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Frank Kimball

Practicing & Parenting, Part III

This final collection of parables covers the waterfront from road trips to youth sports to dealing with uber-parents and other strange creatures you’ll meet along the highway of life. After twenty four years of being a parent I know that I learn more from those who I admire than I learn on my own. Feel free to pass along your lessons learned whether they’re profound, light- hearted, or provocative.Do things with kids when they are ready to do them. Parents who take children to Disney World when they are two years old are hereby warned - the kids will go…

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Vado Porro

Running from the Law: Sink or Swim

"I took the bar exam. I can do this." I said to myself quietly as I stared out at the inky black water, with two foot swells crashing into shore.  The buoys seemed impossibly far away, and I had to swim around two of them.  The sun had just barely come up over the horizon and the water looked cold.  I stood with a group of a hundred other women on the beach, waiting for the starting gun to sound.  For a lot of us, it was our first triathlon. The swim was a lot like the multi-state section of the…

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Frank Kimball

Practicing & Parenting, Part II

This second column on practicing and parenting compiles some practical advice on the process interspersed with some anecdotes which are intentionally informal and irreverent.  I’ll leave it to the reader to decide which parables fall into which categories. At Some Point Kids Are Old Enough to Walk to the corner market. We live in the DePaul area of Lincoln Park about 2 miles north of downtown Chicago.  It’s an urban brownstone-filled neighborhood with a fair amount of traffic. The over protective dad in me resisted letting our daughter walk the 2 blocks to the local grocery store until she was 7…

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kstanford

The End Is Only The Beginning: Who You Know

Growing up, I remember hearing people say, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”  Since my parents had always stressed the importance of education and working hard to get what you wanted out of life, I gave this saying little credence.  I was convinced that, in the end, those who studied and worked hard would prevail in the end.  I haven’t come to doubt this belief; however, I have come to realize that sometimes it takes both factors working together to accomplish the goals that you set for yourself.Nowadays, people talk a lot about networking.  But what does…

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Frank Kimball

Practicing & Parenting, Part I

Being a parent is the most challenging, important, difficult, and enjoyable task in the world.  Building your professional career is complex, draining, and rewarding. Doing both at the same time often seems downright impossible. Of all the things you’ll be called in life - law student, law review editor, associate, partner, judge, Senator, or even President I think the best title you can ever have is Mom or Dad. This post and two which follow grow out of a 1992 presentation to Harvard Law School students about the transition from school to practice and a note written last year to…

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Mikki Collier

Couture-At-Law: Working The Fall Trends

With the fall season looming just ahead of us, it’s a great time to reconsider your autumn/winter wardrobe for the office. The office dress-code prevailed during the fashion shows 2010. So, luckily, this season offers many trends which suit women who love to show off their powerful business woman character but still maintain that level of femininity which every woman needs. Here are five of my favorite fall trends to take to work this season:CamelCamel is one of those colors which suits the season perfectly because it‘s versatile and exudes warmth and understated sophistication.  Key pieces worth investing in include…

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jenward

Mommy Law: The Gift

I am currently enjoying one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. I have 10 weeks off from my career. No school. No work. The only commitments I have are family and “catch up” time. I took the California Bar Exam at the end of July. Then I spent August traveling and hosting out-of-town guests, and the entire month flew by in what felt like seconds. Now I have September to focus on getting life up and running for myself, my daughter, and the rest of my family. You might be wondering what I could possibly be doing with…

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Me and the Boys

Forget the Linen Closet: Me and the Boys are Playin’ with the Big Trucks

My boss had me meet opposing counsel and our experts today at a truck stop on the edge of town so that our expert engineer could take measurements of a diesel "tractor" truck involved in an accident.  Both attorneys from the other side are older men, and both the experts are older men. I stick out like sore thumb in my deep red oxford shirt, gray plaid slacks and black Tommy Hilfiger shoes.  Everyone else had the sense to wear jeans and workboots or sneakers. I will be 27 tomorrow; easily 10 years younger than each of the gentlemen meeting me.The…

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Jennifer Guenther

Fall Recruiting-What Every Law Student Should Know (A Special Installment from the Desk of a Working Mom)

I have done recruiting for my law firm for seven years now, first doing the call-back interviews, then OCI (on campus interviews), and now as the co-chair of the committee for final summer hires.  There are always those students who stand out, who have top grades and an engaging personality that make them hot commodities for any law firm.  But good grades or a good personality alone do not make a great candidate.  There are other ways to make you stand out in an interview and be memorable for all the right reasons. As a law student, I remember the frustration…

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Jennifer Guenther

From the Desk of the working Mom: Who Are Your “Friends”?

We all like to think that it is one big happy family at work: that when we go to lunch with a co-worker, we are really having a conversation with a friend.   And why not?  As lawyers, we spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our families, let alone our BFF or old college buddies.  Who else are we going to share a laugh with about the case we just won?But what happens when we “friend” a co-worker on-line?  Or a boss?  Or a client?   While it may initially seem like good business sense to respond positively…

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