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JD Advising was proud to attend and sponsor the Women’s Bar Association annual dinner

JD Advising was proud to attend the Women’s Bar Association’s Annual Dinner! JD Advising WLAM

JD Advising’s Ashley Heidemann, Meagan Jabbori and Klaudia Psari were happy to attend — and sponsor — the Women’s Bar Association – Oakland Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan’s annual dinner on Thursday, May 11th at 5:30 p.m. at the Birmingham Athletic Club.

The annual dinner honored award winners, the Hon. Elizabeth Pezzetti (ret.), Oakland County Probate Court (winner of the Joan Young Judicial Excellence Award),  Barbara McQuade, University of Michigan Law School, formerly U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan (winner of the Evelyn Forrest Distinguished Advocate Award) and Michelle Shember, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (winner of the Sarah Killgore Wertman Scholarship).

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Ashley Heidemann from JD Advising LLC participates in University of Detroit Mercy Law School’s Professionalism in Action

Ashley Heidemann from JD Advising LLC  (pictured first on the left in the second row, above) participates in the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Professionalism in Action program.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosts
Professionalism in Action Event

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Our 7 Best Workflow Tips

7 best workflow tipsOur 7 Best Workflow tips: Nothing is more annoying than spending a day unmotivated, dragging your feet. Or realizing you have spent the past two hours on Facebook instead of getting anything done. Or, seeing half of your to-do list left for tomorrow. Here are our five best workflow tips to combat unproductivity and inefficiency.  Whether you are a law student, a lawyer, or something else entirely, we hope our seven best workflow tips can help you! Continue reading

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JD Advising Attorneys Grateful to Attend FLAC Annual Fundraiser and Help with Silent Auction

JD Advising giftArticle by Tish Browning — The Free Legal Aid Clinic (“FLAC”) held its 51st Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, April 16, and it was a tremendous success.  FLAC is a student run, non-profit organization that provides free legal services to survivors of domestic violence and the elderly community in the metro-Detroit area, and JD Advising was grateful to be a part of the festivities!

Attorneys from JD Advising helped FLAC students organize their silent auction, and JD Advising was happy to donate two baskets to the auction and a gift certificate for a free, two-hour tutoring session!  We enjoyed creating the baskets, which were a “Coffee Lovers Basket” that included a French press, gourmet coffee, and a number of other treats; and an “Italian Dinner Basket,” which contained everything the winner needed to create a delicious Italian meal, including a variety pastas, sauces, a colander, and even an apron. Continue reading

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Kids for Cash — A Movie to Watch This Weekend

law school I know that I am probably late to the game in watching this documentary, Kids for Cash, which was released in 2014. However, it is currently available to watch on Netflix and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a remote interest in the law, the legal system, or the juvenile system.

Law students and lawyers will find it  very interesting — especially in light of the right to counsel issues and ethical issues that are raised by the conduct of the judges involved in the scandal. Continue reading

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A Tour of Our Office!

We have had this office in Birmingham, Michigan for a while and figured it was time to give our readers a virtual tour (…and partly because we got a new lens for our camera and thought we would put it to use!)

Our office suite is located at 999 Haynes, Suite 260, Birmingham, MI 48009. Parking is free and easy (there is a parking lot as well as street parking available).  We have two office rooms, a conference room, and a classroom.

Here is the entrance to our office:

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Challenges of Being a Female Entrepreneur

challenges of being a female entrepreneurI normally don’t write about gender-related issues. I have honestly not given that much thought to such issues in the past. However, I’ve recently read some articles that talked about the challenges of being a female entrepreneur which enticed me to think more about the topic.

Even considering what challenges come with being a female entrepreneur is difficult. It is hard to draw a circle around specific experiences and say I’ve had certain ones because I was a female. It’s even harder to know what perspectives and biases of my own that I bring to the table.

Many of the articles seemed to point to the following challenges (many called them disadvantages) of being a female entrepreneur: Continue reading

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Somm: A Movie I Recommend to Bar Exam Takers!

IMG_3569I love wine and I love difficult exams. So I loved the movie Somm. It is a documentary about four Master Sommelier candidates who try to pass the Master Sommelier exam.

The Master Sommelier exam is an extremely difficult exam − similar to the bar exam except with an even lower passage rate. Anyone who has taken the bar exam will appreciate the enormous pressure that Master Sommelier (MS) candidates are under. Continue reading

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New Testimonials for Ashley Heidemann

Ashley HeidemannWe have some new testimonials regarding bar exam tutoring services by Ashley Heidemann! These are testimonials written by students who passed the February 2015 Michigan Bar Exam. If you are considering utilizing us for any services, please read the following testimonials from our students and our clients.

Below, we have testimonials for Ashley Heidemann’s private tutoring for the Michigan bar exam, as well as testimonials for Ashley Heidemann’s Michigan Bar Exam Seminar.

If you are interested in utilizing Ms. Heidemann or one  of her associates for tutoring, please contact us at 248-228-5547 or excellenceinlawschool@gmail.com. To read all testimonials for Ashley Heidemann and JD Advising, LLC., please click hereContinue reading

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The Benefits of Study Breaks

With Spring Break around the corner for many law students (and as I am about to depart on a two week trip to California) I am thinking more about the benefits of study breaks.  Continue reading

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We are announcing our official JD Advising newsletter! The JD Advising newsletter will contain all of the following:

  • law school tips and tricks
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AEH-400x267Ms. Ashley Heidemann graduated as the number 1 law student out of over 200 students in her class of 2011 at Wayne State University. She is the founder of JD Advising, LLC, a company that offers superior one-on-one law school tutoring and bar exam tutoring as well as small-group bar exam courses and seminars across the nation.

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Five Lessons I’ve Learned my First Year as an Entrepreneur (Part 1 of 2)

entrepreneurDeciding to quit my day job as a lawyer was a strange decision for me. It was like it dawned on me one day, “Wait, I can actually quit?” It seemed unreal that quitting was an option. I had gotten so used to my  work routine at that point.

Once I realized I could actually quit, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. Getting called about deposition dates while I was on vacation, constantly going back and forth with opposing counsels about a few thousand dollars, putting on a show in court, managing my own docket….It had gotten stale and stressful after three years and I wanted to do something more meaningful and challenging. At that point, I had been tutoring law students and bar exam students on the side but aimed to make it my full time career. Continue reading

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Discovering Your Law School (or Post-Law School) Quest

questI just finished the newly-released book, The Happiness of Pursuit, by Chris Guillebeau. It’s a fantastic book about how having a quest brings meaning to your life. It led me to think about the various quests I’ve had (and still have) in my own life. It also led me to think about how law students and lawyers can benefit from having a quest. But first, what exactly is a quest?

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Inspirational Rilke Quotes to get you through Life Transitions

law school quotesThere was recently a blog post in an online Entrepreneur magazine where someone took Rainer Maria Rilke quotes from the book “Letters to a Young Poet” and used them as advice to entrepreneurs starting their own business. I love the idea, and I love Rilke so I picked out four quotes of my own that I thought could be useful to law students that are beginning their journey. But really, they are all magnificent quotes and they can be useful to anyone going through any life transitions.

The quotes stand alone and really do not need any further explanation, so I am simply leaving them as they are and am not going to elaborate on them or explain them. Instead I will only say this about them: I would have loved to read these when going through the uncertain “transition” period of law school. But I think I would have liked them also when studying for the bar (the transition of finally becoming licensed), looking for and beginning a new job (another transition), quitting my job to start my business (another transition…).

Life seems to be a series of transitions without a defined end point. And every transition brings an opportunity to grow. It also brings doubt and vulnerability. These quotes are about embracing doubt rather than hiding it. Running into new experiences as fast as you can rather than running away. Living the questions rather than demanding all the answers.

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Public Speaking Tips for Law Students and Lawyers

PHOTO 001Law students and lawyers are frequently expected to speak in public. It is a skill that law students are forced to develop early on in law school – whether they want to or not.

Law students are “called on” in class and are required to answer questions about the cases they are assigned to read. They are usually expected to present arguments or motions during their 1L year to professors or judges. Many law students also participate in moot court where they have to argue publicly even more. Thus, throughout law school, law students will be expected to speak in front of their classmates, their professors, and – many times – even real judges.

Many lawyers continue to hone the skill of public speaking throughout their careers.   Litigators frequently have motions to argue and depositions to take. Some give presentations about hot topics in their field of law. Others become law professors, judges, or politicians – all who frequently interact with and speak to the public.  Continue reading

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