stephaniew

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Everything You Need to Know About Female Lawyer’s Dress Code

Style and fashion are something that a lawyer must take seriously. Most problems of lawyers are their fashion and style, being either a hit or miss. Sometimes, lack of fashion sense can damage a lawyer’s reputation. Dressing sloppy or too casual can damage a lawyer's image. A lawyer’s fashion is an important tool that will cultivate their personal brand. Their personal presentation is what seals the deal in landing new business for the firm. According to study, the appearance of a person is a strong influence to other people’s viewpoint of their authority, trustworthiness, intelligence, financial success, and suitability for…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

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A Word on the Use of Third Person Pronouns

To use a pronoun or not to use a pronoun.  That is the question.  (Or at least it should be.)  People love their pronouns not only in writing (whether legal or otherwise) but also in conversation.  The problem, however, is that, although pronouns are generally valuable as shortcuts, they are also inherently ambiguous when the reader or the listener can't be certain about the intended antecedent of a pronoun.  For example, I can't count the number of times I've left a conversation feeling confused about the meaning of a pronoun (not to mention the number of times I've had to ask the…

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nevidomsky92

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Life in the Law School Lane: Living Through the 2016 Election as a Female Law Student

"This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is, it is worth it. And so we need—we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion." - Hillary Clinton, Concession Speech, November 9, 2016 With my penultimate post as a 2016 Writer in Residence, I figured I would be wrapping up…

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delidacostin

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Confessions of a General Counsel:  Give Oxygen To The Law And Apply It To The Business

This is the third part in a four-part series about IRAC as a management tool for the new general counsel. It explores ways to apply the rule of law to the specific issues in your company. *Before reading on you might like to read the first post and the second post. INTRODUCTION:  WHAT IS IRAC? IRAC is the framework that every law student uses to write her first legal memo. The first section of the memo states the issue, the second section recites the rule of law, the third section applies the rule of law to the particular facts and the last section…

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BrookeFaulkner

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The Issue Of Substance Abuse In The Legal Profession, And What Can Be Done

Lawyers struggle with substance abuse almost twice as much as those in other professions. It has been found that law students and those in other legal professions are more likely to deal with substance abuse, as well.   There were a lot of assumptions about why this may be. It’s no doubt that the stress of both the job and the path it takes to get there is not something that everyone can handle, and those in the legal field also have a higher likelihood of dealing with depression. Being exposed to the dark side of drug addiction and the…

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mKYCZwhJPG

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I am concerned about being inefficient and spending too much time on projects. How much of my own time should I cut? A: None. Zero. Zilch. Seriously. Failing to record all of the time you spent on a project is one of the most self-destructive practices that can trap new lawyers. It is particularly insidious, because new lawyers typically cut their time with the best of intentions. Some new lawyers fail to record all their time because they are concerned about charging clients too much. This is a valid concern, and new lawyers need to focus on providing value…

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Cameron Rhudy

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The Artful Lawyer: Mary Wenzel of Write Law

This month I am very excited to introduce you to Mary Wenzel, J.D., founder of Write Law based in San Diego, California. Write Law helps law firms market their services through legal ghostwriting (legal website content and blogging) and DIY legal marketing courses. When I stumbled upon Write Law I was immediately interested in Mary’s story and how, through Write Law, she has creatively merged the areas of law, writing, marketing, technology, and teaching into a niche business. I am truly grateful that Mary took the time to participate in this interview and I hope you find her as inspiring…

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Erin_Quander

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If I Knew Then…..What I Know Now….Law School Edition!!

Often times as a child, I remember being asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  My response never changed.  I always knew that I wanted to be a judge.  Teachers were boring, dentists were forced to look at millions of teeth, and doctors had to fix broken bones and get coughed on every day.  But judges, they got to wear a fancy robe and bang a hammer (gavel) on a desk and tell people to be quiet.  Or at least this is what I thought teachers, dentists, and judges did.  I planned my whole life around…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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Best Friends at the Bar: Words of Wisdom from a World Leader

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde appeared as a guest on Meet the Press on Sunday, October 13, to discuss the impact on global financial markets of a possible US default on its debt. Her remarks on that subject were very interesting and prescient because she is a giant as a world leader.  Although her predictions of massive disruption in financial markets all over the world presented serious cause for concern, I expected to hear that.  As a result, it was not those remarks that got my attention as much as her additional remarks about her experiences as a…

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vbaranetsky

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Stories of Ms. Law: Finding a Legal Hero

Stories of Ms. Law: Every lawyer loves a good story. From the complaint, to the brief, throughout the closing argument and up until the final decision, everything begins with the facts, the details, the story. Everyone knows exactly what happened to Ms. Palsgraf on the train platform, Dred Scott after he crossed state lines, and Captain Thomas Dudley and first mate, Edwin Stephens after their twentieth day marooned at sea. Certainly, lawyers extrapolate, twist and turn the facts when applying them to procedural and theoretical rules but the story remains the starting point, that wields undeniable power. Similarly, feminism has…

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