“After law school, I shopped around a bit, searching for inspiration and the right fit for my budding legal career: a two-year clerkship; a mid-sized commercial-litigation firm; a boutique real-estate-transactional firm. I eventually settled in a large, established Nevada firm, practicing government affairs, zoning, and land use. I had found my calling, and I was secure – at least I thought so. In February of 2009, however, after three years with the large Nevada firm, I was laid off – a casualty of the downturn in the economy. In one short meeting, my entire life had changed; and at the time, I was sure the change was not for the better. I was upset and lost! I had no idea what I was going to do. Jobs were non-existent.”

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