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Making Peace with Testing Accommodations

I dreaded law school exams, but not because of the exams themselves. I received testing accommodations in law school, which meant that I took my exams in a room far away from the place all of my classmates took theirs. They noticed my absence. “I didn’t see you in the Contracts exam,” my classmates would tell me. Over the course of three years, I told only one friend about the accommodations room.  My testing accommodations were a closely guarded secret. I was ashamed that my testing experience was different, and afraid that my good grades would be attributed to the…

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Friend or Foe? Technology In Our Everyday Lives: Facing the New Year with Your Face

Welcome to the New Year! As you kick off 2018 with a host of new-found, far-flung, and/or recycled resolutions -- eating less, exercising more, nurturing forgotten friendships, de-cluttering your closet -- don’t forget about your cyber self. What technology-related areas deserve your attention in the New Year? For practicing attorneys and law firms, it would be strategically valuable to ask what emerging areas of law could expand your perceived expertise and book of business? Are you sure your firm’s privacy protocols are protecting digital data? What steps are you taking to enhance your corporate clients’ cybersecurity preparedness and incident responsiveness?…

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Selfie with no Filter: the 1L Life - Cut the Comparison

The Trap I just finished my first semester of law school (woohoo!) and felt great. I had set a goal for a gpa (despite knowing that gpa goals aren’t the best type of goals) and beat it by .09! I know, beating something by not even a tenth of a point sounds like a tiny achievement. But, given the law school grading curve, I was pretty pumped. After getting grades back, I felt proud. I told my parents and fiancé, and I was feeling excited about heading into semester number two.   And then (dun dun dun)… I went back…

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My ‘JD Preferred’ Story

I suppose I should start with an introduction, though I suspect that by the end of this post it will read more like an Ode to Compliance.  I consider myself one of the lucky ones who pretty much knew what they wanted to do with their career since a young age.  Once I got over the ‘I want to be a librarian because I like books’ and ‘chef because I like food’ aspirations of second grade, I became drawn towards law because of the endless debates I’d undertake with friends and family. (As it turns out lawyers do debate endlessly, and…

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If It ISn’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

We’ve all heard the maxim, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” It appears that a majority of the people within the legal field misheard this piece of advice and instead opted for a “if it is broke, STILL don’t fix it” mentality. In order to fully understand this concept we must travel back a decade. A lot of important events happened in 2008. Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American President of the United States. Teenagers all over the world engaged in a vampire versus werewolf feud as the fourth book in the “Twilight Saga” was published. The…

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The Best Way to Leave the Law When You’re Burned Out? Don’t.

In 2009, I took a one year sabbatical from my 13+ year law career. I turned out the lights in my 42d floor office at 4 Times Square and left.  Just a year. Nine years later, I often joke that I’m still on that one year sabbatical. The truth is, I’ve transitioned away from the active practice of law, and nine years has given me a fair perspective to understand how and why that transition has been so successful. In nine years, I’ve worked on the executive team of a pioneering start-up company, negotiated publishing contracts and a literary agency contract, launched…

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How Meditation Helped My Law Practice and Why I Think It Could Help Yours

Last year, I made equity partner at my Firm. In this blog, I have promised to tell some of the tips that I picked up along the way to share with other women lawyers who may have the same goal. Because January is a month for resolutions, I chose to start with something from my own list of New Year's resolutions: meditation. I have been meditating consistently for a few years now but my resolution is to keep it going in 2018 and to log at least 50 hours of meditation in 2018. That may sound like a lot but it…

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You’ll Pay For This: The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

I owe $226,020.79 in federal student loan debt for my legal education. Let’s start at the very beginning. I was extremely fortunate to have my undergraduate education paid for through a mix of scholarships and parental-aid. When I graduated with my shiny new B.A in Modern Languages and Cultures (yeah, I know), I had no clue what I wanted to do, and I had no concept of how different my life would be with student loans breathing down my back. In my infinite 21 year old wisdom, I decided “I don’t know what I want to do, so I will…

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My First Generation Success Story: Prologue to My Story

         Imagine a classroom of eight-year-old, third grade students on a typical day of school. Most of the children are laughing with one another, day-dreaming or even playing during the lesson. One child seems unlike the others. This young girl appears to be focusing on the material being presented. She seems to understand the lesson and actively participates in the lecture. It also appears that this child gives off a serious, academic atmosphere. This young lady happens to be myself.          I am just your average 23-year-old gal: I have a loving family, friends,…

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From Paralegal to Associate: “So You’re thinking about going to Law School?”

A paralegal has the greatest inside view of the legal practice as opposed to someone who decides to go law school straight out of college. Often, as a paralegal, you do tasks that are given to new associate, you may have attend a trial or two, and are familiar with the legal jargon: M&A documents, closing, and so forth. But is becoming a lawyer truly what you aspire to? What are the reasons for the change? For me it was a natural next step, I had always wanted to become an attorney, and being a paralegal was just an in-between…

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