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Ms. JD’s 7th Annual Conference on Women in Law: Stronger Together



Building Her Powerbase:  A Discussion on “Staying in the Game” with Ingrid Busson-Hall

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A grateful nod to the lady-lawyers who have inspired me.

After graduating in 2011, I worked as a paralegal at a law firm for three years before starting my "official" legal career and joining my cohort at Berkeley last fall. During those years, I learned so much about what kind of "Ms. JD" I want to be. Most of those self-teachable moments came to me during long hours spent at work, where I observed my role models--the lady attorneys of the office--do their thing. It was often exhilarating (and sometimes frightening!) to learn about the challenges they had faced as women in this field. Ultimately, their courage, pluck, and brilliance propelled me forward to embrace the next step, pursing…

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Journey to a JD: Does This Webcam Make Me Look Fat?

No, really, does it?  If you are contemplating this question, you are probably preparing for a special component of the law school admissions process: the interview.  Suddenly, how you appear onscreen has become a top priority.  While many institutions do not offer interviews, some use them as an additional factor in a holistic review of your application – so if you have gotten an invitation for an in-person, phone, or Skype interview – congratulations!  After all, this is a unique opportunity to show the school who you are, beyond the numbers (GPA and LSAT) and letters (personal statement, resume, and…

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Beyond Talent: What Law Firm Partners Want Junior Associates to Know

Congratulations! As a junior associate, you have made it through law school, passed the bar, and are settling in at your first law firm job. It is an exciting time in a young attorney’s life, but also a very challenging one. Most associates who aim to achieve “rock star” status at their firm don’t truly know what it takes. In fact, to succeed in a law firm requires more than simply producing impeccable work product (although doing so should be your top priority). So, what are the other characteristics that make an associate rise above the rest? This past month,…

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Join Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund for our national “netWORKING out” fundraising series!

This spring, Ms. JD's Global Education Fund brings you a national "netWORKING out" fundraising series! Come network and meet other people as we get "stronger together" while burning a few calories and donating back to a great cause.   Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two young Ugandan women, to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda. Currently, Ms. JD's GEF has eight law scholars in the program and two additional scholars who just graduated. Please check this page often as we add more events across…

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San Francisco Food & Drink Guide

Brandi Robinson and Sherry Truong are first year law students at UC Hastings, Bay Area natives, and co-founders of the newly formed Hastings Food & Wine Law Society. As serious enthusiasts of all things gastronomic, we’ve been eating our way through San Francisco for years. Below we’ve compiled a list of restaurants and bars—including a few time-honored favorites as well as some current standouts. For more information or further suggestions contact either of us at: hastingswinelaw@gmail.com Happy eating! RESTAURANTS Nopa 560 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 Nopa is pretty much everything you want, all of the time. It has a…

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Appealing Sentences: Stop Making Disparaging Comments About Yourself (Or People Will Believe You)

I was recently at a networking event for the members of Ms. JD’s Chapter at UC Hastings.  A female litigator asked if I was on the board of our chapter, and I said no.  My friend Jessica looked at me in astonishment and said, yes you are!  I scrambled to clarify our differing answers – although I am technically on the board as a 1L representative, I am not on the executive board.  The attorney looked at me strangely and I thought, why did I just say that? I catch my girlfriends in law school doing it as well –…

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To me, stronger together means… supporting each other as we define our own success.

Like many of my fellow 1Ls, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed already. And it’s only been a month since the semester began! Not only are we thrown back into the lions’ den of challenging academic courses, but also we have to suffer through the intimidating process of applying and interviewing for summer jobs. When you spend so much time with your classmates, it is difficult not to compare yourself to others who may have more job opportunities or who already know exactly what career they want to pursue. I find myself struggling with this on a daily basis. Events…

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Somewhat Lawgical: Don’t Begin Again

After completing my first sememster and finally getting grades back (and with that some positive reasurance), I've decided that it's so important to do what works for you. I recieved this piece of advice right before I started from my best friend, who works in a field totally unrelated to law so I didn't give it much thought. But one of the first things that happens when you get to law school is everyone (and their mother) will try and give you advice. Advice about outlineing, briefing, color-coding, time management... everything! And it will all sound very important and reasonable,…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Ms. JD Honors Awards Reception

Ms. JD will host its annual Ms. JD Honors at Madame Tussauds in the heart of San Francisco on Thursday, March 5th from 5:30pm-8:00pm. The reception will recognize the recipients of the 2015 Ms. JD Honors, given to women and men who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with others. Attendees will see Ms. JD present the first-ever TIM Initiative Award. Ms. JD launched The Incredible Men (TIM) Initiative in 2014 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…

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Running the Game: Paula Edgar on Never Getting Comfortable, Staying Focused, and Having Fun

Author’s Note: Not Practicing, Running the Game is BACK! I am so excited to continue interviewing and bringing to readers a diverse group of women who have law degrees, but who are no longer practicing law, or never practiced. NPRG readers are in for a treat this month. I had the pleasure of interviewing Paula T. Edgar, Esq. She has practiced, she has been a trailblazer, and she has succeeded where others have failed. Paula’s hard work, dedication, and positive attitude are truly inspiring. Read on to learn about how she became who she is, what advice she has for NPRG…

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Realizations After 1 Semester of Law School

How is law school going? Do you like it? Do you know what type of law you want to practice? – These are the types of questions I was consistently asked, and avoided, over winter break. The truth was that I did not really know how law school was going. With my entire grade based on my final exam, the checkpoints to make sure I understand the material were few and far between. There were no midterms or homework to hand in, just participation and conversations with my peers. Despite my diligently taking notes, never missing a class, and trying to…

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The Public Interest vs Big Law dilemma

Hello Ms. JD. Ready to run the world Stronger together. Let's face it. Our personal statements to law school and our current career paths don't always align with each other. For me, the 1L experience was such a whirlwind because I learned about opportunities like on-campus-interviews, clerkships, and law review for the first time. Two different things helped me gain perspective. What helped me grapple with the pushes-and-pulls to Big Law or public interest was a piece of advice from a mentor: "You'll have 50-or-so years left of your life to work. You'll get to do everything you'll want to…

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Stronger Together: Lessons from An Honoree

I am excited to attend Stronger Together in support of Kate Kimpel, a recipient of the Women of Inspiration Award. I had the privilege of working with Kate for four years at Sanford Heisler Kimpel, a public interest litigation firm that combats gender discrimination in the workplace.  Kate, like the other honorees, does the impossible.  She manages the firm’s DC office; serves as lead counsel on class action cases and individual matters; teaches a class at Yale Law School; runs a blog that produces weekly original content surrounding women and work; and somehow still manages to offer endless support to those around…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Time to Get Started on Federal Court Clerkship Applications

The season for pursuing the perfect federal court clerkship is right around the corner.  Well, sort of.  Even though the high season is not until the Fall, do you remember Fall?  It is hectic and overwhelming.  So, work in some time now before you become like a deer in headlights in the Fall.  You will be glad you did. It also now appears that rising 2Ls can apply for federal court clerkships in the summer before their second years in the new judicial application system known as OSCAR.  PLEASE check with your Career Services Department to make sure this is…

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Law Law Land: How to Succeed in Law School (by Really Really Trying)

When I started law school, many years ago (2.5), I decided that my one and only focus was my grades. To me, that was success. That was how I was going to win this game -- and law school is a game, don't let them tell you otherwise. It's a game where nobody knows the rules upon entering, a game in which you have to fend for yourself in a desolate world where the A's are few and the hungry are many. A brief disclaimer, or explanation, or something: I'll admit that I hesitated in writing this post because in…

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