A Blog Beyond Law

Competition is for Amateurs

By Janice Brown,

My parents watch TV a lot. My mother is addicted to MSNBC. She believes that she is personal friends with Mornin’ Joe, Rachel (Maddow), Lawrence (McDonald – he dates black women – bonus), Chris Mathews and Al Sharpton (a new-found love). So, when I call them, they both bombard me w...


Forgiveness is Forgetting

By Janice Brown,

Practicing law can be tough. Causes us to question our intellect, our self-esteem, our choices, our bosses’ sanity. At least for me, it did.  Then we leave that toxic environment and bring all of that baggage to the next job, to our homes and to our friends.  Even though we have not suffered...


The Leader of the Free World

By Janice Brown,

In attempting to do all of what I want to do, I must call on higher levels of energy, which at times escape me. I just want to go to bed, early. Take naps, lay in bed late. Sleep, sleep, sleep.  But when I exercise consistently, at least four times a week, something changes. I […]


Hear Me Roar

By Janice Brown,

Bonnie Reading was my mentor. She died in 1995. She was the first professional person in my life to see me for what I could be, what I really was if I let go of my fear. Bonnie was a force, a magnetic force. She was the heart of the law firm that I worked […]


Are We Gladiators, or are we Bitches?

By Janice Brown,

In tribute to my friend, who knows who he is. One of my favorite shows is Scandal, starring Kerry Washington. It has everything that I love in a TV drama: great writing, great actors, implausible schemes, sex, sexy people, high wire acts, spies, heroes, and fallible human beings. The season 3 premie...