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Top Ten Tips for Summer Associates to Make the Most of Their Summer

Dear Readers- I hope this post finds you well and enjoying the your summer.  As we wind down the last hours of July and begin a new week and month tomorrow, we are reminded that summer associate programs are drawing to a close at law firms and for in-house legal departments.  We are also gearing up to begin on-campus interviewing and job fairs across the country.  Whether you are a law student who is participating in one of these summer programs or getting ready to begin the fall interviewing process looking for a job, you will find the following article useful.  It…

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Defining Success in the Law

Hello Ms. JD Aficionados! I hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying the summer so far.  Many of you may be summer associates in law firm summer programs across the country, others of you may be getting geared up for on-campus interviewing in the next several weeks, while some of you may be practicing attorneys with a few years under your belt.  Whatever the case may be, each of us can use some advice about how best to define success in the context of where we are in our careers, and some do's and don'ts.  In that…

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New Clerk on the Block: How to Start Your First Post-Grad Legal Job Off on the Right Foot

Many of you will be starting your first post-graduation legal job in the fall. And while there’s plenty of advice out there for young lawyers about how to get your first legal job after graduation, there isn’t much practical advice about what to do during your first few weeks on the job to get up to speed quickly. In this post, I’ll share some of my tips based on my own experience completing the first couple of weeks of my clerkship.   1. Do your homework. Okay, so this technically happens before you start, but it’s just as important. Before…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Summer Stops for No One

Savannah Law School graduated its second class in May.  Kayley and her classmates now have a new group of fellow alumni joining them on the journey from student to lawyer, including a stop at the bar...exam.  May was a busy month for Kayley: she had volunteered with the campaigns for the re-election of the judge she completed her first externship in law school with and for his staff attorney, who was running for clerk of court in our county.  Those campaigns were fraught with negativity that is hard to bear when you personally know the candidates and you want them…

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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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Riding the Tech Wave:  A Chat with Information Privacy Law Champion Sona Makker (Part 1)

A large number of the world’s citizens are grateful for the conveniences spawned from the technology revolution. On occasion (of course while in the midst of sharing personal information on a smartphone or tablet in order to fill out a survey, download yet another “app” or to shop online), many of us have occasionally pondered “where does my personal information really go?” and “is this really safe?” Few federally-mandated information privacy laws and regulations exist, although a number of states have passed their own legislative measures.  Consumer advocates have clashed with business and technology industry advocates over the need for increased information…

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Supporting Women In The Law

The first woman Presidential candidate ran for office in 1872. The next female contender didn’t come along until about a hundred years later, when women had already secured the right to vote for over half a century. Predictably, neither of these women won a single electoral vote. Even though I knew these facts, I was still shocked when, on a recent trip to Disney World’s “Hall of Presidents,” I saw 43 animatronic versions of men appear on the stage, representing the 43 men who have served as President of the United States. It was one thing to know that we…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School—Time for Those Pre-Combat Inspections

  The beginning of summer is the perfect time for law students to conduct pre-combat inspections (PCI). Pre-combat inspections are a management tool that the Army uses to make sure that every soldier brings to battle every piece of required equipment, every time. And importantly, PCIs ensure the equipment is in proper working order. Pre-combat inspections consist of soldiers physically laying out for inspection each item of equipment they will need for a mission. The inspections are often highly regimented with detailed checklists and completed according to a prescribed layout diagram. For instance, soldiers may be assigned a 5 x…

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My Mom works as an International Legal Diplomat (Happy Mother’s Day)

The questions of worklife balance are one facet of professional life among MsJD members that are universal--- important no matter in which nation one finds work or which part of one's family needs and deserves full attention at some moment in time. For those of us living life on the cutting edge of law and technology and governance, well sometimes at the cutting edge, one simply gets cut and bleeds. Social values have changed; it is now possible to view mothering and paid work as inextricable tasks, benefiting children as well as parents and thus supporting a healthier society. But…

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5 Lessons For #SuperwomenJDs From The 2016 Ms. JD Conference

On February 19, 2016, I attended my first Ms. JD Conference as a Ms. JD Fellow. The eighth annual Ms. JD Conference at New York University School of Law offered a wonderful opportunity to network with inspirational attorneys, law students, and pre-law students. Additionally, I learned a wealth of information from the esteemed speakers, regarding topics such as intersectionality, social media presence, and the advancement of women in the profession. As I reflect on the Ms. JD Conference on Women in the Law: Superwomen JDs, there are five lessons that I would like to share.   1) Strike your superhero pose. We…

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