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Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: Living in a world affected by the COVID19

On March 13, 2020 the president of the United States issued a declaration for a national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease outbreak. The nation has been severely rocked! The disease is both deadly and easily contactable. The virus is spread primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and…

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Am I wearing too many hats? Learing 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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Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: Always stay focused!

Welcome to my first blog of 2020! Within the first month of the year my home team, the Kansas City Chiefs, managed an astonishing victory, basketball legend, Kobe Bryant’s sudden death rocked the nation, and the impeachment trial of the 45th president of the United States has commenced. I have managed to bring in the New Year with a mammoth caseload, a whopping 150 criminal cases at the Public Defender’s office. What a mixed emotional January it has been! I’m completely ambivalent to what this New Year will bring. The kickoff to the New Year has produced so many different emotions and reactions. Each of…

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What is the number one piece of career advice that you have received?

In the wake of social media, it’s easy to get bogged down with someone else’s success making one feel inadequate, ineffective, under-accomplished or even unworthy. A successful woman once told me, never compare your success or lack thereof with someone else’s because the key to contentment is self-awareness of one’s own abilities. I believe this holds true not only in the legal profession, but with any profession. Whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or the like, scrolling through others stories, post or pictures can place you in a state of depression. Often times, people post innumerable content on social media…

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