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15 Things You Didn’t Know About NWLSO Liaison Connie Lam

1.  I am terrified of balloons.  Love them in theory, but when I see them in person I am in dread fear of them popping.2.  I make a killer red velvet cupcake that actually tastes like chocolate.  Cream cheese frosting, of course.  Anything else is sacrilege.3.  I studied classical piano under the same teacher for 11 years, but was dropped from tennis class for being an uncoordinated menace.  4.  If I could do anything other than practice law, I would own and operate a neighborhood bakery and cafe called Lady Lamalot.  Okay, maybe the name could use some work.5.  My…

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A Chat with Dr. Silvia Hodges on How to Prepare for the “New Normal” in Private Practice

As law students, most of us generally don’t think we need to worry about strategies for marketing ourselves or learning how to build business for our future employers.  Dr. Silvia Hodges, an expert in the field of legal marketing research, shares with Ms. JD that a new era in the legal services industry is approaching and now is the time to prepare yourself and your firm for the challenges of the soon-to-be new normal. What is this new normal?  According to Dr. Hodges, there are two main shifts ongoing in the legal services industry.  First, law firm clients used to…

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First Chambers USA Women in Law Awards: Fighting Female Attrition in the Private Sector

Last Thursday night Chambers USA, well known for their extensive legal research and rankings of law firms and individual lawyers, hosted its first Women in Law Awards.  The event was a hit; packed to the brim with both distinguished attorneys and rising stars; female and male, from all around the country.  An air of charged excitement permeated the room as people waited to cheer on the nominees.  Perhaps the feeling can be partially attributed to the mystery surrounding the event as the first of its kind or the enjoyment of celebrating with respected colleagues, but was there another cause for…

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The Proper Feeding of 1(L): Know Thyself

Last week, I introduced one of the hidden challenges of law school: how to develop a plan for feeding yourself that doesn't involve hours of cooking time, maximizes your health and focus, and doesn't break your budget.  This week, we begin.The hands-down most important step in formulating a food plan is to know thyself.  No, this isn't some deep philosophy and introspective revolution.  It simply means knowing what you will and will not go for when it comes to meals.  The reason this is so important is because it is the key to making sure your plan sticks.  Just like…

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The Proper Feeding of 1(L): The Mantra

Feed well.  Study well.Last summer, when I was getting ready to pack up and head to law school, I was inundated with advice.  Advice on books to read, advice on course supplements to buy, advice on how to find a good counselor for the inevitable panic attacks that 1L year was sure to bring.  Surprisingly enough, I didn't get advice on the most fundamental need of all: how to feed myself properly.One would think that by the time you hit your twenties, feeding yourself is a no-brainer, but I quickly realized that law school presents a whole range of obstacles…

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