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Interview with Linda Mercurio, Esq., Founder of Transformative Impact

Linda Mercurio is the Founder of Transformative Impact, a company providing coaching, training, and consulting services to transitioning attorneys. From 2008-2016, Linda served as the Founding Executive Director of the American University Washington College of Law Lawyer Reentry Program - a program she designed and implemented. I've followed with admiration Linda's career path for some time now, and when I reached out recently to tell her so, she sent back a same time photo of her desk with my book, Lawyer Interrupted, atop her own "To Be Read" pile.  I love when life sends us those moments of impactful connection. You…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School—The Art of the Backbrief

Whether you are in your first, second, or last year of law school, you have just completed fall final exams. January marks the beginning of a new semester. This is the perfect time to assess how you performed. More importantly, the new year offers a fresh opportunity to learn to gather critical information that you can use to collect extra points during spring exams. Tailoring individual essay exams toward specific professors provides the opportunity to gain extra points because professors are human. They like to know that students paid attention to what they taught. This blog explains how to tailor exams…

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Kristin Pagano Speaks: Breastfeeding Accommodations and the Illinois Bar Exam

As some of you may already know, the case of Kristin Pagano has been highlighted recently in various media outlets. Ms. Pagano submitted a breastfeeding accommodations request to the Illinois Board with respect to the February 2015 Illinois bar exam. Her request was denied by the Illinois Board. After she asked for reconsideration of the decision, I’m happy to report that Ms. Pagano has won her battle and the Illinois Board will be granting her accommodations. Ms. Pagano reached out to Ms. JD with her story, which is re-printed below from her blog with her permission. We believe that her…

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Breastfeeding and the California Bar Exam

I took the California Bar Exam in July 2013 for the first time while still actively breastfeeding my son, Elliot, who was 11 months old at the time. After struggling to find resources on how the California State Bar accommodates mothers like me, I decided to post this blog to help other breastfeeding mothers who are preparing to take the Bar Exam. Here is my story… Elliot was born the first week of my 3L year at UC Davis School of Law in Davis, California. My last year of law school was exciting, but tiring with a newborn and learning…

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The New Amazons

The myth of the Amazons is familiar to all of us.  Amazons were fierce warriors, and they were women.  As legend goes, they lived exclusively with other women.  They removed their right breasts to better throw a spear and wield a bow.  They did not marry, but visited men when they needed to repopulate.  Any male born would be killed or sent away.  The theme of the female warrior has resurfaced throughout time, from historical accounts to literature and pop culture. Some common examples that epitomize the “old” or traditional Amazon include:Xena Warrior Princess  Jen Yu from Crouching Tiger, Hidden…

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ABA Women Leaders: On the Importance and Impact of Mentoring

Editor's Note: This piece, by M.C. Sungalia, was first published in the ABA Women Advocate Newsletter. To learn more about the Women Advocate Committee, go to: http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/womanadvocate/. Look out for these powerful women as mentors and sponsors in your career!-------------------In keeping with the theme of this issue of the Woman Advocate Newsletter, a select group of ABA women leaders were asked to describe how both male and female mentors had positively impacted their development as lawyers and leaders, and to pass on some of that advice to newer women lawyers. Here are their stories and advice:Laurel Bellows, ABA President-Elect; former…

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OUTLaws: 8 Things To Know About Prop 8 To Sound Worldly and Cultured at Your Next Cocktail Party

As many of us raised a beer, hopeful glimmer, and/or triumphant fist-pump to the Ninth Circuit's decision earlier this month declaring California's ban on same-sex marriage (Proposition 8) to be unconstitutional,  new questions arose for this developing civil rights controversy.  For those of you who have not yet looked at the Ninth Circuit opinion authored by Judge Stephen Reinhardt, here is a link (and only a mildly judgmental "where have you been" look), and some cliff notes to help you drunkenly blister through your next dinner party argument. #8. Unconstitutional, unfair, and unreasonable In a nutshell, the court held that Prop…

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Deal Makers and Breakers: “The Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Corporate Law Partner” - An Interview with Suzanne Graeser of Morrison & Foerster

This month’s Deal Makers and Breakers features Suzanne Graeser, a corporate law partner in the Palo Alto office of Morrison & Foerster. Ms. Graeser’s practice focuses on emerging companies and venture capital investment, with an emphasis on entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, and executive compensation. Ms. Graeser is the West Coast chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Group, the former Chair of the Executive Committee to the California State Bar’s Business Law Section, and an advisor to the Business Law News.Ms. Graeser’s experience as a partner in an Am Law 100 law…

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Is there an issue with calling yourself an “esquire”?

Are you, like me a few days ago, unaware of the debate raging on the proper use of the title Esquire? Among the issues: can you call yourself Esquire? can you use the title outside of a legal context? can the title even apply to women? My journey into these (mostly boring questions) started when I found this conversation on Google answers about potential issues with women lawyers putting "Esquire" after their names, with the question being whether there was something inherently male about the term. The Illinois Bar Association has a Q&A by Gertrude Block explaining that Esquire was…

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