BrookeFaulkner

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Unconventional Specialties That Can Lead To A Career In Law

Some of us knew from the very beginning that we were headed for law school, while others didn’t realize it until they were well into their undergraduate education. Others still had different career paths in mind, and followed them only to somehow still end up with a JD. It doesn’t matter how we got here: we all have our areas of expertise, and we all have something great to bring to the table. Many consider a career shift later in life, and just about every profession can have something great to offer the legal field. Here are just a few.…

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BrookeFaulkner

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Two Birds, One Stone: Helping Veterans By Attracting More Of Them To The Legal Field

We advocate for women from all walks of life to attend law school and become lawyers, because we understand that it’s not only our female presence that rounds out the profession as a whole, but our diversity of backgrounds that contributes to its success and growth in our nation. But there are still a few groups that remain disproportionately represented among JDs, and one of them is veterans. So, why aren’t veterans pursuing legal careers? There are a lot of theories out there, some of which make more sense than others. First off, veterans don’t always come back in the…

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skreed

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Skirting the Ceiling: Black Hair Shouldn’t Be an Occupational Hazard

Before last week, I thought that, as Elle Woods once said, "The rules of haircare are simple and finite," but after attending Occupational Hazards: What's Hair Got to Do With It?, I realized that is anything but the case. The keynote speaker at the event, the fabulous Professor D. Wendy Greene, focused her discussion on grooming code discrimination in the workplace and how such discrimination disparately impacts black women.  If you're saying to yourself, "What's grooming code discrimination?" That's okay. I was right there with you up to that lecture. A grooming code is a standard issued by employers that employees are expected to meet in terms of appearance.…

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RBull

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The Rise of the Virtual Paralegal

Just a few years ago, the idea of becoming a virtual paralegal was just that: an idea. Independent paralegals offered their services to lawyers, and a few daring souls advertised themselves as virtual paralegals, yet there was a distinct under-utilization of these talented individuals. In 1995, only 9% of the workforce telecommunicated. According to a recent Gallup poll, that number has since skyrocketed to 37% (as shown in the graph below), and is not expected to decline any time soon. Image Source: Gallup Becoming a virtual paralegal is no longer a fanciful idea. We are witnessing the rise of the…

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Sappho

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The Job Search: Bruised Ego and Alternative Career Options

My current job as an Organizer is a limited term duration position. I have been creative in my job application approach – applying for state and local government positions and several non-profit organization positions.  For example, in December, one week after having my baby, I submitted a legal fellowship application. I submitted two fellowship applications in January and several Executive Director positions with local non-profits.  Further, I will be applying for grants and attend training on leadership development and building. In addition, as it is legislative session in Oregon, I have been attending various lobby day gatherings and meeting with…

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ally

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Hillary Clinton, Respectability Politics, and the Crisis of Modern Feminism

The results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election represented a failure on many fronts. It was a failure of the American commitment to diversity, openness, and refuge. It was a failure as a check on corporate greed, wealthy interests, and predators of the poor and vulnerable. It signified a societal sickness— with our obsession with celebrity culture and worshipping of money as status. It displayed a majoritarian callousness to the calls for equal dignity by marginalized groups – by racial and ethnic minorities, the transgender community, immigrants, religious minorities, the gay and lesbian community, the disabled community, and women –…

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Linaya

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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Alan Bryan

Alan Bryan 2017 Ms. JD TIM Initiative Award The following questions were formulated based on Alan's profile. 1. You served on the American Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission; you are an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and helped found its NAWL Challenge Club program; and you are a board member of DirectWomen. You are involved in many other organizations aiming at the advancement of women in the legal profession and you have received several awards attesting to your dedication to diversity in the legal profession. As a man, why is it so important to…

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KatieDay

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Talking “Ladder Down” with Author, Lauren Stiller Rikleen

This week I sat down with Lauren Stiller Rikleen to chat about her newest book, "Ladder Down:  Success Strategies For Lawyers From Women Who Will Be Hiring, Reviewing, And Promoting You." Lauren shared her perspective on the legal profession, and what lawyers (especially female lawyers) can do to promote their success. Before I jump into the Q&A, let me give you a little background. Lauren is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multigenerational workforce.  As President of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, Lauren conducts workshops, speaks at conferences, retreats, and professional events, and provides training programs focusing on: strengthening multigenerational…

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annajo

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How to Choose Your Legal Specialty

Some attorneys in training know exactly what kind of law they want to practice from the start. Others need a little prompting to determine their path. If you’re interested in law, but don’t know what you want to practice, you’re not alone, particularly if you’re a woman studying toward a law degree. The number of male lawyers is almost double the number of female lawyers. Though the gap has closed a little in the last decade, it’s still hard to look back and compare your interest in the law profession with that of the limited number of women who came…

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susiejean5

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Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life: Fitting it In

Yesterday I hit the four week mark of a 15-week semester. This is usually the time when my good intentions for the semester fail. My planner begins to collect dust on my now-cluttered desk, in the home office I never enter, and books are scattered across my kitchen table, which has ceased use for its intended purpose. Attempts to prepare meals for the day result in me grabbing an orange from the basket and hoping my husband will remember to go to the grocery store on his way home. Instead of retyping my notes or adding to an outline at…

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