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Susan Smith Blakely

Leadership 101 For Women Lawyers

We all are -- or we should be – thinking a lot about leadership these days. This is an important week as we witness the peaceful transfer of power from one national leader to another here in the United States of America. It is what distinguishes our democracy, and it should not be missed, even if your candidate is not being sworn in. I will be doing my part for the inauguration by participating in a leadership program that, every four years, brings college students to DC to witness the inauguration and hear from leaders in a variety of career…

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Talk Is Cheap… Or Is It? How Facebook Content Can Lead to Legal Action

Since its advent in early 2004, Facebook has become as familiar and as pervasive as the air we breathe – to such an extent that it’s been a ground for public concern for quite a while now, and not just because of self-evident issues like cyber-bullying. Social media, and Facebook, in particular, wield amounts of personal data beyond imagination (and leverage it for their commercial interests, too). The majority of users have no clue as to how far it spreads, and whatever one chooses to share with ‘friends of friends’ can go a long way – and much farther than…

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Ms. Pre-JD: Unsolicited Advice from an Undergrad

Welcome to 2017! Even though January 1st isn’t inherently more meaningful than any other day of the year, I think it’s useful to use the turn of the year as a time of reflection on our past goals and preparation for our new, or continuing, ones. I figured that to start off the year right, I would offer some advice that you didn’t want (or, most likely, need). I’d like to think that, by again not fulfilling my new year’s resolutions, I have once and for all learned the importance of committing to my goals. This probably isn’t true, and come…

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Citizenship by Investment: a Multi-Faceted Challenge for Lawyers

Law industry has been undergoing a fascinating development lately: people’s aspiration to obtain a second citizenship by investing in a chosen country’s economic development is steadily increasing; so is the demand for legal service in this sphere. Among the most popular and well-established schemes of this kind is the US EB-5 program. It’s especially attractive for entrepreneurs from booming economies, such as China, South Korea, UAE and others, who seek to get all the benefits granted to US citizens and ensure safety and stability for themselves and their families. However, as a rapidly developing sphere that certainly doesn’t exist in…

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The Big Check Mark

My fellow checklist-lover, this is for you! If you derive satisfaction from crossing an item off your to-do list and if – when you accomplish something that is not on your list – you put it on just so you can cross it off (I’m with you), the below small change could make a big difference for you. We checklist-types tend to feel more accomplished when we check more things off our list. However, it’s easy to pay too much attention to how many things we are checking off and not what things we are checking off. Keep an eye…

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How to Make Your Small Law Firm Look More Professional

Larger law firms have a tendency to be heavy-handed with their professionalism. They can afford to be, and all of their expenses are easily justified. As a small law firm, you may not have the same kind of budget. You need to be able to outshine competitors with pockets far deeper than yours. A few small touches can take you a long way in setting a high standard of professionalism for your small law firm. Use a Great Web Designer Being a legal professional and being a web designer are two completely different things. You may be an excellent tech…

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KatieDay

Join Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins LLP for Confronting Gender Bias in Communications

Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins Present: Confronting Gender Bias in Communications: A Moderated Conversation with Dr. Arin N. Reeves Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm CT 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800 | Chicago, IL This event will be presented live from Chicago and videoconferenced to cities throughout the U.S., see below for more information. Hear Dr. Arin N. Reeves talk about her latest research on gender bias in communications. Arin has worked in the areas of racial/ethnic, gender, age/generational, sexual orientation, class, and cultural diversity, equity, discrimination and harassment in organizations for over ten years.…

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A Letter to Our Community

As an organization, Ms. JD is dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. While we do not endorse candidates for political office, Ms. JD is concerned with how the election and the messaging throughout the election cycle may impact the self-confidence, self-worth, and career goals of the female law students and lawyers we support. We do not want these challenging events to diminish the incredible drive, passion, and commitment we see within our community. You inspire us on a daily basis. We as women are no strangers to adversity. During this difficult time, we…

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Creating a Diversity and Inclusion Plan: Tips from the CBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Connecticut Bar Association's Diversity and Inclusion Summit, hosted at Quinnipiac University School of Law. The event was an entire day dedicated to ways legal organizations can work to increase diversity and inclusion, ways those efforts can be measured, and why diversity and inclusion are so important.  It's no secret that creating a diverse workplace can be a challenge, but it's a challenge that is worthwhile. Diversity is not a fashionable agenda or a fleeting moment. We are a stronger workforce when we have different views and work to maximize our talents. In fact,…

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Brand Tip #9: The Role of Alignment in Brand Development

Now that you’ve established the building blocks for communicating to your target customers who you are, what you do and how you do it, it’s time to understand how alignment affects brand development.  Alignment is the act of ensuring that your brand reflects your target’s needs, wants, feelings and desires. Think of it as the act of walking (or shopping!) a mile in their shoes. Indeed, you must put on your customer’s shoes to understand and anticipate what it is they want from you. The key to effective alignment is the recognition that ultimately it matters not what you think…

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