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Former Ms. JD Fellow Sonya Passi Starts Domestic Violence Organization

Sonya Passi is a 2012 Ms. JD Fellow and the Founder & CEO of FreeFrom. Sonya received her B.A. and M.Phil from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College). While at Cambridge, she founded the Cambridge Domestic Violence Action Group, which educated college and high school students about issues of domestic violence. Sonya went on to receive a J.D from UC Berkeley School of Law. During her second year of law school, Sonya founded the Family Violence Appellate Project ("FVAP") which, in less than four years, has fundamentally changed the legal landscape in California by providing, for the first time, free appellate legal…

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robinmorisey

Knowing the Difference Between a Politician and a Statesman

If you’re reading this, chances are you live in a country where citizens can vote for their government leaders. It’s probably also a safe bet you either don’t hold most politicians in high regard, or don’t really care about politics at all. There is one bit of advice I think is important for voters across the world to understand in order to neutralize their negative perceptions of politics, as well as feel more confident about their ability to use their vote to make a difference. That piece of advice is this: know the difference between politicians and statesmen (stateswomen too,…

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benditaesq

He(ar)(re), us! Blawg writing as illumination & organization

haiku: I write. Without it I would self-destruct. Breathing can be elusive. As a young associate I attended a meeting where I was only one of two women and the only woman of color among nearly twenty attorneys. We women were not shrinking violets in the back reserving our opinions and sitting on our hands: we were at the table, very vocal, leaning in long before Sheryl instructed us to. A few days later, I ran into one of the attorneys who were at the meeting. He rushed to tell me about this fantastic meeting he attended where there were…

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KatieDay

Creating a Diversity and Inclusion Plan: Tips from the CBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Connecticut Bar Association's Diversity and Inclusion Summit, hosted at Quinnipiac University School of Law. The event was an entire day dedicated to ways legal organizations can work to increase diversity and inclusion, ways those efforts can be measured, and why diversity and inclusion are so important.  It's no secret that creating a diverse workplace can be a challenge, but it's a challenge that is worthwhile. Diversity is not a fashionable agenda or a fleeting moment. We are a stronger workforce when we have different views and work to maximize our talents. In fact,…

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NicoleAbboud

The Gen Why Lawyer: Using YouTube to Showcase Your Legal Knowledge and Personality with Aiden Kramer

I first discovered Aiden on YouTube. That’s not where I usually meet lawyers but I’m so glad that I did. Since then, I’ve gotten to know Aiden and have watched how brilliant she is at marketing herself and building her practice - all on camera! I want to introduce you to this fabulous young lawyer as I’m sure her courage and charisma will inspire you. I’d love to hear a little bit about your journey to opening your own law practice. I graduated law school and was admitted to the Colorado bar in 2013. I had been working as a law…

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jenniferlockman

Tips For Professional Conduct and Development

The very second a woman conceives a child, an endless cycle of growth initiates and the entire life is nothing but another name of growth. From babies to toddlers to teenagers to adults to professionals, humans evolve into bigger and better beings. There is no limit to learning and education. Every profession in the world, be it medicine or teaching or law, puts no limit on the amount of knowledge a person can acquire. With the rapid changes in technologies, use of social media forums, the strength of word of mouth, changing economies, demanding customers and other factors of the…

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KatieDay

Everything Lawyers and Law Students Need to Know About Using LinkedIn

We all know we should be using LinkedIn to help further our professional development and expand our networks, but many of us are unsure exactly how. That's where this post comes in. I sat down with LinkedIn guru and Intellectual Property attorney Ashli Weiss to get the low down on what lawyers and law students should be doing online. Check out her advice and start making the most of your online presence! Ms. JD: Should everyone be on LinkedIn?  Ashli Weiss:  My personal opinion is that law students and attorneys should be on LinkedIn.  It’s a great way to connect with…

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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Elizabeth Fenton

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, Ms. JD seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Ms. JD had a few questions for Elizabeth Fenton, who is a Partner at Saul Ewing, LLP in Wilmington, Delaware.  1. Where do you practice law? I practice principally in Delaware, but I am also admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 2. Describe your legal market. What is the size of the market? How would you describe the culture? Delaware is a small…

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KatieDay

Submit your Nominations for Ms. JD Honors at #MsJDPROPEL!

Ms. JD is proud to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors. The Ms. JD Honors Reception will take place in connection with Ms. JD’s next annual conference, #MsJDPROPEL, at Northwestern Law on March 3, 2017. The Ms. JD Honors awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 15, 2016.   Below is a description of the awards and instructions for submitting nominations. Woman of Inspiration Award - To a woman who, regardless of her practice area or type of…

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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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