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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

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

History was made this week as Hillary Clinton officially became the first female presidential candidate for a major U.S. political party. The Washington Post identified three ways Hillary Clinton's nomination may affect the representation of women in politics while elsewhere commentators noted the questionable decision to run photos of Bill Clinton -- instead of the nominee herself -- alongside news stories reporting the historic moment. Michelle Obama gave a powerful speech reminding us all of the historic times we live in and the hope we should all have for the future. Her speech was so powerful, it lead to more than one call…

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KatieDay

4 OCI Tips from Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins LLP’s Event “Recruiting 101”

On July 13th I was fortunate to be able to attend Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins LLP's OCI event in NYC. Attendees listened to a panel on OCI tips and then were able to sit down with Latham's summer associates and members of their recruiting team to talk about the OCI process and how to make a good impression. Below are five takeaways from this event that will help you as you start the OCI process. 1. Be prepared. I'm sure you've heard this before, but being prepared is key. Before your interview make sure you've done some research on…

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jchinnadurai

Not fLAWless but Fearless: Shaping Your Law School Experience

Have you ever wondered how people who went through the same experience can often view it with a stark difference of opinion? Most of the time, that's simply due to the fact that each of us is different - some of us might be screaming for joy as we skydive out of a plane while others might be crying in fear with their eyes closed the entire way down. But sometimes, even if you share a lot of things in common with someone, similar life experiences can still be viewed so differently. Here’s an example: My brother and I might…

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Heather Asher

Ms. JD is Recipient of Prize Money from First Women in Law Hackathon!

On June 24, 2016, Ms. JD Immediate Past President Katie Larkin-Wong served as an advisor for the winning team in the first ever Women in Law Hackathon, a Shark Tank style pitch competition.  Created by The Diversity Lab, helmed by Caren Ulrich Stacey, hosted at Stanford Law and sponsored by Bloomberg Law, this competition included team participants and advisors from 54 law firms and diversity focused organizations.  Nine teams pitched ideas to a panel of judges on what can be done to increase retention of women in the law. Each team designated a nonprofit organization that would be awarded its…

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nehasampat

Feminism and the Falsity of Choice (Lean In Group Discussion Session 2)

Our intergenerational group of women lawyers recently met to continue discussing Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, focusing on Chapters 1 and 2. We had an engaging discussion on many topics, including: How women can use power posing (citing Amy Cuddy’s research) and positioning in a room to empower themselves and others and to convey leadership. We also discussed gender (and sometimes generational) differences in taking up space, with men generally treating space and a seat at the table as entitlements and women often appearing hesitant to take up space and take the most powered seats at the table. We wondered if we…

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latancs

How to Build a Brand Tip #5: Understanding the Competition

How well do you understand your competition? In the first instance you’ll need to identify who your competitors really are, which most assuredly is not simply “everyone else.” Depending on the nature of your business, competitors may be defined by geography or the relatedness of the goods or services being offered. Market research is essential because identifying your competitors is important before you finalize your decision about which business categories and market segments to compete in. Once you determine who your competitors are, you need to assess their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, commonly referred to as a SWOT analysis.…

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Heather Asher

Accelerate Your Job Search

For law students and legal professionals on the job hunt, Ms. JD's blog has what seems like endless resources.  Below are a few articles to get you started.   Basic Interviewing Tips for 2Ls on the Job Hunt Top 10 Successful Interviewing Techniques How to Ask Killer Questions During Your Interview Mommy, Esq.: Finding Your Match without Losing It - Tips for Surviving Your Job Search 10 Success Tips for Reluctant Networkers Post OCI Job Strategies Attorney Job Search: Avoid These Common Mistakes Interview with Munger Tolles Partner Tamerlin Godley on OCI Preparation

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Heather Asher

Ms. JD Launches Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Council - Positions Open!

Ms. JD is home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO), a national organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women law students.  Through NWLSO, Ms. JD connects with existing women’s law student organizations and helps create NWLSO chapters and affiliates on law school campuses. More information on NWLSO and the resources it provides is available here. To further the development of women law students and the leadership pipeline, Ms. JD is expanding NWLSO by establishing a NWLSO Leadership Council that will provide national leadership opportunities for law students dedicated to advancing women in the law. Chair positions will function…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Diving Deeper: More Millennial Lawyer Survey Results By Grover E. Cleveland In response to the recent post, Money Matters: 2016 Millennial Lawyer Survey Results, a reader asked if we had survey results broken down by firm size. In the prior post, I noted that compensation was the top reason survey respondents left firms and a top contributor to job satisfaction. The reader was interested in knowing whether perspectives on compensation differed among Millennial lawyers at firms of different sizes. A deeper dive into the data revealed the answers to this question and others below. Earlier this year, I partnered with…

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Heather Asher

Life of a Law Student:  Getting Prepared for the Fall

For law students starting or returning to law school, take a look at Ms. JD's Acing Law School ebook and webcast and the articles below to get a successful start on the new school year. For more resources, just search Ms. JD's blog! 8 Back to School Must-Haves for Law School What should I read to get ready for law school? On My Own Terms: Another Perspective on Law School Success 10 Things Every Law Student Should Learn as a 1L to Facilitate Career Success 3 Things My Peers and I Wished We Had Known Before Starting Law School Life as a Law Student Preparing for…

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Janet

Letters from Uganda: Joaninne Nanyange

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University!  Ms. JD's Fourth Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 22, 2016 from 6:30-9 pm at Doc's Lab in San Francisco.  The benefit will…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending July 22, 2016

With the bar exam in a few days, here are a few tips for the final week of bar prep. Old Lady Lawyer: Effective Lawyering Is More Than Just Knowing The Law Your Career Path Isn't a Straight Line—Dave Stachowiak, Executive VP of Talent Development at Dale Carnegie of Southern LA and founder of Coaching for Leaders discusses the importance of embracing every step in the journey. To assist in putting an end to racial profiling, California Attorney General Kamala Harris swore in 18 members to the new racial and identity profiling advisory board in downtown Los Angeles. Being Multipassionate…

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Heather Asher

SAVE THE DATE - Ms. JD’s Ninth Annual Conference on Women in the Law

Ms. JD is excited to announce the date and location for its next annual conference - March 3, 2017 at Northwestern School of Law.  Stay tuned for more details! You can view information on the format and topics covered at the last conference here. The annual conference includes a reception honoring the recipients of theMs. JD Honors awards.  These awards are given to men and women who have made significant contributions to promoting women in the law. Nominations for the Ms. JD Honors awards are open until October 5, 2016 and nomination instructions can be found here.  We look forward to receiving your nominations and learning about more…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: HalfTime

We are halfway through the summer and it’s beginning to heat up.  Here in Savannah, we’ve experienced the normal rising temperatures but we’re expecting to be in 100-degree, sunny weather in the upcoming days.  It’s hot, humid, and we look forward to the evening rains.  Kayley’s and Zandrill’s summers have heated up on the school and work fronts.  While Kayley is still taking appointed cases in juvenile court, she recently accepted a great opportunity to get back into family law.  A small, two-attorney firm decided to hire a part-time attorney to handle its family law practice and contacted the career…

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delidacostin

Confessions Of A General Counsel:  IRAC as a Management Tool; Start with the Problem

This is the time of year when friends reach out to me as they join new companies. The advice that I wish someone had shared with me when I joined my first executive team is this: IRAC is for more than memo writing. Embrace it and let it pave the way for you.   IRAC. It is the framework that every law student uses to write her first legal memo. The first section of the memo states the issue, the second section recites the rule of law, the third section applies the rule of law to the particular facts and the last…

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