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Ms-Innovation

Out with the Old E-Discovery, In with the New

The discovery process has changed drastically over the years. The days of shipping a hundred boxes of paperwork are long gone and electronic discovery or “e-discovery” is the current frontrunner. What exactly is e-discovery? E-discovery is the electronic process of identifying, collecting, and producing electronically stored information. Electronically stored information can include items such as emails, text messages, instant message chats, presentations, voicemails, videos, websites, and social media content. E-discovery can also include data that forensic investigators can review for hidden evidence.  It is no longer acceptable to just produce written documents during the discovery process. But wait . .…

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armsshir

First Generation Success Story: Choosing Law Schools, Where Should I Apply?

I had finally received my LSAT score and was ready to begin the application process. However, I couldn’t just apply to all of the law schools in the country. Applying to law school actually takes a lot of time and money. Personally, I had limited funds (since I was paying for it myself and a fresh college graduate) and was working full time (so had very limited time). Thus, I knew that my next step was figuring out where to go to law school or where to apply to at least. Since  I was going to be studying at a…

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Lindsey_E_White

Statistically Weeping: Finally, Sunshine

Slowly but surely, winter gives way to spring. It happened the same way every year. I’d walk out of class, and suddenly the outside world feels warm and welcoming again. After months of cold and wet, a blooming spring felt like a shock to my system. And after weeks of squirreling away in the study cave and trying to make each day count, that sunshine felt like I was resurfacing. The grey literally lifted to make room for green grass and pink cherry blossoms. Feeling the sunshine on my face for just a moment melted away some of the stress.…

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AmyImpellizzeri95

Lawyer Interrupted: Settlement Negotiations

That was yesterday. Today is a new day. I was in the middle of a lengthy telephonic settlement negotiation with my adversary, and he didn’t seem to understand why his position has weakened. New discovery had been produced. Inconsistent fact deposition testimony had been elicited. An expert witness who couldn’t possibly survive a Daubert motion was still on the pre-trial report. I was trying to explain all of this when he asked why old (expired) settlement offers were no longer on the table. When all my reasoned legal analysis seemed lost on him, I succumbed to the “that was then,…

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nadiaenn

From Paralegal to Associate:  How to Survive your First Year on the Job – Part II

Welcome back! As we discussed in Part I the importance of the first impression, the need to be proactive, to keep learning, and ask for advice.   This month, I will discuss the importance of networking.  Indeed, it is primordial, to start making important contacts within and outside of the company / law firm where you work. Networking will not only enable you to find new jobs in the future but also to bring you potential clients.   Lastly, the more you participate in networking events, the more you will be known by the attorneys in your city, which will bring referrals. …

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tatumw

Though the Gap Persists, So Do We - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

  As many of you know, Equal Pay Day was earlier this month and with it, a reminder that pay between men and women, and within different groups of women, is still far from equal. While the pay gap is felt across professions, it is particularly detrimental to female athletes. Female professional athletes often make a fraction of their male counterparts' salaries. The US is not alone in this problem, as it permeates professional sports organizations around the world.   It is worth noting, however, that unlike other professions, professional sports present some unique challenges. Olympic athletes often rely on their…

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claireeparsons

The Introvert Lawyer’s Guide to Networking

A few years ago, a meme that I found hilarious circulated the internet. It read “Introverts of the world unite! Separately. In your own homes.” That meme is both true and not true, and maybe that’s why it is funny. It is true because introverts tend not to like large group activities, but it is also not true because it doesn’t mean they can’t do the things that we tend to categorize as activities for extroverts. I’m a trial lawyer, I love public speaking, and I am an introvert. Networking is a part of professional life for most lawyers, even…

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kmcclellan

Friend or Foe? Technology In Our Everyday Lives: Social Media

Everywhere we turn, there’s a new cautionary tale about the power and perils of social media. Tales of employers declining offers to potential new hires who have damaged their brand and “employment value” over their questionable activity on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter are all over the internet. Take Kylie Jenner's tweet about Snapchat’s re-design, “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me…ugh this is so sad.” Reports that Snapchat allegedly lost more than a billion dollars after that Kylie tweet was intriguing. Headlines blaring “In One Tweet, Kylie Jenner Wiped Out $1.3…

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kerriannstout

You’ll Pay for This: Choosing The Right Repayment Plan

After going to law school, I like to think that I have a pretty high threshold for the “I have no idea what I’m doing” feeling and can ultimately figure most things out with enough research. However, when it was time to figure out which repayment plan I should use to start paying back my law school loans, I was in tears of confusion in 5 minutes flat. I was immediately paralyzed by questions, such as “Why are there so many options?”, “Why do they all sound the same?”, “How do the payments range from $0 to $3,000?”, “How do…

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iAvaLee

To be a Woman and to be “Workplace Ready”

For a man, the common mantra is “seize the day.” For a woman, the common mantra is “act accordingly.” Women are conditioned to believe their self-worth is based on following rules or being "good." The ideal woman projects grace, cooperation, and compliance.  She tailors herself to be pleasant and acceptable. She accommodates and sidesteps her wants for the greater good. Unfortunately, this outlook can leave one professionally stagnant. Being assertive, firm, and steadfast are required to achieve personal and professional objectives. But these traits are often downplayed for fear of being rejected or worse, "unlikeable." I remember my first day…

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