AJosephEsq

Craddock v. LeClair Ryan: Fighting the Good Fight for Equal Opportunity and Pay

Unfortunately, many female mid-level and senior associates feel they have little recourse to challenge the career advancement and pay disparity obstacles at law firms without ultimately sacrificing their professional reputations and opportunity to make a living within the legal community. In some instances they either leave Big Law for less lucrative opportunities or the practice of law altogether. However, Michelle Burke Craddock decided to double down and become one of the few women to expose her law firm’s discriminatory tactics in a court of law and the court of public opinion. Craddock v. LeClair Ryan, PC (2016) Ms. Craddock is…

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Riding the Tech Wave:  A Chat with Information Privacy Law Champion Sona Makker (Part 2)

Part 2 of my interview with “information privacy champion” and Santa Clara University 3L Sona Makker continues with Sona’s perspective and advice about succeeding in the privacy law industry as a female. Q: Do you think that privacy law is a male-dominated field? A: The privacy and cybersecurity fields [because they are interrelated] are currently split 50/50 (male/female). The privacy industry has successfully [achieved] and maintained this even split. However, as a result of working in the Silicon Valley, I have noticed that, in general, technology companies are not very diverse. When I attend industry-wide events, it’s really encouraging to…

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AJosephEsq

Riding the Tech Wave:  A Chat with Information Privacy Law Champion Sona Makker (Part 1)

A large number of the world’s citizens are grateful for the conveniences spawned from the technology revolution. On occasion (of course while in the midst of sharing personal information on a smartphone or tablet in order to fill out a survey, download yet another “app” or to shop online), many of us have occasionally pondered “where does my personal information really go?” and “is this really safe?” Few federally-mandated information privacy laws and regulations exist, although a number of states have passed their own legislative measures.  Consumer advocates have clashed with business and technology industry advocates over the need for increased information…

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Surviving and Thriving In the Early Years:  A Discovery Primer (Part 2)

Next to your first court appearance, nothing could prove more nerve-wracking as a new litigator than your first major discovery assignment. The discovery process is the heart of a litigation matter because it allows a closer evaluation the strengths and weaknesses of a case.  Moreover, as the associate assigned to a litigation matter, you will be relied upon for your anticipated intimate knowledge of all documents and testimonial information provided by the litigating parties. I want to share some tips to boost your confidence as you tackle your first round of discovery-related responsibilities on the job: Preparing for a Deposition:…

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AJosephEsq

Surviving and Thriving In the Early Years:  A Discovery Primer (Part 1)

Next to your first court appearance, nothing could prove more nerve-wracking as a new litigator than your first major discovery assignment. The discovery process is the heart of a litigation because it allows a closer evaluation the strengths and weaknesses of a case.  Moreover, as the associate assigned to a litigation matter, you will be relied upon for your anticipated intimate knowledge of all documents and testimonial information provided by the litigating parties. I want to share some tips to boost your confidence as you tackle your first round of discovery-related responsibilities on the job: Performing a document review: You…

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Dear Newbie, Esq.: Billable Hours Matter, but Relationships Matter More.

Yes, it is true that actively developing meaningful professional relationships at work will yield better results for your legal career than merely sitting in your office and billing the required number of hours. As you gear up for your first year or even second year of legal practice, here are some of the obvious and not so obvious individuals on the job that can help you to not only survive, but to thrive in your legal career. Place equal emphasis and value on cultivating relationships with those who support the senior attorneys you seek to impress. I cannot emphasize how…

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A Book Review of Dr. Artika Tyner’s “The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice”

It Takes A Village to Create Justice.  March 7, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that subsequently led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.  In the not-so-distant backdrop, the debate about law enforcement and racial profiling continues as the U.S. wealth gap lingers at a record high level.  The mass call for social justice reform has, literally, taken to the streets at a fever pitch in recent months. Dr. Artika Tyner’s rally for legal professionals to lead this call for change in “The Lawyer as Leader:  How to Plant…

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Applying for Public Interest Fellowships Without Fear: Tips from a Former Equal Justice Works Fellow

As a public interest career counselor I meet with a number of law students who are interested in practicing law at nonprofit organizations after graduation.  Many of these organizations are unable to hire even one law school graduate, much less an entry-level class of graduates, due to funding constraints.  Post-graduate fellowships allow law graduates to get their foot in the door at nonprofit entities where they would, otherwise, be unable to do so. Many of these fellowships, including the popular Equal Justice Works and Skadden programs, are project-based in nature.  The fellowships require applicants, in collaboration with a legal services…

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