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robinmorisey

Advice for Single Mothers Seeking a Legal Career

If you’ve always wanted to explore the possibility of developing a legal career, you shouldn’t assume that being a single mother makes it impossible. There’s more help out there than you might expect. Recognizing that it has a problem with insufficient diversity, the legal profession is trying to change by creating opportunities for those who have found it difficult to pursue a legal career in the past. This includes women and people from socio-economically disadvantaged groups, so many of the barriers that used to exist are now no longer present. Challenges facing single mothers The two biggest barriers facing single…

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AngelaHill

What Does Donald Trump Think About Female Professionals?

Like him or dislike him, there is a lot to be said about President-Elect Donald Trump. While surprising pollsters and many in the business community, there is no doubt that it has been a tumultuous election year in the United States. It is one that has polarized urban and suburban Americans, arguably contributed to some (what we hope are) misunderstandings along the lines of rights for same-sex partners, and issues of race, income, and religion.  While comments from the new President-Elect have often led to inflammatory interpretations by the media, particularly along the lines of women’s rights (e.g., Planned Parenthood)…

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-PTeVnmfFP

Start Writing and Reap the Rewards!

Early in my career, I entered a writing contest … and won!  Thus began my career-long love of writing and publishing.  In mentoring many law students and young lawyers, I always suggest that writing and being published is a key to distinguishing yourself from the crowd, while also becoming a better lawyer in the process.  Back in the day, publishing was done only on paper, and involved quite a bit of lag time not only between writing the article and finally seeing it in print, but also in obtaining feedback from readers. Today, in contrast, publishing via a blog on…

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Raychelle_Tasher

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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nevidomsky92

Life in the Law School Lane: Living Through the 2016 Election as a Female Law Student

"This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is, it is worth it. And so we need—we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion." - Hillary Clinton, Concession Speech, November 9, 2016 With my penultimate post as a 2016 Writer in Residence, I figured I would be wrapping up…

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NicoleEGarcia

A Question of Empathy: Are Female Lawyers Preferred for Personal Injury Cases?

For personal injury clients, finding the right lawyer to represent them is a high-stakes decision. Not only will the lawyer need to be proficient at representation, but the client expectation is that the counselor will truly advocate with compassion for their case. Individual preferences aside, there are many reasons for clients to prefer the choice of a female lawyer for a personal injury case. Injury Cases Involving Men: The Fear of Disclosure and the Appearance of Weakness Despite the fact that legal counsel, regardless of gender, is in place to provide quality representation for the client, there are sociocultural factors…

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seairacdaniels14

Attorneys Across America: Featuring Elizabeth Fenton

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, Ms. JD seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Ms. JD had a few questions for Elizabeth Fenton, who is a Partner at Saul Ewing, LLP in Wilmington, Delaware.  1. Where do you practice law? I practice principally in Delaware, but I am also admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 2. Describe your legal market. What is the size of the market? How would you describe the culture? Delaware is a small…

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lawyergirl

“Litigating for Our Childrens Rights to Education: What else could I do with my time?”

This blog post is based on an Invited Editorial in PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES magazine, New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council Sept 2000 - Article by Dr. Ilise L. Feitshans JD, ScM and DIR It sounds sexist but true: educating my learning disabled son disproportionately consumes my family’s resources – compared to the time, cash and lost income I spend on the academic life of my gifted, beautiful daughter who is four years younger. She is easy to educate; bright-eyed and pretty, she loves learning and absorbs new data, sounds and new experiences like a sponge, able to recall moments from a trip…

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sher_lawyer1

What we’re taught about women who rise

I am often asked why some women have such harsh things to say about women seeking high political posts, and the few women in those posts. The more interesting question may be why so many people -- women and men -- support having a female leader.  After all, we've been taught to distrust and dislike smart, capable, women who seek leadership. Those of us born in the United States grew up in a country that has never had a female president. We are at the peak of female representation in the United States Congress, and 80% of our congressional representatives are male. For every…

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bobclary1981

Women in the Law and the Areas that they Specialise in

Law has always until recently been perceived as an area which is dominated by the alpha male who typically makes a massive presence in the court room. In the 1950’s there started to be a steady trickle of women who came into the law. In the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s the trickle became much stronger and women started to dominate certain areas of the law such as family law (divorce), property law and employment law. Since the start of this century women have been entering the legal profession in record numbers. In North America women constitute approximately a half of…

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