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Happy New Year Ms. JDs! We’re celebrating 2012 and Looking Ahead to 2013. (Post 2 of 2!)

Yesterday we told you about the AWESOME year we've had working, writing, and meeting our community.  Well, we're even more excited for 2013! We've got lots of big plans!Here's a sneak peek at a few:1. We're going to continue giving you access to top women in our profession. We're so excited to be working with Kirkland & Ellis to bring you a conversation on leadership and entrepreneurship with ABA President Laurel Bellows.  You can attend the event yourself in Chicago or at any of our viewing parties across the nation.  You can even bring it to your own school. Click…

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Dyanna Q

Overheard at the American Bar Association’s Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Academy

From December 6-7, 2012, San Francisco played host to the 2012 Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Academy presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the Young Lawyers Division. The event was an incredible success. I was lucky enough to attend and get to hear the incredible advice offered by keynote speakers such as  The Honorable Angela Bradstreet, San Francisco County Superior Court; Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Writer, Director, and Producer ofMiss Representation and Founder and CEO of MissRepresentation.org; and Edith R. Perez, Partner (Ret.), Latham and Watkins LLP and President, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners (1997-1999). The theme of this year's WILL Academy…

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bahardave

One Essential Trait of a Leader Is…Initiative

Editor's Note: This post was submitted in response to Ms. JD's She Leads essay prompt: "One Essential Trait of a Leader is ..." Ms. JD: She Leads will take place October 5, 2012 in Washington, DC and will feature keynote speeches from Marne Levine, the VP of Global Public Policy at Facebook and the DQs.  To learn more about Ms. JD: She Leads and to register, click here.There are plenty of people out there who always do what they are told to do.  As humans, one of the first things we are taught as young children is how to follow…

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The Weekly Round Up: Week of 5/11/2012

As we prepare for our annual conference, She Leads, in Washington, DC, we continue to offer you great leadership articles to help you prepare as well.  This week HBR asks "Just How Powerful Are You?"  Also, the Glass Hammer asks "Are Women Better Leaders?"A big backlash against TIME for promoting the Mommy Wars based on their latest cover.  Here's one take on it from MomsRising.In other "Moms" news, Forbes releases the most powerful Moms in the world list.In helpful job tips, seven phrases to delete from your LinkedIn profile.It appears that Dewey & Leboeuf is collapsing.  Here's yet another partner's take on why. Are…

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Atticus Lee

The UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident: Behind the Most In-Your-Face Meme of 2012

Does that picture look familiar (without the butterflies)? Can you remember what you were doing when you first saw the tragically iconic video of police officers dousing unarmed students in California with pepper spray during Occupy's heyday? Oh good, maybe I'm not the only one! A week before Thanksgiving last year, UC Davis police officers arrived in riot gear to the main quad and demanded 50-some Occupy-ers dismantle their tent city by the bookstore and disperse. When protestors refused and instead linked arms and stood (or sat, technically) their ground, Police Lieutenant John Pike busted out his riot-size can of pepper…

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editor

News about Ms. JD’s Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law!

Ms. JD is excited to be sharing an update about our Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law, Ms. JD: She Leads. As you may remember from our save the date, Ms. JD has partnered with the Women and the Law Program at Washington College of Law at American University to host the conference October 5, 2012. Ms. JD's annual conference represents the marquee event of the year for women in law. In addition to getting the opportunity to interact with and learn from one another, the conference gives students and young lawyers opportunities to meet top lawyers, hear…

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Ms. JD

Women on Law Review: A Gender Diversity Report

Ms. JD is proud to announce publication of its 2011-2012 data on gender diversity on law journals at the Top 50 Law Schools as found by U.S. News and World Report.  The most recent study finds that women's membership on law reviews correlates strongly with the number of women graduating from law school.  However, the number of women in the editor-in-chief position is disproportionately male.  Moreover, women lost approximately five percentage points from the previous study in terms of the overall number of women EICs from 33% to 28.5% in 2011-2012.  All of the results are detailed in the full…

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Eralon

Is Being a Mother and a Lawyer a Lose-Lose situation?

How could anyone possibly resist this face? I know what you're thinking- what does a cat have to do with a post about mother and a lawyer? Well for me, my pets are often what spawns these thoughts about life balance. When I look at the face of my cats and dogs with their sad eyes and the "please don't leave me" look, I feel riddled with guilt. So what happens if I ever have kids? How will I feel when I have to leave them? Most of the talk on this site has been about how to do it…

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Eralon

DeMANding Work:  Is there a place for part-time?

This weekend I attended the Legally Female conference at Yale Law School. After hearing an amazing set of speakers and panelists and interacting with amazing women from across the country, I can't stop thinking about a question that was raised during one of the sessions. What is the limit of the part-time phenomenon? Can corporate litigators or criminal trial lawyers and others under huge time pressures really do their job effectively in a part-time situation? I guess the reason I keep thinking about this is because I just don't know. If there is a good answer, I haven't thought of…

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Piper Hoffman

Sex Discrimination at Hair Salons

Sex discrimination is alive and well at your local hair salon. Walk in and look at the price list on the wall: "Women, $30. Men, $22." You might think there must be an explanation -- maybe women with short hair are only charged $22, for instance. Nope. I have walked into countless salons and tried to give them an out: what if I don't get a blow-dry? What if my hair is shorter than most men's? But time and again, they shake their heads. Women pay more than men, just because they are women. This is against the law. Besides…

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