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This month we celebrate LGBTQ Pride and Inclusion

In high school, I wrote an essay using“s/he” throughout, for “he or she.” I liked the idea of a universal “s/he,” but my teacher corrected my work, educating me about the universal “he.” Why “he” would win over “s/he” as universal, I did not know. But that’s how it was.  In my next essay I…

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Happy Pride Month

I recall a few years ago, I was having a conversation about gay pride with a young person. “Why are people ‘proud’ of their sexual orientation?” they asked. “I mean, straight people aren’t proud to be straight, right? Why are people proud to be gay?” The person was genuinely curious, so I shared my perspective:…

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It doesn’t matter where you start. Just as long as you do.

I haven’t gone to the gym since February 2020. Instead, I have been doing push ups at home daily. Last year I was only able to do 10 in a row. Now I can do 70. It was a process. Even now, the first one is always the hardest. It starts by getting started.

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Reconnecting with old friends and with ourselves

Yesterday, I went out to lunch with my family. It was the first time in over a year that we went to a restaurant. I dressed the way I normally do when I go out. My 17 year old daughter commented, “Mom, you look the way you do when I imagine you.” It occurred to…

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Congratulations Najmah!

We are thrilled that our colleague Najmah James, an experienced workplace investigator, EEO facilitator, professional coach and 3rd year law student at the University of Maryland School of Law, continues her important work with us and for our clients by being promoted to summer associate. Congratulations Najmah! Najmah James eptlegal.com

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The Strength of Walking with Allies

One of my colleagues told me a story about a time in the late 1970’s or early ‘80’s when he was a young man, out late at night (or early in the morning) walking the streets of NYC. The streets of NY were known to be more dangerous back then, and it was pretty deserted….

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The Value of Contribution

I was never a good cook. My chicken—flavorless. My steak—chewy. My fish—rubbery. If there is magic in cooking, I don’t wield it. But I play a really important part in the savory delicacies that come out of our kitchen at home. My husband’s chicken cutlet dish is amazing, because I slice the chicken so thin….

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The Importance of a Good Team

When I was a partner at Big Law, I had to give a presentation with two of my partners on employment law developments. It was an early morning presentation and I had to get up at the crack of dawn to get to the venue (remember those days?). Once we started presenting, however, I realized…

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The Tried and True

My son recently introduced me to a new online game that can be played with family and friends in different locations. In this game, called Jackbox, a computer provides questions to which every player must submit an answer. Afterwards, the player whose answer is voted the funniest receives the most points. There’s also an option…

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What Will the New World Look Like?

Like any professional woman, I have lots of high-heeled shoes in my closet (and under my desk at work, under my bed at home, in my garage, and in my trunk). And I haven’t worn a single pair in over a year. Throughout the pandemic, on the occasions when I did wear shoes, I alternated…