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The Protégé Effect: Teaching as a Study Tool in Law School

My poor husband, a lawyer, has had the misfortune of experiencing law school twice. First, he actually completed it himself, and now he lives through it again as I explain endless legal doctrines to him each semester at home. He's a good sport. He listens and asks questions as if he doesn't know the answer. He lets me teach him what he already knows. I've had quite a bit of success in law school. I have excelled on exams, done well applying what I've learned at work, and secured a post-graduation job. I attribute much of that success to my method…

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An Interview with Jessie Kornberg—First Female CEO of Bet Tzedek

Jessie Kornberg, who previously served as Ms. JD’s executive director, recently was named the first female CEO of legal services nonprofit Bet Tzedek. Ms. Kornberg will leave her position with Los Angeles-based firm Bird Marella in December 2014 to begin her tenure at Bet Tzedek. I recently spoke with Ms. Kornberg about her new position, what drives her pro bono service, and what advice she’d give to law students and young lawyers. You don’t come from a family of lawyers. What inspired you to attend law school? I started thinking I would go to law school in the 5th grade when…

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The Incredible Men (TIM) Initiative Featuring Timothy Miller

Ms. JD is launching The Incredible Men (TIM) Initiative this month to celebrate men who are active champions for women’s advancement in the legal profession. These men not only value equality and diversity in the profession, but earnestly and enthusiastically support women and women’s initiatives. The first incredible man we want to feature is Timothy Miller, the initiative's namesake and member of the Board of Directors of Ms. JD. We had a few questions for Tim:  1. You are the only male on the Ms. JD Board. What's it like to be surrounded by women? I get asked this question a lot,…

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To Put a Ring on It…or Not? Ant-Discrimination Laws Say it’s Okay to Like it for Interviews.

Worried about a big interview? Instead of debating skirt or pants, some believe it’s the engagement ring that should be ditched during an interview. According to a survey conducted by Forbes Woman, around 29 percent of women believed that wearing an engagement ring at an interview would improve their chances at being hired. 50 percent of women believed that the presence of a marital ring would not have an influence on the final outcome of the hiring process. 21 percent believed that it would negatively affect an interview. These discrepancies suggest conflicting assumptions regarding engaged/married women. On one hand, married…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending November 21, 2014

When Deborah Misir requested a trial delay due to her high-risk pregnancy, the judge questioned her travel plans and her request has now been denied. In recent months, we’ve also seen a judge refusing to postpone a hearing forcing an attorney on maternity leave to bring her newborn daughter to court while the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar is reviewing their decision to deny certain accommodations requested by an applicant that would allow her to breastfeed during the exam. It is no secret that becoming a parent presents unique challenges; Susan Smith Blakely addressed the particularly challenging experience…

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Being a Woman in the “Law Field”

Becoming a lawyer or working in another related position in the field of law is a decision more and more women are making. As of February 2014, there are over 100,000 women members of the American Bar Association, according to a study conducted by the Commission on Women in the Profession. A September 2012 study conducted by the American Bar Association revealed that while only 33 percent of the practicing lawyers are female, they accounted for 47 percent of the law degrees issued. This number went up by one percent in 2014 according to the Commission on Women in the…

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ALL| A Lawyer’s Life: The Honorable Faith S. Hochberg.

This interview was first published on ALL | A Lawyer's Life (http://www.alawyerslife.com), a place to find captivating, one-of-a-kind interviews with lawyers who have found success and happiness, both inside and outside of the law. ALL aims to be relevant to all lawyers, while focusing on issues facing female lawyers  Faith S. Hochberg, Federal District Judge and former U.S. attorney, stands five feet three inches tall, her blonde hair framing quick eyes and an engaging smile. Behind that disarming visage lies a story of countless firsts, decades of hard work and, ultimately, triumph. But this is not a story of perfection. It…

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Susan Smith Blakely

What Happens After Maternity Leave Is a Challenging Experience

Returning to law practice after having a baby is one of the most difficult times in the work-life challenge that women lawyers experience.  It is a confusing and sleep-deprived time for these women, and they could use a little understanding of their situations. To help them through it, I have enlisted the help of Lori Mihalich-Levin, a Georgetown Law grad, the Director of Hospital and GME Payment Policies at the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the founder of Mindful Return, a blog and e-course designed to help new mother-lawyers returning to work after maternity leave feel present and empowered. …

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How to Survive Law School

When I started my first semester of law school last year I didn’t know what to expect. I heard all the usual hype about the workload, long hours and competition for grades. I expected much more work than my undergrad. Fortunately, I have always down well academically. My success as a law student (so far) is attributed to my ability to tune out distractions. This means being a bit selfish. I found that when I designated specific time windows for Facebook, dating, and my addiction to Netflix I performed better as a student. Oddly enough, I couldn’t study at home…

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Leveling the Playing Field: Bringing In the Men

This article, by Pat Gillette, first appeared on Talent Think Tank and is republished here with permission.   Women had to fight for the right to take maternity leave. We had to fight for the right to work part time. We had to fight for the right to work remotely. These issues drove women’s initiatives, conferences, and publications for years and finally, the legal industry, as a whole, has responded. In fact, it is safe to say that most firms have some version of these types of policies in place. But having policies and being able to use them are two…

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Cameron Rhudy

The Artful Lawyer: When Law and Creativity Collide (Help Change the Law)

Most of the year I have written about how pursuing creative activities can benefit the practice of law and about how the creative process has taught me many skills that I can apply to my practice. I have also highlighted how creativity is not just reserved for the artist-types; that it can be employed to solve all sorts of problems, that it can be used when crafting a lifestyle that is more in tune with your true self, and that there are ways to use your J.D. in creative and new ways. But even I have to admit; creativity and…

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Are You Falling Down on Following Up? (part 1)

Of all the marketing initiatives that are critical for lawyers to commit to, the most basic and seemingly obvious is the “sin” of omission - - the failure to follow up. We have worked with lawyers who have invested innumerable hours and thousands of dollars chasing after new clients and prospects but have largely been unsuccessful in retentions because of a gap in their business development process: following up. Do any of these example ring familiar: •    A very sociable corporate partner attended numerous networking events a month, engaged easily with others attending, handed out business cards, but rarely received…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending November 14, 2014

The White House Council on Women and Girls released a report this week entitled “Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity.” While there were many positive signs, the report highlights the work that still needs to be done and announces the launch of a Working Group on Challenges and Opportunities for Women and Girls of Color to bring policy staff together to address the barriers and disparities that still exist today. The news that three law students are competing for the title of Miss Virginia has spurred a debate about whether it is appropriate for their law…

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valerie lherrou

No Longer Extraordinary: creating mentors

The importance of mentors for law students and early career lawyers is something we all hear much about—but sometimes it’s hard to know what a mentor is, or how to find one. Law schools, bar associations, and firms may have formal mentoring programs, but many students and lawyers go through their law school and work careers without mentors—or have a mentor, but are uncertain about how to connect with that person or take advantage of what a mentor may have to offer. Women may especially benefit from mentors, since we don’t have the traditional “good old boys” network to rely upon: you should…

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Why Ms. JD is Celebrating Men - Ms. JD’s TIM Initiative (#TIMInitiative)

This week, Ms. JD is officially launching Ms. JD's TIM Initiative.  TIM is an acronym for The Incredible Men and the initiative aims to recognize and promote men who are sponsoring and investing in women's careers and women's initiatives.  Althought TIM is an acronym, it is also a nod to Ms. JD's male board member and CFO, Tim, who is an unabashed feminist and has been an incredible supporter of Ms. JD. Like many new projects, Ms. JD's TIM Initiative began in a small way.  (Is it weird that I'm envisioning GE's Ideas Commercial as I write this?)  The first…

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