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How to Avoid Crying at Work [Part 1 of 3]

Last week I linked to a lively discussion of crying in public. In a comment, CM asked how to prevent crying at inappropriate moments. Sintecho asked me the same thing a couple weeks back. So I've rounded up a bunch of bona fide face-savers plus a myth to debunk. From research and my all-too-personal experience, here are twelve ways to avoid tears at work. · Focus on your breathing· Take a step back· Cauterize your tear ducts· Distract yourself with pain· Use props · Let yourself get angry· Try behavioral modification· Do it for somebody else· Forge ahead· Just ignore…

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Anna

“Where are they now?” Post-AutoAdmit Speculation Edition

Where do guys go after they "grow up" (I use the phrase loosely) from harassing and objectifying their law-school classmates on AutoAdmit and XOXOXO? When they graduate into the big, wide world of lawyering? Apparently, the answer is: Skadden Arps. Brian Baxter reports for the American Lawyer that Skadden http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202732106724&rss=newswirehttp://skaddeninsider.blogspot.com/2008/01/hottest-female-associate.html http://gawker.com/5003031/at-law-firm-please-keep-the-lady-objectification-to-a-low-roar-at-gawker-go-right-aheadhttp://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/02/12/skadden-insider-hot-or-not/ Let's put one cliche to bed: "hot or not" ratings contests are not "all in good fun." Unless each participant agrees to participate in being ranked, this kind of activity is not "all in good fun." So quit kidding yourself, guys. If an associate is unwillingly having attention called to…

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Anna

Something to brighten your weekend: feeling grateful for U.S. women’s opportunities for legal education and careers [Clippings]

University of Chicago 3L (and Mom-in-Law-School) Lag Live meditates on a New York Times article about the Middle East's "Education City." [W]hat struck me the most was a section on the second page titled "Opportunities for Women." To quote some of the article: "Education City represents broad opportunities for women, in a nation where many families do not allow their daughters to travel overseas for higher education or to mix casually with men. Cornell stresses, proudly, that it was Qatar’s first coeducational institution of higher learning. The female students are very much aware of their new opportunities... 'I don’t want…

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Anna

Profile & interview with Michelle Obama, lawyer and “super juggler” [Clippings]

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal profiled and interviewed Michelle Obama (J.D., Harvard Law School, 1988). Hat tip to John J. Edwards III at the WSJ Juggle Blog, who suggests reading the pieces for the perspective of a "super juggling" two-lawyer family with kids.

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Anna

Weekly MILS Roundup (Moms in Law School)

The Moms in Law School Roundup posts on Sundays, alternating between blogs by PT-law mom and A Little Fish in Law School (a/k/a butterflyfish). This week is MILS #32, hosted by PT-law mom. It's an easy way to keep up with (and join) a virtual neighborhood of moms in law school! Thanks to butterflyfish for the tip in the comments [on our previous article about MILS]. Happy Sunday, everybody!

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Anna

How Men and Women Can Work Together at Law Firms [Clippings]

Jennifer Bluestein, director of professional development for the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie, observes that most training to remedy gender inequalities at firms is geared toward women. Presentations teach female associates how to climb upward. Bluestein argues that male partners also need to learn how to reach downward. There are three ways that senior men can offer a hand up:Managing partners, practice group chairs and senior partners can help women have the same chance of succeeding as the men do. First, women need mentors, just as men do. Second, women need flexibility and career choices, just as men do.…

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, dating & relationship expert declares, “profession-wise, women lawyers are the worst”

Maine newspaper syndicate SeacoastOnline publishes one of those ubiquitous dating/relationship columns that sets people up then reports on their dates. In that spirit, the paper's (female) food critic submitted to a "dating quotient" evaluation by columnist Steve Penner. He was asked, "How datable is Rachel Forrest?" To answer, he talks through her age, marital status, politics, etc. Then he gets to her occupation:Profession-wise women lawyers are the worst. Writing professions are good, creative professions are good if you want an intelligent man. [Emphasis added.]Hat tip to Women in Law Daily for the link. W.I.L.D. blogger Grace reacts, "What is that…

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Anna

Wonder what damage your high heels are doing?

Thanks to Lisa at Sociological Images: Seeing Is Believing, you can see all the damage your work shoes are doing to your feet--in gory, glorious detail. [Hat tip to LawGeek.] Here's a direct link to the full-size image, so you don't have to go blind squinting at your screen. Those stilettos are going to give you enough health problems to deal with already.P.S. Here's a hint for healing that heel-related pain!

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Anna

Judge Nancy Gertner receives ABA Thurgood Marshall Award for contributions to civil and human rights

Harold Koh, Dean of Yale Law School, informs me that Judge Nancy Gertner, District of Massachusetts, will receive the 2008 Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association and the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. The award recognizes long-term contributions to "the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights in the United States." Justice Marshall received the inaugural award in 1992. In seventeen years, Judge Gertner is only the second woman to receive the award. (The other woman was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!) Other past recipients of the award are Jack Greenberg, Don Edwards, and Stephen…

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Anna

Lawyers with Depression [Clippings]

The website Lawyers With Depression is six months old this February. Started by Dan Lukasik, a partner at Cantor Lukasik Dolce & Panepinto in Buffalo, New York. Last month he told the ABA Journal, "I felt like most lawyers think--'I can deal with it by myself.' But it got to the point where I really couldn’t."One of every five lawyers (20%) are suffering from depression at any given time. That's three times the rate of depression among the general U.S. population (6.7%). Perhaps not surprisingly, a recent survey of Oregon attorneys found that the same portion (20%, or 1 in…

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