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Peg

Part V in Series: A Junior Associate’s Networking Plan

Part V in my 7-part series is Pro Bono work. I, like most junior associates, took on a pro bono client early in my law-firm career. I took my first pro bono client/project based on typical factors: 1- a partner asked me to do it and 2- well, there is no second reason. Now, with a little bit of experience and having had the chance to work on a number of pro bono matters, I realize the networking and business development opportunity presented by carefully-chosen pro bono work. At the outset I want to clarify that pro bono work is…

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Anonymous

Sue Magazine: For Women in Litigation

A new bi-monthly magazine, Sue: For Women in Litigation, is launching in January with the purpose of "demolishing stereotypes" and "acknowledging strengths." The cover story, written by Professor Laurie L. Levenson, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, looks at what our world would look like if women wrote the laws. Other features include the 10 Top e-Discovery Hazards, Powerful Women in Litigation, and 5 Effective Themes for a Successful Trial. Sue is currently accepting subscriptions. 

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Ms. JD

The Jury Expert

The American Society of Trial Consultants recently released a new trial skills journal, The Jury Expert. One of the feature articles, written by Elizabeth J. Parks-Stamm, discusses juror reactions to successful women. The article, Anticipate and Influence Juror Reactions to Successful Women, discusses "what happens when women jurors see successful women attorneys, plaintiffs or defendants and how you can mitigate the often negative judgment against successful women." Download the full article or view additional features at The Jury Expert. 

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Anonymous

Corporette Roundup

Recent columns and polls at Corporette: Patterned Tights Dressing Professionally if You’re Busty Professional Women and Tattoos Knee-high Boots in a Professional Capacity?

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Ms. JD

The Passing of Lorraine Power Tharp, NYSBA’s 105th President

It is with sadness that Ms. JD, and the New York and American legal communities have learned about the passing of Lorraine Power Tharp, the New York Bar Association's 105th President and only the third women to hold that position. Lorraine Power Tharp was an active and engaged member of the bar, committed to her practice and to making a difference in others' lives. As president, and among other things, she created the Task Force on Increasing Diversity in the Judiciary and the Presidential Summit. This Summit continues to occur annually, where experts and legal professionals meet to discuss important…

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Anonymous

Alternative Legal Jobs Clearing House and Legal Recruiter Calls: Really? In this Market?

So, the market is in a downward spiral that seems to come up for air every so often but then turn-around and head right back down. A lot of law firm associates that I know are worried. They are worried about "stealth layoffs" and about head-count reductions and generally about the fact that work is REALLY slow these days. They are worried because they have huge law school debt and are also losing thier shirts in the market turmoil. Yet, among all of this concern I received two calls from a legal recruiter yesterday looking to set me up with…

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Peg

Part III in Series: A Junior Associate’s Networking Plan

Okay, so now to Part III: Law School Network and Alumni Groups. I have found that the typical advice, both formal and informal, to a junior associate trying to start building her professional network is that she should start with keeping in touch with law school classmates. Therefore, I have built that into my networking plan. How to keep in touch, is the real question. Afterall, personal emails and phone calls eat into billable hours. Nights at the club or hanging out on the weekends, cuts into family or "me" time. So far, I have tried a three-pronged approach to…

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Peg

Working Moms as Role Models: Part II - Role models for other women?

Intro to Part I: A long while ago I wrote a post about the idea that working moms are role models for their children and about the judging that goes on between women including the battles being fought in the, so called, "mommy wars". Well, I have some updates and some additional insight on the issue that I'd like to share. Here is the second insight that I would like to share and it is about the fact that we may be role models for other women. My kids attend an elite private school -- the kind that has a…

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Peg

Part VI in Series: A Junior Associate’s Networking Plan

I am short on time and energy today so I am skipping to Part VI of my seven part networking series to share with you today, my Online Networking Plan. I'll have to admit upfront to be woefully behind the power curve on on-line networks. As a member of Gen X, I missed the boat that was MySpace and was a late joiner on other online networks as well. I reluctantly became a member of facebook in 2007 just because I repeatedly got friend invites from it and signed up just to have a shell of a presence so that…

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Janet

Speaking Salary

In her recent New York Times article, Girl Power at School, but Not at the Office, Hannah Seligson discusses the "new arsenal of skills" that women need to succeed in the workforce. She suggests that letting go of perfectionist tendancies and creating professional networks are two critical skills to success. Additionally, to keep up with the old-boy's club, women need to start "speaking salary." Young women also need to learn how to speak salary, a language that many men already seem to know. Coming into the work force, I thought that, just as my professor had given me the grade…

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