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Erin Giglia Meets Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

By Erin Giglia

Erin and SotoI had the pleasure and honor of meeting Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on October 18, 2014 at the University of San Diego School of Law.  Meeting a Supreme Court Justice can be an intimidating experience.  After all, her opinions interpret United States laws, which impact our every day lives.  She is one of the most brilliant legal minds in history, so who wouldn’t be nervous?  Justice Sotomayor, perhaps familiar with being intimidating solely because of her position, seems to have perfected putting everyone at ease.  She was instantly warm, approachable, and witty.

During the program, Justice Sotomayor shared her journey to the Supreme Court, including the intense insecurity that the Justices feel when they are appointed to the bench.  She described her feelings as “imposter syndrome,” which means that she (and the other Justices) initially felt like they did not belong on the Court or that the President and Congress had made a mistake.  It does not seem to have taken long for Justice Sotomayor to settle into her position, which she does with brilliant grace.

Justice Sotomayor discussed a few favorite stories, including one about an incident with a potential employer during her years as a student at Yale Law School.  This person asked, “Did you get into Yale Law because you’re Puerto Rican?”  She responded, “It might have helped. But it probably helped more that I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Princeton.”

The event was inspiring and personal.  I especially want to thank the University of San Diego School of Law and Dean Stephen Ferruolo for including me in this very special event.


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by Erin Giglia Does every law student think about standing before the United States Supreme Court?  They probably do – at least for a minute.  Most practicing litigators never make it to Washington, D.C., let alone in front of the Supreme Court Justices, but as lawyers, we probably all think it would be cool (and terrifying).Continue Reading

How Can Law Firms Keep Good Lawyers? A Survey

We Need YOUR Opinion! Attorney flight from law firms, especially for women, is well-known and documented. Some leave the law altogether, while others seek different law firms, legal careers, or alternative ways to practice law.  Many law firms are already doing a lot to retain talented attorneys like providing part-time programs and mentors.  Despite efforts,Continue Reading

Business Development From a Woman’s Perspective (October 7th MCLE)

The Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association, OCBA’s Mommy Esquire Committee and the Diversity Task Force are co-sponsoring an Elimination of Bias MCLE: “Business Development From A Woman’s Perspective.” The October 7th CLE will be held at noon at the Grand Catered Events in Santa Ana, and will provide you with 1 hour of Elimination of BiasContinue Reading

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Staying Productive While Working Remotely

By Erica Duran You may think that traveling to a peaceful and quiet location to focus on writing or other projects would be very productive.  Getting away to a new environment can spark your creativity, get you out of a procrastination rut and can give you the space to focus completely on a big project.Continue Reading

Do’s and Don’ts While You Await Your Bar Results

By Amy Parekh Finally, that three-day, arduous test on everything you learned and didn’t learn in three years of law school is over!  You walked out of that humongous room; the song of frantic fingers typing on keyboards is finally out of your head; and you are wondering what to do now?  Here are someContinue Reading

Shannon Forchheimer on Ms. JD – Be Your Own Advocate

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Montage Legal Honored with 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Award

Enterprising Women Magazine has chosen Montage Legal Group’s co-owners/founders, Erin Giglia and Laurie Rowen, as among the winners of the 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards.  They were chosen out of hundreds of nominees to receive this honor, and appear in the current issue of Enterprising Women Magazine. The annual Enterprising Women of the YearContinue Reading

OCAABA and Mommy Esquire Co-Host Family BBQ on July 19th

Come celebrate the start of summer! The Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) and Orange County Bar Association’s Mommy Esquire are pleased to host the 5th Annual Family BBQ.  There will be a taco bar, appetizers and drinks, as well as fun for adults and little ones, including face painting and a balloon artist. Continue Reading