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Lawyering and Living for Less: Go Green to Save Green

It is pretty difficult to ignore the green movement these days.  But there is no reason to ignore it, when most 'go-green' tips are not only good for the environment, but also good for your wallet.  Whether you have a solo practice, work for a firm, or are in between jobs, taking steps to minimize your impact on the environment can also save you a significant amount of money.Computers are huge office energy-hogs.  Merely shutting down computers, printers, fax machines, and the like when you leave for the day can have a huge impact on the electrical bill (if your…

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jennis8

An OWLS’ View: Laptops in the Classroom - What are the Issues?

When the ABA published an article about a 57-year-old Economics Professor going to law school and being appalled at students’ use of computers in the classroom, I decided to look into the issue.[FN1]   Several professors have broached the topic in my classes- often to inform students of the ongoing debate among educators regarding laptop use in the classroom. In my two years at a first- tier law school, only one professor banned laptop use.   Our dean has considered the feasibility of banning Internet use in the classrooms.Like other students who completed their undergraduate degrees without a laptop, when…

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mhugard

Deal Makers and Breakers: “The Consultant” - An Interview with Beth Inadomi of The Podesta Group

Practicing attorneys are not the only Deal Makers and Breakers in the corporate setting, and they aren’t the only one with a law degree. This month’s column features Beth Inadomi, a Principal at top government relations and public affairs firm, the Podesta Group. Her full bio appears at the end of the interview.  Ms. Inadomi isn’t the traditional corporate law firm “Deal Maker and Breaker,” but she is definitely a female powerhouse. Below, read how she turned her interest in “space law” into a full-time legal career and created her own path to success. **** Did you always have an…

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kstanford

The End is Only the Begining: Ms. Stanford Goes to Washington

Continuing my adventures in 3L, I recently took my first trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.  As part of the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, I made the trek to Washington, D.C. to observe the oral arguments for the case on which I have been working for the past two quarters, Magwood v. Patterson (briefs and discussion available at http://scotuswiki.com/index.php?title=Magwood_v._Patterson).  Though the case could spark an intriguing discussion regarding the death penalty generally and the adequacy of psychological services for military veterans, the issue before the Court involved a technical question regarding the application of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death…

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Ashley Dawn Rutherford Esq.

Savvy Shopper-At-Law: Internet Shopping 101

Successful bargain shopping starts with the internet. The internet is convenient. You can almost always find your size, and your order can be quickly shipped to your home or office. And, for those hard-working big law attorneys, online stores allow you to shop in your pajamas at midnight with a much-needed glass of wine. And often, with a bit of patience and a couple of smart searches, you can save more than twenty percent off most retail store prices. This article is dedicated to the three most important rules for shopping on the world wide web.1. Never Pay Shipping: I…

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Janet

Naming It, Claiming It: Why Here?

Note: On January 1, my husband and I made a resolution for the New Year: we would move to California's Central Coast before the end of 2010. This series chronicles the career component of our journey as I attempt to make connections, build a network, and, hopefully (fingers crossed!), find a legal job in the next twelve months. Here are the first and second posts in the series.Last fall, I had a job interview in a city that I knew, even then, that I didn't want to move to. I remember driving into the city, wondering what I was even…

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AndreaKWelker

Swimming in Small Ponds:  The Peculiarities of Etymology and an Overview of the Elements of Culture

My upstairs neighbor and I share a similar story: we’re both from small towns, went to school in larger cities, and last year, rented a flat in the same duplex when we started our careers.  Just last week, we were sitting on her balcony enjoying the beautiful weather of this Appalachian river valley in the springtime, the view of the charming city park across the street (and its various patrons) and, of course, a few beers.  During this time, we compared notes on being young professionals in our new community.  One of the quirks we discussed involved differences in speech…

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Paula Edgar

Esquisite Paths: Rhonda Joy McLean

Rhonda Joy McLean is an inspiration.  I first met Rhonda briefly when she was honored at the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA)’s 30th Anniversary gala.  One of my mentors took me to the event and told me that I had to meet her.   Rhonda has the type of spirit that makes you want to hug her often and sit cross-legged in her living room listening to her tell stories.  I was excited to learn more about her path as an attorney in New York City.  During our conversation, Rhonda spoke about many topics, including her experience integrating an all-white…

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KMLW

Breaking Chains to Build New Links: Social Media

If you are anything like me, you have never approached networking or self promotion in a systematic way.  In fact, you may be terrified of it.  Yet, our ability to network and self promote is essential for building a client base, building our own name, and building our careers.  Each month I’m going to tackle one strategy for networking or self promotion in an effort to help all of us break the chains we’ve put around ourselves and begin building new links.  If you have a topic you’d like covered, e-mail me at chainstolinks@gmail.com.    This month we’re talking about…

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Ursula Furi-Perry Esq.

Ms. Prof: Socratic? So Ineffective!

Admittedly, I have some beef with the Socratic method.  For starters, “Researchers…cite the use of the Socratic method in the classroom and the faculty's emphasis on linear thinking at the expense of student creativity and personal values,” write Todd David Peterson and Elizabeth Waters Peterson in their article, Stemming the Tide of Law Student Depression: What Law Schools Need to Learn from the Science of Positive Psychology. “Others have found that law school fosters certain personality traits in its students that can lead to unhappiness, such as defensiveness and pessimism.” See 9 Yale J. Health Pol'y, L. & Ethics 357…

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