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shantibrien

Implicit Bias: Lessons from a Mock Trial

Two white men and two black men walk into a courtroom….This is not the beginning of a bad joke but rather the start of a true story about implicit bias.  I was honored to be judging in the final tournament of a national mock-trial competition. In the mock-trial the plaintiff and the defendant each had two attorneys: one white attorney and one black attorney. As each spoke, I judged them on pre-set criteria like use of case law, presentation, questions to the witnesses, and handling the judges questions.  At the end, I ranked the attorneys.  Relying on my general impressions…

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Laura Bladow

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

On January 27th, Ms. JD's Katie Larkin-Wong sat down with investor and author Kelly Hoey to chat about the strategies that will help you form genuine relationships when networking. Watch below to learn how to 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. Have more networking questions? Want to win a copy of Kelly's book BUILD YOUR DREAM NETWORK? Submit your networking questions using this link by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 10th! Ms. JD will post answers to the questions authored by Kelly, and you will be entered…

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cwnimaroff

Stop Living in La La Land: Age Bias Affects Everyone

According to Ashton Applegate, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, well over a million and half Americans over 50, people with decades of life ahead of them can’t find work (You’re How Old? We’ll Be in Touch, NY Times 9/3/16). And as people are living longer, healthier lives, the number of workers over the age of 55 will continue to increase, which means more out of work Baby Boomers. Ageism, or age bias, is a word I had never heard of; I was living in La La Land. Having now joined the over 50-year-old unemployed who can’t land a…

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KatieDay

Talking “Ladder Down” with Author, Lauren Stiller Rikleen

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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annajo

How Introspection Can Make You a Better Lawyer

When you’re a lawyer, you typically spend most of your time considering and addressing other people’s problems. That’s what they hire you to do, after all. But if you don’t ever take the time to peer inside yourself and become more aware of who you are, you’re doing yourself -- and by extension, your clients -- a disservice. Five Benefits of Professional Introspection Introspection doesn’t come naturally in the legal profession. It’s your job to care and worry about other people, and attorneys often neglect their own personal needs for days or weeks at a time. Once you develop a…

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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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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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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Many entrepreneurs go through The Darkness - eating instant ramen, crashing in their parents' basement, remortgaging their house, fearing monthly cable bills or paying rent  -- before The Big Success Break, as do many who seek a transition to an alt-path.   While not all alternative legal careers involve entrepreneurship (though in later blog posts we'll speak with lawyers turned entrepreneurs), when it comes to our careers, we are our own entrepreneurs.  We are companies of one.  We are selling our labor and skills and that unique bit of ourselves that only we can offer.  We are convincing others to invest time, money, capital, and goodwill…

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Shundt

Let’s Be Real

My best friend Jess is a rockstar. So when I read an article in The New York Times a few months ago suggesting that women ought not to be themselves in a professional setting--at least not completely themselves--I knew I had to ask Jess if she agreed. Is that true? I wondered. Do you have to hide who you are to get ahead? Jess is no stranger to sticking out because of who she is. She is an environmental engineer, has worked as a technology consultant, and now is a senior product manager at a clean energy company.  In her undergraduate degree, she…

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jennypark27

What Every Female Attorney Should Have in Her Wardrobe

Considering how busy your schedule is as an attorney, there are surely times when you face your closet, and then disappointment comes next. How many times did you open your closet and said, “I don’t have anything to wear,” to yourself? How many times have you stated that you need something “new” to wear? That means what you have is an inoperational wardrobe and seriously, you need to change that. But how will you know which ones to replace and what items you should keep? Like a simple or basic white tee, or your blue pair of jeans, or how…

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