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Susan Smith Blakely

Would Mandatory Paid Childcare Leave Make US #1?

I discovered two things today --- seemingly independent but connected, I think.  These things are important for all women, those with children and those who love the children of others, and they are important to me. First of all, I read that the United States of America comes in fourth in terms of being the most desirable country to live on earth.  The first three positions were awarded to Germany, the UK and Canada.  Not bad to be in fourth place, but first place is better.  However, this probably was predictable because the subject of the survey was "quality of…

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Write Like It Means Something to You

As a law student, your writing is the key to your academic success. If you can’t write, you can’t pass a law school exam, let alone excel in your studies. Yet, it’s not really your writing, is it? Think about it. You get told what to write, when you should be writing it, who to address, how long you have to write it, and exactly how you should say it. You spend a lot of time answering other people’s questions—namely, your professors’—in their very precise and particular way. As a 1L, I found the process to be difficult and tedious…

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The Value of Reflection in the Law

In a 2014 study on how reflection improves performance, a team studied employees at a tech support call center in their first few weeks of a type of training. Dividing the employees up into a reflection group, a sharing group, and a control group, the team found that the employees did much better when they spent the last fifteen minutes of each day writing and reflecting on the lessons they had learned. In addition, the employees that spent an additional five minutes explaining their notes to a fellow trainee did 25 percent better than the control group! We all stand to benefit from more reflection in our legal…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats: Leveraging Mindfulness to Survive a Sometimes Stressful Season

Join Ms. JD and our experts on Friday, November 18th at 4:00 PM ET to learn more about how leveraging mindfulness can help you thrive. Whether you're a practicing attorney adding the holiday season to your busy days or a student headed into finals, November and December can be a stressful time of year.  Ms. JD is here to help with a set of experts in mindfulness practice.  They'll give you tips and tricks for leveraging mindfulness to help you increase focus and calm, reduce stress, and improve your overall performance!   We will livestream the panel on Ms. JD's YouTube channel. Meet…

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Women Lawyers Leveraging Social Networks: Presenting Your Best Self

Social media has become a staple of personal interactions and brand management, but what kinds of content should job-seeking law students post online? Christina Martini (@TinaMartini10), National Hiring Partner-Associate Recruiting, at DLA Piper, discusses how to use social media to your advantage and a few tips for in-person networking and personal branding. What benefits have you found in using social media with regard to your law firm practice and your recruiting experience? I have found social media to be very helpful for my practice in several ways.  It is a great way to connect with others in the profession as well as business people,…

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Mindfulness Meditation & The Practice of Law

It’s the first day of law school. We take our seats sharply at 8:45 am to partake in our first ever law school lecture. Contracts. With stadium seating and an established and intimidating Professor wearing a three-piece suit standing before us, we await what would likely be a profound and mind-altering lecture of the law. All the meanwhile, all I could think was...please don’t call on me. Silence erupts as class begins. In a loud, strong, deep, booming voice we hear "Ms. Hailey Hardwick, please rise and give the class the case holdings for Hadley v Baxendale, including the issue, rule,…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: Carving a Path to In-House Counsel

On September 12th Ms. JD sat down with a talented group of attorneys who work for companies of various sizes and name brands - each of whom has taken a different route to land in-house.  Our panel of experts shared how they went in-house, tips for determining if an in-house position is right for you, and valuable insight on getting yourself there!  

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Meet Kimberley Motley: The Only American, Westerner, and Woman to Practice Law in Afghanistan

Say hello to Kimberley Motley, the first American and foreigner to hang a shingle in Afghanistan in 2009. She began her practice defending foreign prisoners, and it has evolved into an international litigation practice where she represents Afghan men and women, international and foreign companies, NGOs, embassies, and people around the world. She has achieved countless victories throughout her career, handling many heartwrenching cases and single-handedly bringing justness to Afghanistan. Some of her most remarkable successes include a case where she helped an imprisoned teenage rape victim receive a presidential pardon from former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, and a case where she brokered a…

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Desi Lance

Those three little words: work, life, balance

“Don't confuse having a career with having a life.” ― Hillary Clinton Work/life balance… this is always a tricky subject to talk about, especially for women. Each of us has our own idea of what it means to be balanced, or whether balance is even attainable in the first place. Many of us go to law school because of our appetite for logic and the need we feel to exercise our minds. We love to brainstorm, strategize, brainstorm some more, build an argument and eventually come to a conclusion. Personally, this thought process is perpetual for me. I have a hard…

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The laws of physics create order over the world, gravity limits the boundaries of our planet and daily human capacity. Society, in contravention of the laws of science, is inherently random and exhibits chaos. Where in this great cosmic mix does one find the rule of law? Some people become lawyers because they want to make money, others join the Bar because they seek power. Justice? On the first day of my law school classes Prof Sam Dash pronounced words to the effect of: if you are interested in fairness and justice there is a door in this room and…

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