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fmjay-2nYR

Defining Success in the Law

Hello Ms. JD Aficionados! I hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying the summer so far.  Many of you may be summer associates in law firm summer programs across the country, others of you may be getting geared up for on-campus interviewing in the next several weeks, while some of you may be practicing attorneys with a few years under your belt.  Whatever the case may be, each of us can use some advice about how best to define success in the context of where we are in our careers, and some do's and don'ts.  In that…

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fmjay-2nYR

Start Thinking of Yourself More as a Business Owner Than an Attorney

Dear Readers- Happy Spring!  As we get ready to wind down the first quarter of 2016, it is a good time to take stock of how well we are doing in achieving our work goals for this year.  Are we on track, or are we already falling a bit behind?  As we contemplate our performance, we must view ourselves through the eyes of a business owner, rather than as an attorney. Are we keeping clients happy?  Do the economics of our practice make sense? Are we getting out there enough and developing our personal brand and market awareness?  Are we strategically collaborating with others as…

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mlbrown

5 Lessons For #SuperwomenJDs From The 2016 Ms. JD Conference

On February 19, 2016, I attended my first Ms. JD Conference as a Ms. JD Fellow. The eighth annual Ms. JD Conference at New York University School of Law offered a wonderful opportunity to network with inspirational attorneys, law students, and pre-law students. Additionally, I learned a wealth of information from the esteemed speakers, regarding topics such as intersectionality, social media presence, and the advancement of women in the profession. As I reflect on the Ms. JD Conference on Women in the Law: Superwomen JDs, there are five lessons that I would like to share.   1) Strike your superhero pose. We…

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robertsirianni

Brownstone Scholarship Program

Brownstone Scholarship Program is offering an annual scholarship to all law and pre-law students. This scholarship is merit based, requires an essay submission, and the winning applicant will receive $1,000 dollars towards their costs of education. All of the application details and the 2016 essay question are available on our website at this link: Brownstone Scholarships. I have also attached a brief overview for your reference. Please let me know if you have any questions about the scholarship. We look forward to reading submissions from students. Kindest Regards, Robert Sirianni, Jr. (855) 776-2773

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mlbrown

Meet #Superwoman Diane L. Rosenfeld

The Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award is given to a woman who inspires others by her commitment and passion to her work. Diane L. Rosenfeld, who has a long history of advocating for issues concerning violence against women, truly embodies the spirit of the Woman of Inspiration Award!  Previously, Ms. Rosenfeld served as an Executive Assistant Attorney General in Illinois where she provided legal policy advising on women’s rights, among other issues. She then moved on to serve as the Senior Counsel to the Violence Against Women Office (now the Office of Violence Against Women) of the U.S. Department…

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lawyergirl

So You Want to be An International Lawyer: International Law Without Travel

Globalization. A word that makes everything ordinary seem faraway and yet captures the essence of how interdependent our economy at home has become, inextricably linked to economies abroad. The notion that things happening far away are not part of our local world is no longer true. A old phrase has disappeared from our daily life:  “that has as little to do with my life as the price of tea in China!”   because the daily importance of the price of tea in China has grown exponentially. Sitting in the office using a mug from Las Vegas made in China to sip…

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latancs

Résumé Writing FAQs for Legal Management Professionals

Times New Roman or Arial, that is the question. Actually, that’s one of several questions that befuddles résumé writers. Don’t despair. Read on for some popular writing FAQs. Should I put my cell phone number on my résumé? You should include your cell phone number on your résumé if it is likely to assist a hiring party in reaching you. If you never turn your cell phone on except for emergency situations, then don’t use it as a contact number. Likewise, if calls are likely to drop off the planet due to reception in your calling area, it might not…

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fmjay-2nYR

Lawyers Must Focus on Their New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Readers- Happy 2016 to you all!  I hope that your holidays were filled with much laughter, joy and memorable times with family and friends.  As we are well into January and celebrating Martin Luther King Day this week, it is a good time for us to reflect on our wishes and goals for the year. New Year's resolutions are top of mind, and we should all think about where we are headed in 2016.  In January 2012, I began writing my monthly column "Paradigm Shift" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and my first installment, which originally published on January 10, 2012, focused on New Year's resolutions.…

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LAAllen

A Parliament of OWLs (Older Wiser Learners): Bramble Bush, Thoughts for Winter Break

I am waist deep in winter break.  In the past ten days, I have driven 1400 miles, sorted bank statements and health insurance paperwork, visited the school where I taught, walked my favorite beach, baked bread and cookies, wasted hours online, and celebrated Christmas.  There are appointments scheduled for the car, the dentist, and the doctor, and the Heir flew back to Boston early yesterday morning.  By noon, I was bored. Bored?  No kidding, bored.  I have multiple knitting projects going; I’m walking every day, exploring the city and the campus beyond the law school, and I’m reading three books. Two are not…

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latancs

Feeling Stuck in Your Job? Tips to Adjust in a Slow Economy

Many are stuck in a job they hate because they can’t afford to quit or can’t find other employment under these weak economic conditions. If you can’t change jobs, then you must change your attitude. Begin by asking yourself—what worked for me? Most people enjoy a honeymoon phase in the early stages of a job. What was it that made the job enjoyable or enticing in the first place? What has changed?  Often this kind of introspection brings about a realization that it’s the de-motivating aspects of the job getting you down rather than the entire job. Try to find ways to tame the…

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