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JaneeTLegal

The Westside Justice Center—Legal Aid & Community Outreach

Community justice generally refers to various crime prevention techniques that explicitly include the community. The idea behind community justice initiatives lies in restorative community goals –creating a “grass roots” path to neighborhood inclusion by active involvement. Recently these initiatives have included community: crime prevention, courts, policing, prosecution, etc…. Access to the legal system, or the lack thereof, plays a large role in whether the community has faith in its lawmakers and the justice system as a whole. The Westside Justice Center (WJC) works to fill that void; providing Chicago citizens with legal services in immigration, family law, real estate, estates and trusts, etc. The…

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AnderaColon

7 Tips to Choose the Right Area for Law Specialization

From Admiralty Law to Health Care Law, the possibilities in law specialization seem to be endless. It can, therefore, be difficult to choose a specialization that is most suitable for you. Usually, law students have to take mandatory classes in all legal topics during the first year. In the second and third year, they are allowed to choose the classes they want.  The reason law schools allow students to choose classes in the second and third year is so that they can experiment with different areas of the law. Most law schools don't expect you to choose a specialization until…

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lawyergirl

LAW AND DESTINY

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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shirleywray

Domestic Violence, Abuse and the Shocking Statistics

Domestic Violence by a spouse or a partner in a relationship is defined as aggressive or violent behavior that can include a range of abusive behaviors such as name calling, sexual assault, stalking, intimidation and physical harm or threat of physical harm, to name a few. The Numbers When it comes to domestic violence, the statistics among American women are shocking. Between 2001 and 2012, the number of American troops that were killed while fighting in Afghanistan was 6,488. Meanwhile, the number of American women killed by a current or ex male partner in that same time period was almost…

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fmjay-2nYR

Top Ten Tips for Law Firms to Make the Most of Summer Programs

Dear Readers- I hope you are well and that your August is off to a great start.  Last week I wrote a post with 10 tips for summer associates to make the most of summer programs. As legal internships draw to a close and we are now knee-deep in on-campus interviewing and job fairs across the country, I thought it would be a good time to share my top 10 tips for law firms who are deciding on offers for their current summer classes and conducting interviews for their summer programs for 2017. Whether you are a law student, law firm or legal department, this…

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KatieDay

2016 Ms. JD Fellows

Ms. JD has awarded Fellowships to 15 law students. Fellows were selected based on their academic performance, leadership, and dedication to advancing the status of women in the profession.  The winners reflect a full range of diverse interests and backgrounds, with women pursuing opportunities in public interest, academia, and private sector in every region of the country.   The 2016 Ms. JD Fellowship Winners are: Céline Aka, Washington University School of Law Sarah June Benjamin, Washington College of Law Shoshana Brown, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law Ally Chiu, Harvard Law School Marina Gatto, UCLA School of Law Hunter Glenn,…

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lawyergirl

Beijing Plus Twenty Plus One: International Law Protecting Womens Rights

“It was twenty years ago today” began a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, recalling to listeners that some things remain constant across time. So too in 2015 a portrait that graces the wall of academia in Virginia illustrates this point: Only by close observation could one find the sole woman nestled along the rear of the desk, seated alongside a lamp. (see photo below). It should be no surprise therefore that womens progress towards equal opportunity for employment to do the hard work of saving posterity by ensuring health and security for all in paid employment in the…

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fmjay-2nYR

Top Ten Tips for Summer Associates to Make the Most of Their Summer

Dear Readers- I hope this post finds you well and enjoying the your summer.  As we wind down the last hours of July and begin a new week and month tomorrow, we are reminded that summer associate programs are drawing to a close at law firms and for in-house legal departments.  We are also gearing up to begin on-campus interviewing and job fairs across the country.  Whether you are a law student who is participating in one of these summer programs or getting ready to begin the fall interviewing process looking for a job, you will find the following article useful.  It…

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AzinAbedian

Stronger Together: An interview with Ashley Overhouse

Ashley Overhouse, the founding member of UC Hastings NWLSO chapter shares her law school journey of being a female law student and how building a successful network of mentorship has inspired her to give back to the legal community. Tell me a little bit about yourself? I’m a California native, born and raised in San Jose. I recently graduated from UC Hastings with my juris doctor, and in the process of completing my LL.M. at SOAS, University of London. I specialize in international environmental law, and will be looking at environmental issues within California after I take the Bar Exam…

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fmjay-2nYR

Defining Success in the Law

Hello Ms. JD Aficionados! I hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying the summer so far.  Many of you may be summer associates in law firm summer programs across the country, others of you may be getting geared up for on-campus interviewing in the next several weeks, while some of you may be practicing attorneys with a few years under your belt.  Whatever the case may be, each of us can use some advice about how best to define success in the context of where we are in our careers, and some do's and don'ts.  In that…

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