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Four Reasons Why Telecommuting Is Better For Women (That Have Nothing To Do With The Mommy Thing)

I’m going to throw out a bold prediction. Working from home is better for women. Especially for women in high-intensity, male-dominated professions, such as law. Here are four reasons why – none of which have anything to do with childcare flexibility. 1.That Hair-and-Makeup Thing.   This morning, I witnessed one of my closest friends (a non-lawyer who works in an executive role at a financial institution in Midtown Manhattan) spend close to an hour on hair and makeup prior to leaving for work. After rising before the sun and disappearing into the bathroom, she sat down next to me on…

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Skirting the Ceiling: Hope in the Aftermath of Harvey

To celebrate the end of the first week of school and the start of 2L year, Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston and wreaked widespread havoc on a city that houses a population similar to that of the entire state of Delaware. As a citizen of Houston, I saw firsthand the damage my childhood neighborhood took from a tornado and subsequent flooding that drove thousands from their homes. I watched on the news as flooding caused evacuations, explosions, power outages, and contamination of drinking water due to chemical plant and water treatment plants’ inundation. Each and every day, we woke up news…

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A Word on the Use of Legal Jargon

Quick.  Let's play a game called "Can You Spot the Legalese?" Wherefore, in light of her cause of action sounding in negligence and for the premises heretofore considered, the plaintiff prays that this honorable court grant such relief as it may deem just, fair, and proper. Did you count at least five examples of legalese just now?  Congratulations.  You have an eye for discerning legalese, which is literally defined by the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary (see as "the language used by lawyers that is difficult for most people to understand" (aka legal jargon), and you're in a good position for…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Failure is a State of Mind

Name: Ryan S. Ragland, Esq. Professional Title: Municipal Trial Counsel, Hamilton County Public Defender Sector: Public Law School: The Ohio State University Years Practicing: 1.5 years  Area of Specialization: Criminal Defense “I am passionate about making sure they are humanized.”  Full disclosure: the woman I am featuring in this month’s edition of Failure Turned Inside Out is one of my best friends in the entire world. And while I may be a bit biased here, I think that her poise, maturity, and depth as a human being is awe-inspiring because these characteristics speak to the qualities that true carriers of…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

It’s September. Schools are starting up again this week. October is next month and in three months, 2017 is over.   Where did the summer go? August seemed to disappear in a blink of an eye. It is incredible to think that I have been at my current job for almost five months when it feels much longer. Albert Einstein once said that “time is an illusion” and the dividing line between past, present and future is an illusion. Lately, time has been slipping through the fingers, not knowing what day it is, but knowing whether it is a workday…

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Let’s Get On It: Drafting Your Professional Development Plan

September marks the end of my law firm billable year and therefore, the best time to re-evaluate my Professional Development Plan (“PDP”). In short, a PDP for a lawyer should track his/her realistic developmental goals; provide a timeframe for their completion and should take into consideration any feedback that the attorney has been given throughout the year by integrating those expectations into the PDP and executing them. The PDP should be a living document. That means, you should set time markers for when you will evaluate your progress on meeting your goals and as new goals arise, include them on…

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The Fear of the Unknown

I started taking my son to an early learning center when he was three months old so that I continue going to law school. He has attended that same school since and is now two and a half. That first day was rough. So rough, that I made my husband drop him off and I still cried. I will never forget it. But the tears were short lived because I knew it was the right thing to do. I knew that I was doing something that would benefit my family in the long run. I also knew that I was…

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Ms. Pre-JD: Goals for a Successful Fall Semester

Fall always marks the beginning of school for me. I know the leaves change color and pumpkin spice lattes return to Starbucks, but as a college student in Manhattan, I don’t see the leaves and I make my own coffee to save money. What I do encounter often are the surface of my dorm room desk and the reading rooms of the library, places I haven’t had to visit in months. Students are lucky for many reasons, but I think this is one of the best parts about learning full-time: you get to have multiple New Year’s Days. One on…

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The End of Summer and Feelings of Inadequacy

The past two months passed by quickly. The last vestiges of summer is here, with a new school year to begin in four days. My oldest will be starting 3rd grade, while my other two will remain home for awhile longer. It is quite possible my second will be starting pre-school in January. It depends on whether there is space for him. As summer ends, I feel remorse and regret. Not because I did not take the bar. More so that I feel I was not ‘good enough’ as a mother to my children. Every year, there are certain annual…

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Join the Conversation:  Benefit of the Doubt

We all make mistakes.  On a recent team I managed, everybody made mistakes – from the contract document reviewers to the eDiscovery vendor to the associates.  Yet some people’s mistakes will become easily forgotten while others will become remembered for their mistakes.  What determines whose mistakes get forgotten and whose get remembered?  Could it be our race, ethnicity, and gender?  I will argue that in our workplace and our community, the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t depends heavily on the way that others treat or react to our mistakes.  I will argue that it is not…

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