DrArtikaTyner

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Women Leading Change: 3 Lessons on Leadership and Social Justice

 A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John Maxwell An effective leader guides others on the path to change and growth. The result of their efforts is the type of transformation which occurs both internally (as new leaders discover their leadership potential) and externally (as community members organize and engage in policy reform efforts).  Bonnie Allen exercises leadership by focusing on the implementation of ideas and strategies for the furtherance of social change. She works in partnership with members of the Mississippi Center for Justice (“MCJ”) to implement an integrative problem solving…

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bergessk@gmail.com

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Striking a Balance: Defining “Happy Lawyer”

The definition of a “happy lawyer” is different for each person. Each person’s “fairly happy” and the prerequisites to be happy are going to vary. From trials to transactions, each type of case or matter calls for a different personality and lifestyle. While a part of me would have loved to be a prosecutor, I am positive that the personality traits of a litigator would not make me happy in the long term. I am more comfortable working as part of a team trying to help businesses develop and expand, helping clients from two sides of the table reach one…

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RachelKulhavy

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Never Fear El Dia de los Muertos (Or: Don’t Fear the Bar Exam Pass List)

Ah, October. The leaves are falling, the nights are getting colder, and there’s a whole lot of football on TV. October is also the time that some of you may be anxiously awaiting your July bar exam results. Many bar-takers receive their results at or near the end of the summer, but there are still some anxious attorneys-to-be out there who won’t know for at least a month (Texas) or more (California, you’re so fashionably late!) The pass list for the Texas Bar exam is typically uploaded anytime from Halloween to November 6, depending on how the exam dates fall…

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BarExamInsider

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How to Deal with Anxiety While Studying for the Bar Exam

“We cannot enjoy life if we spend a lot of time worrying about what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow.  We worry about tomorrow because we are afraid.  If we are afraid all the time, we cannot appreciate that we are alive and can be happy now.” - Thich Nhat Hanh Luck The bar exam creates anxiety in people because there are a lot of unknowns.  The scoring is based on the population of test takers so whether someone passes or not depends on who else is taking the exam.  An examinee does not know what subjects the questions…

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manmohan_h

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Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail!

Emphasis on training has intensified since realisation performance is heavily dependent on it. Education, of course, is the basic platform but that knowledge, unless complemented by skill oriented to workplace, remains an attribute partly exploited thus not evolving into full potential. Obviously such handicap will hinder progress – a circumstance no individual would reconcile with. So the remedial step – training (that equips one adequately in relevant activity sphere) – is to be taken and its application to three most common scenarios is touched below. At Office: When signing the collaboration agreement (1950s), the UK based partner observed the FPS…

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AJosephEsq

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Dear Newbie, Esq.: Billable Hours Matter, but Relationships Matter More.

Yes, it is true that actively developing meaningful professional relationships at work will yield better results for your legal career than merely sitting in your office and billing the required number of hours. As you gear up for your first year or even second year of legal practice, here are some of the obvious and not so obvious individuals on the job that can help you to not only survive, but to thrive in your legal career. Place equal emphasis and value on cultivating relationships with those who support the senior attorneys you seek to impress. I cannot emphasize how…

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Jacqmorley

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Independent Daughters, Intelligent Wives: A Discusssion of Masculinity and the Modern Man

A Woman’s Nation, the non-profit organization run by Maria Shriver, recently released its survey The Shriver Report Snapshot: An Insight Into the 21st Century Man, analyzing the American man and how he relates to societally- inflicted stereotypes. In conjunction with the release of the report, Shriver hosted and moderated a panel discussion entitled “A Conversation on Modern Masculinity,” and included a number of the leading minds on the study of masculinity and fatherhood. The survey yielded a number of interesting findings; men today feel that is “harder” to be a man than it was when their fathers were growing up,…

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bergessk@gmail.com

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Striking a Balance: Genuinely “Networking”

I have been at my internship for five weeks now – halfway done. Despite the steep learning curve, I am happy to say I have a solid understanding of the type of work accomplished at the U.S. Court of International Trade. However, that has not been my greatest accomplishment. Nor has producing a writing sample. It has been the relationships I have developed during my time here. It has been said many times that we must network throughout law school, making networking sound like the solution to every job hunt or mentor search. However, for me, networking had seemed like…

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jsaxena@law.gwu.edu

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Who Am I and Why Am I Here? - Uncovering our Covered Selves

We all cover. It’s taken me a long time to share my thoughts on this topic on this very public forum. Yes, between family commitments, travel, and a recent transition in my role at work, I’ve been very busy. But, when I look myself in the mirror, it’s also (and, perhaps, even more so) because this topic is very personal. It’s about our core selves, our identities. And, it made me think about how I cover in my own life and in my workplace. Covering might come in the form of a woman who avoids references to her children at…

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mscheible

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Stronger Together Around the World

In a packed conference room in Kampala, Uganda, we trace our hands and write inside the silhouette one action we each commit to taking in order to promote the place of women in society.  There are men and women, mostly Ugandan, in attendance along with a few Americans, Canadians, and other visitors.  We discuss the challenges women face, specifically in the legal field, and our individual and collective responsibilities to overcome those challenges.  Deep-seeded prejudices lead to women lawyers being underpaid for the work they do and overlooked for jobs in which they could succeed.  Antiquated notions of “women’s work”…

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