Jmnakamoto

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You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: Going from Tragedy to Triumph

Ms. Ieshia Champs-Smith is a rising 3L student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Texas.  I had the pleasure of meeting her at a women’s attorney event where she was honored as one of the scholarship recipients.  Ieshia’s story is rife with so much turmoil and tragedy.  Although her dreams might have died once or twice, her resolve and faith in God never let her give up.  Now, she is roughly one year away from achieving her dreams of becoming an attorney. When Ieshia was very young, she was taken away from her parents and sent to live with…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

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Legal Writing Skills: A Tool of the Lawyer’s Trade

An Introduction to This Column: Time to Take Out and Sharpen Those Pencils​ I was in the seventh grade when it happened to me.  As a seventh-grade social studies student, I had volunteered to represent the State in a hypothetical criminal trial and ultimately stood up in front of a jury of my fellow peers to argue that "the man" sitting before them (meaning a fellow peer who had volunteered to be the defendant) was guilty of kidnapping and grand larceny.  Every jury member then voted "guilty," and that was when it happened to me.  As I received the news that…

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NAWL

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National Association of Women Lawyers Inaugural YouTube Video Contest

Calling All Law Firm and Corporate Legal Department Women's Initiative Groups and Networks, Women's Bar Associations, Women's Law Student Organizations, and Organizations Dedicated to Advancing, Empowering, and Promoting Women in Law!  Please join the National Association of Women Lawyers ("NAWL") as we highlight "Women Lawyers Succeeding!" NAWL invites you to participate in its inaugural YouTube video competition! Submit a two-minute video on "Women Lawyers Succeeding!" that showcases what that phrase means to your group.  NAWL will post all submissions that are suitable for posting on its YouTube channel. The three videos with the hightest number of views by February 1,…

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jchinnadurai

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Not fLAWless but Fearless: Accepting Your Past

There comes a time in everyone’s life where the inevitable question comes up: how much does my past matter as related to my future? Call it my mid mid-life crisis, but I’ve been pondering this question a lot lately, related to both professional and personal endeavors. How much does what I’ve done, where I’ve been, and the experiences I’ve had lend itself to the places I’m trying to go, and the person I’m trying to become? On the professional side, I’ve always asked my supervisors and been fortunate enough to receive feedback on how much my prior work experience will…

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LAAllen

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Adventures of the Improbable 1L

I am the improbable 1L, a 54-year-old chemistry teacher, who, on a whim, took the LSAT, contemplating a complete change from the life I had.  Unlike the clever kids who fill my classes, I am not here because of a life-long desire to become a lawyer.  Rather, I am here to be a law student: becoming a lawyer will be an interesting, possibly irrelevant outcome.  While my classmates are striving toward a goal, I have realized mine.  As it happens, being a brand new law student really is as much fun as I had hoped it might be.  Law school…

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columbiaprelawblog

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Pre-Law Diaries: Rachel Taratuta-Titus

I first considered law as a career path at the beginning of my sophomore year at Columbia College (though admittedly, I did have an interest in law after watching Legally Blonde at the age of eight!). I joined the Columbia Pre-Law Society as a general member and attended several of the many events the society offers, including LSAT workshops, logic game quiz bowl, and law school admissions essay workshops. The LSAT logic game workshop was the most memorable for me: the instructor showed us how to create clear diagrams and tackle challenging questions quickly and efficiently. I also joined the…

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RosenaSammi

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ALL| A Lawyer’s Life: The Honorable Faith S. Hochberg.

This interview was first published on ALL | A Lawyer's Life (http://www.alawyerslife.com), a place to find captivating, one-of-a-kind interviews with lawyers who have found success and happiness, both inside and outside of the law. ALL aims to be relevant to all lawyers, while focusing on issues facing female lawyers  Faith S. Hochberg, Federal District Judge and former U.S. attorney, stands five feet three inches tall, her blonde hair framing quick eyes and an engaging smile. Behind that disarming visage lies a story of countless firsts, decades of hard work and, ultimately, triumph. But this is not a story of perfection. It…

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angie14

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Really? Men Are Welcomed Too?

During Orientation Week for the newly admitted 1Ls at our law school, student organizations were petitioned to place information tables encouraging students to engage in extracurricular activities. For our newly created National Women Law Students' Organization (NWLSO) chapter we had vivid brochures, a sign-up sheet, and enthusiastic Board Members answering all sorts of questions. More than 50 women approached the table and showed a genuine interest in participating and becoming part of the NWLSO. We were all very excited. There was a lot of movement and the table was rarely ever empty. Yet, as we tried to welcome all, we…

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rightbrainlawyer

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Dispatches from the Y Chromosome - Dispatch #6: “Be an Advocate for Yourself” - Shannon Forchheimer

Shannon Forchheimer is the Lead Attorney in the Washington D.C. office of Montage Legal Group, the force behind the brilliant But I Do Have a Law Degree blog, a self-described “BigLaw Exile,” and mother of three rambunctious boys. Shannon attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania, worked at large law firms in New York and Washington D.C. and then, after almost six years of practice, left the practice to focus on being a mom to her, then, two boys. Since leaving she’s added a third son, started But I Do Have a Law Degree, a well-read blog, began a…

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rightbrainlawyer

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Dispatches from the Y Chromosome - Dispatch #5: “I think I’ll go to law school” - Carol Lear

Carol Lear is Professional Practices Director and Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Utah State Office of Education. She has worked for the Utah State Office of Education for almost three decades serving in a variety of roles. She defied some strong social and religious norms and attended law school at the University of Utah in the late ’70’s and early ‘80’s during which time she, amazingly, gave birth to two of her three children. While I’m posting this interview in June, the recent passage of Mother’s Day in May is apropos as Carol is also my mother – and I…

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