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Breaking Chains to Build New Links: Networking Follow Up

Note: 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 Before getting into this month’s…

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Ursula Furi-Perry Esq.

One-Elle: Female Law Students in Pop Culture

I admit it: I have a love-and-hate relationship with Elle Woods and what she represents. Law students and recent law grads are shown in several places in popular culture, from movies like Legally Blonde to shows like The Deep End. Undoubtedly, each time, they are depicted as stereotypes: the ditzy sorority girl with oodles of mom and dad’s money; the cunning associate with man-eating prowess; the clunky, insecure new girl who seems to stumble on every work assignment; the activist caught up in her cause and little else.   Female law students in pop culture can pretty much be grouped…

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Small Firm Life - The Micromanaging Managing Partner

One of the benefits of working in a small firm is that I have my own clients and cases. I enjoy being able to interact with the clients, making sure they are satisfied, and overseeing cases from start to finish. I have two major accounts that I work with and I am responsible for managing client expectations as well as the team that works on these accounts. This freedom also comes at a price – at least in my case.Before the Managing Partner decided to (or was forced by our corporate office) to expand our office, all of the clients…

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Naming It, Claiming It: The Geography of Bliss

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 will chronicle 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. I was sitting in a recent career services presentation at my law school--one geared toward 3Ls without jobs--and there was one piece of advice that the presenter kept repeating for emphasis: Don't limit yourself geographically. The wider your geographic scope, she pointed…

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Swimming in Small Ponds: Relationships

“And where are you from?” It’s the inevitable question I’m asked whenever I meet a new client.  Although I grew up in a small town in central Kentucky, I never developed much of an accent.  My last name isn’t recognizable.  I suppose I dress rather different too.  Therefore, people are curious where I come from and how I ended up out here.  Origins are important, the geographical and personal connections which define us.  There are a particular set of experiences, beliefs and values that bind together a community, and that sense of culture is the reference point in not only…

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Ask Miranda Pennoyer: of Fashion Felonies & the Cheerful Jedi

It’s time once again for “Ask Miranda Pennoyer,” the column that has strives for equal justice under law, as long as it’s in our favor. This column has the distinction of being described by ABC Members with Bags Over Their Heads as “a collection of vowels and consonants, usually.”Our first question is one that’s on the mind of many 1Ls—or at least it would be, if they would ever stop using Facebook in class.Q. The law seems very concerned with mens rea. Why does nobody ever mention womens rea?A. Roughly translated, “mens rea” is Latin for men’s wear. It refers…

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Vado Porro

Running from the Law: Why You Should Play a Team Sport

I remember, as a third-grade student, standing on the soccer field, absolutely still, hoping the ball would come nowhere near me. I remember playing basketball and ducking out of the way. In softball, I would watch the entire field move in when I came up to bat. When the ball was passed or kicked to me, I would inevitably embarrass myself. It was safer to not try. When the ultimate humiliation happened and my classmates chose teams, I was always standing there alone at the end.It didn’t take long for these small embarrassments to lead to an inevitable conclusion: I…

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Mikki Collier

Couture-At-Law: Exquisite Wardrobe Essentials

Now that you have successfully landed the job - thanks in part to your outstanding choice of interview attire- it is time to put thought into building a professional, polished, and sophisticated work wardrobe that will reflect your sound judgment and ESQuisite personal taste. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a law student intern, the key to creating a work wardrobe is to build a foundation using classic, versatile, and functional pieces that will convey the desired image for your workplace.First to consider is dress code appropriateness. Appropriate attire depends on client interaction and the responsibilities at hand. Take…

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Me and the Boys

Forget the Linen Closet: When mother and father reverse their traditional gender roles

Role reversals confuse people. My husband is a "stay-at-home dad" to our three sons; I head to work each day to advance my legal career and support our family. We decided to raise our children without daycare long before we had any, and we stuck by that decision, for better and for worse. Although it may have been financially easier to have both of us working, we have managed to scrape by on one income since the beginning. Many people on the outside have a difficult time understanding why we made this decision -- even our own families have questioned…

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April Christine

The Prosecution Rests: Jackie Lacey

It is not easy being third in command of one of the largest district attorney offices in the country, but to those who know her, Jacquelyn Lacey makes it seem effortless. Jackie has been a prosecutor for nearly 24 years in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, an office of about 1,056 deputy district attorneys most notably known for the prosecutions of O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, and - ironically - the doctor accused of causing Michael Jackson’s death. As Assistant District Attorney of Line Operations, Jackie oversees the Bureau of Central Operations and the Bureaus of Branch and Area…

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