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Deal Makers and Breakers: “The Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Corporate Law Partner” - An Interview with Suzanne Graeser of Morrison & Foerster

This month’s Deal Makers and Breakers features Suzanne Graeser, a corporate law partner in the Palo Alto office of Morrison & Foerster. Ms. Graeser’s practice focuses on emerging companies and venture capital investment, with an emphasis on entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, and executive compensation. Ms. Graeser is the West Coast chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Group, the former Chair of the Executive Committee to the California State Bar’s Business Law Section, and an advisor to the Business Law News.Ms. Graeser’s experience as a partner in an Am Law 100 law…

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What Not to Do: Facebook, to Detox or not to Detox?

It’s 2010, and this seems to be the question as of late. Detoxing Facebook. Just how important is it? The worldwide web, as we first knew it, presents us with too many options. And Facebook consists of a myriad of options. Do you accept his or her friend request? Ok, you are going to accept, but maybe you could put her on a “limited view” setting? Or perhaps a spring cleaning every year would do the trick in managing your profile…where you sift through all of your “friends” to try and remember where you know them from. Can’t recall when…

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Swimming in Small Ponds: Floating at the Top of the Bowl

When I initially imagined this column earlier this year, I didn't expect to end up unemployed half-way through writing it.  One of the dangers of small town practice is a limited client pool, and when not enough of those clients are paying their bills... well, the result is pretty obvious.So, I've packed up and moved back to Lexington.  However, as I set out to go on my own, I intend to concentrate my practice on the surrounding counties, including my hometown of Nicholasville.  In some ways, practicing "back home" will be easier, because I already have a foundation there.  I…

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Me and the Boys

Forget the Linen Closet: Taking the Plunge from Law Clerk to Lawyer

I've been talking with some other law clerks at my court who, like me, are on the precipice before plunging into our first "real" law firm jobs.  Being a law clerk at a state appellate court has had some great benefits.  The hours are totally predictable, we have learned a lot, and we have been afforded the time to really discuss and debate the more academic side of the law, as well as seeing the inner workings of the judicial decision-making process.  Now we are about to leave the nest a second time and find out if we really can…

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Vado Porro

Running from the Law: Everything I need to know to study for the Bar, I learned from sports.

My first year in college, I found myself getting up at 5:30AM two days a week to get dressed in a freezing cold locker room and skate around on an even colder ice rink with 15 other girls, none of whom had brushed their teeth. My coach made us skate suicides and scrimmage until the sweat on our jerseys froze and our ears became numb from the cold. I was a strong skater but a weak stickhandler, and I didn't score a single goal my first year in college; but I went to practice twice a week, every week, and…

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Miranda Pennoyer on Miranda

It’s time once again for “Ask Miranda Pennoyer,” the column so prestigious that it once taught Francis Bacon that “knowledge is power.”  This column is so powerful, it not only protects your rights—it creates new ones.        Today, we touch an issue that is very close to Miranda Pennoyer: the Miranda rule itself.  How will we address it?  Through loyal readers, who have the right to ask questions.  Any question can and will be mocked in a humor column of law.  They have the right to an editor.  If they cannot afford an editor, spell check will be appointed to…

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Mikki Collier

Couture-At-Law: Working Your Summer Wardrobe

The unofficial start of summer has ushered in bright skies, glorious warm temps and a great excuse to bring a little sunshine into the office- sartorially speaking, of course! Finally, it's okay to throw off all those layers begrudgingly built to ward off old man winter and allow your skin to breathe a little, all while observing the bounds of appropriate office attire. There are a number of exciting ways to implement heat friendly looks into your professional wardrobe. Though office dress code varies, below are a few ways to beat the summer heat while maintaining a professional look in…

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The End is Only the Begining: Reflections on Student Leadership

Recently, somone suggested that I give my reflections on student leadership.  Initially, it seemed like a great idea.  Over the course of my law school career, I have found myself in leadership positions in several organizations.  However, upon further reflection, I struggled with how to talk about those experiences in a way that was not overly obnoxious or came across as shamelessly patting myself on the back.  In many instances, I had not sought out to be a “leader,” but rather really cared about a particular issue and found ways to get involved and contribute.  I also struggled with how…

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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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