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Ashley Dawn Rutherford Esq.

Savvy Shopper-At-Law: Black Tie on a Budget

As a lawyer or law student trying to impress, it is important to present the proper appearance at law firm events. Whether you are the summer associate or the date/spouse/fiancé of a summer associate, what you wear is important. This column is dedicated to finding budget-friendly, appropriate clothing for summer associate events and law firm formal parties.Look at the Invitation: Where is the event? Does the invitation state the dress code? According to Emily Post’s Etiquette the definitions for dress code attire are as follows:White Tie: White tie is the most formal dress code, for women, it is a formal,…

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An OWLS View: Is Education Wasted on the Young?

Older students and  traditional students prepare for law school exams and paper deadlines differently.  Younger students frequently comment about being up all night cramming or writing before the test or paper due date.  I've never heard these comments from older students.  OWLS may lack the ability or endurance to pull all-nighters.  Or, perhaps more seasoned students have learned that sleep is necessary for them to function well.  Maybe older students have learned to plan better, to budget time and therefore don’t need to miss a night’s sleep.In addition to cramming, in their third year, many students don't attend class or even…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links - For the Government Lawyer

This month, I’m starting what will be a several month long installment on networking in different areas of the law.  My question is: does or should your networking and self promotion style change depending on what type of law you practice.  By “type” I mean are you a government lawyer, at a big law firm, in public interest, etc.  I’m going to try to cover the gamut by speaking to professionals who have been successful in their field and finding out what they did to succeed.  I’m starting with government lawyers.This month I spoke to Marian Bruno, Deputy Director of…

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Jennifer Guenther

From the Desk of a Working Mom: Beauty Secrets of Success

It has often been said, and allegedly supported by statistics, that if you are taller, more attractive, and have a better physique, you will go further in life.   In elections – the taller candidate almost always wins, right?  Television is rife with attractive, successful people – has any member of “The Apprentice” been homely? And there is more than one blog out there discussing how ‘attractive young girls are getting ahead while the older (seriously, when did 30s and 40s become “older”) women with telltale “mom” bodies are shunted aside, ignored and isolated by this young stiletto crowd.’ Well, it is true…

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What Not To Do, Part III: It’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know

Often times, we enter law school- prepared to bury our noses in endless casebooks, speak up in class whenever possible, and buy two supplements for every first-year course to read and highlight on the weekends. These things certainly will contribute to your success come final exam time. However, as Alex learned, getting good grades on final exams is just the starting point…  As a 2L, Alex could be described as your typical “go-getter”. She is smart, hard-working, and ambitious. However, like many other law students, she underestimated the value of networking. All of her time was spent reading for her…

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Ursula Furi-Perry Esq.

Ms. Prof: “Diversifying” at Work, but Is It Working? Snippets from the Dialogue Regarding the Recruitment of Women Law Profs

It’s no secret that there are fewer women law profs than male counterparts: according to the American Association of Law School’s 2007-2008 data, women make up 36.9% of law teachers.  For the same year, the ABA reported that female first-years make up 47.4% of the 1L population; in fact, that number has been hovering in the upper-40s since the late 1990s.   Over the past couple of years, various people in the profession have weighed in about the potential problems with the recruitment of women law profs, along with potential reasons why potential problems exist. Snippets from their discussions make for…

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Paula Edgar

Esquisite Paths: Sunu P. Chandy

I’ve known Sunu Chandy for several years now – we have several friends in common and she’s been a panelist at different events I’ve planned.  I knew that she is a passionate and dynamic advocate for civil rights and that she has been involved in several high profile cases, but I was excited to learn much more about her.     During our conversation, I learned that we have much in common, including a connection to Jamaica, a passion for writing and we are both driven by the personal connections we make in our work.  I hope you enjoy the interview…

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Mommy Law:  It’s time to ask “the Question”

When is the RIGHT time to have a child? This is the question that has frequently been on my mind in the last few weeks.As I wrote my last column I decided to do a little advanced preparation for this post. I started asking people “the Question” just to see what sort of answers I might get. I was amazed by how quickly the answers came, particularly from people who hadn’t started a family yet. It was clear that many of the people I asked about the “right” time to have a child had already given it a tremendous amount…

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Swimming in Small Ponds:  Cultural Considerations

I spent Saturday evening with a bag of popcorn and a movie: the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2009 production of Hamlet starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart.  I highly recommend it, it’s simply phenomenal.  Seeing it though, I couldn’t help but think about a trial I watched a few months ago.  It was a medical malpractice case, and the Plaintiff’s attorney discussed Hamlet during the closing argument.  Now, that would have earned bonus points with me had I been on the jury, because I am a total nerd.  However, by the confused looks from the jury, I’d say they weren’t big…

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Vado Porro

Running from the Law: Getting Started

So school has either let out or is letting out for you.  By now, you have probably decided, especially if you are a 1L, that this summer, you will return to your regularly scheduled healthy habits that went on hiatus during your first year.  You have pledged to give up coffee, eat vegetables, and return to the gym.  Some of you have no doubt pledged to start running. And despite the fact that I believe that no one should attempt to start a running habit during the summer, I'm going to give you some advice on how to get started.First…

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