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Tips for Feeling Your Best Self as a First Year Law Student

Starting law school is an exciting and important step in the direction of your blossoming legal career.  Setting yourself a solid legal foundation is crucial for further success and accomplishments in this field. While class prep, outlining, and your legal research & writing (LRW) course will take up most of your time your first year, below are a few tips for how you can stay healthy, happy, and keep a positive mindset! 1. Save money by bringing your lunch, snacks, and even instant coffee to school with you. It might sound silly but when you crunch the numbers of your daily visit…

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Linaya

Dear Law Students: Your Peers Are Your First Professional Network

If you are in law school, you have probably heard that your peers are your first professional network. This is especially true for law students who do not have attorneys in their families or who simply have never interacted with attorneys. A good way to get to know your peers and be known in law school is to get involve in different students' organizations, on the board or be a member of your law school lawyering skills competition (e.g., national moot court, ABA Representation in Mediation, Client Interviewing and counseling etc) and/or get on one of your law school journals.…

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Hillary Clinton, Respectability Politics, and the Crisis of Modern Feminism

The results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election represented a failure on many fronts. It was a failure of the American commitment to diversity, openness, and refuge. It was a failure as a check on corporate greed, wealthy interests, and predators of the poor and vulnerable. It signified a societal sickness— with our obsession with celebrity culture and worshipping of money as status. It displayed a majoritarian callousness to the calls for equal dignity by marginalized groups – by racial and ethnic minorities, the transgender community, immigrants, religious minorities, the gay and lesbian community, the disabled community, and women –…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Lieutenant General Flora Darpino

U.S. Army Lieutenant General Flora D. Darpino 2017 Ms. JD Road Less Traveled Award  The following questions were formulated based on U.S. Army Lieutenant General Flora Darpino's profile. 1. Your path is certainly not the one most law students take or even think about as an option. How did you decide to pursue a career in the Army? I often, half-jokingly, tell people I joined the Army because of a boy.  My husband was an Army officer and I needed an employer that would allow me to travel around the world with him, without having to take a bar exam…

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kellyalter

Is Success Possible for Women Attorneys in Hollywood?

One can sometimes hear that movies have long ago became a secondary, accompanying product of Hollywood. The primary one is, of course, lawsuits. Hollywood stars, their retainers, cast members, support staff, janitors and random passers-by seem to be existing in a constant state of anticipation, only jumping into frantic activity when an opportunity presents itself to sue somebody rich and famous. In such a situation, a question presents itself: can a woman attorney succeed in such an environment? What does it entail? Let’s take a closer look. 1.    Is the Question Right? First of all, the question itself isn’t quite…

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shantibrien

Implicit Bias: Lessons from a Mock Trial

Two white men and two black men walk into a courtroom….This is not the beginning of a bad joke but rather the start of a true story about implicit bias.  I was honored to be judging in the final tournament of a national mock-trial competition. In the mock-trial the plaintiff and the defendant each had two attorneys: one white attorney and one black attorney. As each spoke, I judged them on pre-set criteria like use of case law, presentation, questions to the witnesses, and handling the judges questions.  At the end, I ranked the attorneys.  Relying on my general impressions…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Gigi Parris

Gigi Parris 2017 Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Gigi's profile. 1. Prior to working at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, you worked at a law firm as a corporate associate. So, when did you decide that family law was the area of law you wanted to practice? I envisioned practicing family law prior to going to law school, probably when I was in college. I just didn't necessarily envision practicing in the specific field that I am in since it is a bit of a niche in the world of family law. However,…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: BUILD YOUR DREAM NETWORK with Kelly Hoey

On January 27th, Ms. JD's Katie Larkin-Wong sat down with investor and author Kelly Hoey to chat about the strategies that will help you form genuine relationships when networking. Watch below to learn how to harness the power of your network to accomplish any goal, from advancing in your career or landing a coveted account to successfully attracting new clients. Have more networking questions? Want to win a copy of Kelly's book BUILD YOUR DREAM NETWORK? Submit your networking questions using this link by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 10th! Ms. JD will post answers to the questions authored by Kelly, and you will be entered…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Knight, Morris & Reddick (KMR) Law Group

Knight, Morris & Reddick (KMR) Law Group 2017 Ms. JD Women's Strength in Numbers Award   1. How did you come about opening an all African-American female attorney law practice?  KMR came to be because the three of us each have entrepreneurial spirits and wanted to own and operate a business on our own terms. Yondi mentioned the concept of starting a practice and I was completely on board. She and Jessica had been having conversations around starting a business, so the three of us met to discuss.  As far as the fact that the practice is owned by all…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Lisa Horowitz

Lisa Horowitz 2017 Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Lisa's profile. 1. What is Talent Management ("TM")? Talent Management involves a cross-section of activities typically broken down into two major categories: talent acquisition and talent development (e.g., training, career planning, mentoring, assignments and performance management). It includes activities aimed as enhancing diversity and inclusion. I have focused my post-law practice career on talent development and advancing diversity and inclusion. 2. How and why did you transition from practicing law to Talent Development?   I transitioned to a career in Talent Development after an…

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