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Writing your firm bio

Posted in About Me, Job, Law Firm with tags , , , , on March 27, 2011 by Jessica

So this weekend I’ve been instructed to complete a task that requires finding that delicate balance between hubris and humility – writing my bio for the firm website. Thanks to the ladies at Corporette (scroll down to around comment 90 to see my question and the responses it received), I was able to get some advice.

Generally speaking, the theme of the advice offered was to check out what everyone else wrote.  Not including the bios of the higher-ups, most of the associate bios ranged from about 70 to 150 words. Some where very bare bones – where and when they went to school and when they were admitted to the bar. A few took a few more liberties discussing accolades, areas of concentration, or memberships.

Seeing the relative shortness of the firm bios written by other associates, I’ve found the greatest challenge to be keeping my bio brief. Rather than just stating an accomplishment or association, my instinct would be to describe it as well. But 70-150 words doesn’t give a whole lot of wiggle room for description. For the same reason, there’s also the issue of deciding which accolades and memberships to actually include. Thankfully the brevity of my bio should keep any over-the-top hubris to a minimum.

So this is what I submitted (redacted to protect the blogger’s and firm’s privacy):

Jessica C, Esq., is an associate at the Tampa office of [Law Firm]. Before joining the firm, Ms. Craven completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida in December 2006, graduating magna cum laude. Ms. Craven completed her Juris Doctor from [Law School] in May 2010 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in October 2010.

 While at [Law School], Ms. Craven received a Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy in addition to her JD. She was also active in the legal fraternity [Fraternity Name] and remains active as an Assistant District Justice.

Ms. Craven is a nearly life-long native Tampa Bay and currently resides in the area.

As a side note, Above the Law did a suprisingly informative and non-misogynistic piece on Law firm Bios back in October 2010 – What’s Wrong With Your Law Firm Bio?

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Introductions are in order…

Posted in About Me with tags , , , on February 11, 2011 by Jessica

It’s nice to meet you. My name’s Jessica. But since we’re friends, you can call me Jess.

So why am I here? I don’t mean in the existential sense – why am I here writing a fashion blog? Well I’m a lawyer and I like dressing like one. And I like fashion. Those are good reasons, right? In all seriousness, I do enjoy getting dressed in the morning. I look at it like a puzzle – putting all the pieces together in just the right way to create the image you desire. I’ve learned that conveying the image that I desire – authoritative, professional, and fashionable – is not that easy for a few different reasons.
(1) The law is a very conservative profession which expects rather conservative dress. Most lawyers spend their work days in business casual or business formal or somewhere in between. This leaves only so much room for creative fashioning. And if you’re going to be in the courtroom? For-get about it.
(2) I have some body and fit issues that make dressing its own challenge. I’m short, busty, and I carry some extra weight through the middle. It’s not easy to dress like a good professional lady when I have a hard time finding blouses and blazers that will contain my ample bosom or when stores carry a measly stock in my average-woman size 12. But challenges aren’t excuses for not trying your damnedest.
So I’m here to talk about dressing like a lawyer while trying to look fashionable yet appropriate for my career and dressing my far from cookie-cutter body. And maybe I’ll talk about the law every so often. Or whatever else I feel like.

But a little bit about me personally before we continue – I’m a lawyer. I graduated from law school in May 2010, passed the bar exam and was admitted to practice in October. Thanks to the craptastic economy, I only recently obtained a job. In fact I start Monday! And I’m super excited.
Let’s see, what else? Well, I live in Florida and have my entire life. I live with my dad – I know, far from cool or grown up. But this girl just finally got a job and I gotta save some money (in addition to paying off my ridiculous student loans)! I have a darling and awesome boyfriend named Alex. I have to say, he’s pretty swell. He goes to school part-time and works full-time. And I have some pretty great friends too.

So to wrap things up, just for fun –
Things I Love: Red or leopard print heels (but not at the same time – that would be tacky), Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns ice cream, lawerying, Being from the South (except for the heat and humidity, I can live without that), Old Crow Medicine Show, Agatha Christie novels, Law & Order, the University of Florida Gators, Mad Men, Long walks in the evening, and Crocheting (again with the lack of coolness)
Things I Don’t Love: Rush hour traffic, Stores that have yet to realize that the average American woman is a size 12 and not a size 2, paying for shipping, People who don’t dress up for court, Reality TV in general, Paying off student loans, Florida heat and humidity, the Florida State Seminoles, Indecisiveness, Hippies, and Early mornings (particularly when they lack coffee)

See ya’ll next time!