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Networking & Mentoring: Tips For Female Law Professionals

A strong mentor and solid networking skills are essential to the success of any new or inexperienced attorney.  Due to the predominantly male environment found in many law practices, a strong professional network, and a knowledgeable mentor can mean the difference between success and failure for a young female attorney. Countless issues can arise within the first year in the profession, and a competent mentor will provide sound guidance.  Office politics, gender disparagement in the workplace, career planning, and another ethical issue that are bound to arise in this cut-throat profession.  Take a look at a few tips that will…

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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation:  As Women, Should We Ask for Male Mentors?

Two weeks into being an associate at my big law firm, I was asked if I knew who I wanted my mentor to be.  Did I want a partner or an associate?  Did I want somebody in my practice group or not?  Did I want somebody of my own gender or race or not?  I debated these questions in my head.  I ended up requesting a mentor of the same gender and race as me.  But looking back, was that the wisest choice? If you google “how to pick the right mentor for young women lawyers,” you’ll find a few…

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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Legal Paths.

Happy New Year, fellow writers (and readers)!  Thanks for stopping by!  Let's start things off with a shot of some Q&A to ease us down the road.  1. What is an "alternative legal path?"   In this blog, we'll be discussing anything you can do with a law degree that doesn't involve keeping your feet stuck on the traditional conveyor belt. This could include:  Opening a solo practice Transitioning into a high-level HR/recruiting role at a law firm Continuing to practice in biglaw, but in a "nontraditional" way - such as in an overseas office or working part-time Starting a business…

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annajo

Why Networking for Women Can Be Paramount for Success

Networking is one of the biggest pro tips offered to college students and recent graduates. Job candidates are promised that if they devote time and energy to building a network of professional peers and mentors, they’ll be guided to jobs that are perfect for them. However, all networking is not created equal, just like pay is not equal between men and women. Studies show that women need networking far more than men if they want to make it in today’s competitive atmosphere. Here are some of the reasons why women should put a focus on networking. 1. Mentors boost your…

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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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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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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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Susan Smith Blakely

Become Your Own Hero—- Or Heroine For You Women Lawyers!

Did you have a super hero growing up?  I can remember the Marvel Comic Book superheroes as if it was yesterday.  For the younger among you,  GI Joe and Wonder Woman might have been your heroes, and there were many others --- something for everyone.  We admired these characters for their strength and bravery and compassionate and independent behavior.  They made us think that we could be like them --- if only a little bit.  We liked to be on the side of the super hero or super heroine because it was usually the just and right place to be. …

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marlowsvatek

New Clerk on the Block: Learning to Manage

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a law clerk is working with law student externs. I truly enjoy guiding externs through their legal research and writing assignments, watching their skills improve over time, and serving as a mentor to help them achieve great things even after they leave our chambers. When supervised effectively, externs can also lighten the workload for law clerks. But supervising law students is also one of the most challenging parts of being a new attorney. And, unfortunately, law school doesn’t teach you how to be a good manager. In fact, it turns out that…

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Women Lawyers Leveraging Social Networks: Presenting Your Best Self

Social media has become a staple of personal interactions and brand management, but what kinds of content should job-seeking law students post online? Christina Martini (@TinaMartini10), National Hiring Partner-Associate Recruiting, at DLA Piper, discusses how to use social media to your advantage and a few tips for in-person networking and personal branding. What benefits have you found in using social media with regard to your law firm practice and your recruiting experience? I have found social media to be very helpful for my practice in several ways.  It is a great way to connect with others in the profession as well as business people,…

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