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Priyanka Verma

NWLSO Newsletter Editor Position Now Open!

Ms. JD is seeking an editor for their monthly National Women Law Student's Organization (NWLSO) newsletter, which compiles law student-related blog posts on the Ms. JD website, other pertinent articles and blog posts, job, scholarship and internship postings, and events of interest to law students.  The editor serves a vital role by drafting the newsletter that connects and informs our national network. If the editor is interested, there is also an opportunity to write a monthly blog post or introductory note, which could be included in the newsletter.  Time commitment is no more than 5 hours a month, likely less. Ideal for a law student who enjoys writing, editing,…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Lisa Horowitz

Lisa Horowitz 2017 Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Lisa's profile. 1. What is Talent Management ("TM")? Talent Management involves a cross-section of activities typically broken down into two major categories: talent acquisition and talent development (e.g., training, career planning, mentoring, assignments and performance management). It includes activities aimed as enhancing diversity and inclusion. I have focused my post-law practice career on talent development and advancing diversity and inclusion. 2. How and why did you transition from practicing law to Talent Development?   I transitioned to a career in Talent Development after an…

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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation:  What if Alienation is Not a Universal Feeling?

It was neither preaching nor praying that made a better person of me, but one or two people who believed in me better than I deserved, and I hated to disappoint them.  I recently went to a holiday party where two white male law firm partners were asking each other why we see so many female associates leave big law starting around their fifth year and what firms can do to keep them.  They were concerned that women leave for reasons beyond the firms’ control, such as appealing in-house positions or to devote more time to parenthood.  I told them…

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EmilyKath

Wyoming Girl in the Windy City: How to Get Your Outdoor Fix in Chicago

I moved to the big city of Chicago from a town of 5,000 people in the wide-open state of Wyoming, and within my first semester as a 1L at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, I found myself getting used to a skyline traced with skyscrapers rather than the jagged framework of the Rocky Mountains. However, after adjusting to city life, I realized I needed to find a few alternatives to keep my “outdoorsy soul” happy. Whether you are in town for a short time looking for a path to jog (even though it might be a bit brisk) or want…

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susiejean5

Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life: Fitting it In

Yesterday I hit the four week mark of a 15-week semester. This is usually the time when my good intentions for the semester fail. My planner begins to collect dust on my now-cluttered desk, in the home office I never enter, and books are scattered across my kitchen table, which has ceased use for its intended purpose. Attempts to prepare meals for the day result in me grabbing an orange from the basket and hoping my husband will remember to go to the grocery store on his way home. Instead of retyping my notes or adding to an outline at…

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bg3orge

Mamattorney: He won’t remember, but I will…

People often try to encourage me by saying it is good that I’m going to law school while my son is young because he won’t remember. My problem with that is that I will remember: I will remember frequently hearing about the first time my son said or did something new. I will remember feeling that I selfishly spent too much time away to pursue a career.  will remember the pain of missing my son after a twelve-hour day. I will remember projecting my stress on my family. The other night I got home just in time to go through…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Liani Balasuriya

Liani Balasuriya 2017 Ms. JD Student of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Liani's profile. 1. What made you want to be involved in the Northwestern's Women's Leadership Coalition? I’ve been interested in women’s leadership issues since high school. I was the only woman on the executive board of my high school newspaper, and I believe being a woman affected how my peers perceived my leadership. I was also surprised by how few women ran for Student Council President. After graduating high school, I went to college in D.C. and volunteered at Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign headquarters…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: Driving in a New Direction

You are cruising along a path when you get to an intersection. At the intersection, you have the option to continue straight, take a left, or take a right. Path #1 will bring you exactly where you planned to go. It is a predictable path that many have driven. Path #2 may be a shortcut to the same destination as Path #1, but it is likely a tougher path. Path #3 will bring you on an entirely different journey with a different destination. Life is filled with decision-making moments. When it comes to choosing a path to take for your…

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lawyergirl

Removing Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: UN Global Compact Spotlights Partnership

Few people within the United Nations (UN) system talk about the impact in 1982 when USA President Ronald Reagan pulled the economic plug on USA international relations by withdrawing funding from key international organizations within the UN System. The move was based upon the administration's political agenda, fully within the scope of powers of the USA Executive Branch, despite underlying treaty provisions. The move had three impacts: First, withdrawl of funds threatened to have a dominio effect, with large funders withdrawing their funding too. This never actually happened however, because of a second impact: small rich nations such as the…

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gracekim

Asian Food in Chicago

When I move to a new city, one of the first things I do is explore the Asian food scene. After a semester at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, I’ve discovered that Chicago has an amazing variety of restaurants that serve generous portions of delicious, authentic Asian food. I hope you get to try out some of these places when you visit Chicago in a few weeks for the Ms. JD Conference! Chi Cafe: When you’re in Chicago, you should definitely spend some time in Chinatown, which is easily accessible by the Metro Red Line. My go-to place in Chinatown…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

Concision in Legal Writing: Make It Brief (to an Extent)

As a reporter for the campus newspaper at my undergraduate university and the editor for one of the university's student-organization newsletters, I quickly came to realize the role of concision in news reporting.  As a reporter, I regularly skipped certain words (like "on" before a day of the week) in articles in order to meet the assigned word count; as an editor, I myself was forced to cut down on articles submitted to me so that I could make them fit on their assigned pages. In comparison to my experience as a news gatherer during my college years, I didn't…

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nicolemoriniere

Getting from A to B: Transitioning from Law to Tech

It took me about three months to complete my transition from law into legal tech, from the time I made the decision until I found and was hired at an exciting legal tech startup. During this time, I reached out to my network, did a lot of reading and attended numerous events.  Although I benefited from many resources during my search, I also found it more difficult given that I was going down a non-traditional career path for JDs. Hopefully, my experience can help provide an example of one way to transition from the traditional legal industry to a career in legal…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Daissy Dominguez

Daissy Dominguez 2017 Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Daissy's profile. 1. Why did you decide to open your own practice, Dominguez Legal Justice Center, LLC (DLJC), as opposed to work for an already established public interest organization or law firm? When I started law school my intentions were to work for a legal aid organization serving low and moderate income communities. I spent my entire law school career interning and volunteering with legal aid organizations. I became a lawyer to be able to have the knowledge and tools to support our communities. When I…

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jzucker

“Eat Now and Caffeinate” at The Goddess and the Baker

The Goddess and the Baker, who’s newest of three locations is on one of the busiest corners in the Loop, is bustling all day. When I sat down with Fran, the shift supervisor at 225 N. LaSalle, she told me the those truly dedicated to a good cup of coffee can beat the morning rush on weekdays by stopping by at 7:00AM when the store opens, whereas those who are looking for a livelier atmosphere should come in for boozy drinks and half-off snacks for Happy Hour from 5:00-7:00PM. Although the mint green walls, trendy décor, and Instagram-worthy cakes and…

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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Many entrepreneurs go through The Darkness - eating instant ramen, crashing in their parents' basement, remortgaging their house, fearing monthly cable bills or paying rent  -- before The Big Success Break, as do many who seek a transition to an alt-path.   While not all alternative legal careers involve entrepreneurship (though in later blog posts we'll speak with lawyers turned entrepreneurs), when it comes to our careers, we are our own entrepreneurs.  We are companies of one.  We are selling our labor and skills and that unique bit of ourselves that only we can offer.  We are convincing others to invest time, money, capital, and goodwill…

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