Full Time Practice

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Joint WIL/WIB Webinar - June 22, 2017

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM MST
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/timemgtwebinar

Topic: T-I-M-E: You’ve Got It!

Angel Zimmerman will present Time Management Tips for all with special glimpses into running a small law firm and being your own boss.

Angel Zimmerman is the Managing Partner of Zimmerman & Zimmerman, P.A. and practices law with her husband and staff. She is currently the Women in Law Section Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. She is also active on many other boards and commissions, including VP of strategic partnering with the National Conference of Women Bar Associations, and chair of the Chamber of Commerce, GoTopeka women’s initiative.

Angel is author of the time management chapter in the book Her Story: Lessons in Success from Lawyers Who Live It, published by the American Bar Association. This book was described as a powerful and uplifting compilation of personal essays about achieving success while juggling ca-reer advancement and the curveballs of life, and doing so with strength and grace.
Angel is a 2006 graduate of the Washburn School of Law in Topeka. She is the super proud moth-er of four kids (ages 17, 18, 20, 22) who are each other’s best friends and now seek opportuni-ties to travel together and be together

Friday, April 28, 2017


Wonderful DC Roundtable discussion. Thank you Melissa Richardson and the DC Chapter for hosting this event.


Discussing barriers and challenges for women
International Chair, Ginny Isaacson with small
group discussing individual successes

Discussing successes of diversity

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Women in Business/ Women in Law Webinar - tomorrow

Event Picture

Date: April 20, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Place: http://tinyurl.com/businessrelationshipswebinar

Event Cost: $0.00 

Deadline: April 20, 2017

Contact: Rixa Oman

Contact Phone: 8014226824

Contact Email: rixa@byu.edu

Monday, April 10, 2017

5th Annual WIL Regional conference - April 22 - DC

Women in the Law
SaturdayApril 22nd
10 am - 4 pm 
Jenner & Block, Washington, DC

Register at bit.ly/JRCLSWIL

For law school students and lawyers who are interested in sharpening their skills. Also for experienced professional women who will act as mentors and coaches and provide feedback throughout the day. Although this is a "women in the law" conference, everyone is welcome.

Skills Building Sessions
Communicating with Impact
Demonstrating Your Value
Building Strategic Relationships

Admission is Complimentary. No CLE.

For questions, please contact Melissa Richmond at 818.903.9150 or melissa@runningstartonline.org


10 - 10:15 am     Breakfast & Welcome
Angel Zimmerman & Melissa Richmond
Catering from Modern Market

10:15 - 11 am     Demonstrating Your Value

11 - 11:45 am     Self Promotion Practice in Small Groups

11:45 am - 12:15 pm    Networking Lunch 
Catering from Modern Market

12:15 - 1 pm     Communicating with Impact

1 - 1:45 pm     Elevator Speech Practice in Small Groups

1:45 - 2:30 pm     How to Build Strategic Relationships

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2nd Annual - UK & Ireland Conference August 11, 2017

Please save the date for our second annual conference which will be held on Friday 11th August 2017 at Downing College at the University of Cambridge.

Downing is the pre-eminent College for the study of law at Cambridge and we are delighted to be hosting our second annual conference at this venue.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be our keynote speaker and be joined by Elder Lance B. Wickman, General Counsel for the Church amongst other notable speakers and panelists.
Further information, including how to register for the conference, will follow.
To register interest please email the conference organising committee at jrclsukconference@gmail.com and we will add your details to our priority attendee list. Spaces are limited this year.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Volunteers needed - History Subcommittee

JRCLS celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2018.  Volunteers are needed to help gather and organize history for the website.  Volunteers would be writing short histories of the committees and the chapters.

All work can be done from home or office - at night or during nap time or whenever small bits of time would allow.  No meetings are required and all communication can be by phone and email.  We are looking for practicing and non-practicing attorneys.

Those interested please contact: Nancy Van Slooten at nancyvanslooten@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Meet Jennifer Daniel Kahl

Jennifer Daniel Kahl is from Newport News, Virginia and is practicing elder law.  This includes estate planning, long term care planning, Medicaid, Veterans Benefit Aid & Attendance, guardianships and conservatorships for incapacitated adults, estate and trust administration, and probate.

She got her associate degree from Utah State University - Uintah Basin and transferred to Brigham Young University to get he Bachelors in Political Science. Her law degree is from William & Mary Law School. She is a 2015 grad and has worked at The Heritage Law Group since that time. It is a small firm with 5 attorneys.

When asked, “What do you enjoy most about what you do?” She responded, “I get so much satisfaction from my job! I call elder law "nice law" because it is usually non-adversarial. Most days, everyone leaves my office feeling happy. I do not litigate, so there are never any "losers." I feel that I make a positive difference for my clients.”  She added, “I also love my firm. It is a small firm that places emphasis on allowing employees to enjoy a good quality of life. Many of the attorneys and staff members are parents of young children, and everyone is extremely accommodating to their family needs. I leave the office at 4:00 most days. I think this is fairly unusual and I feel very lucky to be in such family-centered environment.” 

We often like to ask, “Has your path in law differed from your original expectations?”  And Jennifer’s response is one so many appreciate.  She said, “Yes! I went to BYU expecting that I would meet a husband, finish my Bachelors degree, and then have children and be a stay-at-home mom. After all, this is what all my friends did. However, I did not get married while at BYU. After I finished my degree, I served an LDS mission. When I came back, I moved to Virginia for law school.”

 “By that point, I assumed that marriage and family were a long way off for me. Though I wanted to get married, I did not think that it was going happen anytime soon. I figured that if it hadn't happened during my many years in Utah, it wasn't about to happen anywhere else. This reasoning was one of the motivations that pushed me to law school. If I wasn't going to be a wife and mother, I wanted to find something else meaningful to do with my life. So, I put my family plans on the back-burner and began to focus on a law degree. After all, I could only do these things one at a time, right? The last thing I wanted to do was juggle a law career and a family at the same time.”

 “But life never goes as planned, does it? I went to church the first Sunday after moving to Virginia and ran straight into my future husband. We got married in the middle of my second year of law school. We had a baby a year after I graduated. My baby is now 7 months old and I still work full-time. This is certainly not how I planned things to happen!  No, this is not what I planned -- it is even better! My life is very busy, but I love it and I am amazed at how God gives me the capacity to handle it all. I wouldn't change it for anything.” 

Which obviously leads to the question, “How do you juggle your personal and professional life?”  Jennifer has found her way to juggle things “with a great babysitter and a very understanding boss! I couldn't do it without them! When I was looking for a job during my last year of law school, I knew that my husband and I were planning to have children soon. Because of this, I specifically sought out firms that I suspected would be family-friendly. I sacrificed a higher salary to go to a small firm that would support my family goals. I don't regret that decision for a minute!”

Jennifer’s advice to other women either interested or already working in the law is this:

1. Take out as little student debt as possible. Nothing will limit your options like having a big monthly payment hanging over your head. If you want to keep the option of staying home with your kids, you need to minimize your debt.

2. Be willing to sacrifice a fatter paycheck for a family-friendly workplace. There are family-friendly options out there, but you really have to hunt them out. Don't be discouraged if the pay is less than what your classmates are getting. If you want to have a family, it is worth it.

3. Don't get down on yourself if you are the only mom in the ward not attending the group play dates. You are on a different path than they are, and that is okay. You don't need to feel guilty about it (or look down on others for it).

Thank you Jennifer for letting us spotlight you and we look forward to networking with you in the future on-line and in person.   We wish you the best on your dreams of enlarging your family, cutting back to part-time and then increasing work load as best suited for your family.  Congrats on finding both the place and area of law best suited to you and sharing these options with others that may have similar questions.