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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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MiaAttny

Small Firm Life: Why I do Toastmasters

One of my mentors recommended that I join Toastmasters when I first graduated law school.  At first I was skeptical, I was on moot court and I do not get nervous when speaking in public so I wasn’t sure how I could benefit from the organization.  However, I decided to try it out, if nothing else, for the opportunity to network with other professionals in my community.  What is Toastmasters?  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Toastmasters, it is an international non-profit organization where individuals develop their public speaking skills.  Toastmasters meetings are usually held on a weekly basis…

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jennis8

Balance? A Day in This OWLS’s Life

Balance -  really?  To attend law school (or have a career), while you are a mom, wife, homeowner, etc., you need a lot of support – hired or donated – to really have “balance.” You need someone to clean, cook, wash clothes, grocery shop, drive children, pay bills, and be home to oversee repair or service callers. Without that help, you have to cut corners, make sacrifices, and accept less. A nanny, stay at home spouse, parent, or other person could and often does provide this support, although that typically requires financial means – often not available to law students.…

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KMLW

Breaking Chains to Build New Links - Small and Mid-Sized Law Firms

A few months ago now, I started a series in this column to look at how (and whether) networking varies in different areas of the law.  After my column on networking and self-promotion in law firms, I received a request from a reader to do a column about networking and self-promotion for mid-sized law firms since my previous law firm column had featured Ashley Bauer of Latham & Watkins.  As the reader rightly pointed out, some of the strategies and tools Ashley spoke of were not as readily available in a small to mid-sized firm.  (I must digress for a…

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Ashley Dawn Rutherford Esq.

Savvy Shopper-At-Law: Fall Transition Pieces for the Frugal Attorney

I love autumn. It is by far my favorite season. I love vibrant colors, football jerseys, and Halloween costumes. And that just covers my love for fall fashion! However, in the mid-west, fall can be a short transition between hot summer days and the crisp winter weather. Other times, it can be a three month stretch of lovely, breezy football weather. Both of these weather patterns can be difficult to dress for. The following transition pieces can be found for an investment or a bargain (examples included!) and can help you transition your professional wardrobe to meet autumn’s weather demands.(1)…

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