Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats: A How to Guide for Summer Associate Success with Grover Cleveland

Ms. JD Chats: Secrets for Baby Sharks - A How to Guide for Summer Associate Success with Grover Cleveland Join Ms. JD on Thursday, May 18th at 2:30 PM ET for a live stream with Grover E. Cleveland, as he shares the secrets to succeeding as a summer associate, including:   How to make yourself stand out; How to seek and incorporate feedback so you keep getting better; Why you should attend those pesky networking events and tips for how to conduct yourself once there; How to bounce back if you make a mistake; Why you should treat the summer as one long interview; And so much…

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Breaking Down The Competency Gap

“I cannot make a mistake,” said a minority lawyer at a large law firm whom recently shared with me her feelings that she cannot make a mistake out of fear that she will be perceived as incompetent. She referenced a 2014 study conducted by Nextions where partners, male and female of various racial/ethnic backgrounds, participated in a “writing analysis study.” Of the 53 partners who participated, 29 partners were told they were reviewing a legal memo written by a white associate named Thomas Meyer and 24 partners were told they were reviewing the same memo but written by a black…

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bailoun

The Legal Content Curator: Encouraging Advice from the Women of the Supreme Court

With final exams upon us, it can sometimes be hard to keep sight of the reasons why we're at law school in the first place. What am I doing here? Where will my next career move take me? Will I be able to succeed? Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a New York Times article from October of last year, offers some "Advice for Living." She reminds us of the importance of work-life balance in providing us with "a sense of proportion" that others, focused on one thing alone, will likely not find. [My father-in-law gave me advice] during my gap…

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Pre-Law Opportunity: National Black Pre-Law Conference (NYC, November 2017)

Hi Ms. JD Pre-Law! Save the date for the 13th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference: What? The National Black Pre-Law Conference is an information-sharing and networking empowerment event for aspiring Black lawyers. When? 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST on Friday, November 10, 2017  Where? New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 For more information and to register: https://www.facebook.com/NationalBlackPreLawConference https://www.eventbrite.com/e/13th-annual-national-black-pre-law-conference-sponsored-by-accesslex-institute-tickets-32209848524 http://www.blackprelawconference.org/   --- Gregory Antono is a second-year undergraduate at the University of Toronto, majoring in Linguistics and Spanish, and minoring in Latin American Studies. Truth be told, he was roped into volunteering with the Ms. JD Pre-Law Program by his sister. Nevertheless,…

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susiejean5

Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

Happy May 5th! Yesterday was my favorite “meme” day: May the Fourth be With You (and last night was my first major study break of finals, so my husband and I watched Revenge of the Sith and The Empire Strikes Back). But did you also know that May 4 is the day Alice fell down the rabbit hole? For those who are familiar with my love of literature (English Lit major here!), you know that Alice holds a special place in my heart. Her story was one of the first I remember reading without my mom's help, and I have always…

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alexislamb

A Chat with Erin Shinneman - Global Adventurer, Writer, Startup Lawyer

Erin Shinneman sits on a strip of sand, preparing for her dives later that day with her ocean conservation group.  For the past six weeks, she’s been living on an Indonesian island with a population of 170. The WiFi is spotty – she’s about as far east as one can go in Indonesia – but she’s able to log on enough to communicate with her clients effectively.  Shinneman, a startup lawyer and writer who started her career at the law firms of Chadbourne & Parke and Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP., has worked from Barcelona cafes, desert…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I’m a freshman in High School, and I want to prepare to become an attorney. I have already done a bit of research, but there are still a few questions that I have (below). A: As I mentioned in part one of my response last month, I am impressed that you are preparing early! Here are the answers to your remaining questions: 1.  What are a couple of things I can do to improve my writing skills? First, you are prescient to ask about writing skills. For most lawyers, writing is an essential skill for success. Many law firms…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Book Review of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World”

Name: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Professional Title: United States Supreme Court Justice Years on the Supreme Court Bench: 7 Law School: Yale Law School Sometimes changing seasons can simply be overwhelming as you wait to finally pivot into that next phase. Before you jump out of your seat with excitement: No, I did not have the opportunity to sit down with Justice Sotomayor for this piece. However, I did get the chance to pick her brain a bit by way of her 2013 book entitled “My Beloved World.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World” has been on my list of…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Lisa Rohrer, Senior Advisor at Fairfax Associates

Our guest today is Dr. Lisa Haueisen Rohrer, Senior Advisor at Fairfax Associates, a strategy consulting firm focused on the legal market. Prior to this role, Lisa was Executive Director of the Case Development Initiative at Harvard Law School. She was also Director of Executive Education and Research Director at the Georgetown University Law Center. Lisa has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School, a master's degree from Harvard University and a BA from Wellesley College.     Hi Lisa, thanks for speaking with the Ms. JD Pre-Law blog today! To start off, can you briefly tell our…

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Ms. JD Executive Director Danielle Allison!

1.  My husband, Shannon, and I met through a blind date and got married in Saint Lucia. 2.  I love jewelry and accessories.  I had a record number of 20 handbags in elementary school, which I switched out daily.  Not much has changed since then. 3.  I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years and still prefer it to sharing photos and memories on social media. 4.  I enjoy setting goals and crushing them.  In the fifth grade I wrote down my dreams: being elected president of my elementary school, president of my class every year of high school, and president of…

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