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Overheard at the water cooler: Connecting in a Virtual Community in a Post Pandemic World 

By Camille Stell In April of 2020, while many of us were reeling at the changes happening in our world due to the pandemic, Gabriel Couture was writing about the importance of virtual communities.  Gabriel says virtual communities can provide ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Evolving and Thriving Through a Pandemic: Part 1

We are living through a pandemic. And every lawyer—regardless of age, experience, or circumstances—has been affected. For advice on moving forward, I talked with a few people who started practicing law during or immediately after another crisis, the Great Recession. ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Networking from six feet

Stay-at-home orders and self-quarantine are impacting our ability to physically connect with others, but they don’t mean our networking efforts have to cease. Having a vibrant network is essential to keeping your law practice healthy. When networking from six feet, ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: My 2019 Reading Challenge

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” Jean Rhys In January 2019, I set my annual reading challenge. This year’s goal was to read 52 books. ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: My 2019 Reading Challenge

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” Jean Rhys In January 2019, I set my annual reading challenge. This year’s goal was to read 52 books. ...

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