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On Friendship and Football: Memories of Frank Kimball

 This weekend, I was saddened to learn that the profession lost one of its greatest members, Frank Kimball.  Frank’s love of Michigan football and his support for Ms. JD were unwavering.  He will truly be missed.I first met Frank at Ms. JD’s 2009 Conference, Avenues to Advancement, held at Northwestern Law School in Chicago, Illinois.  I’m not sure how it happened, but Frank and I ended up discussing our mutual love for college football, and a friendship was born.  After the conference, Frank would periodically email me, sharing words of wisdom and advice to a young lawyer trying to navigate…

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Speaker Spotlight: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Next week, Ms. JD and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP will host a reception in New York City to celebrate the launch of the Ms. JD Global Education Fund and to help raise funds for its two inaugural scholars, Ugandan law students Joaninne Nanyange and Monica Athieno. Sadly, I will not be able to make the trek to the East Coast to attend what promises to be a wonderful event in honor of a worthy cause. However, when offered the chance to interview the keynote speaker, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, I jumped at the opportunity. But you’ll have to attend the June…

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The End Is Only The Beginning: Resolve to Make Some Time For Yourself

Two full months into the New Year, I can barely remember the holidays.  It seems almost a lifetime ago, I was enjoying times with family and friends who I hadn’t seen since the last time I was home for the holidays.  Since then, I’ve reviewed countless documents, prepared privilege logs, drafted motions, written memoranda, filed an asylum application for my pro bono client…well, basically, I’ve been living the life of a first year associate.  Though things have been a whirlwind since the start of the year, I did find time to make a few resolutions.  I don’t normally indulge in…

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The End Is Only The Beginning: Trials of a New Associate

Nearly two months after starting at the firm – at the time less than a week after I had been sworn in as an attorney – I participated in my first trial.  Though lead counsel was a partner at the firm, it was just the two of us.  It was definitely not the long table of attorneys that you often see on television.  Despite the fact that the trial made me finally appreciate the phrase “hit the ground running,” it proved to be an extremely rewarding experience and one that many lawyers are unable to get early on in their…

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The End Is Only The Beginning: ‘Tis the Season…for Bar Results

Over the past several months, Facebook statuses around the country have announced new members of state bar associations.  For many new lawyers, passing the Bar marks the culmination of years of hard work and commitment.  They’ve finally obtained all the credentials necessary to practice the profession they have chosen.  The only remaining step is being sworn in.However, as I prepared to update my Facebook status to announce that I had passed the California Bar, I was a bit conflicted.  On one hand, passing the Bar was a major accomplishment for me.  Being the first lawyer in my family, I took…

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The End Is Only The Beginning: Life in Six Minute Increments…Resource Attached!

Almost a month into work, the time crunching started.  When making plans last weekend, I caught myself trying to figure out exactly how long brunch would take.  Two people + sit down brunch + catching up after several months = 1.5 hours (or maybe 2).  Then that calculation got factored into everything else I needed to get done that day: 1 hour (walking dog) + 0.5 hour (yoga) + 0.5 hour (conversation with Mom) + 1.5 hours (trip to grocery store & Target on a Sunday, with the Oakland Raiders playing a home game) + 2 hours (laundry, cleaning apartment,…

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The End Is Only The Beginning: Playing Big and Being Fabulous

Today is my 30th birthday, and in exactly a week, I will begin my life as a lawyer.  In recent weeks, I have been experiencing the pre-work jitters.  Will I be good any good at this?  How long will it take for someone to figure out that I have no idea what I’m doing?  If the Bar taught me anything, it’s that law school doesn’t teach you everything you need to know to become a lawyer.  So, how long do I really have before I have before I make a tragic mistake and have to figure out a new career…

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The End Is Only The Beginning: Who You Know

Growing up, I remember hearing people say, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”  Since my parents had always stressed the importance of education and working hard to get what you wanted out of life, I gave this saying little credence.  I was convinced that, in the end, those who studied and worked hard would prevail in the end.  I haven’t come to doubt this belief; however, I have come to realize that sometimes it takes both factors working together to accomplish the goals that you set for yourself.Nowadays, people talk a lot about networking.  But what does…

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The End Is Only The Beginning: Navigating Law Firm Statistics

As recruiting season gets into full swing, many students are contemplating the world of law firms for the first time. Three years ago, when I first began the process, I was utterly clueless. Though I had worked at a large law firm for five years before beginning law school, I worked in a business-related immigration practice group that was cut off from the rest of the firm. The business immigration world is relatively small, with only a few large firms having immigration practice. Consequently, any knowledge I had going into law school wasn’t of much use when contemplating other areas…

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The End is Only the Begining: Reflections on Student Leadership

Recently, somone suggested that I give my reflections on student leadership.  Initially, it seemed like a great idea.  Over the course of my law school career, I have found myself in leadership positions in several organizations.  However, upon further reflection, I struggled with how to talk about those experiences in a way that was not overly obnoxious or came across as shamelessly patting myself on the back.  In many instances, I had not sought out to be a “leader,” but rather really cared about a particular issue and found ways to get involved and contribute.  I also struggled with how…

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