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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Summer LSAT Course Giveaway with PowerScore!

To celebrate the first year of Ms. JD's pre-law programming, Ms. JD Pre-Law Sponsor, PowerScore, is giving away a LSAT prep course to one lucky Ms. JD reader!    Over the past year Ms. JD has expanded on our Pre-Law Prep Guide to compile several resources for pre-law students! Expert advice can be found weekly posts on our blog, including insights from PowerScore on LSAT success. And don't miss the recaps of our pre-law Twitter Chats, and Google Hangouts!    Enter to win a PowerScore Live Online Course using the widget below!    With a PowerScore Live Online Course you'll attend 12 comprehensive lessons in real-time from your computer or…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending May 22, 2015

On Wednesday, United Airlines and Boeing collaborated in a unique aircraft delivery celebrating women as a jet set off for Chicago, piloted by an all-female flight crew, and with every seat occupied by women from every level of United Airlines business worldwide.  This entrepreneur devised a co-working space that could be a game changer for working moms. While Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP announced on Monday a more generous paid parental leave program for its attorneys that lets mothers and primary caregivers stay home with their newborns for up to 22 weeks with full pay. Which law firm do you think…

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Dispatches from the Y Chromosome - Dispatch #7: “I’m a Change Junkie” - Bernadette Bulacan

  At the legal technology and content behemoth, Thomson Reuters, Bernadette Bulacan’s current title is “Director of Market Development.” However, that title doesn’t due justice to this amazing woman who (1) was on the founding team for an innovative legal-focused startup, (2) saw the .com boom and bust first-hand, ultimately being laid off by her law firm, (3) bounced back only to rise through the associate ranks to partner at a large-for-Seattle law firm, and (4) got married, beat cancer, and started a family all along the way.   I also feel very fortunate to call Bernadette a friend and…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Advice for Finding Career Happiness and Success

When it comes to workplace advice, it does not come any better than the words of Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, author of best-selling books on management and workplace issues, blogger on Jack WelchInfluencer and founder of an on-line MBA program. He has had a busy and very successful life, and he has a lot to say about getting ahead in business (which includes the law profession, of course). This blog on LinkedIn got my attention.  It is simple and straight forward advice on getting ahead and being happy in your career, and it literally comes from "the horse's…

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Equity & Efficiency: The Role and Practice of Diversity in Legal Scholarship

Written by: Violeta Arciniega (Digital Articles Editor), Elizabeth Koo (Editor-in-Chief), Julie Pennington (Managing Articles Editor) and Nabila Taj (Managing Editor) of CUNY Law Review. What We Talk About When We Talk About Diversity Law journals are thought centers of innovative arguments for social change. They are platforms to challenge norms and disseminate bold concepts into the marketplace of ideas to influence courts, inform legislators, and shape public opinion. This means that diversity initiatives are crucial to the legal profession and to the culture of law school, and law journals specifically, because they work to correct the persistent underrepresentation of the…

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The Inside Scoop: Endless Possibilities

I am interrupting my regularly scheduled blog post to bring you breaking news regarding the New England Patriots: they are CHEATERS. (Full disclosure: I am a Denver Broncos season ticketholder and have hated the Patriots for longer than I can recall.) Please allow me to go off the rails a bit this month, as I just have to get this off my chest. If you're not a sports fan, do NOT stop reading now. This post will have practical application, legal weight, and career value. Pinky swear.  Quick background: for anyone who is not a football fan, or who doesn't have one living…

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You Better Work (I Did)

As I sit here and write this, I am four days away from walking across a stage with my Master’s degree.  Heckuva introduction to a post, right?  A master’s degree may not seem like much to lawyers who already have their JD, but to me, it does mean something.  It’s big. To me, it means that I won. Now, why would I put it like that, do you ask?  When I graduated from college, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life.  I was going to get my PhD and then I was going to…

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Women Leading Change: Profile of Barbara Arnwine

Barbara Arnwine has played a key role in advancing justice in the arena of civil rights. Arnwine has served as the President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for over 26 years. Within this leadership role, her stance has been strong and her commitment has been unwavering to secure through rule of law, equal justice under the law. One such example is her determination to protect one of our most fundamental rights— voting. She has waged war against the direct assault of democracy as evidenced by laws and policies which restrict access to the…

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Journey to a JD: The End of One Chapter, The Start of Another

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  This month calls for plenty of celebration, as I officially wrap up my college career and dive into the summer.   With graduation right around the corner, I cannot help but reminiscence on these last four years.  I have had a blast at Washington and Lee (soon to be my alma mater… it’s just crazy thinking about it), and I could not have asked for a more rewarding undergraduate experience.  This is a bittersweet time, because I cannot imagine leaving my friends, professors, and this special community behind, but I am incredibly excited for all that…

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Mommy, Esq.: Winning the 1L Game

My son was 7 months old when I started law school. He was cute as he could be but barely slept a wink. I was a single mom, and I commuted at least an hour each way to school. I was competing with a group of very intelligent students, most of whom did not have sleepless infants at home. Somehow, I managed to finish 1L year with better grades than I had hoped for. I’d like to say I did well because I have a superior legal mind, but that’s not the case. I did well because I learned the…

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Month 5: It’s feedback time.

Some people insist that they love getting feedback, but they get really defensive when you give them feedback. While I don't particularly love getting feedback, I do understand the importance of it and it is nice for me to receive it every now and then. For the most part, I receive pretty positive feedback from my clients, but there was this one time when I recieved a small complaint about one of the forms I generated for work. I remember this complaint vividly because this was the first complaint that I officially received from a client, and it's hard to forget your first.  This form that…

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Implicit Bias: Light it Up

Editor's Note: This blog post was written by Patricia K. Gillette. Ms. Gillette is a motivational and inspirational speaker.  Visit her website at for more information.  She may be contacted through her website or at  Why are so many people afraid of the dark?  Maybe because you don’t know what’s there.  You sense danger. So you remain quiet and wait for someone to turn on a light. That is what it feels like to be the victim of implicit bias.  It is hard to detect.  And while you can’t see it or quite put your finger on it, you…

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How Adopting a “Middle Child Mentality” Can Help You Succeed in Law School and as a New Lawyer

Being a middle child can be rough. Growing up as a middle child, I was sandwiched between two siblings and had to learn how to get along with two very different personalities. I always wanted to be the center of attention, and I had to prove I was a know-it all. Now that I’m a practicing attorney, I notice that not much has changed. However, I have come to believe that the skills I developed as a middle child are precisely the skills needed to succeed as a law student and new lawyer. By embracing your unique voice and vision,…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending May 15, 2015

Ms. JD sponsor Munger, Tolles & Olson is taking a new approach to increasing diversity in the legal profession. Their fellowship program targets people of diverse socio-economic, racial and gender backgrounds and provides them with the tools they need to apply to and succeed in law school. Sadly, the first comprehensive survey of Native American lawyers found that Native American lawyers often feel invisible in the workplace with diversity programs that have proven successful for other minority groups leaving Native Americans behind. Are you faking an 80-hour work week? With Millennial parents working more, not less, after they have kids, solutions to…

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Lessons from the Chair

The Chair of a top law firm must have an abundance of skills, as both an attorney and organizational leader. What does it take to cultivate such skills in a competitive, high-pressure environment? I spoke with Kim Koopersmith, Chair of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and Candace Beinecke, Chair of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, about their career paths. While every successful attorney’s career follows a unique trajectory, both women imparted shared lessons for law students and junior attorneys. Develop your voice. Beinecke and Koopersmith recommend junior attorneys get involved in their professional environments. As a young partner, Beinecke was…

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