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From Intervention to Legal Action - Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence in America is shrouded in cultural misconceptions that place women and children at risk daily. Often downgraded to a "marital dispute" or family matter, few people realize that domestic assaults frequently escalate into life-threatening physical harm, long-term psychological trauma, and death. Would you be surprised to know that more American women have died from domestic abuse than soldiers who served in Afghanistan? From the years 2001 to 2012, 6,488 American soldiers were killed in the line of duty while serving in the region. In the United States in that same ten-year period, 11,766 women died from violence inflicted…

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Ms. JD Statement Regarding the Recent Gun Violence in the United States

On behalf of Ms. JD and its Board of Directors, we are deeply saddened and concerned by the recent gun violence across this nation. These senseless acts of violence beg the question: how do we unite this nation to see all people as human beings, not threats? Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, the Dallas police officers, and to all others who have lost loved ones to gun violence. This significant issue has sparked protests and demonstrations by people and organizations across the world that share our concerns. And so, we stand…

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Feminism and the Falsity of Choice (Lean In Group Discussion Session 2)

Our intergenerational group of women lawyers recently met to continue discussing Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, focusing on Chapters 1 and 2. We had an engaging discussion on many topics, including: How women can use power posing (citing Amy Cuddy’s research) and positioning in a room to empower themselves and others and to convey leadership. We also discussed gender (and sometimes generational) differences in taking up space, with men generally treating space and a seat at the table as entitlements and women often appearing hesitant to take up space and take the most powered seats at the table. We wondered if we…

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How to Build a Brand Tip #5: Understanding the Competition

How well do you understand your competition? In the first instance you’ll need to identify who your competitors really are, which most assuredly is not simply “everyone else.” Depending on the nature of your business, competitors may be defined by geography or the relatedness of the goods or services being offered. Market research is essential because identifying your competitors is important before you finalize your decision about which business categories and market segments to compete in. Once you determine who your competitors are, you need to assess their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, commonly referred to as a SWOT analysis.…

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The Gen Why Lawyer: What Exactly Are We “Entitled” To?

If I had a dime for every time I heard someone refer to my generation as “entitled,” I’d be a rich gal. I hear that stereotype more often than I’d like to. Perhaps you’ve heard it too? This “entitlement” stereotype is one of many I hear often directed towards my generation, Generation Y, and it bothers me because most Gen Y’ers I know are far from entitled.  The Gen Y’ers I know are hardworking, ambitious, and generous. It also bothers me because I truly believe negative stereotypes have a way of discouraging members of older generations from taking us seriously and supporting…

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When you saw the title of this blog post, a couple of things may have come to mind. Perhaps, you thought about the 2008 film titled ‘Doubt’ that starred Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Or maybe you automatically connected with the doubt that plagued your mind when you reluctantly clicked on the link that led you here and thought to yourself, “Oh gosh, not another blog post.” Whatever the case may be, one thing that is certain is that this one term known as doubt has affected us all in one way or another.  Whether you’re the undergraduate in your…

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Getting from Here to There, Part I: Expanding Our Vision (Lean In Group Discussion Session 1)

Our intergenerational women lawyers' facilitated group discussion kicked off with shared stories and insight gained, as we jumped into the Introduction of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, titled “Internalize the Revolution.” We focused on Ms. Sandberg’s story of how she, as a very pregnant senior employee at Google, realized the need for reserved parking for pregnant women and relatively easily made that happen. Ms. Sandberg uses this story to illustrate the need for more women in leadership positions to advocate for women’s needs. Our group first discussed Ms. Sandberg’s admitted embarrassment at not realizing the need for reserved parking until she…

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How to Build a Brand Tip #4: Find Your Unique Selling Proposition

Your unique selling proposition, commonly referred to as the USP, encapsulates why someone should choose your product or service over any other. Think of a word or concept that you want to “own” in the mind of your client base. To do this, you must consider the purchasing criteria of your clients and decide where you rank highest in fulfilling those criteria. One way to determine what is significant to your market is to know which keywords your potential clients use on the internet to find people engaged in your business. Is your geographic location important to the decision-making process? What…

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International Law Protecting Women Lawyers: Gender Equity for Occupational Safety and Health

NOTE: This  MsJD BLOG IS BASED ON MY June 2016 professional development course (PDC) Session No. 769 at the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS (ASSE) SAFETY 2016 entitled: Remember the Ladies: Gender Equity for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Programs under International Law Document and the video after the course will have been given at the Body of Knowledge (BOK) LINK at Special thanks to my co authors!  Morgan M. Bliss, M.S., CIH, EOC Safety Officer, Dignity Health and Aubrey HB, Ph.D. Chief Data Scientist, Sirius XM Canada. First Lady Abigail Adams was the wife of the second United…

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How Gender Bias May Be Costing Law Firms: Why Many Women Prefer Female Attorneys

Female law professionals have made tremendous gains in terms of representation at the largest law firms in the United States. Despite the increase in female law graduates, the number of senior level law-firm partners continues to trail behind male lawyers. In addition, a survey and review by Sky Analytics Inc., reported significant discrepancies in billing rates, between male and female law professionals. The data was collected after a review of $3.4 billion dollars of legal firm billing records, and 3,071 law firms from a variety of industry sectors, including energy, technology, manufacturing and family law.  How big were the discrepancies?…

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