BrookeFaulkner

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How Millennials Are Changing The Legal Field

The question of whether the culture in America shapes new generations, or whether the generations themselves shape cultural shifts, brings about a chicken-and-egg scenario that is likely a discussion too large for this piece. What we do know, however, is that each new generation brings something different to the workforce, and also demands changes to the status quo. This is a good thing, as it keeps industries from being stagnant, and the field of law is one that needs to remain static to keep up with the times. There is absolutely no doubt that a shift is already happening: millennials…

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LAAllen

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A Parliament of OWLs (Older Wiser Learners): The Two-Way Gift of Mentoring

Everybody agrees mentoring is an essential ingredient of success for a new lawyer or for a law student.  Our law school does an excellent job of convincing students of the importance of finding a mentor, and of providing opportunities to connect with practitioners in the legal field who might be a good fit.  The Women’s Law Association sets up mentors for 1L women who want one, we have “lawyer speed dating” night, where alumni have 20 minute meet-and-greet sessions with students. We have a range of opportunities to meet lawyers and judges from a plethora of fields.  We are awash in…

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robinmorisey

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Attorney Job Search: Avoid These Common Mistakes

Whether you’re a student who has recently graduated, a mom getting back into the workforce, or a woman looking to make a career shift, the law industry is a HUGE playing field to venture through. There are literally hundreds of law firms in any given location that are always looking for hot new talent. What also works to the advantage of those looking to work in the law industry is that there is always a need for legal representation, providing you with a bit of job security. So if law is a good field to get into, why is it…

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nadiazaidi

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Leadership, Partnership and Women in the Law: How this Firm Got it Right

At the close of 2014, O’Melveny & Myers LLP promoted a partnership class comprised of 40% women. Ms. JD wanted to hear from the firm to learn about the types of initiatives or values the firm fosters to ensure that gender is not a determining factor in whether an attorney excels or advances at the firm.  We also wanted some advice on how women attorneys starting their legal careers should approach the daunting idea of making partner one day. It’s a topic that continues to loom at the forefront of discussions on motherhood and the law. Can women really manage…

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jsaxena@law.gwu.edu

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Who Am I and Why Am I Here? – Finding Love….in What You Do

It seems like store aisles turn pink as greeting cards and heart-shaped chocolates fill the shelves just as the holiday season is winding down. Given that we are inundated with merchandise and messages about love in the days and weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, it’s hard not to write this month’s blog post about that very topic – love. In this case, though, I write about discovering what you love to do through experimentation and networking. “Experiments allow us to flirt with our possible selves.”[1] Experimentation is a key concept in Herminia Ibarra’s book, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for…

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KimberlyRice

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Is Your Head-shot Telling the Real Story?

“A picture is worth a thousand words”.  We have all heard this over and again. The question I would ask is whether your headshot tells the story you want to tell. As we work with our law firm clients on web development, social media, public relations, and other business development initiatives, inevitably the need arises for a current headshot. The push back clients have for not updating their 10+ year old headshot (before color prints became the standard) usually goes something like this: “I was so much thinner/younger/had more hair/taller, etc. back then.” Ultimately, it does not matter what you…

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myung21

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Not Your Average Hearsay: Networking via Coffee!

Happy September everyone! Whether it be the start of another school year or just looking forward to fall and cooler weather, summer is almost over! Many firms and companies had summer socials - did you take advantage of them? If you didn’t necessarily leap at the chance of mingling with your coworkers and other professionals in the field, don’t worry, there’s still a way you can get your daily/monthly/weekly dose of networking in. I’m not talking about the old way of sending LinkedIn Mail and hoping that someone will reply; I’m talking about the new Coffee App! A fellow alumnus of…

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Linda_M

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Attention Transitioning Lawyers:  It’s time to start talking to yourself

As you prepare for a transition or re-entry in the legal field, I encourage you to ask yourself some important questions and search for real answers. Oftentimes, these questions make us uncomfortable. While we may prefer not to talk about or even acknowledge our concerns, doing so is where the real work and movement toward a successful re-entry or transition lies.   Start by asking yourself, how can I…. Update my resume? Should it be chronological or functional? Should I include a summary of qualifications or an objective section? Do I include volunteer experiences? Explain a gap? Should I explain…

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KimberlyRice

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Is Your Headshot Telling the Real Story?

“A picture is worth a thousand words”.  We have all heard this over and again. The question I would ask is whether your headshot tells the story you want to tell. As we work with our law firm clients on web development, social media, public relations, and other business development initiatives, inevitably the need arises for a current headshot. The push back clients have for not updating their 10+ year old headshot (before color prints became the standard) usually goes something like this: “I was so much thinner/younger/had more hair/taller, etc. back then.” Ultimately, it does not matter what you…

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Ashley Ahlbrand

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Research Makeover: Is Crowdsourcing Entering the Legal Research Arena?  A Look at Mootus & Casetext

A couple of posts back, I talked about Jurify, a new website where attorney-members contribute cases, legal forms, and other legal documents that they have found particularly helpful in their own practice.  This type of pooled-resource contributions is commonly referred to as crowdsourcing, defined as "the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers." (Merriam-Webster.com, "crowdsourcing," obtained June 5, 2014)  Traditionally, the legal industry is not known for its collaborative environment.  Of course, this is a gross generalization,…

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