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The Bulldog Ballerina: 4 Tips for Success in an Alternative JD Career

Avery Blank strategizes with individuals and organizations worldwide to help them attain their business, leadership, career, and policy goals. She has worked in the public sector at all levels of government including experience at the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the private sector at Johnson & Johnson, and non-profit consulting with the University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security. Blank graduated as a Rose Zetzer Fellow with a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Colgate University. Avery Blank presented her first case in the seventh grade. She…

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bg3orge

Creating Work-Life Balance in the Legal Field

I had the pleasure of speaking with attorney and mother, Elise Buie, last month about achieving balance between work and life while maintaining a law career.  Of the many things that Elise brought to light for me, I think the thing that stuck with me the most is the fact that in terms of providing appropriate accommodations for pregnant or nursing women, we have come so far. I have nursed and pumped in some pretty awful, dirty places. The ferry bathroom is at the top of my list (both in the terminal and on the ferry). But, I have also nursed…

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natalieyello

Considering Law School? Don’t Forget To Do These Three Things

The decision to attend law school can be daunting and it often can feel like it is taking over your life. In order to stay sane, make sure you keep these three things in your mind and you will do just fine! Find Your Support System—Both In and Out of Law School You cannot complete law school with your sanity intact without a support system of some kind. I suggest having a support system both within and outside of law school. For me, I met my circle of girlfriends within the first months of law school and relied on them…

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nicolemoriniere

Fueling the Career Fire: Networking Events as Motivation

Even if you have your dream job, there are some days or weeks when your motivation can falter. Maybe you're distracted with other things going on in your personal life or you have to complete certain tasks that day or week that aren't the tasks you enjoy the most in your job. During these times, I find it helpful to find motivation and inspiration outside of myself and my work. I find one really good way to get inspired again is to attend events on a work-related or work-adjacent topic that I'm interested in, and that will also attract a…

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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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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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DeeEsq

Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I will practice being fully present in all aspects of my life and will take the time to observe the beauty that surrounds me. Spring is in full bloom!  We are surrounded by all of the beauty that the season brings, but have you actually stopped to appreciate what’s blooming right under your feet?  Are you really present in every moment, or are you overwhelmed by work, stress, and matters beyond your control?  Professional obligations have a way of removing our focus from enjoying life, but distractions can give us the energy to effectively tackle those obligations.  In my…

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Building a Personal Network

In college, we learn that it is important for us to constantly build our professional network. We learn that we need to create a collective pool of resources that we can draw on in the future when we are ready to look for jobs or internships. But, what about the needs we have in the interim? We put much less work into building a personal network, a cohort of similarly situated people that are willing to offer comprehensive mentorship or help us with personal needs. Many college students make new friends on campus, but leave behind family and deep friendships…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: A Firm of Her Own

April marks the month that most women catch up to their male colleagues' salaries for the prior year. For this year's equal pay day, Ms. JD talked to women who have not only achieved equal pay, they are running their own firms as part of doing so. Moderated by Ms. JD Board Emeritus, Janet Wallace, if you have ever dreamed of launching your own firm, you will not want to miss this conversation with Amanda Green Alexander! Watch below to learn more about the path to firm leadership and practical advice for hanging out your own shingle. Thank you to the Commission…

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