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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...Read more

Working in International Law Offers Rewards and Challenges

  This week in the Law School Insider I have the pleasure of bringing you Ryan Barshop, an attorney practicing law in the Philippines, but his practice has allowed him to open firms in...Read more

We Need Good People More Than Smart Minds in the Legal Profession Today

This week in the Law School Insider I have the pleasure of bringing you Mr. John Berry, the Director of the Legal Division of the Florida Bar and he will be talking to us about characters and fitness...Read more

Using Your Law Degree In New and Innovative Ways

This week in the Law School Insider I have the pleause of bringing you Mr. Jason Barker, the Director of Wholesale Market Development at Exelon, a power company that owns more nucleur generating...Read more

Using Plain Language As a Lawyer Will Open More Doors and Give You More Success!

This week in the Law School Insider, I interviewed Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School , Joe Kimble. Joe Kimble shares why it is so important for...Read more

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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Working in International Law Offers Rewards and Challenges

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We Need Good People More Than Smart Minds in the Legal Profession Today

This week in the Law School Insider I have the pleasure of bringing you Mr. John Berry, the Director of the Legal Division of the Florida Bar and he will be talking to us about characters and fitness and some of the stumbling blocks that he has seen lawyers struggle with in his many years working with lawyers.

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Using Your Law Degree In New and Innovative Ways

This week in the Law School Insider I have the pleause of bringing you Mr. Jason Barker, the Director of Wholesale Market Development at Exelon, a power company that owns more nucleur generating sites than any other power company. Exelon owns three utilities:

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Using Plain Language As a Lawyer Will Open More Doors and Give You More Success!

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Balancing Work, Law School & Family Is Possible!


This week in the Law School Insider I interviewed current student at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Emergency Room doctor, Ryan McKennon. Ryan McKennon shares his experiences in attending law school and in balancing work, law school and family.

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Secrets to Conquering the LSAT


This week in the Law School Insider I had the pleasure of bringing back Ashley Heidemann of
JD Advising as she shared secrets to conquering the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) with all of you. Ashley Heidemann has been working with current and prospective law students for a number of years helping them find success in the law school journey.

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Being the General Counsel for Corporations Lets You Experience All Aspects of the Law!


This week in the Law School Insider we had the pleasure of interviewing alumnus of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Ryan McKnight who acts as general counsel for Avasure. As a company Avasure develops
, markets and deploys technology and educational tools that support the nursing profession in improving its practice environment. Ryan McKnight works in all aspects of legal oversight for the company, but this is not where he started his career, nor is it where he thought he would end up.

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The 3 Most Common Mistakes Students Make in Law School & How To Avoid Them!


This week in the Law School Insider we had the pleasure of interviewing Ashley Heideman of JD Advising as she shares the 3 most common mistakes students make in law school and how to avoid them. Ashley Heidemann has been working with current and prospective law students for a number of years helping them find success in the law school journey. 

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Truth is Stronger Than Fiction. Understanding how ethics can make or break your career.


This week in the Law School Insider we had the pleasure of interviewing Victoria Vuletich, who is a Professor at 
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Victoria Vuletich is an expert on ethics and professional responsibility and she joins us today to talk about ethics and addresses the question of what should you do if you have an ethical dilemma in your law school journey or in your career (and you probably will!).

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