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The Introvert Lawyer’s Guide to Networking

A few years ago, a meme that I found hilarious circulated the internet. It read “Introverts of the world unite! Separately. In your own homes.” That meme is both true and not true and maybe that’s why it is funny. It is true because introverts tend not to like large group activities, but it is also not true because it doesn’t mean they can’t do the things that we tend to categorize as activities for extroverts. I’m a trial lawyer, I love public speaking, and I am an introvert. Networking is a part of professional life for most lawyers, even…

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You’ll Pay for This: Choosing The Right Repayment Plan

After going to law school, I like to think that I have a pretty high threshold for the “I have no idea what I’m doing” feeling and can ultimately figure most things out with enough research. However, when it was time to figure out which repayment plan I should use to start paying back my law school loans, I was in tears of confusion in 5 minutes flat. I was immediately paralyzed by questions, such as “Why are there so many options?”, “Why do they all sound the same?”, “How do the payments range from $0 to $3,000?”, “How do…

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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 and being "good." The ideal woman projects grace, cooperation, and compliance.  She tailors herself to be acceptable and pleasant.  She accommodates and sidesteps her wants for the greater good. Unfortunately, this outlook can leave one professionally stagnant. Being assertive, firm, and steadfast are required to achieving personal and professional objectives. But these traits are often downplayed by women for fear of being rejected or worse, "unlikeable." I remember my first day at work. I was a fresh graduate…

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Statistically Weeping: The Role of Fear

Take a moment to picture your average law student. They look like your typical twenty something, still fresh faced out of undergrad, right? Let that student list off their credit hours, and explain what that translates to in terms of hours spent reading and briefing each night. Listen to her describe the hours she spends in clinic each week on top of editing for a journal. Or maybe he’ll tell you about the internship he travels across the city for every day while he keeps up the co-presidency of a law society. I’d be willing to lay down good money…

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Drive Your Journey: Determining the Best Social Media Platform for You

What social media platform should you focus on when working on building your professional brand? As the typical attorney answer would be, “It depends.” The advice is often given that you should be where your target clients or audience is online. While that is valid advice, the key to starting to building your brand online is to, first, be where you will enjoy it most, because, if you enjoy it, you are more likely to be consistent. Consistency is going to be the way to get noticed. Once you dominate one platform, then you can move onto others. Below are…

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You’ll Pay For This: It Is Time To Dig Out Of Your Financial Hole

Welcome back! So far, we’ve covered the bleak reality of the student loan crisis and learned how to read our student loan statements (all highly riveting, I assure you.) This month, we are ready to discuss how to start digging yourself out of the financial hole in which you find yourself. Now, you may be wondering why you should take any advice from me -what with my $200k+ student loans and all - about paying debt off. Well, my husband and I used the following 6 tips to pay off over $60,000 in 2 years (and managed to save money towards…

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Interview with Title IX Coordinator Allison Lyng O’Connell - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

  I’m pleased to introduce Allison Lyng O’Connell, J.D., Title IX Coordinator and Clery Act Compliance Officer. After graduating from Northeastern University School of Law, Allison became an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. From there, she transitioned into Dartmouth College’s Title IX Program Coordinator, ultimately stepping into the lead Title IX Coordinator and Clery Act Compliance Officer role in August 2017.   For those unfamiliar, Title IX is a United States Education Amendment signed in 1972 that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the…

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Business Etiquette for Working Remotely

In my job as a legal recruiter, I used to ask clients if working remotely a few days a week was an option – a sort of fringe benefit like a 401k match.  Now, some type of flexible working arrangement is so common that it’s assumed part of the office culture unless otherwise specified.  In fact, most interviews now include screening questions to demonstrate a candidate’s ability to work remotely.  The benefits of working remotely are significant – particularly in meeting personal demands while maintaining quality work.  No longer must an associate stress over late- night face time at the…

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Selfie with no Filter: the 1L Life - Resource Gems

Whew! This semester is flying by. Spring break is now over, appellate brief season is upon the 1Ls, and finals are on the horizon. Because everything has been so busy, I’ve come to appreciate those golden eggs of information even more than I did before. As a 0L and 1L, I wasted a lot of time looking for and using various resources, but there have been a few I repeatedly use and to which I continually return. So, this post is dedicated to a few of my favorite (and best!) resources. Whether you’re heading to law school or are currently…

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Friend or Foe? Technology In Our Everyday Lives: Connectedness & Connectivity

Award-winning author and columnist, Thomas Friedman, declares that “[o]f course the world is not flat. But it isn’t round anymore, either.” I agree. Today’s technology fuses people to places, ideas, things, and other human beings. As Friedman explains, modern technology “empowers more and more individuals today to reach farther, faster, deeper, and cheaper than ever before” and that energy creates connectivity and collaboration across the globe. By example, the US is on the precipice of connecting faster than ever thanks to innovations in 5G technology. Everything from the speed with which we will watch videos on smartphones, interface with internet-of-things…

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