merinmathew

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6 MotorCycle accidents and what you can do to avoid them

One of the most dreadful sight on the road is a motorcycle accident. Even a head-on collision of two vehicles is not as gruesome as motorcycle accidents, simply because they invariably result in serious injury or death. Motorcycle accident statistics According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the 8.6 million motorcycles on the road in 2015, a total of 4,976 motorcycle riders died in traffic accidents and 88,000 were injured. The motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all the traffic fatalities, and drivers and passengers riding the motorcycle upped it to 17 percent. Types of motorcycle accidents If…

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Should You Specialize in One Key Area, or a Broad Field of Law?

When finishing your education and training and beginning work on creating your own practice (or potentially joining someone else’s), you’ll face a number of hard decisions. One of the most important is your area of expertise. Most prospective lawyers will study a range of different legal applications for a broad category, such as criminal defense, but when that’s done, you’ll still have the option to choose whether to pursue a broad area of expertise, or to specialize in one niche area. There are a few different ways this can manifest. First, if you’re starting your own firm, your choice in…

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What You Need to Know About the Legal Matters of DUI

Driving under the influence is a common offense, and some of its statistics are alarming. Studies have shown that around two in three people will find themselves in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime. In 2014, a daily average of 27 people died due to drunk driving crashes. In the same year, over 1.1 million individuals got arrested in the United States for driving under the influence, and about a third of that number are repeat offenders. While we can all agree that it’s best to avoid getting behind the wheels after having a drink or two, we all…

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Get an Edge in Your Attorney Career Using the Tech Power

The fields of law and law enforcement have been dominated by men for centuries. Today, the situation is starting to change, but there is no arguing the fact that males are still at an advantage in these particular industries. Therefore, a woman must use all tools available to achieve maximum efficiency in her chosen profession, and this is where modern technology can help. Tech innovation is making its way into all areas of life, including law and law enforcement. There are startups, software solutions, and gadgets that help solve crimes, punish criminals, and get restitution for the victims. Whether you…

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The Legal Content Curator: Bessie Margolin and the Working Woman

          Work is not a new theme for women around the world. With the Industrial Revolution and the wars of the twentieth century, the forms of work available to women may have changed, but the struggles inherent in them have remained the same. In "weaponed woman," Gwendolyn Brooks writes of the working woman and her struggle:   Well, life has been a baffled vehicle And baffling. But she fights, and Has fought, according to her lights and The lenience of her whirling-place.   She fights with semi-folded arms, Her strong bag, and the stiff Frost of…

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Bankruptcy and The Other “Glass Ceiling” of Finance for Female Law Professionals

In 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it would be making a pivot in its focus.  Rather than addressing concerns about fraud and bias in lending for post-secondary students or low income mortgage borrowers, the shift would begin to address something that many female business owners (including lawyers who have moved to set up their own firm or private practice) are infinitely aware of; gender bias in small business lending for women. An archaic argument that attempts to explain the gap between available business lending for female owned enterprises, assumes that there are more male founded start-ups. …

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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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Office Hours with Professor Elly Jordan

This week, take a look at Ms. JD's Q&A with Elly Jordan, a supervising attorney in the Immigration Law Clinic at Michigan State University College of Law. Office Hours What drew you to law school? First as a law student and then as a professional. I never thought I would be a lawyer.  Frankly, it never occurred to me growing up and even through undergraduate school.  I wanted my career to be one that helped others and so I pursued macro-level social work and international development.  Indeed, it was not until after I had been working for a few years…

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Brand Tip #9: The Role of Alignment in Brand Development

Now that you’ve established the building blocks for communicating to your target customers who you are, what you do and how you do it, it’s time to understand how alignment affects brand development.  Alignment is the act of ensuring that your brand reflects your target’s needs, wants, feelings and desires. Think of it as the act of walking (or shopping!) a mile in their shoes. Indeed, you must put on your customer’s shoes to understand and anticipate what it is they want from you. The key to effective alignment is the recognition that ultimately it matters not what you think…

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lawyergirl

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Beijing Plus Twenty Plus One: International Law Protecting Womens Rights

“It was twenty years ago today” began a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, recalling to listeners that some things remain constant across time. So too in 2015 a portrait that graces the wall of academia in Virginia illustrates this point: Only by close observation could one find the sole woman nestled along the rear of the desk, seated alongside a lamp. (see photo below). It should be no surprise therefore that womens progress towards equal opportunity for employment to do the hard work of saving posterity by ensuring health and security for all in paid employment in the…

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