Parity between men and women in the legal profession is an aspiration. It’s not reality, at least not yet. I wish I’d have understood that in law school because hearing that there’s parity when there’s none can be maddening.
Up until now, you’ve been climbing a ladder. You got good grades in high school, which helped you get into a good college. Then you worked hard in college so you could get into a great law school.Now you’ll be tempted to view law school as just another ladder. You’ll
Paula Boggs says: "In my career, whom I know has been as important as what I know. Never burning a bridge and keeping friends close has been my secret sauce."
I used to believe that holding on and hanging in relationships that no longer bring any value to my life (or that are even detrimental to it) was a sign of great strength. I don’t believe that anymore.Instead, I now know that it takes a lot of strength to know
Mark Geragos: "My experience shouldn’t simply demonstrate that it’s possible. It should also demonstrate that there’s a higher calling in this practice."
The November/December 2016 issue of Student Lawyer carries this one message: You can be civil and succeed as a lawyer. We teach you how to contend without being contentious, how to navigate office politics without alienating your co-workers, and update you on the DREAM Initiative and the Law Student Podcast.
I Wish I'd Known By GLORIA ALLRED.Throughout my legal career I’ve taken what I’d call educated risks and followed my instincts. If I hadn’t done that, my life would have been very different.Early in my career, Judge Arthur Alarcon, for whom I clerked in law school, told me, “Gloria, you shouldn’t
Alan M. Dershowitz says: "Although I learned a lot of theory from great professors, law school didn’t prepare me for the rough and tumble of practicing criminal law, particularly defending people accused of some of the most heinous crimes. One thing I didn’t learn, and wish I had, was how to deal with acquaintances or friends who ask for legal help."
By Alli Gerkman.My grandmother is an immigrant with barely a sixth-grade education. She is also one of the smartest people I know. What she lacks in academic accomplishments she more than makes up for in hard-earned lessons about survival and life. She is sparing in the praise she gives those
By Kathlynn Smith.Kathlynn Smith is a partner at Hunt Ortmann in Pasadena, California. She specializes in construction and general business litigation. Kathlynn has successfully represented owners, developers, contractors, and subcontractors in a wide variety of matters relating to contract administration and construction claims. She places a particular emphasis on construction claims
By ABA President James Silkenat.Although this will now sound like a cliché, I wish I had known in law school how vital the organized bar would be to my future. Serving as president of the American Bar Association, I get to see how the ABA helps young lawyers (indeed, lawyers
By Pamela Bondi. In law school, I wish I’d known that I would recognize my professional calling immediately when I found it. Even as a 2L, I wasn’t certain that I wanted to practice law. However, that ambivalence disappeared when I enrolled in a prosecution clinic during my last year of law
By Brad Meltzer.Brad Meltzer is the author of eight New York Times bestselling novels. He hosts Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. He received the Eisner Award for his work on the critically acclaimed Justice League of America. His newest works are History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of
By Elizabeth Kelley.Elizabeth Kelley hosts two radio programs: “AuthorChats” and “CelebrityCourt.” “CelebrityCourt” is an award-winning weekly show providing in-depth legal analysis of celebrity news stories. Past interviews include civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, Eastern District of New York Judge Frederic Block, and forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht. she practices federal
By Erwin Chemerinsky.Erwin Chemerinsky is the dean and a distinguished professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Before taking this position, he was on the faculty of Duke Law School for 4 years and the University of Southern California Law School for 21 years. Chemerinsky
By Nancy K. Peterson.Nancy K. Peterson is a partner in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, office of Quarles & Brady LLP. She has managed all environmental matters across the country for several corporate clients, negotiated environmental terms in corporate transactions throughout the United States and in Europe, and consulted with
By Delida Costin.Delida Costin is the general counsel of Pandora, where she manages the Internet radio company’s legal department. Before Pandora, Costin maintained a private legal practice and served as a member of the Attorney Bench at Axiom Legal. Prior to that, she was vice president and assistant
By Lucy Lee Helm.Lucy Lee Helm is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Starbucks. She leads the company’s Law & Corporate Affairs department and L&CA’s Litigation and Brand protection team, which involves litigation, intellectual property, marketing and communications, and regulatory and government affairs. Helm received both her BA
By Deval PatrickDeval Patrick is governor of Massachusetts and served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under President Clinton. He is his state’s first African American governor and the nation’s first African American governor to be re-elected. Patrick graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was president of the
By Mike Yang.Mike Yang is general counsel at Pinterst, where he heads the company's newly formed legal department. Previously, he was deputy general counsel at Google. His public service career included positions with the California State Senate and a US congressional committee. Yang earned his JD at UCLA Law School. Embrace
By Patricia Timmons-Goodson.Patricia Timmons-Goodson is an associate justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina, a position she has held since 2006. She is the first African-American woman to sit and the third woman elected to serve on North Carolina’s highest court. Timmons-Goodson has held a number of leadership positions
By Morris Dees.Morris Dees is co-founder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama. Dees and SPLC have long been recognized for their record of civil trial victories against the Ku Klux Klan, White Aryan Resistance, and other such organizations.At this year’s Annual Meeting
By Martha Coakley.Martha Coakley took office in January 2007 as the first female attorney general of Massachusetts. In that role, she has focused on a variety of issues, including cyber crime, identity theft, mortgage foreclosures, access to affordable health care, and environmental protection. Previously, she was district attorney for Middlesex
By Martin Wickliff Jr.Martin Wickliff Jr. is a member of the Labor & Employment Group in Cozen O’Connor’s Houston office. One hundred percent of his time is devoted to the representation of management in all phases of labor and employment law, including advice and counsel, as well as trials and
By Peter J. Dekom.Peter J. Dekom practices law in Los Angeles and is also “of counsel” with the Beverly Hills law firm of Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall llp. He formerly was a partner in the firm of Bloom, Dekom, Hergott and Cook. Dekom’s clients include or have