Monday, April 25, 2011

5 Must-Do Steps If Your Email Gets Hacked

A few students have their Gmail accounts hacked.  What to do if that happens and how to protect yourself.

by Dave Johnson

Just like your mom always told you, prevention is the best medicine. There are many ways to protect your e-mail account, chief among them using a strong password, followed closely by not falling victim to phishing or spyware attacks. Of course, sometimes bad things happen even if you take all the right precautions. So what do you do if you get hacked? Here are 5 things you should do to protect your data, cut your losses, recover control of your e-mail, and move forward as smartly as possible.

These tips come, in part, from a recent ghacks story about what to do if your e-mail is compromised.The assumption here is that you notice you've been hacked — you recognize you've fallen for a phishing attack, for example, or someone is clearly manipulating your e-mail account in an unauthorized manner.

Here is what you need to know:

Friday, April 22, 2011

Online Resources Highlighted at the ABA Techshow Conference

JurisPedia: An encyclopedia of academic and legal articles in many foreign languages.

LegalTube: The lawyers version of YouTube hosts videos of attorneys speaking on a variety of topics and issues that can be searched by practice or city.

ABA Tech EZ: New technology training videos posted every Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

10 Tips for Powerful Proofreading

by Sean Platt

1. Wait. I always allow a bit of breath between the rough and the edit. This can be as little as an hour, but it is often more than a day. Whenever I edit too soon, I find myself more focused on what I just wrote than I am at gathering errors. By allowing distance between rough draft and edit, you will approach your writing with fresh eyes, easily able to catch any errors.

2. Trim the fat. All writing has fat. Stephen King’s rule, which I rather like, is Final Copy = Rough Draft – 10%.

3. Embrace the quiet. Proofreading requires precision. I can write well, even with music in the background, my children juggling toys, and the neighborhood basketball game going into overtime right outside my window, but when it’s time to edit I require both time and quiet. Proofreading is diligent and detailed, and deserving of your focus.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Maximize Your Summer Public Interest Experience!

A summer public interest experience can be tremendously influential and educational. A public interest experience offers you the opportunity to learn how public interest and pro bono attorneys use the law as an instrument of social justice. And on a very practical level, you can also cultivate practical skills that are useful in any number of settings.

In light of all these things, we want you to have the best experiences that you can this summer. So, we consulted with over 25 public defenders and legal services executive directors with programs throughout the country. We asked them to help us help you. They gave us concrete tips about how you can succeed during your summer experiences and some pitfalls to avoid. We also reached out to law school public interest career advisors who routinely counsel students about maximizing their work experiences and asked for the wisdom they’ve collected over the years. Here are some of their thoughts:

Even before your first day, educate and set goals for yourself.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Why "Mind Your Manners" is the Best Career Advice


"Jane is very smart," I remember commenting about a colleague. 
"More important than that," my boss replied. "She's has style."

At the time, I thought that a flippant, even condescending response. Who cares what her style is? But the remark stuck with me, and over time, I came to understand what he meant and decided he was right.

What my boss meant wasn't related to how she dressed, did her hair or how slavishly she followed fashion. It was all about how she treated people. And in its essence, it was this: everyone she encountered, Jane treated as an equal.

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Updated Public Interest Handbook Now Online

For those of you considering Public Interest Careers, the Career Services Office Public Interest Handbook is a great resource and has recently been updated. 

You can find it here:

Chapters include:

Chapter 1: Introduction to Public Interest Law
•What is Public Interest Law?
•What is the Difference Between Public Service, Public Interest & Pro Bono?
•Why Practice Public Interest Law?
•How Can I Practice Public Interest Law?
•Personal Narratives from Alumni
•Who Can Help Me Learn More About Public Interest Law?
•Myths (and Facts) about the Public Interest Career Search

Chapter 2: Opportunities During Law School
•During the School Year
•During the Summer
•Funding Resources

Chapter 3: Opportunities After Graduation
•Public Interest Rotations
•Full-time Public Interest Employment

Chapter 4: Public Interest Career Search
•Career Search (Summer & Full-time)
•Internet Career Search
•Public Interest Career Fairs
•Other Sources
•Public Interest Career Search Schedule for 1Ls
•Public Interest Career Search Schedule for 2Ls
•Public Interest Career Search Schedule for 3Ls

Chapter 5: Affording a Career in Public Interest Law
•Can I Afford to Practice Public Interest Law?

Chapter 6: Useful Public Interest Links
•Law Schools
•Domestic Organizations
•International Organizations

Chapter 7: Federal Government Resources

Chapter 8: Fellowship Opportunities
•Fellowship Sponsors
•Staff and Project Fellowships

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for the Job Seeker

By: Derren Thompson

In my recent blog posts, I talked about ways you can use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to help in your job search. While these posts offer a number of tips for using social media to help build your professional profile, build your network and search for a job, there are some general social media do’s and don’ts you should consider. In my years as recruitment professional, I have seen candidates successfully gain attention online, while others have made some interesting mistakes.

Do These Things!

Don’t Do These!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Chief Justice Winkler’s Tips for Success

by Omar Ha-Redeye

I attended a Women’s Law Association of Ontario dinner recently where Chief Justice Winkler provided the following tips on how to succeed in law:

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Friday, April 8, 2011

A Thank You Note Tutorial

by Belle

I admit that in my personal life, I am not as diligent about thank you notes as I should be.  (My family and friends will love me anyway, right?)  But when it comes to the professional world, I am militant about thank you notes, especially when it comes to job interviews.

To Whom It May Concern. It’s very important that you send a letter to every person with whom you interviewed. If the CEO, the COO, the Deputy Dir. and the Counsel all sit in on your meeting, they all get a note. No exceptions. You don’t know how involved any one person will be in the hiring decision, so everyone you meet throughout the hiring process gets a note.

If an assistant sits in on the interview to take notes, I send one to her/him as well just saying how nice it was to meet her/him. Why? Because who else is going to do that? And if their office is anything like the places that I've worked (on and off the Hill), the assistant has more interaction with the Boss than anyone. So send a nice, short note. It can’t hurt.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ten Tips for the Postgraduate Public Interest Job Search

by Steven L. Grumm, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

1. A cover letter should almost never be longer than a page. Jennifer Thomas, Director of Recruiting at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, explains it this way: “The cover letter is almost always one page, unless you have very specific, extensive experience in the substantive area of the job you are applying for. A one-page cover letter suffices to pique the employer’s interest and serve as an introduction to encourage her to look closely at your résumé.”

2. The cover letter and résumé are “living documents.” Job seekers must tailor résumés and cover letters to each position they apply for. They should think about each job opening as requiring a brand new set of application materials. By doing this they will force themselves to craft application documents that are targeted directly to the position they are applying for. Of course this makes proofreading that much more necessary. Revising application materials increases the risk of creating grammatical or formatting inconsistencies. Ideally, a third party should review each application before it goes out.

3. Job seekers should use qualifications specified in a job listing as prompts for points to address in their cover letters. If an employer is seeking someone with experience in juvenile justice issues, for example, a job seeker may write that he or she “has experience in juvenile justice issues ranging from an in-court law school clinical representing minors to academic work researching juvenile sentencing trends for violent offenses in Jurisdiction X.”

4. A cover letter is a complement to the résumé, not simply a reformatted version of the résumé.
Cover letters give job seekers a chance to express their passion directly to an employer in a slightly less formal manner than a résumé; it enables job seekers to say not only what their credentials are but also (a) why those credentials will enable them to do a job and (b) why they want that job.

5. Education or experience— which goes first on the résumé? Jennifer Thomas explains: “When applying for that first postgraduate job, education should come first because most students/recent grads lack extensive experience in the field, and the standard formatting allows employers to quickly identify the applicant’s status.

Once you have your first legal job, education becomes secondary and employers are looking more to identify the substantive expertise/experience the candidate is gaining as a working attorney.”

6. A résumé should, as specifically as possible, list a job seeker’s skills and experiences. It should be driven by action verbs and cite numbers where possible. E.g.: “Represented four minor defendants as a student-attorney while completing an intensive, one-semester juvenile justice clinic. Negotiated three plea bargains and achieved an acquittal in one trial.”

7. Electronic submission of an application involves additional considerations:

• Applicants should follow instructions to the letter. If an employer requests submissions directly via e-mail and asks for specific language in the subject line of that e-mail, applicants must comply exactly with those instructions. If an employer wants a direct e-mail rather than an e-mail application via Symplicity, a job seeker should not use Symplicity.

• To coin a verb, job seekers should “PDF” their cover letters and résumés as attachments in an e-mail application. There are actually two bits of advice here. First, unless directed to do otherwise, job seekers
should send their cover letter as an attachment rather than in the body of an e-mail. (A short greeting/message can go in the body.) Second, unless directed to do otherwise, job seekers should convert word-processing documents into PDF files and attach those.

• Job seekers should avoid the “Symplicity cold shoulder.” Because I have received job applications via Symplicity, I have learned that the system gives job seekers a chance to submit a short comment in the application e-mail. Job seekers should write at least a short greeting. If they leave the field blank, the employer reads the following in the e-mail: “The student entered the following notes: ”… and then nothing. It seems a bit impersonal.

8. Do mock interviews. They are the surest way for job seekers to (a) identify questions that could trip them up and (b) help calm their nerves by approximating the interview experience in a consequence-
free environment.

9. An interview is a conversation, not an inquisition. Job seekers should be polite and formal but loose enough to promote the free flow of conversation. Employers are not just hiring a unit of labor; they are hiring a human being with whom they will want to be able to enjoy time and build a strong in-office relationship. A tip: smiling actually warms the tone of one’s voice, so flashing the pearly whites at points during an interview is helpful.

10. Saying “thank you” is important. Some tips on the post-interview thank-you note:

Either a handwritten note or an e-mail is fine. If a handwritten note, it should go in the mail within 24 hours of the interview. If an e-mail, it should be sent within 48 hours of the interview. If a job seeker meets more than three people at an interview, it is fine to send one note or e-mail to the main contact and ask them to thank their colleagues.

Finally, please direct your students and alumni to for an array of tips and best practices pertinent to all phases of the networking and job search processes.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Use Common Sense When Preparing for Exams

by Amy Jarmon

In the stress of studying for exams, some students lose their common sense.  They exhibit behaviors (either acts or failures to act) that seem illogical after the fact.  They say things they will regret later.  They make judgment calls that are inadequate.

To help students avoid a lack of common sense, the following list includes some observations and suggestions:

Study the things you do not know and not just the things you are comfortable with already. Students often avoid the topics or courses that they see as confusing or difficult.

Big blocks of time are usually unattainable at this point in the semester. A whole Saturday to outline Y course is elusive. Break large tasks down into small tasks and complete parts in smaller time slots so that there is progress on the task.

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