• Issues,  Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    #Top5: Second Anniversary!!

    I cannot believe I have been working at this for 2 years! Insert screaming ghost emoji here. Two years of being inspired and motivated and moved to tears by so many incredible, intelligent, passionate, hard-working, dedicated women. When I first started this blog I didn’t know what would become of it—I had always blogged for fun, but this had/has a purpose; a large mission that many, many times I wasn’t sure if I was capable enough to carry.  Because in the end, who am I to provide this advice? But every time (and this is no exaggeration) –every time—I had a doubt,  I would get little bits of encouragement from readers. …

  • Work Life Balance

    Spring Time Faves

    It’s the end of the month! I know there’s finals for lots of people, graduation prep for others, and the same old work routine for the rest of us—but at least Spring is definitely here, which is one reason to be happy! The beginning of my month was hectic, but thankfully it’s back to business as usual.  I wanted to share some things that I have enjoyed this month!  Old Navy has tunic length camis.  Yes, thank you! This is a great option for both tall girls (which I am not) and for those that like extra coverage. I tend to wear jeans pretty frequently to work so the longer…

  • Issues

    Black History Month

        First, big ups to Leap Year for letting me still post this during Black History Month!  Second, there is so much to say on this topic and how it relates to Latinos, but I think the most important point I want to focus on today is how often we overlook the Afro-Latino experience in the U.S.  Let’s keep it real and admit that within many Latino communities we struggle with deep internalized racism that makes it difficult to embrace and support Black Americans. Additionally,many Afro-Latinos are dismissed as not being Latino enough or Black enough, which is so bogus. I am obviously not an expert in this, but I…

  • Issues

    Seek Our History: The Purpose of Hispanic Heritage Month

    One of the reasons that I Loved college (with a capitol L) is because of the Latino student group. It was small, but mighty. I learned so much about leadership, collaboration, advocacy, friendship, etc. etc. through this group, but one of the most important lessons was how vital culture is to our identities. For many years, I grew up isolated from family traditions and my culture (long story). It wasn’t until college that I realized how embracing my traditions and culture wasn’t just acceptable, but necessary. So for me, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to go beyond my normal routine and learn about the highs and lows of the Latino-American experience.…

  • Issues,  Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Throwback–Posts You May Have Missed in Our First Year

    For those new followers (or just for those that would like a refresher), here are some of the earlier posts from Latinas Uprising that are worth a revisit–especially as a new school year starts and many others will begin new jobs in the weeks to come! How would you/do you react when you’re mistaken (sometimes on purpose) as the interpreter? Different shoe options when working in conservative law offices (side note: wedges forever!) The best way to study in law school is to Study How You Study! The importance of being an active alumna, even if (or especially if) you didn’t feel very welcomed at your educational institution. How to…

  • Issues

    Call it by Its Name: A Hate Crime in Charleston

    When crimes like this occur, I recall a panel I attended in law school where an attorney for a civil rights group concisely and eloquently described hate crimes and why people that push back against using that term are wrong. The general idea is that the crime, though aimed at one person(s), is committed with the intent to terrify a specific group of people. The offender(s) goals are to terrorize with the hopes that the group flees, changes, and/or submits. This seems like a simple idea, and yet people become so hesitant to call these crimes by their name. What happened in Charleston was a hate crime. Any other lesser…

  • Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Good-Bye Spring: Favorite Links!

    May is always so eventful—aside from celebrating Mother’s day, Cinco de Mayo (I swear, I must have been a frat bro in another life), I also lived vicariously through everyone’s graduations. It was so great to see so many celebrate the accumulation of hard work along with so much determination to succeed in whatever new phase they were heading towards! Now, of course, I’m looking forward to summer in Chicago because there’s always so much to do, including visiting pretty pink flamingos at the Lincoln Park Zoo (highly recommend it!). This month we discussed: Study supplies for the Bar Exam (trust me on the tape and flash cards); Student loan…

  • Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Goal Digger–celebrating accomplishments (and fave links)

    Recently, I was reading a book that advised how a good way to keep your goals in track throughout the year: break the year up in thirds so that you can really stop to assess, analyze, and celebrate what you’ve done in the past few months, and then make a plan of action for the next period of time. I think I’m going to try that to see if how that helps me accomplish some goals. How are you doing so far with your goalkeeping for the year? I’m sure for many one big goal is getting accomplished–finishing law school!  For those finishing up this month–muchas, pero muchas felicidades! And…

  • Issues,  Work Life Balance

    Spring Forward: Favorite Links

    How is this the last Friday of the month?!  Isn’t that so cliché to say?  But it’s true!  March is always a favorite of mine because it’s my Bday month-Aries in the house! And I’m totally the kind that milks my birthday for all it’s worth even though I’m an adult. I mean, why not? How else am I going to get Sephora money? Anyway, aside from my bday celebration, March was great! We talked about: Violence against women Gave try-out tips for trial teams and moot court Discussed building your executive presence Our fave nail polishes for spring.   Here are some interesting articles we found around the internet…

  • Issues,  Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Ready for Spring!

    March is almost here!  I’m so ready for it!  Not just because it’s my birthday month, but because we finally will start seeing a few signs of Spring.  For those of us living in real winter weather, we desperately need some sun and warmth! But February wasn’t so bad! We discussed: Balancing professional requirements that conflict with our natural style; Keeping the winter blues at bay; And discussed a new creed for the Latina Lawyer. As we wrap up the month, I’m sharing some favorite stories from this month: New verse, same as the first–patronizing advice to women attorneys and what we wear. Slate offers a great analysis on revenge…