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Is Your Marriage Having a Negative Impact On Your Career?

You don’t need anyone to tell you about stress – you experience enough of it in your career as a lawyer. But what happens when you’re also experiencing stress on the home front? Whether you realize it or not, a rocky marriage could hurt your career. Deal With Your Marriage Now The legal profession isn’t something you enter if you’re looking for a nice, comfortable job that comes with lots of time off and the chance to gradually climb the ladder. While there’s incredible income earning potential, there’s also substantial stress. According to data, lawyers have one of the most…

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How Do Busy Lawyers Find Time to Relax Without Hurting Productivity?

As a lawyer who is focused on productivity and maximizing billable hours, it can feel like you don’t have any time to relax. But you have to ask yourself, “Am I making relaxation a priority?” Overworking Isn’t Healthy In our American brains, we operate under this assumption that more work leads to more productivity, which fosters greater happiness and satisfaction. Ironically, most of us discover that more work is generally a precursor for more stress and anxiety – as well as poorer health. Just as an engine can get overheated from running too long, our bodies and minds can become…

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How to Successfully Navigate the Challenges of the Holiday Season

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness – a time to cherish your family and look to the future with hope. Unfortunately for lawyers, it can also be a season of great tension. How you manage this tension and handle conflicting obligations is important. 4 Tips for Navigating the Holiday Season As a lawyer and a mother, you have a lot on your plate. Not only do you have to deal with work and all of the obligations that pop up in November and December, but there may also be the expectation that you’ll…

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Get More Client Cooperation By Building Stronger Rapport

As a lawyer, your clients come to you in a vulnerable position. Whether they’ve been arrested, convicted, or are seeking justice, they’re emotional and sometimes unpredictable. They don’t know what the future holds, and they’re looking to you for clarity. Even though you’re there to help, it’s not uncommon for clients to become uncooperative, or even combative at times. Even though your clients request your help, you still have to earn their trust in order to provide that help. Building trust begins with rapport How do you build rapport with someone who’s angry, scared, depressed, or manic? You have to…

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Twice As Good: Gender And Technical Information In The Courtroom

When Michelle Obama addressed graduates at the historically Black Tuskegee University in 2015, it was no surprise that she offered a variation of the old “twice as good” speech. Passed down by Black parents for generations, the idea is that as a person of color, you need to be twice as good as your white peers to get half as far. While it may seem overly pessimistic to offer such advice to new graduates, the idea holds – and it applies to more than just Black students. For any woman trying to break into a male-dominated field like law, the…

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Not Just A Bleeding Heart: Combating Bias In The Justice System

It’s a common problem for women in the legal system; gender bias automatically leads our peers to read us as bleeding hearts. We’re seen as soft on crime and lenient in sentencing. And in an attempt to combat this stereotype and break into specialties like criminal and corporate law, some women lean the opposite way and become exceedingly aggressive, regardless of the consequences. But what if, as individuals who face bias within the legal profession, we as women lawyers used our first-hand experiences of discrimination for justice – both in the courtroom and beyond? So many of the cases we…

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Gone Soft? Negotiating Harm Reduction From A Position Of Power

One of the most common issues that female lawyers struggle with is the idea that we’re soft – too empathetic, lenient on offenders, or otherwise unable to contend with the harsh realities of law. What no one in the old guard is willing to admit, though, is that the law is oriented towards punishment, not justice. And that means we’re often punishing people for situations beyond their control. In order to counter the excessively punitive nature of the law, particularly around fairly minor transgressions, female lawyers are called on to consider the power of harm reduction practices and to negotiate…

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Are You Looking at Your Career Through the Right Lens?

A pervasive problem in the legal field today involves young attorneys -- predominantly millennials -- who are prone to being shortsighted. If you aren’t content with where you are in your career, then it’s possible you may be part of this group. If you can correct your orientation at this point, you may enjoy a rosier future in this field. Four Ways to Invest in the Future We don’t mean this article to represent a knock on millennials, but the observation seems to be supported by considerable evidence. Many have noted that millennials tend to want everything “now.” They’ve grown…

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Women In Family Law: Success Versus Stereotypes

As a woman in the legal world, there are two general paths you can take; you can opt for the “soft” specializations like labor, immigration, and family law or you can pave a path and take on the boys club – corporate law and high-profile criminal cases. Which do you choose and how will you justify your choice? Because make no mistake, as a successful woman, you’ll be asked to justify any and every choice. There isn’t an easy or a right choice when determining what area of law to pursue and great lawyers are needed everywhere. The key is…

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Put the Kids First During a Divorce

As a legal professional, you’ve probably seen your fair share of messy divorces, even if family law isn’t in your area of expertise. It’s tough on everyone, especially kids when they’re involved. As you go through your own divorce with kids in tow, make sure your kids come first. Divorce Often Hurts Kids the Most An overwhelming amount of research reveals that kids are usually the innocent victims of divorce. “Parents, who have given the children life, are perceived by the children as very competent people with supernatural abilities to meet the needs of the children. No problem should be…

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