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Susan Smith Blakely

Happy New Year, Women Lawyers!

Happy New Year! I am back from my December hiatus and ready to embrace all new opportunities for the new year.  I hope you are in a similar frame of mind. Being a bit of a dreamer and having an open mind and a positive outlook for the future can be very helpful to your career development.  In fact, I could argue that those attributes are essential to positive career growth. If you are a maker of New Year's resolutions — and I know that some of you are — you might want to think outside the box this year…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: Navigating Changes to Your Course

For a host of reasons, one of the (worst) questions we get asked as children is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Although it is fine to have children develop goals, this question also starts to set an expectation in young minds that they should know exactly what they want to do. While some people know at the age of six exactly what they want to be when they grow up and take the necessary steps to create the career of their dreams, the rest of us generally fall into one of two categories (the latter…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: It Isn’t As Scary

As 2016 moves rapidly towards its end, so does this yearlong snapshot into the lives of the “Alumna and the 1L.”  Kayley, the alumna, is a year and a half out of law school and has been a member of the Georgia Bar for almost that long.  Zandrill, the now-2L, is officially halfway through law school.  I caught up with the two of them at another great Savannah restaurant (and boutique), Cohen's Retreat. I asked them what was different in their law-related lives now than a year ago.  “It isn’t as scary,” offered Kayley about being a brand-new lawyer. She…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: Law Firm 1L Programs

On December 15th, Ms. JD sat down with a panel of esteemed lawyers and diversity professionals for a discussion of their law firm's 1L hiring programs, including their specific diversity programs. Watch the recording below for the inside scoop on the hiring process, making your application stand out, and much more! Learn more about the participating firms and their 1L programs! Fish & Richardson Latham & Watkins Munger, Tolles & Olsen White & Case

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Sappho

The Job Search

The job search. It is a scary and exciting time for me. I have been lucky with my job search post-graduation. I applied for and was accepted into a 8 month fellowship, which ends in February next year. Further, I applied for a full time position as a Community Organizer, and have the position until at least next fall, contingent on funding.   In the meantime, I continue to apply for state positions (my applications are being reviewed) and identifying legal fellowships. There are three legal fellowships with deadlines of December 31, January 15, and April 2017. I am applying…

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tammyzhu

“He Said What?” A Panel on How to Combat Sexism and Gender Bias Against Women Litigators

This past Tuesday, I went to a panel discussing patterns of sexism and biases against women litigators and particularly young, women litigators.  As a petite woman who has been a litigation associate for just over one year, I was discouraged by these stories.  What do I have to prepare myself for if I want to stay in this line of work?  Getting verbally bullied and yelled at during meet and confer calls, getting comments such as “Don’t raise your voice at me.  It’s not becoming of a woman” during depositions, and getting used to my male counterparts jumping in to…

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BrookeFaulkner

Why You Should Consider An MPA/MPP If You Want To Work In Public Service

Not everyone who works in law practices law. That being noted, are there other degree programs that can better prepare you for working in public service law? Having a JD can certainly get you a job in the public sector, but earning an MPA (Masters of Public Administration) or an MPP (Masters Of Public Policy) is definitely a better option if you want more flexibility and more job opportunities. In 2014, US News interviewed Ann Johnson, an administrative and business law professor in San Bernardino, California. She earned several degrees before she landed the career of her dreams, one of…

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latancs

Brand Tip #10: Managing a Brand

Once you’ve explored the basics of identifying and developing a brand, then you're ready to start managing it. Managing a brand means (i) monitoring its reputation; (ii) analyzing the competition and opportunities for synergies; (iii) protecting the brand through trademark maintenance, an understandable policy and the pursuit of infringers; and (iv) crisis management. Focus groups and surveys are effective means to gauge the perceptions of your audience and measure it against your own view of your brand experience. These activities serve important functions in both brand development and, as the life cycle of the brand increases, in brand management. Given…

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KatieDay

Join Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins LLP for Confronting Gender Bias in Communications

Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins Present: Confronting Gender Bias in Communications: A Moderated Conversation with Dr. Arin N. Reeves Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm CT 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800 | Chicago, IL This event will be presented live from Chicago and videoconferenced to cities throughout the U.S., see below for more information. Hear Dr. Arin N. Reeves talk about her latest research on gender bias in communications. Arin has worked in the areas of racial/ethnic, gender, age/generational, sexual orientation, class, and cultural diversity, equity, discrimination and harassment in organizations for over ten years.…

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LAAllen

A Parliament of OWLs (Older Wiser Learners): Resilience and stress

Hello again, dear reader.  Can we chat?  I think it is time to discuss stress in the law school.  No, I know, stress is all anybody around here is talking about, but I don’t really approve of the hyper caffeinated, gaunt, I’m-so-miserable behavior.  I think the memes are cute, but seriously?  It’s time to pull up your big girl pants (and big boy pants) and stop the drama.  Let’s get a little perspective. School exams are, by an order of magnitude, less stressful than your life will be when you are a lawyer. According to a study published in the…

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