KatieDay

6 Take-Aways From Stand Up: Taking Leadership Initiative to Accelerate Your Career

On Monday June 22nd I had the pleasure of listening to Professor Scott Westfahl, Faculty Director of Harvard Law School Executive Education as he shared his advice on taking leadership roles and achieving success. Here are 6 take-aways from the event: 1. Find your leadership style. There isn’t one specific way to be a good leader. Your leadership style will be affected by your personality and your skills. Pick a leadership style that you feel most comfortable with and make sure it aligns with what you’re best at and what you love to do. And don’t be afraid to change…

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Hoping to apply to law school early? What actually is early?

Many people know that law schools use a rolling admissions process, which means that schools consider applicants in batches as the applications arrive. Thus, when an application comes in at the beginning of the application period (in the fall of each year), there are the fewest number of competing applications completed and the greatest number of available spaces in the class. As time goes on, more applications come in, and towards the end, there are the greatest number of applications completed but far fewer spaces remaining in the class. Thus, there is a significant advantage to applying as early possible,…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Present - Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation

Ms. JD and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Present  Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation Skills Directly From The Source Rising 2Ls and 3Ls - worried about upcoming on-campus interviews? Need to perfect your resume and revamp your interview skills? Not sure your LinkedIn profile is up to par? We are here to help you jump start your on-campus interview success! On Monday July 13, 2015 from 6-9 pm Ms. JD and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP will host Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation Skills Directly From the Source, a boot camp for on-campus interview success. Ms. JD and a faculty…

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Book Review: Gideon’s Children

Gideon's Ghildren   I recently had the pleasure of reading Howard G. Franklin’s recent debut of Gideon’s Children, a work that highlights young lawyers’ journeys as public defenders in 1960’s Los Angeles. Set against the backdrop of the 1963 Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, it offers a lens that exposes the difficulties, prejudices and unfamiliar terrains these attorneys had to forge through in order to uphold the law – not simply because it was the law but because it established a moral compass by which to give voice to the voiceless and representation to those who needed it most. Each case was…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Are You Using Your Leadership Skills?

My friend John Keyser, an acclaimed business leadership coach and author of a fascinating new book on women as leaders, asks some interesting questions about leadership in his recent monthly newsletter.  These are important questions and things that each of you needs to address.  Even those of you at the early stages of law practice can be leaders to others.  You all have skills to share, and sharing them in effective ways is critical to best practices and to reaching your full potentials as professionals. Take a minute to think about these questions as they relate to your own experiences and practices. …

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KatieDay

Recap: Stand Up: Taking Leadership Initiative to Accelerate Your Career

If you couldn't tune in to Ms JD and Paul Hasting's national event Stand Up: Taking Leadership Initiative to Accelerate Your Career, check out the recap below to see what you missed!     [View the story "Recap: Stand Up: Taking Leadership Initiative to Accelerate Your Career, a national event with Paul Hastings" on Storify]  

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Mid-Summer Performance Review

To the 1Ls and 2Ls reaching the mid-point of their summer internships: As you become more comfortable with the people in the office or chambers, remember that your continued motivation, work ethic, professionalism, and networking are key to making a good impression. Many interns do not realize that they become too comfortable and casual in the office, and despite an initial good impression, they end up leaving a bad impression with supervisors. Finding this out during a final performance review leaves you without an opportunity to rectify past mistakes and take advantage of lost opportunities. So, to avoid these mistakes, use this time to…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Maternity Leave Is No Vacation

Only a woman, who has been through childbirth and becoming the primary source of care and comfort for a newborn, can appreciate the true meaning of “maternity leave.”   Yes, it is for maternal needs (thus, maternity) , and it is time away from the job (thus, leave).  But it is not a vacation.  So far from it that it is even hard to imagine. Memories of my own maternity leaves when I was a young lawyer flashed through my brain as I read the thoughts of another woman lawyer on the subject.  Even though the other lawyers in my firm “in…

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What Is Enough

Especially in our current legal landscape, finding jobs, let alone employment that feels fulfilling, can be difficult.  Crafting your career to be expressive of who you are can also be tough.  And yet, there is no shame in not knowing what lies in store for us.   As I work through all of this myself, I notice how nourishing it can be to share feelings and experiences instead of keeping them bottled up.  I've also noticed that sometimes it's hard to believe that working harder is not what I need to be doing, and that being present is all I can do.…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD and White & Case LLP Present: Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation Skills

Ms. JD and White & Case LLP Present:  Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation Skills Directly From The Source Rising 2Ls and 3Ls - worried about upcoming on-campus interviews? Need to perfect your resume and revamp your interview skills? Not sure your LinkedIn Profile is up to par? We are here to help you jump start your on-campus interview success! On Wednesday, July 15th, Ms. JD, and White & Case LLP will host Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation Skills Directly From the Source, a boot camp for on-campus interview success.  Ms. JD and a faculty of experienced attorneys will work…

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