African American Pioneers in the Legal Profession: A Black History Month Tribute

  Each February, Americans celebrate Black History Month. Since the beginning, African Americans have worked, written, sung, struggled, marched, painted, invented, and done many other things in the hopes of making America a truly great nation for all its citizens. But despite our many contributions, most Americans know little about Black History. Sadly, the same […]

Mentoring: Why You Need It and How to Get It

  The legal profession demands a level of time and devotion that can stress even the calmest person. Moreover, African American attorneys face many challenges that make succeeding in the profession an even more stressful proposition. A mentor can help new (and seasoned) attorneys navigate the profession with less stress.  While the legal profession should […]

You Have Your First Law School Grades: Now What?

While most Americans regard January as chance to recover from the holidays. But for law students, January marks a time of high anxiety: the arrival of law school grades. Though students worry about grades to varying degrees throughout law school, first year students usually experience the highest levels of stress. Let’s be honest: anyone who […]

Religious Freedom: What African Americans Need to Know

  The freedom to practice one’s religion is a cherished American right.  Many of those present during the framing of the U.S. Constitution experienced religious persecution at the hands of the British.  Therefore, they wanted to ensure that the new nation valued religious freedom. However, like other constitutional rights, the stakes are often higher for […]

Can Blind Hiring Reduce Bias in Legal Recruiting?

  As previously written on this blog, the legal profession struggles with diversity.  Though savvy recruiters are trying to find creative ways to find talented attorneys of color, experts warn that simply expanding the recruitment process may not be enough to diversify the profession.  Some recommend that recruiters take additional steps to eliminate bias from […]

When to Hire a Lawyer

    Hiring a lawyer can be a frustrating process.  Finding a qualified attorney takes time.  Moreover, lawyers cost money.  Given the emotional and financial costs, it’s no wonder many people decide to handle their legal matters themselves.  These pressures are sharply felt by African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans.  A recent ABA study found […]

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