Jmnakamoto

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You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: Be Gritty.

A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through my social media feed when I came upon a TEDTalks video from 2013 by Angela Lee Duckworth about her study on the predictors of success. In the beginning of her presentation, she described what she and her team set out to find and where they went looking for it.  They tried to predict success across a plethora of activities and professions where they might be doomed to failure.  They tried to predict who would succeed after joining the military, or who would do well at the spelling bee.   Automatically in my…

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braposa

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The Twelve Year Old Girl Lawyer

Has anyone noticed that when people want to call someone young, the standard age they refer to is twelve? I've noticed. I've noticed mainly because people always tell me I look twelve.  I remember my first day ever going to court. I spent two hours just deciding what to wear to make myself look older. Some suits were too baggy and some heels were too high, but I eventually found an outfit that made me think, "okay, I think I can pass for at least twenty-one today." Well, I was wrong.  I had a contentious custody hearing at the probate…

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beyondbillables

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Breaking point: The 3 signs every lawyer should be aware of

It’s no secret that law is a stressful profession. The industry is competitive and closed off, and clients are often very demanding. On top of this, lawyers are inherently quite driven. You place a lot of pressure on yourself to succeed. This is great when you're kicking goals. But it can spark some serious problems when it comes to your health and wellbeing. To make things worse, many law firms are not particularly open to hearing these concerns. Some firms may say they care about employee wellbeing, but the reality is different. Subsidised gym memberships and free fruit can't fix…

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Sneak Peek of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, 3rd Ed.

Law school applications are just around the corner (some law schools begin accepting applications on September 1!) In order to prepare, you may want to check out The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, 3rd Ed. by Ann Levine, a law school admissions consultant, founder of Law School Expert, and author of the book. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ann in the past and have read both of her previous books. They provide thorough answers to many law school application questions and include helpful sample essays in an easy-to-read format.   Topics in the book include GPA and…

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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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AndrewSimon

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Understanding Law And Big Data

Following along with the different legal technology blogs, you will find that the big data concept for law firms has come up quite a few times. This is because more often than not, the technology pundits are thrilled with the potential for diving into data and using it as a way to benefit lawyers and their clients. All too often, the ideas can seem to be made up of a great deal of wishful thinking rather than practical ideas that you can start using in your law practice today. Earlier this year, the Chicago ABA Techshow featured a presentation by…

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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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marycarlson4

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Empowering Today’s women: Tips on Being the Best Lawyer

We see them every day, particularly on TV shows where we witness them shouting at the accused of some crimes committed. We are fascinated by the fact that these people are mostly women and become symbols of authority and power. Who are these people? Viola Davis stars as criminal defense lawyer Annalise Keating in ABC Studio’s hit series, How to Get Away With Murder, is an example of how sleek and cunning a lawyer can be. She is smart, witty, and always 3 or 4 steps ahead of having the edge over against any that dare to confront her. With…

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SusanCulp

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10 Signs You’re a Horrible Boss And How To Correct It

The problem is not them; it's YOU! You're done working with the most monstrous bosses of all times. You probably swore to yourself that when the time comes for you to manage people, you will do things differently. That day has now come - you're already a boss. You may have good intentions like an all-expense paid team building for the top performing department or a company outing on its founding anniversary. But how can you implement all of these when there is a stack of emails, meetings, phone calls, and a whole bunch of demanding clients and tough decisions…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Monica Parks, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at the NY City Bar

Today’s interview is with Monica Parks, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at the New York City Bar Association. Monica graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2014, with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Hi Monica! I’ve seen your name in New York City Bar Association emails for the last two years, so I was really excited to finally meet you in-person at the “Launching Your Career” seminar series! How and when did you decide to pursue a role in Diversity and Inclusion?  Monica: I started working at the City Bar as an assistant in the Executive Director’s…

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