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The Influencers: (She was a) Frontier Justice

Some people might dispute whether Esther Hobart Morris was actually a judge. Technically, she was a Justice of the Peace and a non-lawyer to boot. But she was hearing cases before the first women law students had entered law schools. I’d say she counts.  Judge Morris’s life reads like a John Ford western. As I learned more about her, I pictured Harry Carey, Jr., as her hard driving, hard drinking husband and the inimitable character actress Marjorie Main as the judge herself, loud spoken, sarcastic, and a little rough around the edges - just like you might expect of a woman who…

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Crystaleellison

Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: Don’t give up!

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. George Edward Woodberry   It’s undeniable that COVID-19 has forced us all to celebrate, worship, create and work differently. That’s OK, because we have discovered new and creative ways to adapt than we could’ve ever imagined. We’re having to adapt to many changes and maneuver in a world full of uncertainties. Change and uncertainty can make us feel overwhelmed, stressed and anxious. We may start to develop thoughts in our heads that aren’t positive. Please know that you are not alone. You’d be surprised at…

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Techlegality: Virtual as the New Reality

As the global health crisis continues, it has become increasingly evident that “virtual is the new reality” in many scenarios. From law school classes to court proceedings, online platforms have become the primary resources for staying connected. These transitions largely came out of necessity to allow individuals to fulfill their educational requirements or to maintain law and order. In other instances, the use of online forums developed out of creativity. From family meetings and birthday parties to live concerts and happy hours, people have been determined to connect despite the circumstances. At the height of the transition to using online…

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lawyerleigh

Everything is Reproductive Justice—A Voter Suppression Primer

     “I do not understand why staying home is so hard. 105 million of you managed it on Election Day in 2016.” I saw this quote on social media and it stung hard. Many times over, especially in times of crisis and national events, society has failed to seek out the entire story. The incomplete narrative that folks stayed home when they should have voted or fail to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic reminds me of Hurricane Katrina. More specifically, I am reminded of the deep spiritual and personal connection I experienced witnessing Hurricane Katrina from afar, yet so close…

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Desiree Goff

Decoding the Language of Inventorship and Why it Matters

I was recently asked by a client what classifies one as an inventor. This can be broken down to the technical elements and definitions including conception, reduction to practice, collaboration and contribution to claims. But what struck me about this question is that subjects which seem obvious to us as attorneys are often complete mysteries to our clients. It takes recognition and effort on our part to break down the shroud of legalese that can pervade our profession in order to help them.  Any profession has a certain amount of definition-based language, which once understood, helps those not trained in…

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Keeping it Social! Using Social Media to Stay Connected: A Q and A with Tiffany Blackmon

For most of us, social media has already permeated many aspects of our lives, from identifying meals that are Gram-worthy to trying to figure out what new Tik Tok dance everyone is talking about. Others are starting to discover new ways to stay connected while we physically distance. I admit that I have been a casual social media user who often finds herself identifying missed opportunities for development. For this post, I chose to connect with someone in my network who has identified how to best leverage social media platforms for her. This month, we will hear from Tiffany Blackmon,…

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katalintarjan

How to learn anything online?

Last time I wrote about some of my favorite learning and brain training resources, now it’s time to check out some learning platforms for more specific knowledge. Again, I know this is not for everyone, I acknowledge those who are busier than ever this time around and hate these kinds of posts, please bare with me (although the sources in my previous post about learning how to learn could be useful for teaching kids too). But then, some of us are stuck at home with more time on our hands than usual, for whom reading, writing, learning or being creative…

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PaulaMJones

Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: How to Prevent Anxiety During Interviews

“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self..” – Soren Kierkegaard I have several colleagues who get really nervous during interviews.  They are all very accomplished in their fields and any organization would be lucky to have them.  One man sweats uncontrollably, to the point where the damp begins to seep through his shirt.  Another colleague loses her train of thought and forgets to make the most salient points about her work.  A third colleague gets so nervous he really is unable to listen to what questions are being asked and he comes across as…

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Highlights From a Recent Presentation- Presidential Directive -4

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into effect the creation of the National Space Force, pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for fiscal year 2020.  Section 9091 (2) of Title XVII  of the NDAA provides“ The Space Force includes both combat and combat-support functions to enable prompt and sustained offensive and defensive space operations and joint operations in all domains”. On February 19, 2019 President Donald Trump issued Space Policy Directive-4 (“Directive”).    The Directive, unlike Title XVII, clearly expresses an aggressive security policy to protect U.S. “interests” in outer space.  “Under this proposal, the United States Space…

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Practice Pointers – Drafting an Effective Resume

Let’s get right to it. For most, resume writing isn’t the sexiest of drafting tasks. But it’s a necessary one. And in what’s become a rapidly tighter job market, you know it’s better to go ahead and tackle that dreaded task now. As Eminem wisely wrote: Look If you had One shot Or one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted Would you capture it Or just let it slip? Pretty sure he wasn’t talking about resume writing, but he might as well have been. Your resume is your first impression, your one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you…

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