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15 Things You Didn’t Know About NWLSO Leadership Council Member Kaylynn Webb

Hello Ms. JD readers! I am Kaylynn Webb, the Southeast Region Chair on the NWLSO Leadership Council. 1. My favorite television shows are The Walking Dead and Insecure. 2. I love watching beauty videos on youtube and reading fashion blogs. My favorite youtuber is Shirley B. Eniang. 3. My favorite food is my mom’s fried fish. She uses a fish batter only sold in North Carolina and it is amazing. 4. Attending Howard University for undergraduate was the best decision I ever made. 5. I strive to take at least one international trip a year. My last few trips were to…

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skreed

Skirting the Ceiling: Femininity and Professionalism Empowerment

Since starting law school this past fall, my classmates and I have been bombarded with messages trying to instill in us what it means to “think like an attorney” and have found that acting and looking like an attorney also come with the territory. Lost in the middle of 1L year, we’re still attempting to work out what to th ink like an attorney means (and probably will be grappling with that for some time). Yet, there’s one lesson I feel like I’ve learned for certain: While there seems to be agreed upon guidelines as how to act professionally, those…

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abell

Navigating “Biglaw” as a Woman of Color

Study after study show that women of color are fading from large law firms and most leave before they are even considered for partnership. Hence, women of color remain the most underrepresented group at the partnership level. The source of this problem is definitely complicated and difficult to pinpoint: is it an issue of law firm culture, a dearth of minority leadership and access to high-ranking mentors and sponsors to guide women of color in their professional development, or a lack of exposure to clients and quality work assignments to develop their legal skills? Perhaps it is not an “either/or…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: You Are Stronger than You Know

NAME: ELIZABETH RIOS PROFESSIONAL TITLE: MANAGING ATTORNEY FOR LEGAL SERVICES OF SOUTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN Law School: University of Michigan Law School Years Practicing Law: 10 years Sector: Public Service-Nonprofit Specialization: Housing Law Extra Tid Bit: “God Bless and Go Blue!” “I do it because I love it and I feel privileged everyday to be able to do this work.” What ultimately sparked your interest in becoming a lawyer? I first decided to become a lawyer as an undergraduate at The University of Michigan. The affirmative action lawsuits were being litigated and it was so clear the power and impact that legal advocacy could…

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nicolemoriniere

Lawyers can be techies, too: An Introduction to Legal Tech

First things first, what is legal tech? Originally, the term referred to the technology and software tools, products, and services targeted at or created for the practice of law, namely law firms (such as e-discovery or matter and practice management, and including well-known companies such as Lexis Nexis and WestLaw). A new generation of companies is now changing this definition to include companies focusing on disrupting the practice of law and innovating in the legal industry, much like startups in other industries such as education or healthcare. Why should law students or practicing lawyers care about legal tech? Legal tech…

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Jmnakamoto

You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: The Legend of Perseverance

On February 1, 2013, I woke up the same way I had in the past five years, as a wife. But three hours later I became a widow and a single-mother of two children. It was a double whammy that morning. At 7:00 am I discovered an email message between my late husband and one of his female co-workers. Infidelity. By 10:00 am that same morning he had taken his own life. It felt like a very deep, trembling shockwave ruptured my heart from the inside. Aside from my mother’s passing, I had never felt such a paralyzing blow before.…

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The 2017 Ms. JD Fellowship Application is Now Open!

The Ms. JD Fellowship, one of our most popular programs, is now open for applications! In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship.  The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development.  Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients.  In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in…

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vatsaleisha

Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Results and Thoughts

October 14: Day of Results. It is one of those “where were you” moments. I was in India, of all places, as sleep deprived as I could possibly be. As I waited for the results to load, I made jokes to lighten up the mood, saying that the suspense was literally killing me (side note: my dad and I hate the improper use of the word “literally”). Finally the page loaded and I scrolled to the bottom of the list to find my seat number. It wasn’t there. At first I didn’t believe it, I thought it was a mistake. I…

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About NWLSO Leadership Council Member L. Candice Isaac

My favorite sport is tennis. My favorite color is blue. My favorite pizza is BBQ chicken on thin crust. I was born in the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago. I like learning new things. It’s an opportunity to grow as an individual and I can never pass on that. Knowledge, truly is power. My favorite short story is “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. My favorite TV show is Seinfeld. I became a U.S. citizen a few years ago and finally got to participate in the presidential election process. I am a first-generation college and professional school student. My favorite book is…

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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Legal Paths.

Happy New Year, fellow writers (and readers)!  Thanks for stopping by!  Let's start things off with a shot of some Q&A to ease us down the road.  1. What is an "alternative legal path?"   In this blog, we'll be discussing anything you can do with a law degree that doesn't involve keeping your feet stuck on the traditional conveyor belt. This could include:  Opening a solo practice Transitioning into a high-level HR/recruiting role at a law firm Continuing to practice in biglaw, but in a "nontraditional" way - such as in an overseas office or working part-time Starting a business…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I have decided I should switch practice groups, because the one I am in is not giving me much mentoring. But I have not had much success getting work from the new group. Any advice on what to do? A: Yes. Finding a good “fit” at a firm is critical to your long-term success. But both you and the new practice group have to decide (either formally or informally) that you should work together. And until you have officially joined the second group, the dance can be delicate. At first, you will need work for both groups. And over…

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Sappho

Reflections Before Moving Forward

Happy New Year! Welcome to what I hope will be an exciting year as we move forward and say good-bye to the good and bad moments of 2016. As for me, 2016 was an interesting year. After traveling a twisty road, I graduated with my law degree in May 2016.  Through careful deliberation, I made the difficult choice to postpone taking the bar exam until July 2017 as the State Bar will be switching to the Uniform Bar Exam. I applied for many employment opportunities in nonprofits and state and local governments, was rejected by many, and received several interviews. Undeterred,…

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Ms. JD is excited to announce the 2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees!

Sharing Her Passion Award - To a woman who has practiced for more than ten years who is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice. Awardee: Jessica Brown Women's Strength in Numbers Award - To two or more women who have partnered with one another to create a unique program, business, or organization. Awardees: Keli Knight, Yondi Morris & Jessica Reddick, the Founders, Owners and Partners of Knight, Morris & Reddick (KMR) Law Group and KMR Legal Staffing Road Less Traveled Award - To a woman who is using her J.D. in a unique, non-traditional, way to pursue an issue…

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kmacrae

Embracing the Unexpected

Entering my final semester of law school, I am caught in the somewhat surreal limbo between “real life” legal practice and the legal academic setting. It can be unsettling at times, knowing that I am close to being able to make an impact on individuals’ lives in a very real way and feeling as if that moment is too much for one person. Law school was pleasantly and unexpectedly enjoyable—of course exams and the stresses of law school we could all do without—but I have thrived on the intellectual challenges of law school which suit my philosophy background. What I…

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Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

January Mantra: I will open myself to new opportunities and experiences in all aspects of my life and welcome the uncertainty they bring. January is the beginning of the calendar year, a month of fresh starts, resolutions and renewal.  It offers each of us one more chance to get it right. Use this as a launching pad to establish fresh goals and to open yourself to new opportunities and experiences. Deviating from the familiar can be anxiety provoking, I know; I’m a woman who ate the same packed lunch for the better part of a year.  Change has not always…

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