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  • Thu, June 08, 2017 10:50 AM | Tani Santos

    By: Linda R. Evers, Forbes


    Attorneys are now using SMS (short message service) to communicate with clients and prospects. Before you start thinking that lawyers are on the cusp of a cutting-edge communications style, let me remind you that SMS is also known as text messaging. You may be wondering, “how does an article about texting fit into a discussion regarding the legal profession?” Because the law doesn't always keep up with reality.

    As fellow members of the International Female Entrepreneur Association, Kendra Stephen and I recently discussed future trends in the legal profession, covering a variety of topics including attorney use of SMS. Kendra is the founder of hirealadylawyer.com, the only online directory dedicated solely to women attorneys.

    Kendra has successfully used technology to turn her boutique law practice into an international virtual law firm. It's safe to say she's an early adopter and on the leading edge when it comes to leveraging technology to market her practice. Kendra is full of knowledge regarding modern law practice marketing and management. I would like to share some of the takeaways from our discussion on text message marketing and communication, as it is expected to become more visible in the legal industry.

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  • Mon, June 05, 2017 11:51 AM | Tani Santos


    JOSE LUIS DAVILA GONZALEZ

    Assistant Director

    Georgetown University Law Center


    How long have you been a member of WALRAA? What has been your favorite experience so far?
    4 years. The sense of community and the opportunities to keep growing in the field. 

    How has WALRAA helped you in your field?
    By putting together programs that help understand the constant changes and challenges in the field.

    What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
    The fact that my Mentor/Boss has supported me in many different ways such as encouraging me to get my Global MBA and Leadership Coaching Certificate most recently. I could not ask for a better Mentor!

    What professional goals have you set for yourself this year?
    To practice my Leadership Coaching skills now that I have finished my certificate.

    What is the best professional advice you have received? 
    If someone offers you a great opportunity, say YES, you can learn how to do it later!

    Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know. 
    I sold over a million dollars of gum in Mexico City back in the day when I was a salesman! That is a lot of gum!


  • Thu, June 01, 2017 4:10 PM | Tani Santos

    By: Sara Randazzo, Wall Street Journal

    California’s notoriously difficult bar exam has long been a point of pride among the state’s lawyers. Now it is prompting blowback. With passing rates hitting historic lows, the state’s law schools are pushing for a controversial change: lowering the score required to pass.

    The educators argue that California holds graduates to an unreasonably high standard that no longer can be justified, especially as the price of law school skyrockets. Others say lowering the bar would pander to a recent cohort of law students with weak credentials, and that law schools should either raise their own standards or shut their doors.

    The issue came to a head after the announcement that just 35% of takers passed the most recent California exam, given in February. Only 43% passed last July’s test, the lowest mark for the summer exam in more than three decades.

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  • Tue, May 30, 2017 3:14 PM | Tani Santos

    By: Meghan Tribe, Law.com

    Minority lawyers working in Am Law 200 firms and NLJ 250 firms stood at just 15.6 percent in 2016, up from 15.0 percent in 2015. The percentage of minority partners among the firms also saw only incremental growth, up only 0.4 percentage points to reach 8.6 percent last year.

    Trying to boost those percentages, especially in the partner ranks, general counsel at Facebook Inc., Hewlett-Packard and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. have all announced in recent months initiatives that will require more diversity among their outside counsel—or put those firms at risk of losing fees.

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  • Thu, May 25, 2017 2:49 PM | Tani Santos

    By: Lizzy McLellan, Law.com

    Large law firms have been seeking feedback about how they give feedback. And what they’re finding is that associates want to know whether they’re doing well, far more than once per year.

    As young lawyers clamor for praise or constructive criticism, a number of firms are moving toward real-time performance reviews. British firm Allen & Overy turned heads on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this month when it unveiled an ongoing pilot program abandoning annual appraisals in favor of “consistent feedback and dialogue” about lawyer performance.

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  • Mon, May 22, 2017 1:30 PM | Tani Santos

    ALEXIS GREMS

    Attorney Recruiting Assistant

    McGuireWoods


    How long have you been a member of WALRAA? What has been your favorite experience so far?
    6 months. The first meeting I attended, WALRAA brought in a speaker about subconscious stereotypes and I thought it was such a great move on their part and a very entertaining lecture.

    What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
    The first month I was here we had a big meeting with some top partners and associates in our DC office to pick out our small summer associate team. Preparing the materials for that and then getting to be a part of that meeting made me realize what sort of responsibility I had here and what impact I was really going to be making.

    What is the best professional advice you have received? 
    Get to know the partners and associates. I realize now that they're much more willing to attend events, conduct interviews, etc. when they know who I am and ask them personally. An email is always fine, but a phone call or an in person drop by with a little small talk involved can go a long way.

    What do you like to do for fun? 
    I play on a flag football team on the weekends and ref volleyball games on the weekdays. I also volunteer at a women's shelter in Anacostia where I teach a curriculum on communication specifically via the internet and social media. While sometimes challenging and quite a bit of work, it's always a rewarding time.


  • Fri, May 19, 2017 9:14 AM | Tani Santos
    By: Rebecca Cohen, The Recorder

    Richard Hsu, a popular podcaster and intellectual property partner at Shearman & Sterling in Silicon Valley, has left the Am Law 100 firm to become a managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa in San Francisco.

    The move by Hsu, who served as global head of IP transactions at Shearman & Sterling, as well as co-chair of the firm’s privacy and data protection team, will now see him focus on partner recruitment.

    “I’ve been a practicing lawyer for all of my career, 25 years,” Hsu said Tuesday. “I’ve been in management. I’ve been a practice group leader. A lot of the things I’ve been doing have involved building relationships. I thought legal recruiting would be a great way to leverage that.”

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  • Fri, May 19, 2017 9:11 AM | Tani Santos

    By: Alyse Kalish, The Muse


    Whether we’re dealing with an unhappy client, or assigned a last-minute project to complete by the end of the day, or just going through the everyday trials and tribulations of our job, we all experience stress. And there’s no denying it—it stinks.

    Luckily, there are easy ways to combat it without sacrificing your whole day (and making yourself even more overwhelmed).

    Need some suggestions? I’ve got 12 that’ll do the trick in no time at all.

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  • Tue, May 16, 2017 9:35 AM | Tani Santos

    By: Meghan Tribe, The Am Law Daily

    As law firms brainstorm more and more ways to reach and retain their younger lawyers, legal consulting giant Major, Lindsey & Africa announced Monday the launch of a new talent management consulting group specifically geared towards helping law firms and general counsel coach and manage their teams.

    The endeavor, led by Major Lindsey partner and vice president Miriam Frank and managing partner Barrett Avigdor, came after two years of discussions with their clients about how to address law firm and in-house legal teams’ specific needs related to the development and growth of their lawyers, extending beyond the legal consultancy’s traditional role in placement.

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  • Wed, May 10, 2017 3:31 PM | Tani Santos

    By By Katherine A. Mazzaferri, Amy Bess and Patricia Wald, Bloomberg Law

    While the ratio of men and women entering law school is now equal, there is still a major discrepancy when looking at lawyers in leadership roles. According to a 2017 report by the ABA, less than 30 percent of partners of law firms in the U.S. are women.

    Here are a few things young women lawyers can keep in mind as they work their way through and upward in the legal profession.

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