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Bringing Blue-Collar Roots to the Legal Profession - An Interview with Jennifer Frankola Crawford

For this month's post, I am thrilled to feature my fellow CUNY Law alum, Jennifer Frankola Crawford. Jennifer is an experienced attorney, arbitrator, and human rights advocate with blue-collar/working-class roots. As an arbitrator, Jennifer hears cases and renders decisions based upon New York State’s Insurance Law. In addition, Jennifer maintains an active practice in education law, representing families of children with learning disabilities and developmental delays. Further, Jennifer engages in pro bono work involving human rights issues, including handling immigration/deportation cases, and she collaborates with other lawyers to design and host CLEs.  In this interview, Jennifer describes how her family's history, including her parents' immigration to the United States, influenced her career trajectory. She also offers excellent advice to first-generation…

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You’ve landed the in-house job, now what?

Landing a new in-house position can come with an initial feeling of exhilaration, but the change associated with moving to a new company, or moving in-house for the first time, can feel daunting and intimidating.  I’ve moved to a few different in-house departments over my decade of practice, and while each organization has been different, I’ve learned a few core maxims that help set myself up for long term success.  1. Expect the unexpected.   No matter how much research you’ve done on the company or the industry, or how many people you interviewed with prior to accepting the position, you…

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The Mental Load: Holiday Survival Guide for the Time-Crunched Professional

As year-end approaches, many of you are undoubtedly feeling equal parts cheer and….mind-blowing stress. As if keeping your usual responsibilities in check wasn’t already enough to make you feel like you’re walking a daily tightrope, we’ve now reached the lovely time of year where we get to add on innumerable extras. Like finding an outfit for the office party that simultaneously conveys professionalism and a touch of festive glitz; ensuring the Elf of the Shelf doesn’t inadvertently arrive a day later than precisely the same day she flew into town last year (don’t think for a second that three-year-old children of…

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Managing Final Exam Stress

Nothing makes a law student more anxious than the thought of final exams. A semesters worth of knowledge typically all comes down to one exam. In law school, certain classes’ final assessments will be in the form of a paper, and other classes may have midterm examinations, but the grade in most courses is determined by one final examination. With the sheer though of finals typically comes anxiety and panic. All law students understand that grades matter and that one moment could be a determining factor in an entire law school career. Below are three quick tips for manage stress…

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What is the number one piece of career advice you have received?

Build real relationships. I put an emphasis on relationships because we currently live in a culture that repeatedly exhorts people to network. But it’s easy to go to an event and collect business cards. It’s another thing to building a relationship with another person. This does require time and energy, along with the willingness to be vulnerable and curious about the person you’re trying to build a relationship with. In a busy profession such as the law that may seem daunting. But I can attest from first hand experience that the investment is worth it. In the fall of 2017…

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What’s the best piece of career advice you have received? - “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good”

I grew up learning a form of classical Indian dance called Odissi that demanded rigorous practice and meticulous attention to detail. Throughout the years, my guru gently corrected my form in innumerable ways. She would even correct the sound that my feet made when they hit the ground, which she said was a dead giveaway of whether I was applying the right technique in my stepping. My focus on the minutiae of my movements translated well in other areas of my life. I was the type of high school student who would pore over a reading assignment for hours, trying to make sure…

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The number one piece of career advice I’ve received? “Can’t hurt, might help.”

“Can’t hurt, might help.” That’s what the partner I was working with said to me when I was a year or so into my big law career. The context? I can’t quite recall. But insert your situation of choice, and I promise you, those four words can work wonders. Deceptively simple, “can’t hurt, might help” has the extraordinary ability to silence the naysayers that live in my mind. You know the ones – they tell you you’re not smart enough or that the question you want to ask is stupid. And they get louder and more deafening right when you…

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What is the number one piece of career advice I ever received? Bet you’ve heard it too…

Aligned with the recent trend to reboot everything from after school specials to oversized sweatshirts, I can’t help but think of the best career advice I ever received as a “reboot.” It is the same advice we give our little ones, but forget to follow ourselves. Just be yourself. As a law student, I perceived my legal education as something that was meant to change me. I was going to “think like a lawyer.” I was going to become a part of the “legal community.” I was even going to speak “legalese.” But I failed to take into account that…

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The Best Career Advice I’ve Been Given: Watch Your Feet

I’m clumsy by nature. Not the cute clumsy, where you fall into a handsome man’s arms, but the stub your toe and break it kind of clumsy.  I quickly found that I could either live in steel-toed boots or watch my feet as I walked. My favorite summer sandals don’t come in steel-toed options, so down I look. Growing up, this was my parents’ greatest annoyance. They would take me to an art museum, and I would stare at my feet, to the beach, and I would stare at my feet, to a beautiful view, and I would stare at…

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Millennial Women

Thanksgiving, with a side of gratitude.

We don’t care how cliché this might sound, but this November, we’re focusing on gratitude. Yes, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while the holiday is often an occasion for thinking of things we are grateful for in our personal lives, we’re trying to incorporate this opportunity into our professional lives as well. Why do this, you may ask? Well, our day to day lives as lawyers or law students or other professionals are hectic and stressful and it’s far too easy to only focus on the problem or situation that’s stressing us out and fail to appreciate the…

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