Topping the Curve

Topping the Curve

Topping the Curve interviews attorneys about how they found success in their careers, and the journeys they took to get there. Each interviewee discusses their career path and shares valuable knowledge that listeners can apply to their own careers in, or out of the law.


December 14, 2022 54 mins

In this episode of Topping the Curve, I interview Monica Ingram, Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Cornell Law School

Dean Ingram talks everything law school admissions and the application process.

Episode highlights and topics include:

  • Early decision vs. regular decision
  • Taking the LSAT more than once
  • Weighing hard factors vs. soft factors
  • Why your personal statement is important  
  • Reaching out to ...
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On this episode of Topping the Curve, I interview Flo Nicolas, Technologist and Legal Tech Attorney 

Episode highlights and topics include:

  • Transitioning from a practicing attorney to a legal tech attorney
  • Nontraditional paths for attorneys
  • Networking within your desired legal industry
  • Artificial intelligence in the legal sphere

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In this episode of Topping the Curve, I interview Debbie Feinstein, Antitrust Partner, Global Chair,  Arnold & Porter LLP

In this episode, Debbie talks about her work as an antitrust attorney over 35 years of experience

Episode highlights and topics include:

  • Day to day life as an antitrust partner
  • What junior associates are likely to do on antitrust cases
  • Key characteristics of successful antitrust lawyers
  • The...
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October 6, 2022 29 mins

In this episode of Topping the Curve, I interview Andie Kramer, a Tax Attorney and Partner at an international law firm.

In this episode, Andie discusses what it means to be a tax attorney and her work over a variety of disciplines. 

Episode highlights and topics include:

  • What a tax attorney does
  • Cryptocurrency in tax transactions
  • Exchange and cryptocurrency scams
  • WLMA nonprofit focusing on inequality in the workp...
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In this episode of Topping the Curve, I interview Cindy Cohn, Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the oldest and biggest organization dedicated to digital rights.

In this episode, Cindy discusses  advancements in technology law that affect our privacy rights. Topics include:

  • Navigating top secret surveillance and litigation discovery 
  • Companies that collect data through the internet and send it to t...
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In this episode of Topping the Curve, I interview Natasha Zech, Director of Attorney Recruiting, Diversity & Development at Williams & Connolly LLP.

In this episode, Natasha discusses legal recruiting and legal coaching. Episode highlights  and topics include:

  • Big Law recruiting process & misconceptions
  • 6 step checklist to help you prepare for and choose the right job
  • Reneging on a law firm offer you have acce...
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In this episode of Topping the Curve, I interview Tonit Calaway, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary at BorgWarner Inc.

Throughout the episode, Tonit discusses her career and what led to her role as general counsel.

Episode highlights include:

1. Skills you need as a General Counsel
2. Being open to opportunities that come your way
3. Her day to da...

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In this episode of Topping the Curve, I interview Maleaha Brown, Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills at Southwestern Law School.

Throughout the episode, Maleaha discusses how law students can approach and improve their legal writing. 

Episode highlights include:

  1. Writing processes in law school
  3. How to edit your writing
  4. How to approach legal writing courses
  5. Objective memos vs. Persua...
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In the first episode of Season 2, I interview Maura DeMouy, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education and Executive Director of RISE at Georgetown University Law Center.

Throughout the episode, Maura discusses how law students can find success in law school and adapt to an ever-changing environment to have successful careers.

Episode highlights include:

  1. Navigating law school with no specific practice area inter...
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In the final episode of season 1  of Topping the Curve I Interview Shavon Smith, a small business attorney and owner and founder of SJS law firm. 

Throughout the episode Shavon discusses her work as a small business attorney, the journey she took to get there and how she services her clients. 

Topics include:

  • How to chose between transactional and corporate practices
  • What a small business attorney does
  • How she go...
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In this episode of Topping the Curve I interview Lynnette Espy-Williams, Equity Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at Cozen O'Connor. 

Lynne joins me today to discuss her practice as a commercial litigator. Throughout the episode we discuss:

  • Daily tasks and workload as a commercial litigator
  • Her work in the products liability and premises liability arena
  • How to find opportunities to enhance oral advocacy skills
  • What ...
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On this episode of Topping the Curve, I interview La-Toya Hackney, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Saint-Gobain North America. La-Toya has previously served as in-house counsel at various levels and joined me to share her expertise on what it means to work in-house for a large company.

Throughout the episode La-Toya discusses her experience as a General Counsel and what her day-to-day and broader ...

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In this episode of Topping the Curve I interview Akiesha Anderson, a legislative attorney and law school admissions consultant. 

Throughout this Episode Akiesha discusses crafting the perfect law school application, for you. Topics include:

  • How to approach writing personal & diversity statements
  • How soft and hard factors affect your application
  • What diversity means for law school applicants
  • How to tell a story through ...
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On this episode I interview Nicole Llorenz, the Manager of Recruiting - Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Latham & Watkins LLP

Throughout this episode Nicole discusses what Latham & Watkins looks for in student applications and their evaluation of candidates. 
Topics include:

  • Mistakes students should avoid when applying
  • What Latham looks for on their assessment
  • When students should submit applications
  • How...
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On this episode of Topping the Curve I interview Laranda Walker, a partner at litigation boutique firm Susman Godfrey.

Throughout this episode Laranda discusses her path to partnership at Susman Godfrey and her role at the litigation boutique firm. Topics include: 

  • Obstacles to partnership 
  • How to understand firm dynamics and the partnership process and path
  • How partner work differs from associates and other levels at the firm
  • Day t...
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On this episode of Topping the Curve I interview Professor Marissa Jackson Sow, an Assistant professor of law at St. Johns University School of Law. 

Throughout this episode Professor Marissa Jackson Sow discusses her position as a professor and the process to becoming a professor. Topics include: 

  • The importance of having publications prior to getting a professorship
  • How Visiting Assistant Professorships can help with tenure trac...
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 In this episode of Topping the Curve I interview Monica Ingram, the Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Cornell Law School.

Throughout this episode Ms. Ingram discusses how to create a strong law school application. Specifically, she discusses what Cornell looks for in law school applications and generally, what admissions committees look for throughout the admission process.

Topics include:

  • Law schools are looking ...
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On the first episode in the new year, I interview Justice Verda Colvin, one of the nine supreme court justices on the Georgia Supreme Court. Justice Colvin was previously a judge on the Superior Court and on the Georgia Court of Appeals. 

Throughout this episode Justice Colvin discusses how she became a Georgia Supreme Court Justice and what it means to be a Justice. Topics include:

  • The Georgia Supreme Court Justice election proc...
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In the final episode of 2021,  I interview Kisha Brown, the Founder and CEO of Justis Connection, a network that connects the public with black attorneys for free.

Throughout the episode Kisha discusses how her past as a legislative attorney, civil rights attorney, and her work in the private sector led her to starting Justis Connection and how she created a network to help black attorneys with their business development. Topics inc...

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On this episode of Topping the Curve I interview Ral Obioha, an Immigration and Personal Injury Attorney based in Houston, Texas. Ral is also an international human rights attorney. 

Throughout the episode Ral discusses how she started her own law firm and continues to build clientele. Topics include:

  • How to create a “solo” practitioner network
  • Solo practitioner challenges and roadblocks
  • How to balance the business side of running ...
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