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Life in Law Advisor Spotlight – Say Hi to Una Radoja!

“My one piece of advice to up and coming women lawyers is know that things will get easier if you keep at it. Every single successful female lawyer has had incredible challenges and moments of doubt. You are not alone. Every difficult situation you go through in your practice makes you that much more resilient and effective. So just stay. I volunteered as an Advisor because I do not want to look around the partnership table or any law event in 20 years and see a sea of the same version of men I have been seeing since I was called to the bar. I want to look around the proverbial table and see lots and lots of women – women like me and women very different from me. I believe we will all collectively benefit from this.” -Una Radoja,…

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Guest Blogger and Harper Grey associate, Tricia Milne, shares her thoughts on burnout, managing expectations and whether or not you really need to respond to that email while sitting on the beach.

Life in Law was recently asked by a young professional, “am I supposed to look at work emails while on vacation?”  This question is valid and likely considered by many at some point during their careers. The COVID-19 pandemic and months of social distancing have left many feeling the need for some respite from work – time to relax, recharge and reenergize. Regardless of your profession, title, or seniority, a vacation, however, often brings uncertainty about how to navigate your many commitments while away from the office. One issue that often arises is what to do about work emails while on vacation. Are you supposed to read them and respond to them? Is it okay to ignore them entirely?

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Dear LiL – I have been told many times that law is not a “9-5 job” and “if you want to have evenings and weekends free, look elsewhere.” Any time I feel frustrated about my work hours, I’m reminded that other lawyers work 80 hour work weeks and, if you don’t like it, leave. I am not super motivated by big $ or the thrill of making partner, but I do enjoy legal work (and I’m good at it!). Am I an entitled millennial who can’t hack it in the legal profession, or is it reasonable to have a legal career where you generally eat dinner at home and don’t work weekends? Signed ~ Nearing the Five Year Mark

Dear Nearing the Five Year Mark: Thank you for your excellent question but first, congratulations on making it to the almost five year mark of your legal career. Those first five years are the toughest you will face in your career. Not only are you continuing the never ending journey of learning the law, but you are also having to learn how to apply the law to real life situations, how to interact with clients, how to navigate the practice of law and what the privileges and responsibilities of being a lawyer really mean. Please know that you have come through the toughest part of your career and that the years ahead of you will be easier.

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Life in Law Advisor Spotlight – Say Hello to Rose Keith

“My one piece of advice to up and coming women lawyers is get involved!!  Being a part of the larger legal community through involvement in your firm, the CBA, TLABC or other organizations is a great way to get to know others in similar situations and a great way to expand your network. I volunteer as an Advisor because I have been fortunate throughout the years to form relationships of my own with trusted “advisors” and look forward to giving back in the same way.” -Rose Keith, Life in Law Advisor and Associate Counsel at Harper Grey LLP The Life in Law team is made up of a diverse group of Harper Grey women lawyers who volunteer their time as advisors on a weekly basis answering phone calls, monitoring the live chat on our website and responding to questions through…

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Life in Law stands with the Black Law Students’ Association to increase representation of black professionals in the legal community.

We are delighted to announce our support of the free LSAT Intensive course hosted by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. The course is offered by Dr. Hadiya Roderique (author of “Black on Bay Street”) and is an application-based course focused on logic games for black-identifying students who qualify for low-income status.

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