Sappho

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When the Winter Wind Returns

Eleven months have come and gone so quickly. Soon, the year will be coming to a close, and my time as a Writer in Residence will be done.  The opportunity to serve as a Writer in Residence was a wonderful opportunity for me to share my story and experience as a non traditional law graduate with three children. I appreciated the opportunity to be frank and candid especially with my struggle to take the bar exam, and finding a job or multiple jobs, to figuring out my career path. Fellow readers, you read my struggle about my career options -…

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skreed

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Skirting the Ceiling: Beating the Billable Hour

We've all heard the age-old idiom, "Time is money." In the legal world, the time that matters even more than time spent with the client and time spend on the job away from family and friends is the time that can be billed. At law firms, meeting your billable hours target can be a make or break not only for the year but maybe even your career.   Last month, we talked about how the gender parity gap increases as lawyers move up the law firm food chain. In particular, I highlighted these unsettling facts from the National Association of Women in…

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jjembapa

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Risk It All- The Anita Hill Story & Workplace Sexual Harassment

This kind of behavior is what makes it extremely difficult to speak out against workplace harassment and assault. To date, more than sixty women in the film and production industry have accused acclaimed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. At least two of these accusations have resulted in law enforcement officials and prosecutors opening criminal investigations that may lead to his indictment on rape and sexual assault charges. And while many may be interested in the salacious downfall of Weinstein for their own diabolical interests, there are those of us who appreciate the important conversations that have…

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DanaHen

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About assumptions And Expectations

As a mature woman, the most important expectations to fill are my own. I vow to never again compare myself to a man and to never make him my standard. As a young girl my parents always told me there was nothing I could not do. They also told me to never let anyone say or convince me I could not do something. More importantly, I was taught to always look for a challenge and never take the easy way out. Being a woman has become synonymous with challenge. As a woman entering the legal profession I am a reflection of…

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aechsner

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Staying in your Natural Beet during trial

Although the number of civil jury trials in the United States has decreased in recent years, the importance of how a jury case is presented remains constant. The amount of stress lawyers feel or perceive to feel during jury trials remains the same or has even increased. Recently, I was a member of a twenty lawyer trial team in a case that went to jury verdict. During the two week trial, our trial team learned a lot and was challenged both mentally and physically. Not only were we hyper sensitive in our preparation but we were challenged because we were not in…

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skreed

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Skirting the Ceiling: Women’s Initiatives in BigLaw Make Work-Life Balance Better for Everyone

Throughout 1L year the pressure was on to make grades that could score you a spot at a BigLaw job. This pressure seems to weigh down on everyone even though only a small percentage of the 1L class will be considered qualified to work at and will actually work at a BigLaw job. As 2L year approached, my friends and I entered the OCI process and submitted ourselves to a roller coaster of emotions. Personally, I applied to jobs and came into OCI incredibly skeptical and a little awestruck. I was suspicious that the benefits of working in BigLaw actually…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

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A Word on the Use of Legal Jargon

Quick.  Let's play a game called "Can You Spot the Legalese?" Wherefore, in light of her cause of action sounding in negligence and for the premises heretofore considered, the plaintiff prays that this honorable court grant such relief as it may deem just, fair, and proper. Did you count at least five examples of legalese just now?  Congratulations.  You have an eye for discerning legalese, which is literally defined by the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary (see https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legalese) as "the language used by lawyers that is difficult for most people to understand" (aka legal jargon), and you're in a good position for…

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annajo

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Mentality: The Secret to Thriving in the Midst of Chaos

Few industries are more stressful or mentally draining as the legal field. Whether you spend your week in an office or the courtroom, it’s easy to feel as if everything is falling apart around you. Having the right mentality will allow you to thrive in the midst of this chaos. 4 Tips for Taking Control of Your Thoughts One of the things law school doesn’t do an adequate job of preparing future attorneys for is the mental challenge that comes with working in such a fast-paced and brutal environment. While you may have entered your first job with book knowledge,…

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DeeEsq

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Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I am responsible for my own peace and will find breathing space regardless of my surroundings. It’s August and many of us are packing up and heading out of town for family vacations, reunions, or much needed solo retreats. August’s sleepy energy beckons us all to slow down. In one way or another, we all lead hectic lives. Whether you are billing hours, applying for a second-year associateship, preparing for trial or navigating maternity leave, the legal profession presents unique stressors. The stress associated with balancing our personal and professional lives is a constant we can anticipate will continue;…

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hrohn

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Going Virtual: An Option to Achieve Balance

There is no question that working parents struggle with trying to “have it all.”. Having worked full-time, part-time and then "opted out" to care for my young sons, I have come to the conclusion it will always be hard. Each presents its own challenges in achieving balance (yes, even stay-at-home moms find it hard to find time and energy to nurture their own personal interests and keep one foot out the door in between careers) so major kudos to all you working and non-working parents out there!! I worked full-time at law firms in estate planning for a few years, then…

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