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Failure Turned Inside Out: Asking for a Friend

Sometimes the desire to help others is not enough. Before ending this column, I thought it was important to share my own story with my readers. It was a bit odd being the interviewee, but I pushed myself to answer some of the same questions I have been asking other women during this past year so this journey with you all could come full circle. For me, becoming a lawyer has always been a means to an end. I knew very early on that it would be the first step to evolving into a diplomat or politician championing the civil…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Risk It All- The Anita Hill Story & Workplace Sexual Harassment

This kind of behavior is what makes it extremely difficult to speak out against workplace harassment and assault. To date, more than sixty women in the film and production industry have accused acclaimed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. At least two of these accusations have resulted in law enforcement officials and prosecutors opening criminal investigations that may lead to his indictment on rape and sexual assault charges. And while many may be interested in the salacious downfall of Weinstein for their own diabolical interests, there are those of us who appreciate the important conversations that have…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: I Don’t Scare Easy

Name: Joy Harper Professional Title: Vice President Capital Markets Tax Sector: Asset Management Law School: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State Specialization: International Tax and Taxation of Financial Instruments and Products Trusted Advisor “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Any Godfather fan knows that Don Vito Corleone was, frighteningly, a man of his word, but it was his trusted advisor who ensured that Corleone escaped legal reprimand for his chilling antics. Joy Harper became enamored with the advisor’s innate ability to problem solve as a means to effectively advocate for his boss Corleone. Mix that along with her…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Failure is a State of Mind

Name: Ryan S. Ragland, Esq. Professional Title: Municipal Trial Counsel, Hamilton County Public Defender Sector: Public Law School: The Ohio State University Years Practicing: 1.5 years  Area of Specialization: Criminal Defense “I am passionate about making sure they are humanized.”  Full disclosure: the woman I am featuring in this month’s edition of Failure Turned Inside Out is one of my best friends in the entire world. And while I may be a bit biased here, I think that her poise, maturity, and depth as a human being is awe-inspiring because these characteristics speak to the qualities that true carriers of…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: The Not So Gentle Ladies of the United States Congress

The women that serve daily on behalf of the American people are fierce trailblazers in their own right. As a means to seemingly promote gender equality, there is a new term that has been floating around the United States Congress. You see, as of late congressional members have been referring to their female House representatives and Senate members as “gentle-ladies.” (Example: The gentle lady from California will now address the House.) Now whatever your personal opinion is on the alluring appeal (or lack there of) of the term itself, there is one thing I think that we can all come…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Pay It Forward

Name: Kimberly Amrine Professional Title: Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Frost Brown Todd, LLC Sector: Private Law School: George Washington University Law School Things eventually came to a head. Like many recent college graduates, Kim did not know what she was going to do after she graduated from Northwestern University. After all, she did not particularly love school. So, she packed up her little Honda Civic and moved to Washington D.C. Her interest in politics eventually led her to apply for jobs on Capitol Hill. But most of the jobs on the Hill were unpaid and she needed to…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Practice Makes Perfect

Name: Tamara J. Titre Professional Title: Assistant City Attorney, City of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Managing Attorney, Law Office of Tamara J. Titre, LLC Law School: Michigan State University College of Law Years Practicing Law: 3 Sector: Government and Private Practice Specialization: Freedom of Information Compliance, Family Law, Probate, Estate/Trusts "I do not believe people fail. I believe they are put in positions that challenge them to reinvent or redirect themselves.” You never really know where life can take you. Early on Tamara Titre knew that she wanted to be a voice for others. Her desire to obtain a law degree grew stronger as she became more involved in…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Book Review of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World”

Name: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Professional Title: United States Supreme Court Justice Years on the Supreme Court Bench: 7 Law School: Yale Law School Sometimes changing seasons can simply be overwhelming as you wait to finally pivot into that next phase. Before you jump out of your seat with excitement: No, I did not have the opportunity to sit down with Justice Sotomayor for this piece. However, I did get the chance to pick her brain a bit by way of her 2013 book entitled “My Beloved World.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World” has been on my list of…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: You Are Your Own Competition

Name: Zoe Kasujja Professional Title: Student Law School: Nottingham Law School NTU Year in Law School: 2nd Specialization: LLB in International Law Plans to Use Your Law Degree: Zoe intends to use her legal degree as a foundational degree and add onto it by also obtaining a Master’s degree in international affairs and human rights. I took my talents across the pond. From the quick facts above you can probably tell that this month’s feature is not about a licensed attorney, but instead about a young woman just beginning her legal education. What you may not be able to tell, however,…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Understanding the Game—Not Allowing the Failure Consume You

Name: Kiera Potter Professional Title: Assistant Solicitor for the City of Atlanta Law School: University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Years Practicing Law: 2 years Sector: Government Specialization: Criminal Law and Prosecution Real life family experiences thrust her into the legal realm. While her interest in becoming a lawyer sparked when she was a teenager, Kiera Potter never really thought she would become one. In fact, she thought she was going to be a psychologist. It was not until some real life family experiences thrust her into the legal realm that Kiera was able to fully comprehend the difference an attorney can truly have…

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