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Deal Makers and Breakers: “The Academic” - An Interview with Professor Afra Afsharipour

When I think of corporate law scholarship, I think of UC Davis School of Law Professor Afra Afsharipour.  Professor Afsharipour teaches future lawyers the basics of business law while also impacting the legal landscape with interesting, timely, and relevant research on corporate law matters.After graduating from Columbia Law School and clerking for the 11th Circuit, Professor Afsharipour joined  Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP in their Manhattan and then Menlo Park offices. Professor Afsharipour has experience working in all things corporate, including: Securities, Financial Institutions, and Mergers and Acquisitions. She is now a professor at UC Davis teaching and conducting research…

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Lawyering and Living for Less: Building a Working Wardrobe Without Breaking the Bank

The law is a profession that values itself on appearance.  Lawyers dress in the most professional of attire, abiding by rules that would seem outdated and absurd in just about any other profession.  So when you're entering the legal field after spending (at least) the last three years as a student, making the transition can be daunting.  How do you go from a wardrobe of sweatpants and coffee-stained t-shirts to one of suits, heels, and pearls, before you've received your first paycheck?Okay, perhaps I'm exaggerating.  Most law students will have decent work attire from summer jobs, as well as one…

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Are Older Students Young Lawyers?

My friend was distressed after hearing a prominent judge say, "I like law clerks because I like to work with young people.” That same week my professor explained, "If you're a young lawyer, you take less risk." An email read, (The Justice) “will speak about skills that we should work on developing as young lawyers.” And the public defender told his audience, “Young lawyers are the strength of the PD's office.”Every time I hear young lawyers, I wonder to whom it refers. You must be under 36 (or admitted to practice for five years or less) to be among 150,000…

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The End is Only the Beginning: “The Best Times of Our Lives”

As I finished my next to last set of law school finals and prepared to meet friends for a post-finals celebration, I received a text message from a friend who is taking time off of law school to complete her [third] novel.  “Remember, these are the best times of your life…it’s all downhill from here,” her text reads.  I laughed.  My friend has a very sarcastic sense of humor, and I knew that this was just her way of saying, “Congrats on being done.”    Before heading out that evening, I updated my Facebook status, announcing that I just had…

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Mommy Law: Pretend Play and Balancing Games

My daughter had several dolls lined up on an oversized chair, and she was pretending to tuck them in.  She arranged a blanket over the dolls, making adjustments and patting them on the head as she worked.  She asked how they were feeling and reassured them that she would take good care of them.  Then all of a sudden my daughter sat up very straight.  She said in the sweetest of voices, “Wait just a minute, I’ll be right back.”  She hurried over to a nearby wall as she explained, “Don’t worry. I just have to take care of one…

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Paula Edgar

Esquisite Paths: Jenny Rivera

Jenny Rivera was one of my favorite professors in law school (she taught my property class) and I have considered her a role model since then. She is straight laced, well respected, inspiring and on top of her game.  I truly enjoyed our conversation.  During the interview, I found that we had a few things in common including the fact that we both enjoy watching law-related television and visiting the Museum of Natural History.  Jenny spoke about the sacrifice her mother made when she moved their family from Puerto Rico to New York; she discussed overcoming a significant teaching challenge…

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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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