Skimming the Surface: National Space Legislation

Last post was focused on international space law. This post will focus on national space law. National space law can be defined as national legislation governing space related activities.[1] National legislation is relevant vis a vis space law because of the increase of private actors in the exploration and travel to space.  It is estimated that private actors will spend close to 1 trillion dollars, this year alone, in conducting space related activities. These private actors need to be regulated. The treaties mentioned in my previous post, cover only state activities in space, not the actions of private parties or…

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series: Tuesdays & Thursdays in April from 2 - 3 PM ET

Ms. JD is thrilled to invite our readers and community members to participate in our Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit webinar series over the next few weeks!   Each Tuesday and Wednesday in April from 2 -3 PM ET we will explore a cutting edge topic. Planned speakers and topics include:  April 2, 2020: Best Practices for Working Remotely, with Erica Peterson (Founder & CEO, Digital Project Masters)  April 7, 2020: Financial Management in Times of Uncertainty, with Amy Irvine (CFP®, EA, MPAS®, CCFC)  April 9, 2020: Cultivating Relationships from a Distance, with Monica Phillips (President, Spark Plug Labs)  April 14, 2020: Bar Exam Preparation During a…

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Practice Pointers - Communicating Your Value

When I was on dating apps, my profile said I worked at “Yet Another Law Firm.” I thought it was cheeky at the time. But now that I’m a legal recruiter, I’ve realized that what I thought was a funny joke is unfortunately how so many lawyers very seriously brand themselves. How many of you have seen or have a LinkedIn profile that reads something like this? "Associate/Attorney at XYZ [firm/company/agency/nonprofit]." I.e., “yet another lawyer” at “yet another place.” As lawyers, we spend long days and nights advocating for and advising others. We get entrenched in minute details to provide…

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Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: I have to admit—I’m overworked!

“Ms. Ellison, will you come see me in the jail this week?” “Ms. Ellison, can you file a bond motion for me to be taken off house arrest? It’s affecting my everyday life making it almost impossible for me to care for my family.” “Ms. Ellison, I know I missed court, but can you please get my warrant lifted today?” “Ms. Ellison, this is your client’s girlfriend, I need to talk to you. Please call me as soon as possible!” “Ms. Ellison, I know you got me a signature bond several times now, but can you please get me another…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Why Would You Risk It?

Today I am frustrated with some of you.  Particularly the millennials among you and especially the Gen Z-ers.  And this is unusual for me, as you know, because I am generally very supportive of young people.  I even wrote a book about millennial lawyers and what you want from employers, supervisors and managers.  In other words, I have had your collective back. But, if you are on Bourbon Street celebrating spring break from colleges, universities and law schools and congregating and socializing in close quarters, you are not living up to my expectations.  You also are not meeting the expectations…

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Everything is Reproductive Justice—An Unbought and Unbossed RJ Advocate

     On the heels of Black History Month, the beginning of Women’s History Month, and amidst the presidential primaries, a spotlight on Shirley Chisholm seems apropos for an “Everything is Reproductive Justice” blog. “That I am a national figure because I was the first person in 192 years to be at once a congressman, black, and a woman proves...that our society is not yet either just or free.”       16 Black women including retired, Shirley Chisholm got together in the summer of 1989 and signed “We Remember,” a brochure and first-of-its-kind collective statement supporting abortion access. The brochure offered a…

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The Influencers: America’s First Woman Lawyer?

Who was the first woman lawyer in America? Was it a woman who bucked tradition in the heavily male-dominated American Colonies? How about a woman who studied law not in the powerhouse commercial centers of the East, but the American Heartland after the Civil War? Or the woman who took the denial of her bar application to the US Supreme Court?  History tells us that lawyers have been plying their trade since the days of ancient Rome and Greece. But history also tells us that those were male lawyers. From what we know, there were no female lawyers in America…

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The Best Piece of Law School Advice I Ever Received

Your first year of law school is a journey, and how well you handle its challenges could have a pretty big impact on your career. That being said, when I started law school, I was pretty terrified. I spent the summer before 1L poring over blogs and ordering advice books online, desperate to find some form of certainty to cling to. Even though there are lots of resources out there, listening to advice in person is still probably the most effective way to get pre-law school help. Lawyers have all gone through exactly what you’re about to tackle, and they…

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Stuck in a Career Rut? 7 Tips for Women Practicing Law

Stuck in a Career Rut? 7 Tips for Women Practicing Law By Ann Lloyd, Student Savings Guide  Practicing law is one of the most stressful, high-pressure professions out there — especially when you’re a woman. We know it’s not all exciting courtroom drama. In fact, most of it is just the opposite: seemingly endless hours of research, reading, and writing. Just getting through law school was stressful enough. Now you’ve got clients, clerks, and demanding partners depending on you, too.  And what about making partner, yourself? That could seem like a pie-in-the-sky dream, in light of the gender discrimination you…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Young Lawyers Need to Protect Their Careers

I currently am counseling a young lawyer about changing a focus in the law.  In that work, I am reminded of the importance of future vision and developing career plans.  A career plan and the research involved in developing one are essential to protecting your ability to exercise options in time to remain true to the career you envisioned when you entered law school. I know that it is difficult to change courses midstream.  Lots of anxiety and insecurity is involved.  I have been through it myself, and I have helped others through it as well.  One thing is common…

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