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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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Michelle Travis, law professor and Dean’s Circle Scholar at the University of San Francisco School of Law has published a new book, Dads for Daughters: How Fathers Can Give their Daughters a Better, Brighter, Fairer Future. Even though I am not a dad, I found the stories fascinating and inspiring. Travis blends meticulous research with endearing and thought-provoking stories of fathers who help expand opportunities for women. It is an easy, uplifting read that I highly recommend. I had the opportunity to interview Professor Travis about the book and her insights on supporting women at work: Q: In the book…

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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: Building and Maintaining a Practice with Clients You Love - Webinar

Editor's Note: Ms. JD 2020 Writer in Residence Paula Jones is offering a free webinar on Tuesday, May 19. Check out the details below!  Please join me for this complimentary webinar, enabling you to realize a client base with whom you truly love to work. In this webinar, you'll:  · Learn how to network to find clients you love · Learn what to listen for, to identify which clients will work best with you · Figure out if your client values your services – within the first ten minutes of meeting · Learn to heighten your sense of awareness about…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Working at Home During Coronavirus

      I know that you probably have read articles on line recently with advice about working from home in the age of coronavirus.  The themes are generally the same.  Here is my take on it for young lawyers. I believe that the best way to survive an extended isolation and working from home is to maintain a ROUTINE.  Establishing a routine and sticking to it will reap huge rewards when the time comes to go back to brick and mortar places of business.  You will have created fewer bad isolation habits.  Routine also will help you establish a healthy mental…

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Watch Michelle Obama’s Becoming with Ms. JD on 5/22 at 8 PM ET

We cordially invite you to join our watch party of Michelle Obama's Becoming on Friday, May 22 at 8 PM ET via Netflix. Gather your significant others, family, roommates, pets, or plants to watch this riveting documentary about Michelle Obama's journey from a curious kid in Chicago to high-profile attorney, First Lady, and changemaker.  RSVP TODAY:  

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The Atomic (Female or male) Law Student

As I write this my palms are sweating, as I have never been so bold to put my opinions, let alone my writings in the forefronts. I am writing to discuss what I have penned, the "Atomic Female Law Student." *I realized as I wrote this I do know an Atomic Male who works really hard with his wife to be active in the home and family- so this isn't just for women.  Atomic has a few definitions, relavent to this discussion is the one found in Oxford's Dictionary to mean: "of or forming a single irreducible unit or component…

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Getting to Know the Government’s Case Against Me

The next series of events in my case included a meeting with the Government, 302's and Brad's (a close friend who was an investor) interview. Criminal charges were brought against me regarding my position as the Fund's administrator. There were five people on the Fund committee plus the owner of the broker-dealer that were all considered part of the Fund. We all worked together but were charged with different crimes, except Brent and I. Stan was the owner of the broker-dealer that sponsored the Fund. Stan had been investigated or charged with many crimes with various companies and personal matters over…

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Maintaining Visibility in a Virtual Environment (5/14)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Maintaining Visibility in a Virtual Environment"    featuring Paula Edgar, Partner of Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC Register today at

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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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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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