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MarkW

How to Survive Your Day in Court, Tips for Women

If you have a legal proceeding to go through, first of all, you should arm yourself with patience. Days in court are stressful and long, even if you’re on the winning side. There are many aspects to be considered when it comes surviving these situations, but the most important thing is to give your best and stay collected throughout the process. For that reason, here are ten tips on how to survive your day in court. 1. Have the Costs in Mind In order not to get flabbergasted to the point of a heart attack when the list of costs…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: Risk It All- The Anita Hill Story & Workplace Sexual Harassment

This kind of behavior is what makes it extremely difficult to speak out against workplace harassment and assault. To date, more than sixty women in the film and production industry have accused acclaimed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. At least two of these accusations have resulted in law enforcement officials and prosecutors opening criminal investigations that may lead to his indictment on rape and sexual assault charges. And while many may be interested in the salacious downfall of Weinstein for their own diabolical interests, there are those of us who appreciate the important conversations that have…

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AmyImpellizzeri95

Just a Girl in the Room: From Litigator to Novelist

Since my first novel, Lemongrass Hope, was published in 2014, I’ve had the fabulous fortune of being invited to (read: have lovingly crashed) dozens – maybe even close to a hundred book clubs. When we get to the part where I left my career at Skadden Arps in 2009 for what was supposed to be a one-year sabbatical, but stayed away from the law to keep telling stories, I’m often asked an understandable question – so why don’t you use your legal experience to write legal fiction? My answer has always been simple and true. Because I wasn’t a criminal…

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lvcriminaldefense

Female DUI Defense Attorneys

Women lawyers who specialize in exclusively defending people caught driving under the influence aren't plentiful. They're scarce. A Google search on "women lawyers who defend DUI only" turns up reams of lawyers talking about how to successfully defend cases where a lady received a DUI,  but nothing about female lawyers. Most women attorneys practice as  public defenders. The ones that do defend clients' against DUI charges are primarily criminal defense lawyers. Clara Shortride Foltz was the first female attorney on America's West Coast. It was Ms. Foltz who first presented the idea of the public defender. Foltz was the first…

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DiarraJoiClemonsMcCullen

The Benefits of Small Group Gatherings within the Legal Community for Women

Becoming a powerful female attorney or law school Juris Doctor of Law (J.D.) graduate in today’s grueling professional circle is no small feat for many in today’s society. May I first start out by applauding all of my fellow law school graduates and attorney groups for completing this perilous journey while many others failed or strayed too far from the path. Being a Ms. JD law school survivor or attorney in any city means you need to build and continue connections with people in the professional community at all times. Reach out with a phone call, text or social media…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: The Not So Gentle Ladies of the United States Congress

The women that serve daily on behalf of the American people are fierce trailblazers in their own right. As a means to seemingly promote gender equality, there is a new term that has been floating around the United States Congress. You see, as of late congressional members have been referring to their female House representatives and Senate members as “gentle-ladies.” (Example: The gentle lady from California will now address the House.) Now whatever your personal opinion is on the alluring appeal (or lack there of) of the term itself, there is one thing I think that we can all come…

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lawyergirl

A woman Lawyer for the Pantheon: Hommage to Simone Veil

In many places of the world, saying that someone belongs in a Pantheon is an expression, meaning that the individual is great or special.  In Paris, France, however, there really is a Pantheon. It is in the student district by the Sorbonne and in its rotunda there are the statues commemorating famous men. Few women, three to be precise, have been honored there among the men - until now.  French society weeps the passing of a great lawyer who defended women’s rights; Holocaust survivor from the concentration camp in Drancy, France; mother of three; loving wife; Minister of Health for the Republic of France; and former President of…

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bg3orge

Washington State Family-Leave

The Seattle Times recently reported on a "revolutionary" law, one-decade in the making. Washington State is joining California, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C. in mandating employers pay workers' salaries while they take time off for the birth of a child. The Washington State law allows 12 weeks of leave at 90% of income (higher than any other state mandating the pay). This law, which has technically been on the books since 2007, is funded by weekly paycheck contributions from the employee and the employer and will take effect in 2020. I'm sure you can imagine how…

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AmandaChan

Inspiring Women Human Rights Lawyers

While Amal Clooney may dominate headlines for her fashion and much more importantly, her work in human rights and women’s rights, it is important for women lawyers--aspiring or practicing alike--to know about more of the many inspirational women human rights lawyers around the world. They have diverse experiences, and the paths they have taken serve as models for other women lawyers to follow and expand upon. Fatou Bensouda is the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague. She has been serving as the Prosecutor since 2012. She previously served as a deputy prosecutor in the ICC for eight…

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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: When You’re Forced Off Your Narrative Arc, and What To Do

In my day job as Associate Director of Talent at Bliss Lawyers, many of the attorneys that I speak with describe how an alt-path gives them the flexibility to optimize their lives. BigLaw hours no longer constrain them from nurturing a side hustle into profitability, pursuit of a sub-three hour marathon, writing and publishing that novel that's been swirling around in their heads, traveling abroad, or assuming a role as family caregiver.   But many of the people I speak with - including myself - were forced off the traditional path.  Like Westworld hosts, we come into this world with a narrative arc, except one…

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