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This might be worth checking out for those toying with the idea of eventually going to law school. Also, can be a starter job in any kind of professional services firms such as the lucrative areas of management consulting and public relations. Here are details and how to apply.
In a trailer park here in Tucson, Arizona, the family of five who couldn't pony up the $300-something rent found their "home" padlocked. The most help a relative who worked for a big-hearted lawyer could get them them was the permission to return to the trailer for an hour and get their possessions.
The teenage daughter had had no change of clothes for high school. A Good Smaritan neighbor took her to Wal-Mart to buy underwear, a shirt and jeans. The relatives in the loop risked eviction by allowing the family to bunk with them. A few of us pitched in some fast food and toys.
In The New York Times, Shaila Dewan chronicles how power has shifted from renters, once protected by state laws, to landlords. Here you can read that. It used to take months to get a deadbeat out. Often in court judges even gave them more time to get caught up on the rent.
Sometimes that still happens. But more often late rent results in at least a stiff penalty, ususally involving the landlord's legal costs for that stern letter from the lawyer. The worst-case scenario is immediate eviction.
Given cutbacks in legal aid centers, those caught up in this growing trend frequently have no stay of execution. They just gotta go. As a long comment to this NYT article points out, the children suffer trauma. They miss school. They don't have fresh clothes. They worry where they will be sleeping the next night. In urban areas like New York City they may be shifted among shelters.
The easy answer is adding more "affordable" housing to what is. But back in New Haven, Connecticut in a 1,400-unit complex subsidized by federal, state, and local funding, deadbeats were still being tossed out on their ear. Keeping roofs over human beings' heads, especially children's, has to become a financial and legal priority.
It's a typical scenario.
The 9th-year associate was knocked out of the box. He went from $300,000 at a major law firm to $40,000 as a solo. He could have supplmented that $40,000 with income doing other things, some of which he had done successfully before entering law school later in life.
But "fidelity to the premise" (lawyers make a ton of money practicing law) kept him chasing the past. One of his more recent tactics was uprooting his family to be closer to the "market" - one he's shut out of. Eventually, he could become a statistic in the epidemic of lawyers with clinical depression and successful suicides. Here is the CNN coverage of that phenomenon.
It was only tonight that I bumped into that concept "fidelity to a premise." An acquaintance invited me to a lecture based on that classic book "A Course in Miracles." The miracle is the shift in thinking. Here you can order the book from Amazon.
Essentially the message is one that runs through most mindfulness practices. That is, we create reality through our thoughts. If those thoughts only are put together on a platform from the past, well, you know the rest.
Lawyers and law students who can laugh at the permise that their mission must be maximizing their possible income from a JD can do anything they want with it.
If a scholarship paid for the three years or they attended a low-cost state school and commuted from home, they can frame the experience as the finishing touches on their education.
If they paid plenty for the three years then they have to figure out how to bring in some decent income. That doesn't have to be from practicing law. The clever can talk and write their way into a public affairs agency. Eventually they could earn more there than they would have as a senior associate. Public relations, unlike law, is a growing niche in professional services.
If they can't break into practicing law, then they have to do a bit more of a mental shift. The miracle will be that they can surrender the premise that attending law school guaranteed working in the field of law.
The convictions of the 16 members of an Amish community in Ohio was overturned. Essentially the judge had framed the matter in terms of the 2009 Hate Prevention Act. That bans "willfully causing bodily injury to any person ... because of the actual or perceived ... religion of that person." Here is the analysis by Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal.
In reading about what allegedly took place back in 2011 and thinking about what legal experts are opining currently, I have come up with this. The motivation seemed more dark and deep-seated than simply religious intolerance. For example, the two adult children had worked up a grandiose resentment against their parents. It probably had hardened into hate.
Haters know how to hurt. Humiliation is one weapon. Removing hair, so symbolic of the victim's culture, certainly did the trick.
In addition, what we call "religion" has become an umbrella term covering a broad set of beliefs, rituals and rites. One might easily label the supposed crimes involved as representing attacks against a culture and what it represents.
The cynics tracking last year's and this year's American Lawyer's scores among midlevel associates for happiness might shrug: Sure, they got a job. They know they should be happy. And, they made it beyond their second year. Maybe, they think, they have a shot at partnership.
That cynical take may or may not be accurate.
But the results are out. And even the usually wary of such positive numbers Abovethelaw.com is not putting the knock on them. Here is David Lat's reporting.
This year the happiest midlevels are at Nutter McClennen & Fish's Boston office. In second place is Paul Hastings' National office. In third is the Cozen O'Connor Philadelphia office.
My take? After studying mindfulness for several years, including cushion time at a Buddhist temple, I am convinced that thoughts shape our reality. It could well be that the mindsets of midlevels have aligned with the dynamics of a changing business in the legal sector. Their thinking patterns are set to register positives and bypass negatives.
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The John Jay College Center on Media, Crime and Justice and The Tow Foundation are sponsoring Juvenile Justice Journalism Fellowships. The mission of this one-year initiative is to help journalists cover issues related to troubled youth.
Here are details and how to apply. Deadline is September 8, 2014.
"A Key Part of the Economic Recovery Everyone's Been Waiting For Is Finally Happening" That is the gush headline in Business Insider. Here you can read the analysis of an economic turnaround by Sam Ro.
For example, Ro points out the revised Q2 GDP is 4.2%, not 4%. Nonresidential fixed income was 8.4%, not the projected 5.5%. Other metrics also seem surprisingly good, at least to us who have become weary and jaded about the supposed recovery.
However, the B2B part of the legal sector has to forget any overconfidence that there will be a substantial increase in demand, at least any time soon. There is usually a time gap between what happens on the macro level and what players in the private sector decide to do. Corporations might not yet be willing to initiate "elective" litigation. That might involve their taking on too much risk at the present time.
Also, given the higher level of competition, since companies don't mate with a law firm for life any more, it is reckless to assume that any piece of that action will necessarily come to this or that law firm. All will have to get better at how they present themselves at the "beauty contests" prospects have decided to make standard.
Meanwhile, between those high-stake pitches they will have to evolve into more sophisticated marketers. That would entail putting themselves out there in an almost infinite number of ways. Prospects need to bump into the brand of the law firm and the expertise of the specific lawyer in a quote in brandname media, at conferences, in keynote speeches at business trade associations' annual meetings, in bylined material in business publications, promotion of a win or settlement, blog posts, tweets, profiles on the website, white papers and more.
An improving economy in itself is not a catalyst for euphoria in any niche in professional services. We in communications have no illusion about the brutality of the dog fight for new business lessening.
Way back in the 1970s, then-breakthrough book "What Color Is Your Parachute?" made the bold assertion that the professionals who get the assignment or job are not necessarily the most qualified. No, the winners are the professionals who know how to present themselves for that specific opportunity the best. That requires knowing the market and knowing what we have to offer. Then we bundle the two in a package differentiated from what else is out there, at the time.
For some odd reason, MoveCU.com seems obtuse about sharing risk. Yet, its focus is credit unions. Yes, I am bullish about the concept of credit unions.
As a financial writer, I replied to a help wanted placed by MoveCU.com. The reply came quickly from Christina Miller, Manager of Media and Public Relations (805-965-2100, firstname.lastname@example.org).
She said the next step in the process required my researching and writing a 600-word article on some aspect of credit union legislation. There was no payment per se. There was the possibility of payment if the article passed muster with MoveCU.com. How much payment was not said. Also, if the article was approved, then I would be eligible to write other articles. The payment for those was not given.
Of course, I judged this screening process the way Alice in Wonderland regarded the universe after she had tumbled down the rabbit hole: peculiar. No, I did not take the next step.
Is this kind of behavior by MoveCU huring the concept of the credit union?