Issues · Legal Practice

Play to Win: Using Respectability Politics as a Tool

I think one of the biggest things I struggle with here is how much I seem to push assimilation and accepting business norms. I dislike that I do it because when we abide by certain business norms set by those in power, we may end up believing (or portraying to others) that those norms are… Continue reading Play to Win: Using Respectability Politics as a Tool

Legal Practice

Where My Ladies At? Being Excluded from Networking Events

One of my fave work related blogs, ask a manager, recently had a post about a work situation that many of us may face. The men, often bosses, networking together in a way that excludes women. This happens a lot, especially in our field. The reason is rarely malicious, but rather some events are “standard”… Continue reading Where My Ladies At? Being Excluded from Networking Events

Legal Practice

Happy Medium: Finding Your Voice as a New Attorney

I often joke that there are two settings as a new attorney—one that is hyper-confident in their nascent skills and the other that knows that there’s a lot they don’t know so they hold back for fear of being wrong. It’s tough to find a happy medium, but that’s basically the beauty of your long… Continue reading Happy Medium: Finding Your Voice as a New Attorney

Legal Practice

Let’s Keep This Between Us: Emails Are Not Private

Emails are not private. I repeat, emails are not private! Most of our firms have policies that allow for management/HR review our emails if they deem it necessary so we don’t have to worry about a wikileaks-like hack, a simple HR squabble can lead to really embarrassing disclosures. Without discussing the politics and whether or… Continue reading Let’s Keep This Between Us: Emails Are Not Private

Issues · Legal Practice

Keeping it Classy: how business etiquette promotes classism

When we enter the legal field, it can feel complicated and difficult to master appropriate business etiquette because most of us have not had as much exposure to this type of culture. Most of us do not come from high income families, or families with professional parents, and yet after graduation we find ourselves colleagues to those that… Continue reading Keeping it Classy: how business etiquette promotes classism

Legal Practice · Work Life Balance

Finding a Work/Life Balance: Time Management

Women professionals are constantly bombarded with warnings of maintaining a healthy work/life balance, and I must admit that I’ve also pleaded for this on many occasions. However, for those of us who are the first in our families to enter professional careers, it can be difficult to determine what a healthy work/life balance even looks… Continue reading Finding a Work/Life Balance: Time Management

Legal Practice

Mistakes at Work: how to avoid them & how to fix them

While in school, I often heard that the big difference between medical school and law school was that no one’s life was at stake. Technically true. While no mistake we make as attorneys will cost someone their life (excluding criminal defense lawyers—no pressure), the fact is that big mistakes still can impact a client’s life… Continue reading Mistakes at Work: how to avoid them & how to fix them