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KatieDay

Support Ms. JD and Women in the Law this #GivingTuesday

Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. Through programs like NWLSO, Writers in Residence, the Ms. JD Fellowship, Global Education Fund, our Annual Conference, and more, we work to support women in the law. We can't do this without your support. This Giving Tuesday, consider donating to Ms. JD to support our programs and the success of women in the law. Did you know... -At the median, the typical female equity partner in the 200 largest firms earns 80% of the compensation earned by the typical male partner.  -The typical firm…

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The Benefits of Law-Blogging

Lawyers need to be creative. Litigators think of creative ways of using particular techniques during trials to win the jury's verdict. Transactional attorneys use their creative sides to negotiate in a way that would result in a precise, unambiguous, two-sided agreement that the judge will be sure to uphold if litigation ensues. Those are just two examples of the ways that lawyers use creativity in their daily lives.  If creativity is helpful in legal careers, why not practice it in the form of writing blogs?  Often times, students and perhaps lawyers don't have the opportunity to express their thoughts about…

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Ms. JD Writers in Residence Program Application Prompt 2017

The prompt is: How do you think pre-law individuals, law students, and/or lawyers may benefit from writing for law blogs? From the days of grade school, we are taught how to write. We are told to write stories that will entice the reader to finish without putting the story down. Somewhere down the road, we forget what makes a story great, or in the alternative, we forget how to write. The legal field is different from others, where the art of writing is the key to winning an argument. Take, for example, the story of a single comma in a 14-page…

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To Be A Lawyer Is To Be A Writer

How do you think pre-law individuals, law students, and/or lawyers may benefit from writing for law blogs?  In the information age, blogs stand unique as a source for information on a variety of niche topics.  With a few Google keystrokes, you can find a blog to assist you with any query.  Want to find the best deals on frequent flyer miles or hotel rewards points? Plan a wedding that isn’t too bling or too basic? Bolster your closet with the latest high-style trends? Keep up to speed with the freshest industry goss?  The answers to your questions are often found…

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I Will Rise

Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise - Still I Rise, Maya Angelou Photo credit: Rachel Kramer, https://www.flickr.com/photos/rkramer62/8169654606/ As a young, woman of color entering into the male-dominated legal field, a Donald Trump presidency was my worst nightmare. But as the reality of the elections results washed over me, I realized there is an incredible urgency for me to take control of my future. It is now, more important than ever, time for us to continue a dialogue encouraging women of color to become attorneys. On Tuesday, November 8,…

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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Takeena Thompson

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, Ms. JD seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Ms. JD had a few questions for Takeena Thompson, who is a Partner at Cohen & Malad, LLP, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  1. Where do you practice law?   Indianapolis, Indiana   2. How would you describe the culture?  The culture among the attorneys here is collegial, but competitive.   3. What are the industries that produce work for lawyers in your area? Lawyers in…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats: Leveraging Mindfulness to Survive a Sometimes Stressful Season

Join Ms. JD and our experts on Friday, November 18th at 4:00 PM ET to learn more about how leveraging mindfulness can help you thrive. Whether you're a practicing attorney adding the holiday season to your busy days or a student headed into finals, November and December can be a stressful time of year.  Ms. JD is here to help with a set of experts in mindfulness practice.  They'll give you tips and tricks for leveraging mindfulness to help you increase focus and calm, reduce stress, and improve your overall performance!   We will livestream the panel on Ms. JD's YouTube channel. Meet…

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KatieDay

Everything Lawyers and Law Students Need to Know About Using LinkedIn

We all know we should be using LinkedIn to help further our professional development and expand our networks, but many of us are unsure exactly how. That's where this post comes in. I sat down with LinkedIn guru and Intellectual Property attorney Ashli Weiss to get the low down on what lawyers and law students should be doing online. Check out her advice and start making the most of your online presence! Ms. JD: Should everyone be on LinkedIn?  Ashli Weiss:  My personal opinion is that law students and attorneys should be on LinkedIn.  It’s a great way to connect with…

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Ms. JD is Now Accepting Applications for Its 2017 Writers in Residence Program!

LSATs, law school studies, hectic work weeks. Sometimes we all need a creative outlet.  Whether you are pre-law, currently in law school, or a seasoned legal professional, Ms. JD may have just the opportunity for you!  Ms. JD is currently seeking applications for its 2017 Writers in Residence Program.  Started in 2010, the Writers in Residence are a select group of pre-law individuals, current law students, and legal professionals who contribute monthly articles for one year to the Ms. JD blog on a topic of their choosing. This year's Writers addressed many interesting and relatable issues facing everyone from pre-law millennials to…

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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Elizabeth Fenton

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, Ms. JD seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Ms. JD had a few questions for Elizabeth Fenton, who is a Partner at Saul Ewing, LLP in Wilmington, Delaware.  1. Where do you practice law? I practice principally in Delaware, but I am also admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 2. Describe your legal market. What is the size of the market? How would you describe the culture? Delaware is a small…

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