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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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Tips for Moms Returning to Work

Often new moms feel isolated and have mixed emotions about returning to work.  In an effort to help make the process of returning to work as smooth as possible, this is a collection of tips and personal anecdotes that I found useful from moms at my firm, Ogletree Deakins who appear to have made it through the other side. Returning To Work Avoid returning on a Monday. Why punish yourself?  Try returning on a Wednesday or Thursday. Your first week will be short and provide an opportunity for you to see what works and what needs fine tuning. As your…

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Mommy, Domestic Violence Survivor, and Law Graduate

After five years, I finally accomplished my goal.  I graduated law school this past May 2016.  It was not an easy feat.  I was first admitted into law school in 2011, but was dismissed after the first semester due to poor grades.  At the time, I was in an abusive marriage, and trying to raise a daughter in the mist of it. While I was re-admitted in 2012, the next two years was difficult.  I made the choice to leave my ex, and when I returned to law school, I learned to adjust as a newly single mom to a lively…

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5 Things I Learned From My Interview with Judge Erin Wirth

I recently had the opportunity to interview Judge Erin Wirth, the first female Administrative Law Judge appointed to the Richmond, Virginia Social Security Hearing office and the first female in a decade elected as President of the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference. Since graduating from  law school—a childhood dream—Judge Wirth has lived in seven jurisdictions, held eleven jobs, and passed the bar exam in three states. This may seem unusual, but when you consider Judge Wirth’s other role as wife of a Coast Guardsman, those numbers recontextualize as a testament to her commitment to her family and her country. During…

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Dealing With Outside Stressors During Law School

It’s hard to describe just how stressful law school is. Only those of us who’ve been through it can truly understand the amount of effort and dedication it takes to persevere. Studies show that simply preparing for the LSAT physically alters brain structure. Not that it alters it in a bad way, but if anything goes to show just how much of an effect the process of enrolling in and completing law school has on a person, it’s that. Not all of us make it to the end, but for most of us, we’ve invested too much time and effort…

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