biglawinvestor

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5 Step Financial Checklist for New Lawyers

It’s the season of first-year associates and newly minted lawyers starting their legal careers. I hope that you’ve successfully passed the bar, moved to the new city and are now beginning to find your way around the office. Beginning your first job summons plenty of emotions and there’s no lack of things to do. Here’s a financial checklist to help make sure you start your career on the right path. 1. Don’t grow into your income. No matter whether you’ve started in Biglaw or are working for the government, your starting salary is likely larger than anything you’ve earned previously.…

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bg3orge

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Postponing Finals

I had two finals this week, but i didn't go to them. Instead, I spent the week at home with my family, freshly a family of four. Our son, Landon Lee George arrived on December 1, 2017 at 11:20 p.m., the Friday before finals, and the last day of classes. I had a final scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday this week. I still have a final scheduled for Tuesday next week, and a paper due Friday. I hope to make it to the final and turn in my paper, but we'll see how things go. My son will be two weeks old…

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Jmnakamoto

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You’ll Move Mountains, Kid:  Stretching Yourself Thin During Bar Prep

Last month, I received the good news that I had passed the Texas Bar.  Although that in itself may be a feat, there is more to my story besides spending long hours studying: I was juggling a class and an externship at the same time.  When I transferred law schools during my 2L year, I took only nine credit hours during the first semester at my new law school.  This was a strategic move at the time to give my children and myself some time to acclimate to the new city and new schools, which meant also developing a new…

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vatsaleisha

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Take Two: It’s just the beginning

Whew it’s December. This year has flown by rather quickly. I can’t believe that 2017 is almost over. I was just talking with a friend the other day about her birthday party, only to realize that it was five months ago. It’s crazy how time flies by (when you are having fun), but also when you are busy. I have to keep reminding myself what day it is because all the days mesh together. Being a part of the Writers in Residence Program has taught me to appreciate what we have. There’s a saying that we want what we can’t…

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abell

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Be Courageous Enough To Just Be You

We started this blogging journey together almost a year ago. By that time, I had read plenty of articles about the state of women of color at large law firms and how a significant number of these women will leave their law firms before even being considered for partnership (women of color remain the most underrepresented group at the partnership level). Frankly, the stories became redundant and many were terribly disappointing. I named this blog “Concrete Ceilings and Open Doors: Women of Color & The Law” because women of color often hit a “concrete ceiling” in terms of advancement and…

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skreed

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Skirting the Ceiling: Success in Strength

Over the past year as a writer-in-residence, I explored gender dynamics and sexism in law. We talked about gender stereotypes and sexual harassment and how they affect workplace dynamics. We learned about women in law who were the first to break gender norms and how the industry's treatment of women evolved over time. Most importantly, we've engaged in conversation. Whether it be in the comments at the bottom of this page, on LinkedIn, or on Facebook, I've learned so much from each of you and am honored that so many took time to read and think about these issues that shape so…

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MarkW

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How to Survive Your Day in Court, Tips for Women

If you have a legal proceeding to go through, first of all, you should arm yourself with patience. Days in court are stressful and long, even if you’re on the winning side. There are many aspects to be considered when it comes surviving these situations, but the most important thing is to give your best and stay collected throughout the process. For that reason, here are ten tips on how to survive your day in court. 1. Have the Costs in Mind In order not to get flabbergasted to the point of a heart attack when the list of costs…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

To start this column, help me help you: Send me the tips you use to make sure you track all of your time. Just send an e-mail here, tweet to @babysharklaw, or post a comment here. Easy! I will compile a roundup for a future column. I thank you, and your fellow lawyers thank you! Q: I hear the advice all the time that associates should not make the same mistake twice. But no one makes mistakes on purpose. Do you have any suggestions to make sure mistakes don’t happen again? A: I do. But remember that mistakes don’t just…

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jjembapa

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Asking for a Friend

Sometimes the desire to help others is not enough. Before ending this column, I thought it was important to share my own story with my readers. It was a bit odd being the interviewee, but I pushed myself to answer some of the same questions I have been asking other women during this past year so this journey with you all could come full circle. For me, becoming a lawyer has always been a means to an end. I knew very early on that it would be the first step to evolving into a diplomat or politician championing the civil…

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annajo

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How Do Busy Lawyers Find Time to Relax Without Hurting Productivity?

As a lawyer who is focused on productivity and maximizing billable hours, it can feel like you don’t have any time to relax. But you have to ask yourself, “Am I making relaxation a priority?” Overworking Isn’t Healthy In our American brains, we operate under this assumption that more work leads to more productivity, which fosters greater happiness and satisfaction. Ironically, most of us discover that more work is generally a precursor for more stress and anxiety – as well as poorer health. Just as an engine can get overheated from running too long, our bodies and minds can become…

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