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Millennial Women: Estate Planning is for You Too!

Millennial Lawyers are Powerful. I can say that because I too am a millennial lawyer. We are highly educated (sometimes in the school of hard knocks), talented, committed, innovative and ready to take on any challenge head-on. Watch out! The world is changing for women and millennials are leading the way for future generations: Around 72% of millennial women are in the workforce. [i] Although a gender pay gap still exists but is narrowing. [ii] More than 28% of millennial women start a business because they see an opportunity. [iii] Millennial women are more likely to have bachelor degrees than their male…

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The Mental Load: There’s No App for Work-Life Balance…but Property Law Might Help

Whether you’re on team Sandberg or team Slaughter, you’ve probably realized by now that nobody “has it all”. Exhibit A: Michelle Obama's candid slip when discussing techniques for achieving the elusive work-life balance: “That $%#& doesn’t work all the time.” Despite the polarizing opinions on work-life balance (or work-life integration, if you prefer), there’s one thing all women have in common: we want things to be better, both collectively and individually. But with an overabundance of advice on how to get something that we've established doesn’t actually exist, it’s easy to feel like this whole dialogue is muddling into meaningless mush…

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kmiceli

The Happy Lawyer: A Year-Long Experiment

My last year of law school, I took a seminar class called “The Happy Lawyer”. The concept was simple; ten law students, one dean, and one professor read six books about happiness and discuss them over dinner throughout the school year. Full disclosure, I took this class because it was at the dean’s house (who doesn’t want to see their law school dean’s house?) and was taught by one of my favorite professors. The happiness and mindfulness aspect of the class was secondary at best.    Over the course of the year, we read six books including; Happiness: A Very…

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stephanietheother85

More Value, Less Time: Being A Giver Does Not Mean Overextending Yourself

Last month, we discussed the importance of being a giver when networking.  A common follow-up question is how to be a giver but also not overextend yourself.  Here are some ways that you can continue to build relationships, add value, and be a giver when networking, but not stretch yourself too thin that you become overwhelmed or give up altogether. Set Realistic Goals Many times, after you’ve made the decision to invest in your professional development you want to dive in full-speed.  As with most things we approach this way, the momentum will only take us so far.  Setting goals…

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ktran227

Chicken or the Egg: The issue of retention starts with perspective.

Why can't we retain our female and minority lawyers?  Last month I told you I would share my story first.  The story of why I choose to stay, when a disproportionate number of lawyers like me choose to leave the traditional practice of law.  I am a female minority lawyer practicing in BigLaw.  I have been in practice for 12 years.  I started in a smaller firm and made my way steadily through bigger more established firms.  In my city, there are few lawyers like me practicing in the larger law firms.  There are plenty, however, that opened up their…

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The Mental Load: I Couldn’t Care Less About My Job

Caring drives success in any endeavor. And caring, by its nature, requires emotional investment. While some career guidance cautions that “emotional investment is normally a stigma you want to avoid in the workplace”, an authentic caring-based approach to your substantive work, your relationships with colleagues, and your personal goals can not only steer you clear of the emotional turmoil caused by acting in discord with your true instincts, but also pay off in spades. Caring helps a lawyer empathize with clients to provide meaningful insight and guidance. Caring leads to identifying and inventing deeper and more creative arguments and solutions.…

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mjtimko13

Something Blue:  Have no shame in your networking game

Back home in Niagara Falls, I learned that it was somewhat shameful to get a job or any other advancement opportunity due to “having connections.”  Perhaps this is due to some deeply rooted “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” mentality mythology that seems to exist in my hometown.  Nevertheless, I have since come to accept that this is simply not true.  Networking is integral to achieving career success in virtually any field, and this is especially true in law school and the legal profession. Believe me, I understand that networking events can be awkward and downright painful, even for individuals from…

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jennyrpatten

Screening for Culture:  What to Know Before You Go (In-House)

As a continuation of my short series about in-house practice and culture, this month’s column focuses on how and why company culture is important in an in-house job search. While compensation structure, job duties, and commute may be good threshold evaluation criteria in assessing a potential opportunity, culture fit is an often-overlooked aspect of an in-house legal position that can make or break your success. I understand this may seem like a “first world” consideration.  I graduated from law school at the beginning of the recession and remember the stress and anxiety of trying to land a job that allowed…

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Waiting for the Smoke to Clear

Waiting for the Smoke to Clear Reconciling Workplace Drug Policies and Cannabis Laws While Uncertainty Rages My first post addressed the differences and respective legal status of marijuana and hemp to serve as a primer for the material covered in this blog. In this second post I will begin an in-depth look into a clear area of opportunity: cannabis-related employment law. Employers need legal guidance to reconcile their workplace drug policies and procedures in the face of shifting state and federal laws regarding marijuana and hemp. Unfortunately, this task is easier said than done given the divergence of legal precedent.…

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Millennial Women

Health & Wellness: Combating the Stress of the Job

Elise on why health and wellness matter: In today’s hustle and bustle of work, family and other obligations, our health and wellness can quickly fall to the back burner.  It is easy to plummet into unhealthy habits during long days at the office, especially when donuts, candy, cookies and other temptations are so easily accessible. Being a lawyer is stressful and demanding.  Maintaining a well-balanced healthy lifestyle is so important and can help you stay focused, feel energized, and be prepared to take on the unexpected challenges faced throughout the work week.  Below are a few wellness suggestions that you…

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