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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Legal Deserts and Their Impact on Access to Justice

South African writer Nadine Gordimer said that a desert is a place without expectation. That is certainly true for the millions of Americans who find themselves living in legal deserts. Nationwide, there are approximately four lawyers for every 1,000 residents, ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler 

by Camille Stell  Many businesses who were still working from home returned to the office in Spring 2022. Lawyers Mutual was one of those. After 24 months working from home, we returned to work from the office with a hybrid ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Post-pandemic negotiating skills

While we are not fully “post-pandemic,” let’s consider for today’s discussion that we are moving into a post-pandemic phase as far as employment goes, and in this phase the battle for talent continues to intensify. According to the U.S. Bureau ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Is the pandemic shifting retirement patterns?

When you reach a certain age, retirement is on everyone’s mind. And the age varies. Several of my schoolteacher friends reached retirement age a couple of years ago. Retirement was a hot topic for the then 54-year-olds. Many were exploring ...

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What #FreeBritney can teach us about conservatorships

By Lisa M. Cukier, Alex J. Harrington, and Harold J. Bursztajn Amid the #FreeBritney movement and heightened media attention on Britney Spears and her current conservatorship situation, there has been increased public interest in conservatorships and their complexities. As attorneys ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: How a study group became a lifeline

Each summer, Lawyers Mutual participates in the North Carolina Bar Association Minorities in the Profession 1L Summer Associate Program. This summer we have been fortunate to have Shawn Singleton from North Carolina Central University School of Law with us for ...

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You have remote workers now, but is your data safe?

By Melinda Rizzo  Has a remote workforce created new feeding ground for cybercriminals?  According to a February U.S. News and World report nearly 56 percent of Americans are still working from home in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Keeping business information ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Evolving and Thriving Through a Pandemic: Part 3

Practicing in a pandemic is unprecedented, but I spoke with some lawyers who launched their legal careers in another difficult time, the Great Recession. While the crises aren’t identical, these stories of evolving and thriving give us hope and a ...

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Takeaways from 2020 to carry into 2021

By Lauren Dixon BridgeTower Media Newswires While many of us would love to say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 and all of its challenges, we’ve all learned a few valuable lessons from this tough year. Like resiliency, epidemiology, cutting ...

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2020 taught us we can connect virtually

by Jenn Deinlein BridgeTower Media Newswires I realize it’s entirely cliche to look back at the year that just passed, but 2020 certainly was … interesting. I didn’t learn a new hobby or how to bake bread or start a ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: The Modern New Year’s Resolution

I’m sure you know that New Year’s resolutions are so last year. Instead, the trend is affirmations, a word of the year, or setting your intentions. Instead of a disappointing January filled with broken resolutions, the idea is to revolutionize ...

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Listening to others during a videoconference

By Karen S. Borofsky Most meetings lately are held via some form of videoconferencing platform — Zoom, Teams, Webex, etc. Those of us who use that medium throughout the day know that “Zoom fatigue” is a real thing. According to ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Evolving and Thriving Through a Pandemic: Part 2

We are living through a pandemic. And every legal professional—regardless of age, experience, or circumstances—has been affected. When the law school class of 2020 started their journey, they had the same hopes and fears about a new career that most ...

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