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Summer Associate Cautionary Tales

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByArin Greenwood Arin Greenwood is a writer in the Washington, D.C., area, and edits Out Of The Storm News for the Heartland Institute’s Center on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. Behold Aquagirl. She’s not a superhero, exactly—more of a cautionary tale for summer associates. One of many, many cautionary tales

Character and Fitness: How to Handle Substance Abuse or Mental Illness

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByG.M. Filisko G.M. Filisko is a lawyer and freelance writer in Chicago Law students and lawyers reveal how they overcame substance abuse and mental illness and offer advice on answering bar application questions on these personal issues. Christopher Gutschenritter knew he had a drinking problem. But he worried that if

Punctuate Your Exit with Gratitude and Good Judgment

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByErin Binns Erin Binns is assistant director for career planning at Marquette University Law School. You have things to do before you go. You need to wrap up your summer internship or job with the same attention to detail and deliberate actions that got you the position in the

Reforming Our Law Reviews

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByBryan A. Garner Bryan A. Garner (@BryanAGarner) is the president of LawProse Inc. He is the author of many widely used books, including Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (with Justice Antonin Scalia) andGarner’s Modern American Usage. He is the editor in chief of all current

Expand Your Legal Horizons This Summer

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByAmy L. Jarmon Amy L. Jarmon, assistant dean for academic success programs at of Law, is a professor and coeditor of the Academic Support Blog. She has practiced law in the United Sates and the United Kingdom. As the summer break approaches, many students are focused solely on finding

Chicago Student Takes a Spin on the Wheel of Fortune

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByTonnya Kennedy Kohn Jaclyn Hilderbrand credits her winning on Wheel of Fortune to part luck and part skill. Lucky that she was picked for the show, and skill attained over a lifetime watching the show with family and friends. Hilderbrand, a third-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, won

Law School Nation

Vol. 39 No. 9 California A new course at Southwestern Law School will soon require students to surf the Internet and blog about Hollywood. In Entertainment Law and Web 2.0, students will earn academic credit while honing both tech skills and getting a pulse on legal issues in the world of entertainment. Colorado Professor

I Wish I'd Known

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByMary Cranston Mary Cranston is the firm senior partner and immediate past chair for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She practices complex litigation, including antitrust, telecommunications, and securities litigation. Among many other honors, she was the 2005 recipient of the ABA Margaret Brent Award, which recognizes women lawyers

In Brief

Vol. 39 No. 9 Continuing the conversation This time of year, the blawgosphere is usually full of goodbye posts from 3Ls who have blogged all through law school and are now bringing both experiences to a close. However, Jack Whittington of World Wide Whit ( recently made an announcement of a different sort.

Shaping Firm Culture

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByLeslie A. Gordon Leslie A. Gordon is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than 10 years. When Maja Hazell graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1998, her immediate goal was to join a large law firm. “I wanted to gain