skreed

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Skirting the Ceiling: Standing Up to Gender Steretypes

This summer we’ve talked a lot about standing up to sexism in the workplace. As summer winds down, I have one last story to share. Not too long ago, I observed a trial in which the male defense attorney made the following remarks to the young victim on the stand, “Your least favorite subject is math, correct? I’ve always found that females, such as yourself, aren’t as good at math and are better at subjects like English. I know I was always better at math.” He then paused and waited for the victim’s response. Seated in the gallery, my jaw…

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merinmathew

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Tackling the Menace of Racial Discrimination at Workplace

An overseas job is not only well paying, but also opens many other avenues, not to mention a welcome change of environment and meeting new people. This is the reason why people from the third world countries, such as India, Pakistan, the Philippines, etc. flock to more advanced countries for jobs, whether it is the US or any European country or even Saudi Arabia.  However, in some cases this golden dream soon turns sour, when racial or ethnic discrimination begins to make life difficult for the outsiders. The worst thing is that such discrimination may take overt or subtle forms.…

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DeeEsq

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Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I possess the internal fire to manifest my desires. Summer has finally arrived.  In this month of fireworks and rising temperatures, are you stoking your internal fire to manifest your desires and intentions?  You have to stay the course.  Manifesting the desires of your heart requires work.  You must have a clear vision of your goals and do everything feasible on your end to bring them to fruition.  Once that’s done, the real work begins.  You have to release control of your desires to the universe and allow them to manifest at the right time and in the right…

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vatsaleisha

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—-J.D. Advantage

It’s been over one year since I graduated law school (thank you Facebook for reminding me). In that time, I have experienced the ups and downs of life. Twice I moved apartments and cities. I found a full-time job that I truly enjoy and has a great work environment. Overall, I’ve been very fortunate despite what life has thrown at me. As the Class of 2017 begin studying for the bar, there’s a spectrum of feelings and emotions surging. While studying is important, so is your health. Remember to take care of yourself, exercise, get out of the house, and…

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AndrewSimon

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In Support Of Flexible Working For Every Stage Of Your Career

When we talk about the glass ceiling, we’re often talking about women struggling to secure those coveted corner offices and seats at the boardroom table. However, there is another glass ceiling that exists in women’s lives, or more accurately, a glass wall. It’s the wall that goes up after a woman decides to do what her biology was designed to do and she has a child. There’s no shortage of stories of women returning to work early because they fear their jobs are at stake, only to find their responsibilities diminished without warning. There’s also, sadly, no shortage of stories…

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skreed

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Skirting the Ceiling: Life Lessons from Women Shortlisted for SCOTUS

To date, there have been 112 justices appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Four have been women. For every opening on the Supreme Court, there’s been a handful of judges considered for the nomination. Those judges made the “the shortlist.” Over time, twelve women received a spot the shortlist, yet not a seat on the bench. History recognizes each of these women as more than qualified to wear the robes at a time when women were the extreme minority in private practice, law schools, legislature, and courtrooms alike. Yet, presidents passed over each of them for reasons…

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tesspajaron

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5 Legal Career Opportunities To Consider

Not everyone who studies law decides to go the traditional route of becoming a lawyer. Some people who do eventually feel burnout from the job, which is very high-pressure. This doesn’t mean that your great education and your interest in the law have to go to waste. You can always lend your knowledge and expertise to a less conventional legal career that will feel just as fulfilling – especially if it crosses over with another area of your personal interests. 1. Legal Assistant/Assistant Paralegal A legal assistant or paralegal performs specific legal work that is the responsibility of a lawyer. Legal assistants or paralegals…

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BiglawInvestor

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How to Beat the Student Loan Debt Monster

Every time I look up the statistics, the average lawyer is graduating with more student loan debt. If you’ve graduated law school in the past three years, chances are pretty high that you’re dealing with a significant student loan burden. I have readers write to me fairly frequently with questions about how to handle their debt. It’s no longer surprising when I come across a couple with a combine debt load of $350,000 or higher. This makes me feel pretty lucky to have only incurred $190,000 of debt myself and, more importantly, to have paid it back and banished student loans from…

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fhg14CnXLS

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Ms. Pre-JD: Becoming a Frequent-Applier

Around this time in the year is when, as a pre-law student, I really start feeling the pressure. If you don’t know why this is, I imagine you haven’t delved headfirst into the pre-law internship search yet! The excitement at seeing a posting, even an unpaid one, from a major law firm is always tempered five minutes later with irritation at the words “Marketing Intern”, or “Accounting Intern”. Even so, I do have a list of places that I usually try when on the hunt for an internship. While you are probably not going to get paid (in money) for the…

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natalieyello

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Five Tips You Haven’t Heard About Interviews and Callbacks

Interviewing for a position at a law firm can seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Just like any other test or assignment in law school, as long as you prepare beforehand and keep your cool throughout, you will do great! 1. Get Your Head Right Before the Interview A positive and happy headspace will go a long way in an interview. If you feel content on the inside, it will inevitably show on the outside. In order to get into a positive headspace, do things that you love to do before your interview! Listen to your favorite song, eat…

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