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Removing Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: UN Global Compact Spotlights Partnership

Few people within the United Nations (UN) system talk about the impact in 1982 when USA President Ronald Reagan pulled the economic plug on USA international relations by withdrawing funding from key international organizations within the UN System. The move was based upon the administration's political agenda, fully within the scope of powers of the USA Executive Branch, despite underlying treaty provisions. The move had three impacts: First, withdrawl of funds threatened to have a dominio effect, with large funders withdrawing their funding too. This never actually happened however, because of a second impact: small rich nations such as the…

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nicolemoriniere

Getting from A to B: Transitioning from Law to Tech

It took me about three months to complete my transition from law into legal tech, from the time I made the decision until I found and was hired at an exciting legal tech startup. During this time, I reached out to my network, did a lot of reading and attended numerous events.  Although I benefited from many resources during my search, I also found it more difficult given that I was going down a non-traditional career path for JDs. Hopefully, my experience can help provide an example of one way to transition from the traditional legal industry to a career in legal…

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irenemo

The Power of a Strong Twitter Tribe

**UPDATE**Febraury 22, 2017 -- Missed the live-stream of #MSULawLT4A2J? Here's the recording of the event. **UPDATE**Febraury 8, 2017 -- Please visit my new blog post for event details or you can head straight to the Facebook event or the live-stream link. (Note: There will be nothing on the live-stream link until 5 minutes before 12:00pm on 2/14.)**   Thank you to my Twitter tribe! As my fellowship project for Ms. JD, I wanted to plan an access to justice panel focusing on the use of legal technology to help marginalized and low-income individuals on a large scale. When I started planning the event last…

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Laura Bladow

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

If you think networking is about schmoozing at cocktail parties or sending a flurry of LinkedIn invites to people you don’t know, think again. Join Ms. JD on Friday, January 27th at 12:00pm PT for a live stream with investor and author, Kelly Hoey, as she provides innovative insights into strategies that will help you form genuine relationships and 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. The strength of Kelly’s connections and networks explain how this former attorney pivoted to become a much…

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annajo

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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