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“Eat Now and Caffeinate” at The Goddess and the Baker

The Goddess and the Baker, who’s newest of three locations is on one of the busiest corners in the Loop, is bustling all day. When I sat down with Fran, the shift supervisor at 225 N. LaSalle, she told me the those truly dedicated to a good cup of coffee can beat the morning rush on weekdays by stopping by at 7:00AM when the store opens, whereas those who are looking for a livelier atmosphere should come in for boozy drinks and half-off snacks for Happy Hour from 5:00-7:00PM. Although the mint green walls, trendy décor, and Instagram-worthy cakes and…

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Asian Food in Chicago

When I move to a new city, one of the first things I do is explore the Asian food scene. After a semester at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, I’ve discovered that Chicago has an amazing variety of restaurants that serve generous portions of delicious, authentic Asian food. I hope you get to try out some of these places when you visit Chicago in a few weeks for the Ms. JD Conference! Chi Cafe: When you’re in Chicago, you should definitely spend some time in Chinatown, which is easily accessible by the Metro Red Line. My go-to place in Chinatown…

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Talking “Ladder Down” with Author, Lauren Stiller Rickleen

This week I sat down with Lauren Stiller Rikleen to chat about her newest book, "Ladder Down:  Success Strategies For Lawyers From Women Who Will Be Hiring, Reviewing, And Promoting You." Lauren shared her perspective on the legal profession, and what lawyers (especially female lawyers) can do to promote their success. Before I jump into the Q&A, let me give you a little background. Lauren is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multigenerational workforce.  As President of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, Lauren conducts workshops, speaks at conferences, retreats, and professional events, and provides training programs focusing on: strengthening multigenerational…

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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Liani Balasuriya

Liani Balasuriya 2017 Ms. JD Student of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Liani's profile. 1. What made you want to be involved in the Northwestern's Women's Leadership Coalition? I’ve been interested in women’s leadership issues since high school. I was the only woman on the executive board of my high school newspaper, and I believe being a woman affected how my peers perceived my leadership. I was also surprised by how few women ran for Student Council President. After graduating high school, I went to college in D.C. and volunteered at Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign headquarters…

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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with NWLSO at the University of Puerto Rico

National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO) - University of Puerto Rico School of Law  2017 Ms. JD Law School Chapter Award The following questions were formulated based on the NWLSO's profile. 1. NWLSO was founded in 2014 at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. What was the unmet need behind the creation of such a wonderful organization? Our school has organizations for all sorts of interests and students are encouraged to propose and develop ideas for what they think will benefit communities or the student body. When we started, we had the vision of a network of support…

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What #PROPELS Ms. JD’s Vice President Liz Hague

1. Three things that #PROPEL me are: (1) Learning - Ever since I was a little kid, I've devoted my time to reading and learning about the world around me. I love that as a lawyer I find myself digging into diverse subjects, and using that knowledge to advocate on behalf of my clients; (2) Improving the world around me - through volunteering, my Board service, and trying to make my community a better place; (3) My amazing family, friends, and partner Roy, who keep me grounded and remind me to find the fun in life. 2. I #PROPEL others by: …

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Who is a Lawyer?

In the U.S., there are several titles that are used to describe lawyers.  First, let's take a look at the definition of lawyer.  According to Black’s Law Dictionary, a lawyer is one who is licensed to practice law.  Simple enough.  But various titles such as esquire, attorney, attorney-at-law, partner, counsel, associate, or law clerk are often used interchangeably to describe someone who, in essence, practices law – but what do these titles mean? Word origin of commonly used titles Before exploring the difference in titles, let’s look into the word origin of the two most commonly used titles – lawyer…

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Now through February 12th at 11:59 PM EST Ms. JD is offering an exclusive discount to #MsJDPROPEL for all students! Visit our Eventbrite page (HERE) and enter the code PROPELSTUDENTS when checking out to receive $20 off your student conference ticket! Remember, the discount code is only good until the 12th! Don't wait, get your tickets today! And don't forget to check out the conference agenda and learn more about our speakers by visiting the conference page!  

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Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life: Fitting it In

Yesterday I hit the four week mark of a 15-week semester. This is usually the time when my good intentions for the semester fail. My planner begins to collect dust on my now-cluttered desk, in the home office I never enter, and books are scattered across my kitchen table, which has ceased use for its intended purpose. Attempts to prepare meals for the day result in me grabbing an orange from the basket and hoping my husband will remember to go to the grocery store on his way home. Instead of retyping my notes or adding to an outline at…

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Chicago Neighborhood Guide

Chicago is a wonderful city, made up of a variety of unique and vibrant neighborhoods. As the 2017 Ms. JD Conference approaches, I thought I would share some of my favorite places to go in the neighborhoods surrounding Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Specifically, this guide will include top spots to grab a coffee or drink as you explore the city. STREETERVILLE Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is located in Streeterville, home to many graduate students and professionals. For coffee, check out Dollop Coffee Co. at 345 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611. Dollop is a proven Northwestern student favorite,…

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