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Career Alternatives: Diversion Programs And Advocacy

Not every law degree leads to big law. No, for some of us, that training helps us make a difference in other ways, including through advocacy work. By working with diversion programs, for example, a growing group of legal professionals are finding ways to minimize inequitable consequences across the legal system and help marginalized individuals get back on the right track. How Diversion Works Diversion programs are increasing in popularity across the United States, addressing issues like alcohol and drug use, driving offenses, and even shoplifting and they typically target first time, low-level offenses. Additionally, among juvenile offenders, diversion programs…

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The Right Way To Brand Personal Injury Work, Promoting Without Pushing

The television show Better Call Saul may play on all the most egregious stereotypes of the personal injury lawyers, but isn’t there always some truth behind the stereotype? The fact is, some personal injury lawyers can be aggressive in their marketing tactics, and it’s a red flag that something is amiss, and savvy potential clients know to steer clear. Still, if you’re going to stand out from other personal injury firms, you need to show that you’re different from other firms. You need a strong brand. Establishing Your USP Marketing’s basic premise is that, in order to attract clients, you…

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Breaking The Mold As A Woman In Male-Led Legal Specialties

Despite the growing number of women attending and completing law school, most women in the profession are familiar with the experience of being the only woman in a room full of men. In some specialties, however, this is the case more often than not, a result of self-segregation and because male clients hold male lawyers in higher regard. As such, when the client base is overwhelmingly male, such as in corporate law, sports law, and construction and industrial law, women lawyers are firmly in the minority. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your mark. If you want to succeed…

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How to Improve Your Professional Image in a Consultation

Everything starts with a consultation. This is your chance to make a strong first impression with your prospective client, and your opportunity to review their case to see if it’s worth taking on. If you have several years of experience to draw on, this probably comes second-nature to you, and you can almost evaluate the potential case on autopilot. But if you’re new to the game, every consultation is a big deal, because every client matters, and your reputation is still being formed. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use to improve your image during every consultation. Do Your…

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#MeToo Meets Big Law: How Gender Imbalance Shapes The Workplace

Women have long struggled to find equal footing in the legal profession, but despite growing numbers of female lawyers, gender imbalance in the workplace continues to put us at a disadvantage. In light of the recent #MeToo movement addressing sexual assault and harassment, however, female lawyers are beginning to address the ongoing harassment that is often part and parcel for women in law practices, courtrooms, and other legal settings. But will these efforts create change? Imbalances In Big Law Law firms are unique relative to many other professional settings because the hours are long, individuals in the same practice may…

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5 Things to Consider About Potential Clients

Client acquisition is one of the keys to being successful as a lawyer, but be wary of moving too fast. Before bringing on a new client, there are some important things you need to consider. 5 Things to Think About Consultations are part of being a lawyer. If your practice or firm is like most, you offer free or low-cost initial meetings to get to know prospective clients and discuss their options. In these consultations, you’ll want to spend time feeling out the individual across the table. Here are a few specific things to consider: 1. Common Client Questions Once…

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Advocacy In The Age Of Addiction: Insights For Layers

As advocates for justice, the current opioid epidemic has put lawyers in a challenging position: is our job to defend patients or drug makers? Is there room to seek justice when the law isn’t oriented towards justice? There are no easy answers. Instead, we’re all required to consider what our position is relative to the law, our clients, and our communities. And what you decide can determine the shape of your career. Addiction Justice And Advocacy For some lawyers, the decision to focus on justice and advocacy work for addicts, rather than to pursue exclusively punitive outcomes, is an easy…

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Is It A Fit? Finding A Firm That Works For You As A Working Mother

You’ve made it out of law school. You’ve passed the bar. Now, you’re ready to practice – but where? The fact is, as a woman in the legal profession, finding a position where you’ll have opportunities for growth can be a real challenge. The fact is that as a woman, you can get in the door, but, as a study by the American Bar Association demonstrated, women make up 45% of associates in private practice, but only 18% of equity partners. Something is keeping women from successfully climbing the career ladder. Luckily, finding a practice that’s a good fit for…

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4 Conflict Resolution Tips for Lawyers

Naturally, your profession as a lawyer puts you in the middle of a lot of conflict. Sometimes this conflict is indirect, while other times it directly involves your clients. Knowing how to resolve conflict successfully is integral to success. Conflict Management Tips and Strategies Whether you work in family law, business law, criminal law, or any specialty in between, conflict is a major part of what you do. There’s almost always some sort of problem that your client is dealing with and it’s up to you to help them identify a solution and proactive strategy for pushing forward. The problem…

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Is Personal Injury Law the Right Specialty for You?

Law is an exciting field if you enjoy championing a cause and exacting justice. It also provides a comfortable living for attorneys who are good at their job and have a passion for it. It’s essential to select a specialty of law that you really enjoy. Many law students consider personal injury for their practice. This is opportunity to work closely with people and, though it’s not without its stresses, the issues in personal injury law are often simpler, more clear-cut, than those in other specialties such as criminal defense or tax law. But is it the right profession for…

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