Skirting the Ceiling: Politics and Professionalism

With the 2016 election year and the 2017 administration transition, politics seems to lurk around every corner. Navigating these turbulent waters while frantically participating in the 1L summer job search, got me thinking—how do politics and professionalism interact? Are they mutually exclusive? My mission this past month was to find out. Politics and the Job Search  It’s common knowledge that bringing up politics in a job interview is usually a bad idea. But what other red flags are there? I turned to Margaret DeYoung, my career counselor at the University of Houston Law Center, for advice. I asked Margaret if…

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Skirting the Ceiling: Femininity and Professional Empowerment

Since starting law school this past fall, my classmates and I have been bombarded with messages trying to instill in us what it means to “think like an attorney” and have found that acting and looking like an attorney also come with the territory. Lost in the middle of 1L year, we’re still attempting to work out what to th ink like an attorney means (and probably will be grappling with that for some time). Yet, there’s one lesson I feel like I’ve learned for certain: While there seems to be agreed upon guidelines as how to act professionally, those…

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Blogging as the Bedrock of Modern Society

Salman Rushdie once said, "Two things form the bedrock of any open society-- freedom of expression and the rule of law. If you don't have those things you don't have a free country." I couldn't agree more, but should I ever meet Rushdie, I would point out the interesting and important role blogs play in this powerful dynamic. Blogging is one of the most accessible forms of freedom expression in modern society. A blog is a vehicle for experience, education, awareness, and emotion alike. It allows people to share their experiences and perspectives, listen to one another, and engage with those…

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