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Easy Spice Rubbed Tilapia

If you’re like me, you’re probably pretty busy during the day, whether it be running around from meeting to meeting, prepping a client for their deposition, or just plain old busy writing briefs. And when you get home at night, you definitely don’t want to spend any time cooking so you break open a frozen dinner and work out your microwave for 5 minutes. I used to also be a fan of takeout menus – Chinese, Japanese, Italian – anything! I still am, I just try to limit myself to takeout when I’m actually craving that type of food as…

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Cameron Rhudy

The Artful Lawyer: It Pays to be Patient

Sometimes certain events or experiences in my life turn out to be buzzing oh so subtly with an underlying theme. These themes generally serve as reminders for a particular life or professional lesson. Does this ever happen to you? For me, lately that theme has been patience. Patience is probably most commonly thought of in the context of relationships, with our friends, family, coworkers, and even clients. For example, I try to be patient with my husband when we are running late for an event and he stops to turn on the television one last time to check the score…

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Finishing Your Internship Strong, even if you hate it.

A lot of advice exists on how to start off strong (which is very useful), but not enough advice exists on how to cross the finish line as a model student intern.  If your summer position was less than a stellar experience it's still important that you finish on a high note.   I’ve had students that don’t “get” the mission regarding poverty law.  They didn't realize not all lawyers are in court every day of the week; or they realize that it’s not as prestigious as they would like; or they realize that this just isn’t the area of law…

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valerie lherrou

No Longer Extraordinary: the holistic job search

I have been reading some articles recently that take opposite views on this question: whether, between the improvement in the legal jobs market, and the fall off in law school enrollment, there will soon be a shortage of new lawyers. Proponents of this view project the ratio of new law grads to law jobs reaching some kind of equity as early as 2016. If this is in fact the case, this is excellent news for those matriculating this fall, who will graduate in 2017. Weighing in the side of this rosy view are Slate and National Jurist. On the other side of this debate…

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Walk a Mile in My Heels:  The Guys Get Congratulated on New Business but I Get Questioned…

I have noticed a trend in my law firm.  The guy partners get new business, and a name partner emails the entire office to say congratulations.  I am a female, and I don't get any kudos at all when I open new files.  In fact, recently, I got a new client from a new source, and the same name partner said he thought maybe the client sent the case to me by mistake. BY MISTAKE!!!  How do we deal with this??

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Have JD, Will Travel: Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

Setbacks. Roadblocks. Hiccups. Bumps in the road. Whatever name you have for them, everyone experiences a time in her life when the smoothly paved route to her dreams becomes a rocky, hard to travel pathway. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that you can’t always plan out everything in life, and sometimes you have to make due with moving forward into the unknown. Living abroad has helped me to be okay with uncertainty and to take each day as they come. Even as I’ve gotten my desire to map out every possible move before I take a step under control,…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending July 18, 2014

On July 2, 2014, we celebrated the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  To commemorate that historic legislative achievement, The New Yorker is taking a look back at how women got involved in the legislative process. Here's a must-read for anyone concerned about retaining diverse candidates in the legal profession.  The Glass Hammer discusses the concept of "stereotype threat," including how it affects diverse employees and, most importantly, what leaders can do about it. There's been extensive coverage about the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.  But while most coverage focuses on the impact of the Court's ruling on…

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Today, I Turn 30: Top Ten Memories

Happy 30th Birthday to ME! Because I have no time to celebrate, between work and studying for another bar examination, I decided to reflect on the time that has passed and list my Top Ten Favorite Memories from the past decade. 10. DaRez and Coogee, Australia. Ten years ago tomorrow, I embarked on an exhilarating study abroad experience in Australia. I met some of the most sincere, risk-taking, and intelligent people while there. The six-month adventure influenced my perspective and led my family to suspect that I will eventually move there one day. I have gone back twice more since then. 9.…

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Ashley Mitchell

This Bridge, This Back, This Baggage: Pleading Humanity Part III

For the last two posts, I have been engaging in a conversation about the importance of considering the humanity of individuals in the pursuit of legal objectives, whether those pursuits are in the academic or professional environment. The first post discussed why I took up this issue; it is spiritually disturbing to live in this modern era and to still have to witness an individual plead their right to be treated like a human being – to be left alone when they are not harming anyone or anything, or argue that their life and existence has value.  The second post attempted to explain…

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Laura Bladow

Pre-Law Book Review: The No B.S. Guides

Congratulations to the Pre-Law Guru, Peg Cheng, who launched her No B.S. Guides as ebooks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble this week! I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get my hands on copies of all three guides as a member of her No B.S. Book Launch Team (please note all opinions are my own). If you're applying to law school this fall follow along as Peg shares her expert advice on the Ms. JD Blog, and read on for my reviews of the deeper dive she provides through her guides! As always, when you shop with Amazon consider starting…

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Annie Little

The JD’s Life Coach: Don’t Let the Comparison Game Derail Your Success

Ever notice how craptastic you feel after engaging in a round of the comparison game? Pining after a friend’s beautiful new home. Coveting a colleague’s flashy new car. Envying that acquaintance whose firm pays double what yours does. You know, wondering why everyone else has a better life than you do. Sometimes taking note of others’ successes can be inspiring and motivating. But all too often it can leave you feeling lost, inadequate and completely depressed. Why the Comparison Game is a Losing Proposition Scarcity Mindset When you look at what others have, you’re really scrutinizing what you don’t have.…

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Not Your Average Hearsay: Scared of Being Left Out by Your Coworkers During Lunch?

If you are just starting a new job or have already worked in your summer associate position for about 2- 3 weeks, you may be finding it difficult to eat healthy, especially when everybody else is eating at fast food places to save time or money or both. It is so tempting, trust me, to tag along and just eat what everybody else is eating. I’m not going to lie, eating healthy can definitely be a lonely activity. You don’t want to be the odd person out eating by yourself at the office with your pack lunch, but you also…

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Personal Branding Corner: Stress, Productivity & the Billable Hour. What’s the Solution?

A common conversation I have with attorneys revolves around the almighty billable hour.  Depending on how long they have been in practice and where they are in their career, they are either wondering how to monitor the hours (i.e., hire/fire others who don't meet them) or trying to figure out how to meet their own hours. One thing applies to all of them across the board when it comes to billable hours- they are all stressed out. Many are to the point of obsession about their billable requirements.  This obsession leads to all sorts of nasty things- like paralysis, I…

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Writing Your Law School Personal Statement (Part 4): Revise, Revise, Revise!

All good writers know, "Writing is rewriting." Sometimes you read your personal statement draft and you realize, this is not the story I want to tell. It sucks but it happens a lot. You're definitely not alone. Sometimes you can rewrite what you have but other times you need to scrap the whole thing and go back to the drawing board. Are you telling one story or two or three? I've read many drafts where the author tried to shove too many stories into one essay. It was a mish-mash and there was no cohesion to the essay. Remember what…

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Congratulations to the Winners of Ms. JD’s 2014 Public Interest Scholarships!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the winners of Ms. JD's 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships: Evelina Chang, Sally Profeta, Paige Armstrong Gutierrez, Samantha Hall, and Katie Cooper Davis!   We would like to extend a big thank you to all who participated in this year’s Public Interest Scholarship Competition. We were both inspired and impressed by your insightful blog posts, and of course, your unwavering commitment to public service. This year’s applicants were asked to post their answers to the following prompt directly to the Ms. JD blog:  “What's the best advice you never got when it comes to…

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