June Liebert: Taking The Road Less Traveled
Posted on 04-11-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

If your legal career strays from the traditional path, how should you approach it? The advice from law librarian June Liebert: “I have made some unusual moves in my career, but my focus has always been on learning new skills and finding growth opportunities.” June’s first job after... Read More

Jamie Baker: The Power Within The Pen
Posted on 04-07-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

For Jamie Baker a passion ignites when she writes. Whether on her blog or in the classroom, Jamie educates through personal stories, beliefs and lessons learned. Jamie prefers personal examples to illustrate the type of situation that an attorney might face in practice. She believes personal stories... Read More

Michael Dimino: Applying “The Rules” Both On and Off the Field
Posted on 09-16-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

Sports officiating and teaching constitutional law … Two interests that seem like an unlikely combination, but for Michael Dimino, it’s a perfect match. Officiating allows him to be involved with the two sports he loves-hockey and baseball. His role as a constitutional law professor however... Read More

Historical Women Rainmakers
Posted on 08-28-2015 by Chad Troyan

Our Nation’s greatest reoccurring problem: Equality. In fact, throughout history, women and minorities have fought tirelessly to be recognized as equals. And, in today’s society, diversity and inclusion plays a vital role in both the workplace and the community. As our country struggles to... Read More

Elise Klein: An unusual experience from a top civil and appellate litigator & LexisNexis® author
Posted on 08-26-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

Litigation isn’t the most quiet and civilized activity. Have you ever wondered what crazy things litigators have experienced? For Elise Klein, a no. 2 pencil is the lead culprit. My most memorable negative experience as a practicing attorney was when another lawyer threw a pencil at me in a deposition... Read More

Chilton Varner: Legal trailblazer and women’s rights activist
Posted on 08-26-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

Chilton Varner has been a trailblazer throughout her career as a litigator. Still, Chilton certainly couldn’t have imagined the storied 30-year career she has had as one of the nation’s top product liability litigators when she started her legal career assisting her husband as he launched... Read More

Joelle Sharman: An all-time memorable moment from this top civil and appellate litigator
Posted on 08-25-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

What inspires someone to pursue a career in the legal field? For attorney Joelle Sharman, growing up watching legal dramas like “L.A. Law” and “Law & Order,” ultimately drove her interest in practicing law. “I thought I wanted to be a prosecutor and specifically spent... Read More

Allison C. Shields: From law student to lawyers’ champion
Posted on 08-23-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

A career after law school doesn’t always mean arguing in front of a courtroom or pushing papers at a law firm. Instead, law school can lead to other creative outlets and business opportunities. And for Allison C. Shields, owner and creator of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. , a love of teaching and... Read More

A good story told about the "Last of the Typewriter [Repair] Men"
Posted on 03-26-2015 by Chad Troyan

It is amazing how much technology has changed the world we live in today. From the security of our homes, the way we communicate to the way we write. Objects such as typewriters act as relics to a once “simpler time”. But just because they are considered relics to many, doesn’t mean... Read More

First female lawyer, Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood admitted before SCOTUS in 1879. How are you standing out to be ahead of the curve?
Posted on 03-03-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

More than 185 years ago, female rainmaker Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood is another illustration that we should always stand up for what we believe. On March 3, 1879, Belva became the first woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; however, this accomplished, early feminist was not only the... Read More

Your dreams … it’s never too late: 73-year-old pursues law degree. What are you doing to #BeUnprecedented™?
Posted on 12-29-2014 by Chad Troyan

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot Have you ever found yourself in a place or at an event where you are definitely the outlier ; the one many would pick if asked which of these don’t belong? Jim Edwards, 73, lives this everyday as he attends... Read More

Joan Heifetz Hollinger: An “outspoken advocate” for children and families
Posted on 12-15-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Joan Heifetz Hollinger has always fought for the rights of others. Early in her career, Joan championed civil rights as a lobbyist for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.This fuel to secure equal opportunity and full citizenship for others spurred Joan to pursue a lifelong... Read More

How the co-author of Milgrim on Trade Secrets started his career. What are you doing to #BeUnprecedented?
Posted on 11-30-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Forget Legos and comic books. For intellectual property attorney Eric Bensen, legal details have always sparked his interest, even as a child. “I was always interested in the law,” Eric said. “Even as a kid, I used to look for articles about recent court decisions in the paper.”... Read More

How a childhood summer vacation sparked a lawyer’s dedicated passion for the environment
Posted on 11-17-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

“It’s funny how you fall into the things in your life.” New York City Council Legislative Attorney Cullen Howe let his interests guide him in his career practicing environmental law. While growing up, Cullen and his family took summer vacations to National Parks, igniting his passion... Read More

Anne Gilson LaLonde: A trademark attorney who uses her passion for language to fuel her writing during #NaNoWriMo
Posted on 11-03-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Recently, Gilson on Trademarks was cited 4 times in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision B&B Hardware, Inv. vs Hargis Industries Inc. regarding Trademark Trial and Appeal Board procedure; however, for author Anne Gilson LaLonde she now finds herself holed up in the snows of Vermont, and she's... Read More

The Anti-Terror Attorney: Andrew Hall’s Life Is a Story of Survival Against Tyranny. What are you doing to #BeUnprecedented?
Posted on 10-27-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

It’s sometimes hard to imagine how much better the world is now compared to before, especially after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. While the military protects us, there are those who look for justice through other avenues. Andrew Hall is one of those people who seek justice for terrorist... Read More

Starving artists jump-start Nashville lawyer’s pro-bono passion. What are you doing to #BeUnprecedented?
Posted on 10-20-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Photo Credit: digidreamgrafix / Shutterstock.com Artists, whether songwriters or authors, face many doubters and unfavorable circumstances. They usually overcome financial hardships before they “make it big”. But what happens if these financial hardships are legal? This is where Thor Urness... Read More

New York City Marathon launches lawyer's battle for the disabled. What are you doing to #BeUnprecedented?
Posted on 10-13-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Photo Credit: Pressmaster / Shutterstock.com It’s always amazing the impact we can have when we are passionate about a cause. Daniel Brown’s passion lies with protecting equal rights and improving quality of life for those who live with disabilities. To look for his inspiration you need... Read More

How a blind attorney overcame the odds. What are you doing to #BeUnprecedented?
Posted on 10-06-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Photo Credit: Marco Vittur / Shutterstock.com Whenever we find ourselves in a tough situation, the positive advice is to find the silver lining. No need to tell this to attorney Douglas Fowler. He lives out his ‘silver lining’ every day because Douglas has been legally blind since birth.... Read More

Beyond the Ink: Passionate public defender tattoos names of defeated clients on back. What are you doing to #BeUnprecedented?
Posted on 09-29-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Photo Credit: Todor Rusinov / Shutterstock.com Art is everywhere and can be seen in many forms, including tattoos, and behind every tattoo is a story. Georgia-based public defender Travis Williams is so dedicated to his profession that he gets a tattoo as a remembrance of each court case lost. For Travis... Read More

How a legal pioneer launched a human trafficking clinic to help victims both near and far. What sparks your passion when practicing law?
Posted on 09-22-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Photo Credit: University of Michigan Law School Twitter What if you were faced with a problem that could be transformed with time and dedication? Would you tackle that problem or would you ignore it? Our courage to confront these questions often depends upon the topic. Bridgette Carr, Director of... Read More

Human trafficking: One lawyer’s resolve to help the victims. What are you doing to advance the movement against human trafficking?
Posted on 09-15-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Men, women, and children are coerced into bonded labor, forced or sold into prostitution, held in domestic servitude, and enslaved in agricultural fields and factories while each year fewer than 1 percent of these victims are identified. Alone, trapped, and fearful of retribution, many trafficked persons... Read More

Improving legal defense for the indigent: 1 lawyer’s inspiring campaign. What inspires you to change the world?
Posted on 09-08-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Gideon v. Wainright ruled that every American accused of a crime is entitled to an attorney, However, this doesn’t ensure equal justice. Ensuring equal justice will take a movement. Jonathan Rapping is building that movement. After spending 10 years working as a public defender in Washington... Read More

How a salesman’s 141 year old legal “stickers” forever changed legal research.
Posted on 09-02-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

In the trenches: An early photo of Mr. Shepard’s employees analyzing cases. Long before the glory days of technology innovation, a former salesman for a Chicago legal publisher forever changed the legal landscape with an invention of legal “stickers.” Frank Shepard’s idea of... Read More

Helping those without a voice fuels a lawyer’s passion for immigration law. What sparks your passion when practicing law?
Posted on 08-25-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Photo credit: spirit of america / Shutterstock.com Navigating the labyrinth of immigration laws is never an easy task. Every day brings new challenges and nothing is routine in this complex field. For immigration attorney Doug Thie, the complexity of these challenges fuels his passion for his chosen... Read More