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ktran227

Chicken or the Egg: Why Can’t We Retain Our Female and Minority Lawyers?

I went to a conference recently and sat at a table with a group of male partners, and the topic of our conversation turned to this question.  They lamented the loss of diverse talent in their firms, and they simply could not understand why.  Their firms have internal networks for female and/or minority lawyers. They host diversity workshops. Some of them even have an in-house diversity and inclusion specialist.  They told me they personally assign female and minority lawyers in their offices to their cases and actively mentor and sponsor them when they can. They sounded genuine. They sounded like…

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SCarr

Know Before You Grow: Marijuana versus Hemp

Growing a cannabis law practice requires a working knowledge of the legal and botanical differences between marijuana and hemp so practitioners can interpret current laws and anticipate future laws. The following is a simplified, step-by-step guide to understanding their relationship and key differences. This information will be the primer for future posts about legal opportunities in the cannabis field. Step One: All in the Family If you’re a bourbon aficionado or have the pleasure of calling yourself a Kentuckian, you know that all bourbon is whiskey but not all whiskey is bourbon. The same logic applies here: both marijuana and…

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dogarro

Health(s)care: An Introduction

Hi, my name is DéJeune, and I’m a health care enthusiast. Ironically, I don’t like hospitals. I never have, and I probably never will. As a pastor, my father frequented hospitals, visiting members of his congregations, sharing communion, and praying for their families and wellbeing, but it wasn’t until my mother suffered a fatal heart attack that I really started avoiding hospitals. Whenever possible, I stayed with an older sibling or asked my dad to schedule his “sick and shut in” visits during after school events. I was woefully unsuccessful because, my newly widowed father brought me almost everywhere he…

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jennyrpatten

The Role Client Company Culture Plays in Your Legal Practice

Over the next few months, my column will explore the role that company culture plays in a successful legal practice.  I know…culture.  Before your eyes glaze over, though, hear me out.  An entire body of literature and best practices exist on the powerful role culture can play in business.  Here, we’ll focus on exactly what company culture can mean to you, as counsel, and how focusing on this aspect of your company or client organizations can reap great benefits for your practice. Chances are, if you are in-house, you may have come across your company’s mission, vision and values, or a quixotic set of…

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mjtimko13

Something Blue:  Exposing my Blue-Collar Roots on a Blog

I have wanted to share my thoughts about bringing blue-collar roots to the legal profession for over 10 years, but conversations about class are difficult and uncomfortable.  Moreover, revealing some aspects of my personal life on a public forum is pretty scary.  Let me start by saying that I did not grow up in poverty.  I am also keenly aware of the privilege I have by virtue of being white.  I know there are many stories out there about extraordinary people who overcame tremendous obstacles to escape poverty and achieve success.  My story is much more ordinary.  Nevertheless, I still struggle to maintain…

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stephanietheother85

5 Easy Ways to be a Giver When Networking

One of the most common mindset mistakes when networking is approaching relationships as a “taker” -meaning, you are solely focused on your goals and what you can receive from a relationship, instead of thinking about the value that you can add. When I work with clients on this mindset shift, a very common question is “But what do I have that is of value that I can offer when networking?”  Here are 5 easy ways you can be a giver (and add real value) when networking. Keep a list of helpful articles. Start compiling a list of good articles on…

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Millennial Women

Why, hello there!

As the 2019 Writers in Residence program kicks off, we here at Millennial Women are thrilled to kick off our column and welcome you, our readers. As we start blogging, we thought the first question we needed to address is: why are we here? Meaning, why are we creating a blog post monthly, and why should you read our posts? Well, aside for our brilliant writing and cool blog title name (at this point both Elise and Melanie have rolled their eyes at me)… but in all seriousness, we want to discuss issues affecting diversity in the legal profession. And…

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Statistically Weeping: Gratitude - Part II

At this column’s beginning, I was one month out of law school and a few weeks into my first round of bar prep. Twin emails confirming my graduation and welcoming me into the alumni community visibly sat on the first page of my inbox. I hadn’t received an official transcript in actual, tangible paper form yet. And now that I think about it, I’m sure it wasn’t very many lines away from the message congratulating me on my acceptance to Ms. JD’s Writer in Residence Fellowship. Reading and rereading those subject lines was still so exciting. Even humbling. I did…

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Career Advice: Sometimes You Just Have to Say “%^&* ‘Em!”

As a young associate, my supervisor was a stressed-out, unpredictable, yet unfalteringly transparent mid-level partner. I’d approach his office with the typical timidity of a newly minted lawyer soliciting input from an esteemed superior, praying my question was warranted and his mood would be receptive. Sometimes, we’d have spirited intellectual discussions, and I’d leave his office wiser and with a fantastic plan for tackling a tough issue. Other days, he’d peer up from his desk with an unshaven face, tousled hair, and bags under his eyes, apparently frustrated by my mere existence, and apologize because he didn’t have two minutes…

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ktran227

Career Advice for the Long Road: Build Relationships

The number one piece of career advice I have received is that being a successful lawyer means you need to prioritize the building and cultivating of relationships – relationships with colleagues, with clients, and with the community.  The relationships you make both in and outside of the practice of law are what sustain you for the long road.  Early in your career, forging relationships of trust with partners and other colleagues based on your work ethic and work product is what will provide you with a steady stream of billable hours within your firm.  Those relationships lead the way to…

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