Support Black Owned Small Businesses: My Favorite Stores

Dear readers, I am finally emerging from a long writing break.  We’ve been working hard behind-the-scenes on Ms. JD’s Board of Directors to help keep our organization running during this defining moment.  Your membership and support is critical and we are grateful for everyone’s engagement with our unique community.  I am newly inspired to share some fresh content with you for hopefully a long time to come.  Let’s get started!  Firstly, if you haven’t checked out Ms. JD’s Covid-19 resource page and Opportunities Board, run don’t walk on over to our site.  Hopefully you’ve been taking part in our Virtual…

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Refining your Business Development Plan for Evolving Times (6/18)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Refining your Business Development Plan for Evolving Times" featuring Diane Darling, Host of the Virtual Cafe, McGraw-Hill Author, Virtual Speaker, LinkedIn Aficionado, Consultant, and Coach Register today at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4115917102409/WN_3MeZC8QLQfCneuZS54iUKg

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Practice Pointers – Investing in Your Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I couldn’t let these 31 days go by without addressing mental health and the practice of law. So here I am anxiously asking myself what I want to say at 8:41 pm on Sunday, May 31. (Full credit goes to my generalized anxiety disorder for this latest installment of “Natasha psyched herself out and procrastinated yet again even though she knows she shouldn’t.”) It would be the understatement of the year to say that lawyers suffer from a mental health and substance abuse epidemic. ALM’s most recent Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey…

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Motion to Dismiss Due to Perjured Grand Jury Testimony

We barely found out that our Motion to Dismiss due to the destruction of documents was denied when we learned that Scott, my former Fund III colleague and one of the Government's cooperating witnesses, lied under oath. Scott testified to the Grand Jury to get me charged and now, he had been charged with perjury.  He immediately pled guilty. This development seemed so ironic since Scott was the only one of the Fund III management committee that was offered an immunity deal and all he had to do was tell the truth and cooperate. I was always puzzled by the…

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Finding Balance in the Chaos of Busyness (6/16)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Finding Balance in the Chaos of Busyness featuring Tricia Timm, General Counsel of Looker, a division of Google Cloud as of February 2020 Register today at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2415917100167/WN_D46UDK6dQ7OcODLReQqiGQ

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Desi Advocacy: Spotlight on South Asian Women in the Law - A 1L’s Reflections During the Pandemic

This month, I chose to write about my own experiences dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and its related consequences as a first-year law student.  “We’re just worried about you dhana (sweetheart),” my mom said, her mouth contorting in a deep frown. “You’re all alone out there. What if you get sick? Who will take care of you? Who will take you to the hospital if something happens?”  I reassured my parents, who were Facetiming me from Northern California, that I was self-isolating. I most likely would not get sick, and I should just wait it out, I told them. Still,…

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Support Black Owned Small Businesses: Awesome Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate the dads in your life than by celebrating black owned businesses in the process.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: acknowledging your purchasing power and being mindful about where and to whom you send your hard-earned dollars can make a world of difference to under-represented and marginalized people, particularly black small business owners.  Below are some awesome gift finds for the dads in your life while supporting black businesses.  You might just want to pick something up for yourself in the process too.  Win, win! …

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Work ethics – six things you should not do if you want to be taken seriously at work

Everybody wants to be liked at work. Well, everybody wants to be liked in general, but for most of us, it’s work where we spend the most of our time. Since we see them every day, it’s especially important to maintain good relationships with our co-workers, which is not always easy to do. Here is a couple of things that could easily ruin it.   Being notoriously late Things happen. Even the most punctual person can be late sometimes, but not all of the time! If being on time is the exception, it shouts that this person cannot be trusted.…

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Desiree Goff

Major Minority Inventions and Milestones

I have been stunned, saddened and angered by the events this week as I am sure those reading this are. But this isn’t the first time. I question how I can help, what I can write or say or DO to change the systemic issues affecting our society. I am certain that many of our readers experience covert and overt acts of racism frequently. In our careers as lawyers, we often only ACT once the damage is done. Often the prerequisite of a case is the question of “what are the damages” or “what is this case worth?” As attorneys,…

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Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all. Being black just got harder . . . .

In the midst of a pandemic, we’re still being murdered, subject to racism, unjustly accused of violent acts . . . and the list, distastefully, continues. There’s one hat that I can never discard, and that’s being black. I’m a mother of a young black boy, a daughter of a black father and a sister to black brothers. As tensions rise surrounded as a result of the injustice, lack of human decency, brutality and racism, there is no escaping my reality. There are times when I feel hopeless. With tears of fear running down my face, I shouldn’t have to…

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