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A Career in Military Justice as a JAG

This week on the Law School Insider we have James Weirick who is a retired Marine Lt. Col. and Judge Advocate (JAG) who spent much of his career in the military justice system and continues to...Read more

Building your personal and professional network takes work - it's a job!

This week on the Law School Insider podcast we had the pleasure of having on Leona Lewis who is of counsel with Loop Legal and runs a site called Comply Ethic which focuses on compliance issues for...Read more

Productive leaders solve problems, but servant leaders change communities

This week on the Law School Insider we are bringing back Victor Flores, Assistant City Attorney for the City of McAllen Texas. Victor is our first return guest. In his first show he shared his...Read more

Keep An Open Mind, Be Structured and Believe In Yourself!

This week on the Law School Insider we had the opportunity to have on Valerie Newman who is an Assistant Defender with the State of Michigan's Appellate Defenders Office and Criminal...Read more

Work to Learn Not to Earn and be Intentional in Law School!

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you John Mashni an Associate with Foster Swift and graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. John Mashni was very intentional...Read more

A Career in Military Justice as a JAG

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Building your personal and professional network takes work - it's a job!

This week on the Law School Insider podcast we had the pleasure of having on Leona Lewis who is of counsel with Loop Legal and runs a site called Comply Ethic which focuses on compliance issues for small businesses. 

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Productive leaders solve problems, but servant leaders change communities

This week on the Law School Insider we are bringing back Victor Flores, Assistant City Attorney for the City of McAllen Texas. Victor is our first return guest. In his first show he shared his experiences in going to law school after leaving the military. This week we are talking about his experiences working for a municipality and exploring the importance of helping others.

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Keep An Open Mind, Be Structured and Believe In Yourself!

Christopher A. Lewis on Aug 4, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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This week on the Law School Insider we had the opportunity to have on Valerie Newman who is an Assistant Defender with the State of Michigan's Appellate Defenders Office and Criminal Defense Resource Center and today she is talking to us about her journey and how you have to keep an open mind, be structured and believe in yourself to find success in your career. 

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Work to Learn Not to Earn and be Intentional in Law School!

Christopher A. Lewis on Jul 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you John Mashni an Associate with Foster Swift and graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. John Mashni was very intentional about the decisions he made in law school, the activities he took part in and more and upon graduation he had numerous job offers on the table even before he had passed the bar exam (a nice place to be)!

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Starting Your Own Law Firm & Setting Yourself Apart From The Rest

This week in the Law School Insider podcast we have Melinda Budzynski of the Summerfield Law Firm a solo practice that she started on her own after completing her law degree from felt Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. In our interview today we are talking about what it takes to start your own law firm as well as some of the things that you can do to set yourself apart in law school that will prepare you well for your future career.

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At The End Of Your Career Hopefully You Can Look Back and Say "My God, I'm A Lawyer"

This week on the Law School Insider I am bringing you Judge Richard Suhrheinrich who is Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit serving in Lansing, Michigan

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Overcoming Large Challenges To Find Ultimate Legal Success

Christopher A. Lewis on Jul 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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This week on the Law School Insider Podcast we have the second interview with past professional bull rider turned successful lawyer, Shane Hilyard.

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From Professional Bull Rider To Attorney: A Story Of Persistence and Hard Work With Shane Hilyard

This week on the Law School Insider I am interviewing Shane Hilyard, a Western Michigan University Cooley Law School alumnus and attorney with the Gallagher Law Firm. This is the first of two interviews where I talk to him about his journey to finding success. In this interview we talk about his transition from professional bull rider to lawyer and you will learn of the stumbling blocks along the way that ultimately led him to finding his success as a lawyer.

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Giving Back and Immersing Yourself Will Lead You to Legal Success

This week in the Law School Insider I have the pleasure of bringing you Brian Blackham of Ghandi, Deeter & Blackham, a law firm in Nevada. Brian Blackham is a Nevada Certified Family Law Specialist with a broad range of experience in family law litigation, including contested divorce and custody matters, relocations of minor children, temporary protective orders, child support, alimony, and the division of marital assets and debts, and has achieved exemplary results for his clients in all of these areas.

Brian Blackham did not go right to law school, but instead went to law school after sitting out of his undergraduate school days for some time. He started to work as a courier in a law firm and began to build friendships and mentorships in this firm. Through these relationships he was inspired to go back to finish his undergraduate degree and then hos JD degree too.

When he got into law school he thought that he would do commercial real estate law as this was an area he was familiar with. However, during law school, he went through a divorce and in this situation he learned many things and he found that he really wanted to be help people with the really important issues in life which is something that family law deals with on a daily basis.

Brian Blackham mentioned that if you have an interest in working in family law you have to be able to wear the many hats that a family lawyer has to wear and deal with the emotional situations that come up in family law cases too. Also, in law school you will need to make sure to take certain courses such as family law, community property, The best way though is to get into a clinic or externiship that allows you to interact with clients to be able to hear and see everything that a family lawyer does. Not only will you be able to learn about the skills that you will need to master but also the laws and the rules that family law attorneys must follow too.

As mentioned earlier, Brian Blackham was an adult student going through law school, Looking back on law school now he said that you have to want it. You have to be willing to dive in and really get to know the cases and the reading and learn quickly how to apply this if you are to find success.

As you can tell, Brian Blackham had many stressors in law school. From school itself, to going through a divorce. Looking back on his experience he stressed that everyone should find a way to de-stress in law school. He stated that exercise was very important. Not only for the health benefits, but for the focus that it provides you too. He also mentioned the importance of eating right and getting enough sleep. Also, do your best to fall into the trap of relying on the substances to get you through law school as this is a very bad habit to fall into and it can lead you down a path that you cannot come bach from.

Now that Brian Blackham is in his professional career, he stated that finding mentors early on in your career is important. It is through mentors that you will learn invaluable insight into courts, judges and even other lawyers let alone skills that you need to find success for yourself.

Letting yourself clerk first for a firm that is doing what you want to do and even participating in pro bono legal work will open your eyes and your abilities to the legal world around you.

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