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The Influencers: America’s Pioneering Women Law Students

The Law.com headline of January 21, 2020, read, “Women Hold Editor-in-Chief Positions at the 16 Most Elite Law Reviews.” It made me smile. I’ve been practicing a long time - close to 30 years. And while women have not been particularly rare in the profession during my tenure, the struggles have been real. Many women still in the profession today can recount the difficulties they encountered convincing law firms they were capable of handling the rigors of a practice. Many women today continue to face issues of inclusion, equal pay, and sexual harassment.  As difficult as those issues have been for…

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The Prosecutor’s Call

Becoming a Target It all began with a simple call.  I was sitting at my desk on the third floor of the bank building in downtown Raleigh, NC.  I worked as a trust advisor in the bank’s trust department.  I had been there for a few years. I was good at my job and liked it. The phone rang and I answered it with my typical, professional bank greeting.  I was glad I was sitting down. Mr. Williams announced his name and identified himself as a federal prosecutor. He continued the conversation by stating that I was the target of…

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Bail Bonds: Sometimes cash isn’t the problem

     The awareness of the systemic destruction caused by the money bail system has grown alongside bail reform efforts and increased media coverage. Indeed, many may recall the story of a woman in Texas who admittedly took $1.00 (be sure to read that as "one dollar") and charged with felony robbery. A judge set her bail at $12,000 and the woman was unable to post bail. There are more stories across the nation, like those of half the women in a Massachusetts jail who are stuck in jail because they cannot post a fifty dollar cash bail. Shedding light on the stories of Black mothers,…

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Techlegality: Emerging Roles in Emerging Industries

The beginning of the year always triggers a sense of renewal. As we embark on yet another orbit around the sun, the essence of ambition infiltrates the atmosphere and we make efforts to tackle new goals and aspirations. That same energy is seemingly constant across the tech industry. With new ideas and concepts come new legal issues and requirements. Lawyers, therefore, are integral in moving the needle forward in efforts to shape industries that may not have previously existed.  The decision to become a lawyer can vary greatly between individuals. Consequently, it is common to see law students and law…

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Get Moving with a Group

          “Your poses may look a little different than anyone else’s!” she said right as she walked by my yoga mat. The yoga instructor smiled cheerfully as she suggested the use of blocks right after she saw me tumble to the floor after trying to contort my body into some unnatural shape. This was my first time taking a yoga class…in fact this was my first time taking any sort of group fitness class. I never fell into the crossfit fad, and for my entire life I was unapologetically the unathletic one. A cherished anecdote I often tell when peers…

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How AI is Changing the Landscape of Legal Marketing

It’s no secret that artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting the legal industry. Lawyers are using AI for research activities, analytics, contract review, e-discovery, litigation forecasting, document automation and a host of other legal tasks.   AI is also transforming legal marketing, automating marketing processes and changing the way lawyers market themselves, capture leads and engage with consumers.  Below are a few exciting ways that artificial intelligence is changing the face of legal marketing. Chatbots Chatbots are an intelligent software solution that “chats” with users who visit a website.  80% of businesses plan to deploy chatbots by 2020 and these tools are expected to reduce business costs…

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Desiree Goff

Poised for Growth: Technology and Law

Becoming a tech savvy, innovative attorney will open up new opportunities and career growth in whatever law practice you envision. Whether you are on the transactional side or the litigation side of practice, understanding and implementing technology is essential. As a contract attorney, understanding and incorporating smart contract technology as the situation necessitates is warranted. As a litigator, being able to navigate e-discovery and utilizing electronically stored information in the course of litigation is increasingly essential. Additional challenges include presenting this e-discovery in a technology limited courtroom. I can still remember my first jury trials in which each courtroom was…

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Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: Always stay focused!

Welcome to my first blog of 2020! Within the first month of the year my home team, the Kansas City Chiefs, managed an astonishing victory, basketball legend, Kobe Bryant’s sudden death rocked the nation, and the impeachment trial of the 45th president of the United States has commenced. I have managed to bring in the New Year with a mammoth caseload, a whopping 150 criminal cases at the Public Defender’s office. What a mixed emotional January it has been! I’m completely ambivalent to what this New Year will bring. The kickoff to the New Year has produced so many different emotions and reactions. Each of…

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Interviewing Esha Bandyopadhyay, Principal- Desi Advocacy: Spotlight on South Asian Women in the Law

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Esha Bandyopadhyay, a Principal in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson P.C. As an experienced attorney handling intellectual property and technology-related commercial matters, she has represented an array of clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Esha has litigated high-stakes issues regarding medical devices, computer software and hardware, consumer products, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, among several other topics. Esha received her J.D. at the age of 22 from Berkeley Law School, and prior to joining Fish & Richardson in 2018, she has been a partner at Kirkland & Ellis…

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Practice Pointers - Avoiding a Haphazard Career

Some lawyers always knew they wanted to go to law school. Some went because they didn’t go to medical school (me) or didn’t know what else to do after college (also me). But either way, we all spent our academic years crushing it so we’d have bright careers ahead of us. And then we finally get there – the pinnacle of success that is the oh-so-coveted first real lawyer job. And it’s hard. And we’re working a ton, trying to get through the literal and figurative motions of day-to-day lawyer life. First year goes by, then the second, and so…

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