root for failure

Root For Failure In Pursuit Of Success

We’re #1! We all want to be on the winning team, because failure doesn’t bring forth an immediate reward. Nevertheless, the closest many of us will come to competitive sports will be filling out our tournament bracket for college basketball this…
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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned From Little Ones

We discover valuable lessons throughout life, including lessons learned from the little ones crawling (or trying to crawl) at our feet. We watch our infants crawl around on the floor as they seek the next object to examine with close…
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Lawyer Mentoring

Lawyer Mentoring Takeaways

This spring, Illinois welcomed over 550 new attorneys to the profession. After graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, there is no doubt that this group is well-educated and well-informed about the fundamentals of the law. However, in…
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millennial women

Will Millennial Women Seek Leadership?

As a millennial, I often hear the same complaint from my fellow millennial women lawyers: “Why is it so hard to find a female mentor?” Digging deeper, there are often two complaints. The first: there aren’t any female partners at…
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Unconscious Bias in Mentoring Relationships

Unconscious Bias in Mentoring Relationships

Have you recognized the value of having a mentor, but struggled with how to find one? Have assumptions you made about a more senior colleague kept you from approaching them for mentoring? Have you been approached by a younger colleague…
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Mentoring Sponsorship

Stepping up to Sponsorship

For the past two years, I have had the honor of managing the Commission on Professionalism’s Statewide Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program. Rather than being just another part of the job, it has truly been an honor. To have played a small…
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On Becoming a “Real” Lawyer

On November 6th, Illinois welcomed nearly 1,900 new lawyers to the ranks. I had the opportunity to attend the 1st Judicial District ceremonies, held in the Arie Crown Theater, where my own swearing-in took place more years ago than I…
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lawyer mentoring

Connecting Through Lawyer Mentoring

Nothing speaks more strongly to the success of a program than the positive feedback of those who have participated in it. The Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program created by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism has just completed its third full…
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Approaches to Mentoring in the Legal Profession

All lawyers, and most law students, are familiar with the practice of mentoring, in which a law student or young attorney is paired with a more senior attorney who provides advice and helps his or her mentee/protégé avoid the potholes….
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