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Getting from Here to There, Part I: Expanding Our Vision (Lean In Group Discussion Session 1)

Our intergenerational women lawyers' facilitated group discussion kicked off with shared stories and insight gained, as we jumped into the Introduction of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, titled “Internalize the Revolution.” We focused on Ms. Sandberg’s story of how she, as a very pregnant senior employee at Google, realized the need for reserved parking for pregnant women and relatively easily made that happen. Ms. Sandberg uses this story to illustrate the need for more women in leadership positions to advocate for women’s needs. Our group first discussed Ms. Sandberg’s admitted embarrassment at not realizing the need for reserved parking until she…

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International Law Protecting Women Lawyers: Gender Equity for Occupational Safety and Health

NOTE: This  MsJD BLOG IS BASED ON MY June 2016 professional development course (PDC) Session No. 769 at the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS (ASSE) SAFETY 2016 entitled: Remember the Ladies: Gender Equity for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Programs under International Law Document and the video after the course will have been given at the Body of Knowledge (BOK) LINK at Special thanks to my co authors!  Morgan M. Bliss, M.S., CIH, EOC Safety Officer, Dignity Health and Aubrey HB, Ph.D. Chief Data Scientist, Sirius XM Canada. First Lady Abigail Adams was the wife of the second United…

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Law Firm Partnership Models: What You Need to Know

When you’re a law firm associate, what happens at the partnership level can seem both mysterious and detached from your own reality, like black holes or the fame of the Kardashians. Focused as you are on proving yourself as an attorney, making your hours, and honing your legal skills, your firm’s partnership structure may be the last thing on your mind. But you really should know what’s behind the partnership curtain and what to expect when you get there - if you want to get there at all. Lawyers and law firms are unsurprisingly steeped in tradition and precedent, and…

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Leading By Example

One of the approaches I have taken to my legal career is to seek out female lawyers who love what they do and learn about their path. Some of them have become mentors, while others remained one-off conversations. My discussions with them focus not only on the types of jobs they have had and what worked and didn’t work for them, but also on life/work balance and challenges specific to being a professional woman, such as when members of the legal community (be they clerks, judges, or opposing counsel) don’t take you seriously because you’re a woman, particularly if you’re…

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Be the Best: Winning Award Submissions

How do you know who’s doing the best work in your industry? By “Best Of” lists, of course! At least, that’s the idea behind them. Done right, they are an important piece of marketing collateral. Award submissions to those “leader” lists can be an overwhelming amount of work. To manage the process, pick the most well-known and respected lists in your field. Then attack them strategically*. I favor Chambers and those run by media outlets, such as the National Law Journal, because they are trusted brands that have a vigorous vetting process. You also get great electronic exposure that other…

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Ready, Set, Read!

As described in prior Ms. JD blog posts (found here and here), I am coordinating and facilitating a very unique book discussion group for women lawyers this summer. We had a tremendous positive response to the call for applications to join this discussion group, from which we have assembled a remarkable group of women lawyers of varying generations and diverse backgrounds and experience that is ready to begin reading and meeting to discuss Lean In. Although this particular program is oversubscribed and designed for in-person meetings in San Francisco, we would like to engage the many women lawyers out there who…

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Mastering the Art of Professional Parity

Ten years had passed from the time Julia Child graduated from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school to the time she published the first volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961. In that time, Child and her co-authors spent countless hours researching, testing, and curating recipes and techniques to feature in their first publication. Their efforts proved to be the foundation of a cultural revolution in the culinary world. Much like Child and her efforts, Ms. JD, in its tenth year, continues to craft a lasting legacy and a bright future for women in the law. Over the…

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Riding the Tech Wave:  A Chat with Information Privacy Law Champion Sona Makker (Part 2)

Part 2 of my interview with “information privacy champion” and Santa Clara University 3L Sona Makker continues with Sona’s perspective and advice about succeeding in the privacy law industry as a female. Q: Do you think that privacy law is a male-dominated field? A: The privacy and cybersecurity fields [because they are interrelated] are currently split 50/50 (male/female). The privacy industry has successfully [achieved] and maintained this even split. However, as a result of working in the Silicon Valley, I have noticed that, in general, technology companies are not very diverse. When I attend industry-wide events, it’s really encouraging to…

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Riding the Tech Wave:  A Chat with Information Privacy Law Champion Sona Makker (Part 1)

A large number of the world’s citizens are grateful for the conveniences spawned from the technology revolution. On occasion (of course while in the midst of sharing personal information on a smartphone or tablet in order to fill out a survey, download yet another “app” or to shop online), many of us have occasionally pondered “where does my personal information really go?” and “is this really safe?” Few federally-mandated information privacy laws and regulations exist, although a number of states have passed their own legislative measures.  Consumer advocates have clashed with business and technology industry advocates over the need for increased information…

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Supporting Women In The Law

The first woman Presidential candidate ran for office in 1872. The next female contender didn’t come along until about a hundred years later, when women had already secured the right to vote for over half a century. Predictably, neither of these women won a single electoral vote. Even though I knew these facts, I was still shocked when, on a recent trip to Disney World’s “Hall of Presidents,” I saw 43 animatronic versions of men appear on the stage, representing the 43 men who have served as President of the United States. It was one thing to know that we…

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