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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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Love Connection

Everyone else feel like we blinked and suddenly we are in the third month of the year? I’m pretty sure I still haven’t finished writing out all those New Year’s resolutions and that groundhog has the audacity to not see his shadow? Before you move on to planning spring brunches and trying to figure out what parts of our closet spark joy, I invite you to take a moment to reflect on the month of February. For most, that means it’s the month of love. I filled my home with convenience store hearts and baked cookies filled with icing (if…

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Desiree Goff

Calling All Humanities and the Arts Undergraduates: How to Work in Science and Tech Adjacent Law

As promised, this month we will be exploring how to work in science adjacent law if you don’t have a scientific or technical background. One of the biggest decisions law students and attorneys starting in their careers face is what area of law they want to practice in. Often this may be influenced by pre-law school training or preference. For example, my gynecologist once informed me that her medical doctor husband was going back to law school and planning to focus his practice in medical mal-practice. Other classmates of mine went into JAG after spending a few years in the military.…

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Everything is Reproductive Justice—An Unbought and Unbossed RJ Advocate

     On the heels of Black History Month, the beginning of Women’s History Month, and amidst the presidential primaries, a spotlight on Shirley Chisholm seems apropos for an “Everything is Reproductive Justice” blog. “That I am a national figure because I was the first person in 192 years to be at once a congressman, black, and a woman proves...that our society is not yet either just or free.”       16 Black women including retired, Shirley Chisholm got together in the summer of 1989 and signed “We Remember,” a brochure and first-of-its-kind collective statement supporting abortion access. The brochure offered a…

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Techlegality: What’s It Like to Work in Tech?

Before going to law school, I had a clear vision of the type of law I wanted to practice. I applied to numerous internships and sent many “cold emails” to lawyers in that field in efforts to gain insight into how to create a similar career path. I distinctly recall one response that said something like, “There is no way to be a ______ type of lawyer. You must do well in school and get the proper training. My job is no different than being a lawyer anywhere else.” I’m sure the person meant that, although some attorneys work in…

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The Influencers: America’s First Woman Lawyer?

Who was the first woman lawyer in America? Was it a woman who bucked tradition in the heavily male-dominated American Colonies? How about a woman who studied law not in the powerhouse commercial centers of the East, but the American Heartland after the Civil War? Or the woman who took the denial of her bar application to the US Supreme Court?  History tells us that lawyers have been plying their trade since the days of ancient Rome and Greece. But history also tells us that those were male lawyers. From what we know, there were no female lawyers in America…

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Am I wearing too many hats? Learing how to juggle it all: I have to admit—I’m overworked!

“Ms. Ellison, will you come see me in the jail this week?” “Ms. Ellison, can you file a bond motion for me to be taken off house arrest? It’s affecting my everyday life making it almost impossible for me to care for my family.” “Ms. Ellison, I know I missed court, but can you please get my warrant lifted today?” “Ms. Ellison, this is your client’s girlfriend, I need to talk to you. Please call me as soon as possible!” “Ms. Ellison, I know you got me a signature bond several times now, but can you please get me another…

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Practice Pointers - Communicating Your Value

When I was on dating apps, my profile said I worked at “Yet Another Law Firm.” I thought it was cheeky at the time. But now that I’m a legal recruiter, I’ve realized that what I thought was a funny joke is unfortunately how so many lawyers very seriously brand themselves. How many of you have seen or have a LinkedIn profile that reads something like this? "Associate/Attorney at XYZ [firm/company/agency/nonprofit]." I.e., “yet another lawyer” at “yet another place.” As lawyers, we spend long days and nights advocating for and advising others. We get entrenched in minute details to provide…

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