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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tammyzhu

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“He Said What?” A Panel on How to Combat Sexism and Gender Bias Against Women Litigators

This past Tuesday, I went to a panel discussing patterns of sexism and biases against women litigators and particularly young, women litigators.  As a petite woman who has been a litigation associate for just over one year, I was discouraged by these stories.  What do I have to prepare myself for if I want to stay in this line of work?  Getting verbally bullied and yelled at during meet and confer calls, getting comments such as “Don’t raise your voice at me.  It’s not becoming of a woman” during depositions, and getting used to my male counterparts jumping in to…

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Communication Could Be a Game-Changer

What do NFL players and the women in the legal profession have in common? If you answered that both aim for perfection and have an insatiable desire to win, you’d be right.  But that’s not the end of their commonalities. Both often have short-lived careers in their respective professions. Many researchers and task forces have investigated the phenomenon of women opting out of the legal industry. A 2015 survey conducted by Harvard Law School’s Center observed that “even women who have achieved important career success appear to be leaving their prestigious positions — and the profession as a whole —…

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jessijess

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4 Laws and Safety Regulations for Women Truckers

Nearly 200,000 women in the U.S. currently have a career in truck driving, and the male-dominated industry is seeing an increase in women earning their CDLs each year. Female drivers are four times more likely to pass the CDL exam on the first attempt than males. According to Midwest Carriers Corp., female truck drivers are also five times more likely to adhere to safety regulations and three times less likely to get into an accident than men. Female truck drivers are often afraid for their safety and have to suffer through conditions that are unfair in a field still dominated by…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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Protect Yourselves as Women and Protect Your Daughters

I cannot stay out of the discussion any longer.  To do so would be to ignore my status as a woman and would lead to feelings that I had condoned atrocious and injurious behavior.  So, I have to speak out. The recent focus on domestic violence is shocking.  It is shocking not just because it happens but because it happens with such frequency. We now are seeing celebrities as well as more common folk come forward to say, "Me, too." Men are still striking out at women, physically and verbally, just because they are women.  Women typically are less powerful…

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LarryHarrison

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False confessions and true stories

About the author: Larry Harrison is a forensic pathologist by training and humanist at heart. He is one of the co-founders of itsGOV.com - the complete forensic science and crime scene investigation resource. “I don’t know what made me do it, but it’s done. Dead and done.” For the prosecution, a confession is nothing short of a royal flush. There’s nothing that can beat it. Evidence or no evidence, if the suspect confesses it’s over right there on the spot. Big surprise, right? Of course, anyone can tell you that, but what about those seldom instances where there’s a false confession. Yes,…

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DeeFletcher

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The Dangers of Improper Security of Electronic Health Records

There are only a few individuals who know the most intricate details of your body and mind. The majority of these are health care professionals, only a few of whom you may have an ongoing relationship with. Continuity of care is provided and ensured through your medical records. However, paper records are open to being lost, damaged, or destroyed. Moving records between different public health sites increases the risk of these possibilities. Increasingly the answer has been to create electronic health records, and incentives have been offered to those who make the switch. These can be stored either within the…

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happy go legal

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Women’s intuition in networking - an inspiration to women law students

As a coach to lawyers and law students, I get lots of exposure to law students reaching out to me for networking in some form or another.  I love to foster and reinforce these attempts, and give pointers when possible or helpful.  I have recently had meet-ups with several law students that I would characterize as informational interviews.  Some of them were truly enjoyable and inspiring to me, and some were a little less amazing.  This juxtaposition and comparison of different students' (of both genders) approaches to networking with me has got me thinking a lot about women law students…

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Arguendo: Women and Girls

I've become increasingly frustrated by the constant infantilization of women. Recognize any of these statements?"Some girl in my class said...""A girl at work...""I'm looking for a roommate, and I'd prefer to live with a girl."Lately, I've wondered if I've come down with Benjamin Button syndrome, or if society has trained people of my generation to verbally stunt women's growth. (The latter seems more plausible.)When I am involved in a conversation in which someone refers to a fully grown adult woman as "girl," I attempt to take that person to task. I painstakingly explain how rude and discounting it is to…

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MLGregory

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Big Time Small Town: Finding Your True (Market) Value

Note:  This post was written over two days, in three parts, as I was experiencing each stage of the process – so it reads more like a live blog than a traditional Ms. JD article. For the past month, I’ve been interviewing with potential employers in the region my husband and I are returning to after my clerkship ends.  My first choice was a smaller firm, made up of six attorneys with an excellent reputation for both quality work and professionalism.  Last night, the firm extended an offer. The offer came with a twist, however – they asked me to propose…

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