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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation:  What if Alienation is Not a Universal Feeling?

It was neither preaching nor praying that made a better person of me, but one or two people who believed in me better than I deserved, and I hated to disappoint them.  I recently went to a holiday party where two white male law firm partners were asking each other why we see so many female associates leave big law starting around their fifth year and what firms can do to keep them.  They were concerned that women leave for reasons beyond the firms’ control, such as appealing in-house positions or to devote more time to parenthood.  I told them…

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abell

Do Diverse Attorneys Need Diverse Mentors And Sponsors?

Recently, I was speaking with another African American attorney who told me that she has not had a mentor in her five years of practice at a large law firm. She expressed that there aren’t any income or equity partners of color and very few of them are women. Understandably this absence of leaders of color and women leaders led her to wonder what it means for her own career. To add to her worry, she has struggled to receive quality work assignments, which has hindered her development. Straddling the line between hypervisbility (as the only woman of color in…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: The Path Most Traveled, Usually Isn’t Mine

Name: Camille Stewart Professional Title: Exiting Senior Policy Advisor for Cyber, Infrastructure & Resilience at the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration Law School: American University Washington College of Law  Years Practicing Law: 6 Years Sector: Government Specialization: Policy, Cyber, and Intellectual Property Extra Tid Bit: “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” –M. Scott…

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lawyergirl

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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