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How to be a practicing attorney: Advice from a law firm founder

February 01, 2019

Sean M. Cleary is a Miami based personal injury attorney and the founder and president of The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, which opened in 2005.  Here, he answers a few common questions about practicing law and shares a few insights for future attorneys.

Los Angeles Incubator Consortium

The Los Angeles Incubator Consortium: Putting new attorneys into solo practice

June 05, 2018

Laura Dym Cohen is the Director, Street Law Clinic and Public Service Programs and Clinical Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California.  She has created and implemented a wide range of collaborative programs and initiatives in public interest, including the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium.

Diverse Professionals

'Diverse neutrals' in dispute resolution and ABA 113's impact on young lawyers and law students

March 20, 2018

Most civil disputes settle or are resolved out of court, which creates space for more young lawyers and law students to pursue careers in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). There is also a need to increase opportunities for diverse lawyers to serve as neutrals and represent people in ADR processes. This article explores the barriers to inclusion for diverse attorneys in the legal profession and means to overcome them. It also discusses practical steps diverse young lawyers and law students can take to access opportunities in mediation practice. Discussions on these topics will continue during the Section on Dispute Resolution’s 20th Annual Spring Conference April 4-7 in Washington, DC.

Patently Impossible

The Patently Impossible Project and the importance of pro bono service

January 31, 2018

Our communities as a whole are substantially improved when we provide representation and voices to our underserved segments of society, particularly non-profit organizations. With respect to intellectual property law, I think it is important to foster entrepreneurship and invention through pro bono work.


FACLC staff on a multilingual mission to help families, children

December 20, 2017

The Family and Children's Law Center of the San Francisco Bay Area is a unique non-profit family law practice run completely by female attorneys. Kris Fowler Cirby serves as the executive director of the office, and Abby Frost Lucha, Gabrielle Gaetani, and Kristine Guerra serve as staff attorneys.

Immigration Law

What a 'dirty immigration lawyer' does for clients

December 19, 2017

On October 12, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had this to say to Congress: “We also have dirty immigration lawyers who are encouraging their otherwise unlawfully present clients to make false claims of asylum providing them with the magic words needed to trigger the credible fear process.” -Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 

In-House Attorney

Is an in-house counsel job right for you? A guide for law grads

December 18, 2017

The decision to work as an in-house or private practice attorney is a difficult one to make, and making it does not make the path to that in-house job any easier. With that in mind, before making the decision, you need to do your homework. This article will help you explore the differences between in-house and private practice. If you decide in-house practice is for you, it will also help you understand how to prepare yourself and your resume for that job hunt.


Compliance expert: Scandals underscore weaknesses of compliance programs

November 16, 2017

Although scandals involving Volkswagen and Wells Fargo have exposed the failures of regulatory compliance and compliance infrastructures, it is still hard to convince some corporate executives to invest in compliance programs, according to Ted Banks. Banks, an attorney concentrating on general corporate and antitrust matters, is also the president of Compliance

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Service to School helping veterans enter top-tier law schools

October 12, 2017

The halls and classrooms of your favorite law schools are becoming a lot more green—and we are not just referencing more environmentally friendly schools. We’re talking about more military veterans gaining admittance to top tier universities through Service to School.


A crash course on FMLA and HR as an alternative career

July 18, 2017

So, what can you really do with your legal degree? The opportunities are vast and you might consider looking into an alternative career. An alternative career gives you the chance to use your cultivated skills in a myriad of fields like human resources. HR is the management of a company’s