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Meet me at the Crossroads: #RJ & #Rona

     My life was surreal before COVID-19. I was transitioning from a position with a reproductive justice organization and back into the field of law as a criminal defense attorney (again). At the start of 2020, I was also a newly divorced, Black woman ready to conquer my goals by not only being the best attorney I can be but also remaining connected to reproductive justice (this is one of the reasons I'm grateful to be a Ms JD Writer in Residence). Yet, here I am anticipating not only what lawyering will look like as I re-engage with the…

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Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: Living in a world affected by the COVID19

On March 13, 2020 the president of the United States issued a declaration for a national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease outbreak. The nation has been severely rocked! The disease is both deadly and easily contactable. The virus is spread primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and…

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Connection in the Time of Corona

Sunday at 11:59pm. Do you remember the days when your professor would make important assignments due at this time? If you were anything like me, you acted like it was a requirement to be making the final edits at 11:58pm. I, admittingly, debated beginning this blog post thirty minutes before it was due. Why? Because for about three weeks I’ve had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach about writing about connection in the era of physical distancing. I chose the topic of writing on the importance of connection and community for the well-being of the female lawyer, because…

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Desiree Goff

Female Scientists at the Forefront of COVID-19 Research & Regulations

As practicing attorneys we need others to understand what we are writing, understand what we are saying in court, and understand our recommendations to clients. This may mean helping decipher recent legislation and how it impacts businesses, researchers, and the general public. What is the point of having regulations or guidelines if the public can’t interpret them or follow them? Instead of focusing on lawyers who work in science-related legal fields, I want to focus this month on the female researchers and scientists who are dealing with changing regulations and guidelines daily while attempting to develop containment methods and diagnostics…

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The Influencers: The All-Woman Texas Supreme Court

Being a Texan (non-native, but proud nevertheless), I love tales of interesting episodes in Texas history. There are many, but one of my favorites tells of what may be the most unusual state supreme court ever.   The events in our story occurred almost a hundred years ago. At that time, the Supreme Court of Texas consisted of a chief justice and two associate justices. You will be forgiven if you assume that in 1924 and 1925 all three sitting justices were male. This fact would come to pose a problem for the governor and the court.  At the time, fraternal organizations were…

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Practice Pointers – Finding Your Tribe

March 2020 has been… rough. Uncertainty abounds, and Tiger King reigns supreme. Zoom is no longer just something my dog does when she’s got way too much energy. Life’s surreal right now. Very surreal. I’ve been doing my best to get through each day without a mental breakdown, and some days have been especially tough with incessant fears and tears. But this isn’t a post about my anxiety. It’s about what’s been helping me navigate this upside-down world we’re living in: the people in my life. In the past, I’ve rolled my eyes at all the “find your tribe and…

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Space Debris- Never Friend Always Foe

According to NASA space debris is non-operational man-made objects in outer space. They include but are not limited to non-functional space crafts, abandoned launch vehicle stages, mission related debris and fragmentation debris. Why is space debris a problem? Space debris is considered problematic because it can cause damage in outer space and on the ground upon Earth re-entry. It can cause damage to space crafts and in some cases even space crew if the impact of the collision is pronounced enough.  Last, but not least, space debris causes space pollution. Currently there are more than 500,000 pieces of debris in…

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Got some time on your hands? Why not learn something?

These uncertain times got us all under pressure, whether we worry about our loved ones’ health or our own, we have to adapt to new ways of working, have to organize our kids’ home schooling or take care of the whole family being at home, let alone all of these at once. I am convinced that learning is the single most important skill these days, and I thought that even before we had these new situations to adapt to on a daily basis. As I am a huge believer in lifelong learning, I was planning a post about this topic…

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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: How To Deal with a Perfectionist

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.” – Anne Lamott Have you ever encountered the kind of people who expect the impossible from others?  They view anything less than perfection as a failure.  They hyper-focus on your mistakes and they never seem to notice all the things that you do right.  You, my friend, have encountered a perfectionist.  While at first blush this term may seem like a compliment, the reality is that it is not.  Perfectionists should really be called “imperfectionists” because they don’t look for the perfection in others - they look for their imperfections.  There is a…

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Desi Advocacy: Conversation with Natasha Pardawala, Litigation Associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP

I had the exciting opportunity to interview Ms. Natasha Pardawala, an Associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP. Natasha stands out as an associate who has already developed extensive experience early in her career. Having started to hone her advocacy skills from a young age on her high school and college mock trial and speech and debate teams, Natasha also worked as a Conflicts Assistant at Latham and interned for the Orange County Office of the Public Defender prior to attending law school at Northwestern University. During law school, she served as a Summer Associate at Latham as a rising 2L and 3L.…

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