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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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Mentality: The Secret to Thriving in the Midst of Chaos

Few industries are more stressful or mentally draining as the legal field. Whether you spend your week in an office or the courtroom, it’s easy to feel as if everything is falling apart around you. Having the right mentality will allow you to thrive in the midst of this chaos. 4 Tips for Taking Control of Your Thoughts One of the things law school doesn’t do an adequate job of preparing future attorneys for is the mental challenge that comes with working in such a fast-paced and brutal environment. While you may have entered your first job with book knowledge,…

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Here’s How What You Eat Can Affect Your Career Success

As a professional woman, it’s important to take every advantage you can get in order to be competitive within your chosen field. And while gaining an education, obtaining work experience, and networking can all be supremely beneficial to your career, simple, daily habits like your diet can actually have a profound impact on your ultimate professional success and sustainability. To show you how, here are some ways that what you eat can affect your success within your career. Refined Sugars And Your Brain When you don’t give your body the fuel it needs to function to the best of its…

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A Busy Schedule is No Excuse for Ignoring Your Health

As a young woman in an industry that’s largely controlled by older men, it can feel like you have to work twice as hard just to keep up. In fact, research shows that women at law firms are still paid less than men, regardless of whether they put in more hours or have more years of experience. Data from Sky Analytics, which analyzed more than $3.4 billion in invoices from 3,000-plus law firms, found that women tend to earn 10 percent less than men per hour. Furthermore, Bryce Covert points out that, “While 2 percent of men at top tier…

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Barriers To Women Taking The Bar Exam

The bar exam is a rite of passage and major source of stress for all new lawyers, but for women in the profession, there are unique challenges. When coupled with the standard challenges that exist for both genders, it’s clear that women face an uphill battle when it comes to passing the exam and pursuing long, successful careers in the Field. Challenges Women Face The bar exam is something that law students dread from the moment they enroll in law school until the second they receive confirmation of a passing score. And it doesn’t matter who you are, there are serious…

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Inter-Law Firm Dating: Is It Ever a Good Idea?

When you’re an attractive, single woman at a law firm, dating opportunities are plentiful, but how you handle such situations will likely have an impact on your career as well as your personal life. Make sure to proceed with caution. Tips for Making an Office Romance Work According to one study on marriage, more than 37 percent of couples meet for the first time at work or in school (which makes these the number-one meeting locale for future married couples). Office romances are more commonplace than you might think. When you examine office romances in particular, 39 percent of workers…

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