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Susan Smith Blakely

Pay Equity For Women Lawyers

Pay equity for women lawyers is a subject that you definitely should care about.  I have blogged about it before, but now I have written about it in a comprehensive article published recently by the DC Women's Bar Association.  This article also makes the nexus between implicit gender bias and unequal pay for women lawyers, a connection that must be taken seriously. Here is a link to the article:  http:  www.wbadc.org//Files/Newsletters/2016-2017/WBA_RTB_2016-2017_Issue4_NovDec.pdf. Here is how I introduce the issue: One of the tenets of my Best Friends at the Bar program for women lawyers is “Be a discriminating listener, but do…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I have decided I should switch practice groups, because the one I am in is not giving me much mentoring. But I have not had much success getting work from the new group. Any advice on what to do? A: Yes. Finding a good “fit” at a firm is critical to your long-term success. But both you and the new practice group have to decide (either formally or informally) that you should work together. And until you have officially joined the second group, the dance can be delicate. At first, you will need work for both groups. And over…

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Navigating “Biglaw” as a Woman of Color

Study after study show that women of color are fading from large law firms and most leave before they are even considered for partnership. Hence, women of color remain the most underrepresented group at the partnership level. The source of this problem is definitely complicated and difficult to pinpoint: is it an issue of law firm culture, a dearth of minority leadership and access to high-ranking mentors and sponsors to guide women of color in their professional development, or a lack of exposure to clients and quality work assignments to develop their legal skills? Perhaps it is not an “either/or…

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What Female Lawyers Have to Be Aware of when Opening Their Own Firms

Today isn’t exactly the perfect time for being a young lawyer at the beginning of legal career: job market is overfilled, competition is vicious, and student debt is at an all-time high. And all these problems are only exacerbated for female lawyers: they have to try harder to prove their competitiveness and use every available weapon to the fullest to achieve maximum efficiency and survive in this cutthroat business. Here are some of the things you should pay special attention to acquiring the much-needed edge over your competitors. 1.    You’ll Have to Learn Marketing We all have strengths and weaknesses. Lawyers…

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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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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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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: Everyone says that new lawyers should ask questions without worrying about being judged. But I know of lawyers who have gotten negative reactions to questions. What’s your advice about when to ask questions and when to keep quiet? A: New lawyers need to ask questions to learn. But as you recognize, there are exceptions to every rule. There are, in fact, questions to avoid. As with everything in law, you need to be strategic. Some lawyers recommend asking only "sensible" questions. But that doesn't provide much guidance. You should consider what to ask and who to ask – as well as how and when to ask. Here are some tips: 1.    What to ask. One reason lawyers want you to ask questions is to help prevent one of their most common fears. The…

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1L Diversity Scholarship

Arent Fox is seeking applications for its annual Diversity Scholarship Program. The New York office will award one first-year law student $20,000 ($10,000 to be awarded during their 1L summer, $5,000 to be awarded upon acceptance of an offer to return for their second summer and $5,000 to be awarded upon acceptance of an offer to join the firm as a full-time associate). This posting is for the New York scholarship opportunity. The New York scholarship recipient will join Arent Fox's 2017 Summer Associate Program and will work in the New York office for ten weeks this summer. The Firm will accept applications from December…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: Thank You, and See You Later

To all my dearest, fellow 2016 Ms. JD writers-in-residence: It's December! We've come to our final blog posts! My sincerest thanks for your wisdom and your friendship this year. What a joy and honor it has been to get to know you all. In particular, I'd like to give shoutouts to: Gloria, our amazing #MsJDWIR Program Director, for your endless patience and for keeping all of us organized (herding cats!) Delida, for coming all the way to Columbia University (!) to chat with and inspire our group of pre-law undergrads  Julie, for your constant encouragement, and the spot-on advice in your column—which…

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Ms. JD Book Review: The Associate’s Handbook by Francisco Ramos

The Associate’s Handbook, written by Francisco Ramos, is a resource for aspiring trial lawyers. In this article I will outline the handbook, and summarize the material provided in each section.  I will include my personal opinion on the subject matter and whether I find it applicable to the modern day lawyer.  The sections I will cover include: Starting Out, Attorney Marketing, and Trying Every Case. Starting Out Ramos suggests that all new attorneys starting out focus on self-improvement, becoming your own CEO, improving your writing, and finding a mentor.  Ramos finds it imperative that you take charge of your career…

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