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Recent headlines are celebrating the news of former California House Representative Tony Coelho's big $1 million donation and additional $3 million in fundraising for the Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation at Loyola Law School.

The center announced that its primary goal is to create a pipeline for disabled lawyers to make it to leadership roles and onto the judiciary. But that's not all it's focused on. The center strives to be a hub for discussion related to innovations, both through technology and policy, to help further integrate the disabled community into everyday society.

Is Literary Agent Really a Viable Career Path for Attorneys?

According to attorneys-turned-literary agents, it's harder to be a literary agent.

Lawyers often complain about long hours, but literary agents have no off-hours. The good ones are always on their game.

That's what agent Jeff Kleinman and other lawyer/agents say. A typical work week? How about 24/7?

At this point in history, the number of people who have lost jobs for being bad at email is likely to be uncountably large. Sadly, we lawyers have quite a bit of exposure to bad-email liability as our emails go to clients, courts, opposing counsel, and co-workers, and each is scrutinizing your words for different reasons.

Fortunately, when it comes to email, you can take a little comfort in the fact that you can proofread to make sure you are being clear. Below you can read a few tips for sending and replying to emails around the office.

When most people envision law students at Ivy league schools, they don't see the stereotypical unwashed, Birkenstock wearing, granola eating, public interest lawyers-of-tomorrow who aren't in it for the money, you know, like you'd expect to see at UC Santa Cruz.

Traditionally, top ranking law schools focused on producing top BigLaw candidates, but as these jobs have become even more exclusive and out of reach than before, more and more Ivy league law grads are looking to public interest positions. Unfortunately, due to the always-increasing cost of legal education, those positions can be untenable financially. But luckily for the law students at Columbia, the University has decided to inject $4.5 million into a few of their programs to help their students pursuing a public interest path.

What Is a Freelance Lawyer?

For lawyers looking to cut back on the grind, reduce hours, and/or escape the stress of associate life or running a solo/small practice, freelancing might be a viable option. Emphasis on the might.

Sure, the money may not be as good if you decide to pack it all in and start freelancing, but the tradeoff for the freedom you might find could make it worthwhile. On the other hand, if you're overworked, you can consider hiring a freelance attorney to help shoulder some of that load, as needed. Below, you can read about the emerging freelance lawyer industry and whether it is a good fit for you or your firm.

Luck Be a Lady at Cravath, Again

The recent partner promotions over at Cravath are being celebrated by many because all the new partners are women.

Despite the not-so-recent (and continuous) uptick in women enrolling in law school and becoming lawyers, gender parity at the top levels of BigLaw and corporate legal departments has lagged severely, though not as badly as in smaller firms. However, Cravath, Swaine and Moore, this year, and in 2016, announced all women classes of new partners, and in 2017, a third of the six new partners were also women. Clearly, it is a firm that has put its hiring where its mouth is in terms of working toward closing the gender gap in BigLaw.

From Olympic Star to Lawyer Hero

Attorney and gold medalist Nancy Hogshead-Makar is an all-around American hero.

Not only did she win three gold medals and one silver in the 1984 Summer Olympics in swimming, she was instrumental in raising awareness and fighting to end sexual and other abuses against student and young athletes.

But she didn't start out on the path to lawyer/hero until after her Olympic success. After the '84 Olympics, she returned to school, finished her undergraduate degree, then began working for the Women's Sports Foundation. Eventually, in the mid-90s she attended and graduated from Georgetown University Law, and began transitioning from star to hero.

For those new associates and young lawyers just starting off in their career, it can be a little bit tricky deciding what advice is good, and what advice should just flat-out be ignored.

And while you'll likely read a few blogs or advice columns from time to time to find some specific guidance for your specific conundrum, sometimes a little bit of general advice can be just what's needed. Below are the five most worthwhile tips courtesy of the ABA Journal (which, if you don't read, you should).

For lawyers and law students, achieving career success often entails landing their dream lawyer job.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of lawyering, those dream jobs (like just about any lawyering job) often place excessive stress and burdens and responsibilities on the dreamer. And after some time, even those who land their high-powered dream jobs will begin to fantasize about living a different life as a Yogi, or even food server, to escape their high-stress realities. Fortunately, those daydreams can actually help (even if you're not in your "dream" job yet).

You know Janice in accounting, the one John Oliver seems to obsess over (come on John, you know Janice can't be responsible for all those yogurts), well, she might be able to get away with her antics, because she's an accountant, and well ... she's also a fictional character.

But, as a lawyer in the real world, short of nepotism, your attitude and work ethic will likely be the determining factors over whether you advance. Below you can read about some of the most important phrases and questions to avoid if you hope to advance within a firm or company.