to celebrate this milestone with a giant pizza party every year.  As I walked around the courtyard this afternoon, munching on my slice of pepperoni and mingling with my classmates, I could not help but smile.  Here I was, five weeks into…

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