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Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of the Girl Scouts, will Keynote the 2016 8th Annual Ms. JD Conference

Ms. JD is proud to announce that Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer at Girl Scouts of the United States of America, will keynote the 2016 Ms. JD 8th Annual Conference, Superwomen JDs.   Ms. JD chose Anna Maria as the 2016 Ms. JD Keynote because she embodies this year's conference theme, Superwomen JDs. Anna Maria first found her superpowers like many young women, as a Girl Scout, and since then she has always been actively involved in social engagement. Anna Maria pursued a bachelor’s degree in American history from Yale University before aiming her sights on a juris doctorate at the…

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#SuperwomenJDs: Ms. JD Board Member Chibundu Nnake

As we prepare for Ms. JD's Eighth Annual Conference, we are asking each of our board members and volunteers to reflect on their superpowers and superheroines/superheroes.  Feel free to join us by posting your own responses to the questions below.  Better yet, join us for an out of this world conference on February 19, 2016 in NYC! 1) What is your superhero/superheroine avatar?                  I love to cook, rock dope sneakers, and being a Centaur.  As Stringer, I get to rep the Brown & Gold of Iota while rocking some Ms. JD purple. My…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Poor Treatment for Women Lawyers?

I started practicing law in the late 1970's.  Yes, that long ago.  My books are full of anecdotes about the poor treatment of women lawyers in those days by senior lawyers in law firms (almost all men) and judges, as well.  Clients didn't treat us so well either. I believe that we have come a long time since those days when some of the lawyers in my firm thought that I should use the professional name "S. Smith Blakely" because it could just as easily be associated with a male attorney.  FYI, I did not do that, but I knew…

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Validating Violence: High Profile, Mixed Progress

Violence against women is a pervasive part of American culture, and for many, of everyday life. In their many forms, acts of sexual and domestic violence are so ubiquitous they have become easy to ignore, and the problematic implications of their prevalence make it more convenient to condone than to address them. As a current 1L student taking on law school as the first step in pursuing a career focused on sexual and domestic violence, much of my present engagement with these issues is intellectual – abstract and from a distance. From time to time, however, outside the library on…

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Laura Bladow

No Layover: The Ins & Outs of International Careers in Law - An Interview with Kristen Geyer

In December, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Kristen Geyer, a Partner at Culhane Meadows PLLC. Kristen began her career in the securities practice group of a large Wall Street firm. When she decided to move from New York to D.C., she leveraged the computer skills from her journalism background to find work in the emerging practice area of computer law. With her background in securities, Kristen represented corporate clients and their interests in the new technologies of online trading and automated trading before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She further developed her international legal expertise when…

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A New Year, A New LSAT Cycle, and A New Chance to Dominate: Part Two

It's been a little while since I first discussed the kickoff of the 2016 LSAT cycle—the upcoming four exams typically taken for admission in the fall of 2017—and if you'll recall I noted that I'd be addressing these tests in two parts: general advice on why you should start preparing immediately, and a detailed look at each of the cycle's LSATs, June through February, in an attempt to steer you towards the most appropriate one. This post will provide that test-by-test breakdown and comparison. But before I launch into it let me take a moment to recap what I covered…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: Founding a Corporate Law Mentoring Circle

In my previous Ms. JD Writer In Residence post, I talked about how my supervisor at my first "pre-law" internship sent me to a series of New York State courts (e.g. criminal, housing, family), and instructed me to chat with a given list of legal professionals (i.e. judges, lawyers, clerks, administrators)—a priceless experience that not only helped me develop key career skills, but also taught me an incredible amount of "content" about the law and the legal profession. Drawing inspiration from that model of learning about the legal profession through "going out and talking to people," as well as from…

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Vivia Chen, Creator & Chief Blogger of The Careerist, will Keynote the 2016 Ms. JD Honors Reception

Ms. JD is excited to announce Vivia Chen, Creator and Chief Blogger of the Careerist as well as senior columnist for The American Lawyer, will keynote the 2016 Ms. JD Honors Reception following the Ms. JD 8th Annual Conference, Superwomen JDs. Vivia’s superpower is writing thought provoking pieces about the business and culture of the legal profession. She is known for being incisive, irreverent, and unapologetically provocative. Members of her Super Heroine Fan Club describe her as “honest,” “infuriating,” and “fabulously grumpy.”   Her powers have not gone unnoticed. The Careerist was inducted to the Blog Hall of Fame in…

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Tips for the Performance Test

The performance test is my favorite part of the bar exam. Why? Because you don’t need to know any law! Great, isn’t it? But I still frequently see students struggle with this part of the bar exam. In this post, I’ve put together a list of my top tips for students who are studying for the performance test. If you have a great study tip I haven’t mentioned, let me know in the comments! Familiarize yourself with the performance test. Read the instructions for the test and make sure you’re comfortable with them. It will help you save time in…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I am a second year attorney at a small overseas branch of a large international law firm. Essentially, I have one boss. Over the past several months, my boss has been giving me less and less billable work and more and more non-billable administrative work, such a marketing pitch work. My hours are meager. If this continues, I am concerned that my legal skills will lag behind those of my peers. Any thoughts? A: Yes. Your concern is warranted. Your boss is using you as a pricey administrative assistant. And as the saying goes, “No one will care about…

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Scratch A Lawyer Find A Novelist: Ms. J.D. Interviews Jonathan Watkins

In law school lawyers are told to write…write again, and write some more. Many lawyers have taken that advice to heart, and are now best selling novelists; Jonathan Watkins is no exception. This time Ms. J.D. is interviewing Mr. Watkins, about his book Motor City Shakedown, the first in a series of four mystery novels surrounding two hotshot criminal defense lawyers in Detroit. Jonathan Watkins is an attorney, himself, focusing on indigent defense in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University, and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He lives with his…

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That’ll Cost You a Joke: Lessons from Being a Young, Female Law Student

If this story were a hashtag, it would probably be #onlybecauseI’myoungandfemale. I am a law student, and last semester I was in a clinic, in which a fellow student and I worked on cases under the supervision of an attorney. For one of our cases, I needed to get some court documents that weren’t available online, so I called the clerk of the relevant court to see if the documents were on file. When I called, I mentioned the document that was my highest priority and the court did in fact have it. The clerk asked me how I would…

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#SuperWomenJDs: Ms. JD Honors Awardees

Each year, the Ms. JD Honors recognize exceptional members of our community in connection with our annual conference. This year, our Eighth Annual Conference, Superwomen JDs, will take place at NYU School of Law on Friday, February 19, with the Awards Reception taking place from from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on February 19. You can purchase tickets for the conference and the cocktail awards reception here.  We hope to see you there! The Ms. JD Awards Committee was absolutely overwhelmed by the caliber of this year’s nominees, so much so that we had a difficult time deciding which amazing women and…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending January 29, 2016

Senate confirms Wilhelmina Wright as U.S. judge in historic appointment. In a recent visit to Harvard Law School Attorney General Loretta Lynch called criminal-justice reform “a transformative issue of our generation." It’s difficult to wake up one morning and have that epiphany: You haven’t really found your passion—at all. Here at 8 tips that can assist you in discovering your passion. 5 Leadership Traits of Innovative Leaders. Lawyers are oftentimes interrupted while working. Kate Mangan discusses, "How To Avoid Billing for Interruptions." Ashley Fletcher is a 2L student at Seton Hall University School of Law. During the summer of 2015,…

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The Importance of Bar Exam Practice

The biggest question on every bar taker’s mind: how do I pass this exam? Whether they’re first-time examinees or repeat takers, the answer boils down to many of the same essentials. The central underpinnings of these is practice. In order to do well on the bar exam, you have to practice the tasks you’ll be doing on exam day! Now, I’m not talking about just “issue spotting” essays and outlining them but never really getting around to writing them out in full, under timed conditions. Doing lots of MBEs on your computer at your leisure also won’t prepare you as…

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