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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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AzinAbedian

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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robinmorisey

Advice for Single Mothers Seeking a Legal Career

If you’ve always wanted to explore the possibility of developing a legal career, you shouldn’t assume that being a single mother makes it impossible. There’s more help out there than you might expect. Recognizing that it has a problem with insufficient diversity, the legal profession is trying to change by creating opportunities for those who have found it difficult to pursue a legal career in the past. This includes women and people from socio-economically disadvantaged groups, so many of the barriers that used to exist are now no longer present. Challenges facing single mothers The two biggest barriers facing single…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Would Mandatory Paid Childcare Leave Make US #1?

I discovered two things today --- seemingly independent but connected, I think.  These things are important for all women, those with children and those who love the children of others, and they are important to me. First of all, I read that the United States of America comes in fourth in terms of being the most desirable country to live on earth.  The first three positions were awarded to Germany, the UK and Canada.  Not bad to be in fourth place, but first place is better.  However, this probably was predictable because the subject of the survey was "quality of…

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AngelaHill

What Does Donald Trump Think About Female Professionals?

Like him or dislike him, there is a lot to be said about President-Elect Donald Trump. While surprising pollsters and many in the business community, there is no doubt that it has been a tumultuous election year in the United States. It is one that has polarized urban and suburban Americans, arguably contributed to some (what we hope are) misunderstandings along the lines of rights for same-sex partners, and issues of race, income, and religion.  While comments from the new President-Elect have often led to inflammatory interpretations by the media, particularly along the lines of women’s rights (e.g., Planned Parenthood)…

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BrookeFaulkner

Women And Higher Education: A Brief History

Today, women are closer to equal rights than they have ever been before. In 2014, women actually comprised 57% of students in institutions of higher education. According to Arizona State University, women currently make up almost 50% of the U.S. workforce, and 51% of corporate jobs are filled by females. Did you know that until very recently, American women have largely been excluded from higher education? In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was quite frowned upon, and at times, against policy, to allow women to attend traditional colleges and universities. The first women’s college (Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts) wasn’t…

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dunelisa

Why blogs?

The legal world, especially for women, can sometimes be very lonely. At least I know it is for me. Unlike many of my fellow law students or legal professionals, becoming a lawyer was not a likely career path for me. No one in my family has ever gone to law school. When I was growing up, my family never talked about law or politics around the dinner table. Law was also not the path my parents would have chosen for me. As immigrants from Asia, they envisioned a different life for me. A few weeks ago, when I told my…

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JaneRosales

7 Life Lessons I’m Thankful Law School Taught Me

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to thank law school for teaching me so many life lessons in the past 27 months. Now that I’ll be graduating in 6 months, it’s time to look back and be thankful for the lessons that I learned in probably one of the emotionally draining, academically challenging but also fulfilling times of my life.    You’re not “JUST” anything – In the past year and half, I told a female lawyer at a huge bank and a male criminal court judge that I was “just a law student.” Their response: “you’re just not…

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-PTeVnmfFP

Start Writing and Reap the Rewards!

Early in my career, I entered a writing contest … and won!  Thus began my career-long love of writing and publishing.  In mentoring many law students and young lawyers, I always suggest that writing and being published is a key to distinguishing yourself from the crowd, while also becoming a better lawyer in the process.  Back in the day, publishing was done only on paper, and involved quite a bit of lag time not only between writing the article and finally seeing it in print, but also in obtaining feedback from readers. Today, in contrast, publishing via a blog on…

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Raychelle_Tasher

A Letter to Our Community

As an organization, Ms. JD is dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. While we do not endorse candidates for political office, Ms. JD is concerned with how the election and the messaging throughout the election cycle may impact the self-confidence, self-worth, and career goals of the female law students and lawyers we support. We do not want these challenging events to diminish the incredible drive, passion, and commitment we see within our community. You inspire us on a daily basis. We as women are no strangers to adversity. During this difficult time, we…

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