Sybil Dunlop

Sybil Dunlop is a litigator at Greene Espel. Sybil clerked for Judge James M. Rosenbaum of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota before entering private practice. In her spare time Sybil enjoys walking her goldendoodle (the perfect dog for a fearsome litigator) around some of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes, reading British mystery novels, and dining out.

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Does Your Commute Have to Make You Miserable?

I recently transitioned from a 10 minute commute to a 35 minute commute. All of the research indicates that this switch should be making me desperately unhappy. So far, however, I am not miserable. Here’s why.

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The Time is Now: Start Preparing Clerkship Applications this Summer

If you just finished your 2L year, this summer is the time to start getting your clerkship applications together. While it’s true that it is difficult to land a federal clerkship, your actions now can give you a leg up come September.

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3 Mistakes New Attorneys Make During Presentations

I love public speaking. But, like writing, I firmly believe that public speaking can be improved throughout one’s career. As a newer attorney, here are the areas that I continue to work on.

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A New Lawyer’s Guide to Teaching a CLE (Part 2 of 2)

The nuts and bolts of putting together a CLE: first, pick a topic that won’t make established attorneys wonder “who does she think she is?”

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A New Lawyer’s Guide to Teaching a CLE (Part 1 of 2)

Teaching a CLE can be a lot of work, but new lawyers will reap benefits when they do, including public speaking experience and networking exposure.

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Have a Successful Summer — Even When You Aren’t Working

The summer associate gig requires more than writing a great memo--aim to meet real live attorneys and make them your mentors and friends.

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The Secrets of Mingling at Legal Events

The legal profession holds infinite legal and networking events. If you can have fun at legal events, you'll leave feeling energized, not drained

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5 Ways New Attorneys Can Add Value

As a new attorney, you aren't always ready to offer mind blowing legal strategies, but you can still add value.

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Undertaking a Task for the First Time

There are lots of opportunities for a junior attorney to undertake a task for the first time. How to make it look like you know what you're doing?

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I'm 30 weeks pregnant, and the pregnancy has affected work in expected and unexpected ways.

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Enjoying Litigation’s Ebb and Flow

Sometimes litigation is fast-paced and other times, after a case settles, it affords time for rest and rejuvination. Embrace the ebb and flow.

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Book Review: Thrive (a New Lawyer’s Guide to Law Firm Practice)

Thrive (a New Lawyer's Guide to Law Firm Practice) is the perfect graduation gift for new lawyers starting big firm practice.

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Treating the Senior Partner Like a Client

Treat the partner like the client. The approach means that I am producing top-quality work, offering solutions, and thinking about next steps.

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Feeling Gun Shy After a Mistake

Don't let your last mistake become an obsession that will prevent you from moving on. Analyze your mistake, don't dwell, and move on.

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Abolish Local Rules?

The local rules can be traps for the unwary. Does this mean its time for them to go?