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Student’s Corner: For the Love of Law

Posted By Student's Corner, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

For the Love of Law 

 

When I try to describe what life is like after having stepped into my first law school course, I imagine it is similar to Sarah Jessica Parker trying to weave her way through the mean streets of New York. Like New York, law school is cynical, demanding, and leaves you prepared to multi-task like never before. In other words, you have to be savvy to survive the outlines, case briefs, and egotistical blows that await you. But once you've traversed through every borough, you will find that law school is what you make it. Every journey is about falling in love with the law, taking chances, and working as hard as you can for what you want, right? 

 

My name is Ashanti Cole and I have fallen madly in love with the law. I stay up late at night thinking of it, telling my friends about it, and obsessing over all of its characteristics. The law makes me a better person. Some more seasoned in this arena would label my feelings, "puppy love," but only time will tell. As I finish up my 1L school year, I have been challenged both mentally and physically in ways I never anticipated. Law school is preparation for life. It prepares you to do as much work as possible—with little-to-no room for excuses. It rips you apart, and puts you back together with the purpose of showing you exactly what you're made of. 

 

My grandmother wanted to me to be an attorney since I was seven years old. She pushed me to be the first in my family to go to college, but passed away shortly after I graduated. At that point, I got busy traveling the world (as a former military spouse), and met incredible people along the way. Though I had much to be grateful for, I also had an impending regret over not pursuing my purpose. I felt lost and unfulfilled in a world where I had so much to give. Now, with a bat-wielding two year old and a heart full of the dream I've wanted for 20 years, I'm here to fulfill my purpose. I hope to share this journey with Lawyers Club and to inspire and connect with many who came before me and those who might be sharing my path.  

 

Ashanti Cole is an aspiring chess master and distinguished advocate at California Western School of Law. 

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Chasing the Last Wave: "Finding Hope in a Tee Shirt...And in the Next Generation"

Posted By Molly T. Tami , Tuesday, October 18, 2016
"Finding Hope in a Tee Shirt...And in the Next Generation" 


Over a decade ago, I gave a presentation on the topic of “Women in the Law: How Gender Shapes the Experience” to the women’s network group of a large Midwest law firm. The audience included women of various ages, from the first woman partner in the firm (who boasted of how she played the men’s game), to mid-level women attorneys who had negotiated their own creative work arrangements with the firm, to the young women associates who expected the firm to address and meet their needs for flexible work arrangements and family-friendly policies. During the “sticky” discussions that followed my presentation, I was reminded that the language of feminism is not embraced by many women, and I experienced firsthand how the perspectives and expectations of women lawyers of different generations are not necessarily aligned and may at times be at odds.

Many of us have benefited from the enormous gains of the feminist movement while recognizing that gender barriers still exist for women in our profession, and for women generally. Given that perspective, we naturally get discouraged at times when we perceive that some women (lawyers and others) do not see the need to embrace the feminist cause and continue the movement to ensure equal opportunity and advancement for women. We may even find ourselves losing hope for future generations of women.

Nowadays, we often hear young women eschew the importance of feminism and decline to identify as a “feminist.” They say they don’t see the need for the movement or the relevance of the label. Although I don’t have poll results to prove it, I suspect that many women law students today do not see their gender as a potential obstacle to their advancement in our profession, nor do they see an urgent need to continue the fight for gender equality. Notable exceptions include members (male and female) of women law student organizations across the country. The USD Women’s Law Caucus student organization at USD Law is a perfect example.

The USD Women’s Law Caucus recently tabled at our law student organization fair and sold tee shirts to support their events and activities. I excitedly purchased one for myself!  The front side is branded with the group’s logo while the back has the following in bold lettering:

Feminist:/Fem-en-ist/: A person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.

Simple but powerful language. I hope to see many USD Law students sporting this shirt and spreading the message. 


Given the recent climate on gender issues and the sexist rhetoric we've heard during the current presidential campaign, my fervent hope is that many young women and men will realize that we are clearly “not there yet.” We have a long way to go and we must fully commit ourselves to chasing the last wave of feminism.  I have hope that all generations will join the chase, and now I have the tee shirt to prove it.   

This blog was authored by Molly Tami. 
Molly Tami serves as the Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development at USD School of Law.  She previously designed and taught a course on Law, Gender and the Work/Family Conflict and is passionate about advancing women in the legal profession

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Student's Corner: "Networking 101: Teamwork"

Posted By Courtney Strange, Monday, July 11, 2016
Updated: Monday, July 11, 2016

Networking 101: Teamwork

Unfamiliar. Uncomfortable. Unnerving. Three words law students often use to describe “networking.” Overcoming those hurdles requires time, a rather limited resource. Luckily, Lawyers Club is intentionally structured to guide attorneys and law students over and around hurdles such as these, that inhibit the advancement of women in law and society. Personally, I have learned that taking full advantage of being a Lawyers Club member requires teamwork. In fact, it has been clear to me from day one that each attorney or judge I interact with remembers being in my shoes. That familiarity seems to lead Lawyers Club members to do what they can to help students like me achieve my individual goals.

 

I wasn’t even a law student when I found myself standing alone in the corner of the lobby outside the ballroom at the U.S. Grant, awaiting the start of the Equal Pay Day luncheon. There, I met a recent law grad holding her brand new baby girl. We bonded over our mutual awkward feelings—I wasn’t even completely sure I was allowed to be at this event. But, we both had enough courage to show up, Lawyers Club welcomed us with open arms, and we fell right into place at our respective stages in the journey to becoming the lawyer we each want to be.

 

This woman, (and each woman and man I met in this organization since that first luncheon), has become part of my “team,” whether they realize it or not. I am constantly blown away with the amazing opportunities I have been offered, and how close I am to realizing a decade-long dream. I look forward to the day when I can celebrate with my “team” and share stories about how each individual played a key role in my success. I also very much enjoy sharing my experience with my fellow classmates. For example, I recently introduced a new friend and classmate to “members of my team” at the Red, White, and Brew. He is a charming individual who came up to me before class and said, “I need to network. I hear you’re the person to talk to.” He mingled with attendees as easily as I knew he would, but being at his first networking event, he was incredibly grateful to have me and another friend as a networking team as we moved about the room. Hurdles leaped, together.

 

So, thanks, team! Law students: Go find your “team.” All: Got a story about your “team?”


This blog post was authored by Courtney Strange


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