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Trailblazing Women in Law

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Female lawyers are now a common part of all law firms, but the U.S legal profession has not always been so welcoming to women. In this article, we’ll be looking at those female trailblazers who overcame discrimination to cement the place of women at all levels of the legal field. Myra Bradwell An American publisher and political activist, Myra Bradwell first attempted to practice law by being admitted to the Illinois bar. However, she was denied admission by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1870 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1873, in rulings upholding a separate women's sphere.    She..

What Is a Presidential Pardon?

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In the last week, outgoing president Donald Trump has pardoned both a turkey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, with one generating a little more news coverage than the other.   With presidential pardons playing a large part in the current news cycle, we thought we’d flesh out exactly what a presidential pardon specifically means, who can and cannot be pardoned, and why the president pardons a turkey each year. What Exactly Is a Presidential Pardon? The authority to completely set aside the punishment for a federal crime is given to the sitting President of the United States by..

5 Important Legal Terms All Legal Assistants Should Know

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Modern legal assistants are required to have a working knowledge of many different types of law and the terminology associate with them. However, some legal terms are used more commonly, and are therefore more important to know, than others.   In this article, we’ll be looking at five of those terms and explaining exactly what they mean. An Affidavit An affidavit is a document is a written statement from an individual that they swear to contain true facts. In order for a person to complete an affidavit, they have to have the mental capacity to understand the seriousness of the..

3 Signs You Would Suit a Career as a Legal Assistant

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Are you considering a career in criminal justice, but aren’t sure which area you want to move into?  Becoming a legal assistant, sometimes known as a legal secretary, requires a mindset and set of aptitudes. If you recognize any of the talents you see below, you might suit a career as a legal assistant. You’re a Team Player Being a legal assistant means you’ll be the beating heart of any legal firm, supporting the attornies and paralegals while they fight for their client. You might not ever get you day in front of the jury, but you’ll be responsible for..

What Role Does a Legal Assistant Play in Different Areas of Law?

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If there was one word to describe the work of a legal assistant, then “varied” might very well cover it. Working behind the scenes to make sure that the attornies have what they need to move their case forward, legal assistants might work in multiple fields of law for a large legal firm, or for a company that specializes in particular areas of law.   In this article, we’ll be looking at the roles legal assistants play in common areas of law. Civil Litigation  Civil litigation in an area of law where paperwork and personal interactions are the order of..