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    Summer Series: Returning to your Passion

    Our Summer Series continues! This series highlights different Latina students and law grads as they embark in their summer jobs and/or bar prep all across the country. We hope to provide a variety of work experiences, options for a healthy work-life balance, and general motivation through different guest contributors to help you to take charge of your summer and professional goals!  Today we hear from Karen, a rising 3L from California and returning guest writer (yay!!). Karen is returning to the area of law that inspired her to go to law school and you can see the conviction and passion she has for this area. As important, see how she drops some tips on…

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    Sidebar: It’s Christmas?

    In what will surprise no one, this month got away from me. Obvi you could tell because content was sloooooow around here. My bad. In my defense, I was sick for the majority of the month so that really does a number on me. The month however started incredibly well! I saw Marc Anthony in early December and he was great! I only go to see Beyonce, but my husband (who does not speak/understand Spanish) thought he’d enjoyed Marc Anthony so we decided to go. He’s such an amazing performer! So I thought I was ending the year with a bang and then I went to bed with a weird…

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    Sidebar: Oh, I live here.

    It’s December. Omgah. It’s super cliche to say that this year went by fast, but like hoooow fast. We’re like propelling into nuclear war faster than I imagined. Oh, what am I the only one with the gnawing dread that our demise is upon us because we’re being held hostage by deranged lunatics beholden only to profits? I don’t think it’s just me. So yes, many times a day I have to check myself and push back the fear that is our new reality and pretend everything is ok. I stumbled upon this SNL skit and realized that I want to be the fry guys. Total obliviousness seems nice. OK…

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    Seeking Guest Contributors for the Summer Series

    It’s that time again!!! Latinas Uprising is seeking guest contributors for our special summer series! We want to showcase: The varied and engaging work law students are doing this summer; Sneak peeks into the life of law grads preparing for the Bar exam; and Pre-law students who are enjoying their last summer as they prepare for the start law school. If you fit into any of these categories, please email LatinasUprising@gmail.comwith the subject line: Guest Contributor. Please provide your name; location; law school/year in school; and: If you are a current law student, please provide a brief (a couple of sentences) of what your plans are for this summer. If you…

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    Why Your Finals Matter Even More Than Before

    I’m still processing what happened on Tuesday. I know that everyone is, but I felt it really important to send a message to current law students who are feeling overwhelmed with this situation. I didn’t experience anything similar to this when I was in law school—“this” not being the negative results of an election, but entire communities of legal professionals stunned and unsure about the future. Obviously, immigration attorneys are concerned, but anyone interested in consumer protection, legal aid, the environment, education, housing, etc etc. is facing a great unknown and concern about how the legal landscape will be impacted. And that doesn’t even cover the concern over the physical and…

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    In It to Win It: Overcoming Competitive Law School Environments

    How exciting for all of you starting your 1L year! The first few days are usually a good mixture of excitement and dread. The dread comes from many places—not knowing what’s happening, waiting to be called on, and dealing with the weird situation of making friends but also knowing these friends are also competitors. That sounds overly-dramatic. I mean, yes, you’re competing for rank and grades but it shouldn’t be as high-stress as some law school communities make it. But law school is horrible like that—it creates an environment where you have to be all about your self-interest and that leads to some really dick-ish experiences. We’ve all heard the…

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    What Will You Do To Get In? And What Will You Do Once You’re There?

    I saw this image on Instagram and thought it was a good visual for how we need to be in order to create change in the legal field. We have to abide by the standards and customs to be admitted, but then once we’re in we have to do our best to become agents of change—big and small. I talk a lot about work culture, following cues, and finding ways to fit into work so that you can advance in your career.  I do this knowing that there are some people ready to go in and create change by pointing out all the internal injustices that are wrong with our…

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    Stress and the New Lawyer

    When you start a new job as an attorney it’s super exciting. Not only are you working at a job that likely pays more than what you’re used to; you are also working as an attorney–hello?! a major goal you’ve accomplished. It’s normal to be excited. But it seems that soon enough that excitement fades and it turns into stress. Yes, you’re being paid more but you’ve got student loans. Yes, you get to be an attorney, but maybe it’s not exactly how you envisioned; plus you’re working hard cases, long hours, in possibly tough atmospheres. How do we handle the realities of the day to day mental stresses? The…

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    Figuring out your work place culture

    We talk a lot about fitting in with your work culture because it’s important to show that you get what it takes to belong at your job. You want to impress your coworkers and higher-ups based on your intelligence and ability to lawyer—not to distract them because you don’t get the memo and constantly stand out in a way that makes them question your judgement or creates limits for future progress in your career. In order to ensure you fit in with your work culture, you need to assess the overall standard look, actions, and expectations of your job. One. Appearance. This is the most obvious of things to focus…

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    I Roll my Rs: The Importance of Honoring Your Identity

    Has everyone heard of journalist, Vanessa Ruiz, who joined an English speaking newscast in Arizona and quickly upset some viewers for pronouncing Spanish name with the correct pronunciation? Seriously, it’s amazing what sets people off, but this is another example of mainstream communities tell Latinos that we do not belong. It’s so tiring. I remember being in fifth grade and speaking Spanish to another classmate and the teacher flipping out in anger. She actually made me write, “I will not speak Spanish in class” fifty times. I mean, if that doesn’t impress upon a small child that their natural way of communicating is bad, then I don’t know what else…