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October 30, 2014

Top 5 Things I've Learned in My First Year as a Lawyer:

Admitted to practice law in Tennessee by one of my heroes.  (October 2013).

1) Law school is the not same as law practice
At all.  Not even close.  I felt so lost and overwhelmed when I first started practicing.  I graduated near the top of my class and clerked throughout law school, so I felt like I had a ‘pretty good idea’ of what to expect...  Wrong!  You literally have to hit the ground running on day one and learn by doing.  With that being said, I cannot stress the importance of having a mentor.

2) Clients are not interested in where you went to law school or GPA
The only “numbers” clients are interested in are dollar figures.  I have never had a client decide whether or not she would hire me based on where I went to law school.  All a client cares about is whether you can do the job.  Period.  Likewise, no client has ever asked about my GPA or LSAT score.  I’ll be honest, the LSAT was not my greatest experience.  In fact, during the admissions process a former dean looked me straight in the eye and told me that “statistically speaking” I would not survive one semester in law school based on my score.  Ouch.  Of course, that motivated me to prove her wrong, and I did.  (See picture below).

3) Learn from your mistakes and move on
Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Everyone makes mistakes.  You have to learn from them and move on.  Dwelling on mistakes is very counter-productive and can be depressing.  When I first started, I misspelled a word in a document and thought it was the end of the world.  I proofread the document several times, but it did not catch my eye until it was too late.  (Spell check didn’t catch it either).  I dwelled on my mistake for days and felt like the other lawyers on the case thought I was an idiot.  Turns out, they did not even notice!  I worried myself to death over something that seems so trivial now.  You have to let mistakes go and learn from them.

4) How to Manage Time
I have a pretty consistent caseload and can work on up to five cases at a time.  This means  I have to juggle several ongoing projects and know (1) what is due and when, (2) who needs to be contacted, (3) whether we can negotiate a settlement, and (4) what needs to be addressed moving forward.  I have learned how to prioritize and organize my schedule so that I can be as productive as possible.  For me, this means soon after I have had my morning coffee.  I arrive early and try to get as much work done before the phone starts ringing and emails begin pouring in.

5) Preparation is Everything
“The devil is in the details.”  Law is no exception.  You have to be very detail-oriented and always bring your “A-game” to succeed in this business.  That means knowing the ins and outs of each particular case before appearing in front of a judge.  I always prepare clients for what to expect and how to testify before ever stepping foot inside of a courtroom.  Also, I keep all relevant documents handy and in order, along with extra copies.  The judge will appreciate you for being prepared.  On a side note, every judge, every court, and every county does things differently.  It is so important to get to know your judges and clerks and how they handle cases.  Clerks are your best friends and can be very helpful!   

 I had the honor of speaking at graduation. May 2013.  So much for those statistics! ;-) 

**Don't ever let someone measure or determine your success based on one arbitrary score.  As Elle Woods stated so eloquently, "You must always have faith in people, and most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself."  


I learn something new every day, so this list is by no means complete.  I would love to hear from you and what you learned in your first year of law, or any field!  As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  I really enjoy hearing from everyone on here and Instagram!

October 24, 2014

Spotted...

SWEATER: Ann Taylor  /  SKIRT: J. Crew  /  SHOES: Ivanka Trump  /  NECKLACE: Zara

One of my favorite things about a new season is a new wardrobe.  Now that fall is (finally) here to stay in Tennessee, I am very much looking forward to a season full of sweaters and pencil skirts.  And, of course, lots of peppermint white mochas and pumpkin spice lattes!  

I am a huge fan of this Ann Taylor optic dot sweater.  Fortunately, I snagged the last one at my local Ann Taylor last year.  I am so glad because I have not seen any this season.   The optic dot sweater is such a classic piece and looks very pretty with solids or prints (especially red plaid), dressed up or dressed down.  It is “spot-on", no pun intended.  Since I spend most of my time at work, I prefer to dress it up.  I usually wear it with this teal J. Crew No. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge wool.  J. Crew’s pencil skirts are amazing and they constantly get new colors.  I have this particular No. 2 pencil skirt in a variety of different colors and wear them all the time.  

Thanks so much for stopping by- I would love to know your thoughts!  Have a great weekend!

October 21, 2014

"Fancy Pants"

TURTLENECK: Express  /  PANTS: Banana Republic (no longer available, similar here) /  NECKLACE: Banana Republic  /  BAG: Michael Kors  / SHOES: Ivanka Trump

To begin, several readers have asked who takes all of my pictures.  My dad!  I have to brag on him for a minute because he has been so helpful throughout this process (both of my parents have).  Growing up, my parents never missed a ballet recital, athletic event, or elementary band concert (poor unfortunate souls!).  In fact, my Dad always had the camera handy, so I suppose all of that hard work has paid off (totally kidding).  We are definitely amateurs, but are having a lot of fun along the way!  :-)

For today’s look, I am wearing Banana Republic Sloan fit windowpane slim ankle pants in black and white.  I absolutely love them!  Banana Republic always has such a great selection of pattern pants for the workplace.  I opted to wear a black turtleneck, but they also look nice with white or red, especially in the winter. 

Thanks so much for reading!  I would love to know your thoughts!

October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday :: Travels to the Pacific Northwest

Can you believe I snapped this on my iPhone??
Ardiri Winery & Vineyards, Oregon
Cannon Beach with one of my best friends and his sweet little rescue girl, Fifi.  It was so windy that day!


Shopping in Seattle
  Please excuse my hair, we were in the car for hours and got drenched in the rain!
Vancouver 
Beautiful British Columbia


I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!  

For my first "Throwback Thursday", I wanted to share a compilation of iPhone photos from my 2013 trip to the Pacific Northwest.  I went to visit one of my best friends last fall while I was anxiously awaiting my bar exam results.  (Basically, he had to babysit and distract me so I would not obsess over whether or not I passed, lol).

We visited Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, and did lots of shopping, sightseeing and ate at a lot of amazing restaurants.  I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to go back someday!  The Pacific Northwest is such a beautiful part of the world.  If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend visiting all three places!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great rest of the week!

October 14, 2014

Out of the Blue

     DRESS: Ann Taylor  /  SHIRT: Express  /  NECKLACE: Banana Republic  /  
SHOES: Ivanka Trump

Good morning, I hope you are fabulous! 

For today’s post, I am wearing a gorgeous blue Ann Taylor shadow floral sheath dress.  It is such an easy and sophisticated dress that I cannot get enough of.  Not to mention, it is incredibly comfortable! 

I primarily wear it (sleeveless) during the spring and summer months, but lately I have found myself pairing it with a light blue button-down (a white button-down looks very pretty, too!) for when it is cooler out.   Sometimes, I wear it with a white or gray blazer to help accentuate the color.  An added bonus is that it transitions very nicely between seasons and fares well with a slew of handbags and accessories (pearls, a clear cupcake necklace… fill-in-the-blank for your accessories of choice).  Speaking of accessories, I have to mention this particular statement necklace.  I recently bought this beauty from Banana Republic for 40% off, which was a steal!  The pictures do not do it justice.  It is absolutely gorgeous in person and captures the light perfectly, day or night.  I love it! 

Thanks so much for reading!  I would love to know your thoughts!