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Book Review: Gideon’s Children

Gideon's Ghildren   I recently had the pleasure of reading Howard G. Franklin’s recent debut of Gideon’s Children, a work that highlights young lawyers’ journeys as public defenders in 1960’s Los Angeles. Set against the backdrop of the 1963 Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, it offers a lens that exposes the difficulties, prejudices and unfamiliar terrains these attorneys had to forge through in order to uphold the law – not simply because it was the law but because it established a moral compass by which to give voice to the voiceless and representation to those who needed it most. Each case was…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Are You Using Your Leadership Skills?

My friend John Keyser, an acclaimed business leadership coach and author of a fascinating new book on women as leaders, asks some interesting questions about leadership in his recent monthly newsletter.  These are important questions and things that each of you needs to address.  Even those of you at the early stages of law practice can be leaders to others.  You all have skills to share, and sharing them in effective ways is critical to best practices and to reaching your full potentials as professionals. Take a minute to think about these questions as they relate to your own experiences and practices. …

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Recap: Stand Up: Taking Leadership Initiative to Accelerate Your Career

If you couldn't tune in to Ms JD and Paul Hasting's national event Stand Up: Taking Leadership Initiative to Accelerate Your Career, check out the recap below to see what you missed!     [View the story "Recap: Stand Up: Taking Leadership Initiative to Accelerate Your Career, a national event with Paul Hastings" on Storify]  

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Mid-Summer Performance Review

To the 1Ls and 2Ls reaching the mid-point of their summer internships: As you become more comfortable with the people in the office or chambers, remember that your continued motivation, work ethic, professionalism, and networking are key to making a good impression. Many interns do not realize that they become too comfortable and casual in the office, and despite an initial good impression, they end up leaving a bad impression with supervisors. Finding this out during a final performance review leaves you without an opportunity to rectify past mistakes and take advantage of lost opportunities. So, to avoid these mistakes, use this time to…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Maternity Leave Is No Vacation

Only a woman, who has been through childbirth and becoming the primary source of care and comfort for a newborn, can appreciate the true meaning of “maternity leave.”   Yes, it is for maternal needs (thus, maternity) , and it is time away from the job (thus, leave).  But it is not a vacation.  So far from it that it is even hard to imagine. Memories of my own maternity leaves when I was a young lawyer flashed through my brain as I read the thoughts of another woman lawyer on the subject.  Even though the other lawyers in my firm “in…

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What Is Enough

Especially in our current legal landscape, finding jobs, let alone employment that feels fulfilling, can be difficult.  Crafting your career to be expressive of who you are can also be tough.  And yet, there is no shame in not knowing what lies in store for us.   As I work through all of this myself, I notice how nourishing it can be to share feelings and experiences instead of keeping them bottled up.  I've also noticed that sometimes it's hard to believe that working harder is not what I need to be doing, and that being present is all I can do.…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD and White & Case LLP Present: Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation Skills

Ms. JD and White & Case LLP Present:  Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation Skills Directly From The Source Rising 2Ls and 3Ls - worried about upcoming on-campus interviews? Need to perfect your resume and revamp your interview skills? Not sure your LinkedIn Profile is up to par? We are here to help you jump start your on-campus interview success! On Wednesday, July 15th, Ms. JD, and White & Case LLP will host Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation Skills Directly From the Source, a boot camp for on-campus interview success.  Ms. JD and a faculty of experienced attorneys will work…

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Per Wickstrom Talks About Substance Abuse Among Lawyers

There’s little doubt that outside of the medical profession or law enforcement, few people see the effects of substance abuse more frequently and more clearly than attorneys. Whether you’re dealing with a child custody case complicated by substance abuse, a vehicle accident allegedly caused by substance influence, or a criminal case for illegal drugs, attorneys will encounter substance abuse issues throughout their careers. But attorneys have considerably higher rates of substance abuse than the general population, despite their close familiarity with the harmful effects of substance abuse in their clients. The Facts In any case, we begin by examining the…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: What do I need to do to succeed as a summer associate? Are there differences between what I need to do as a summer and a first-year associate? A: The prior column covered the importance of professionalism and Amy Cuddy. Here are some more important tips for succeeding as a summer associate, including, remembering that law firms are businesses. Remember that the firm is a business. With the focus on fun, it can be easy to forget that law firms are businesses. But social events, your salary, and even the air-conditioning, only exist because lawyers at the firm provide…

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So Why ARE You Taking the Bar?

This post represents a departure for me.  Most obviously, this is my first post since having officially graduated.  But it is also the beginning of a series of “conversations” I am beginning to engage in with law professors (from across the U.S. & the world).  Sometimes it will be presented in the form of actual dialogues, captured in real-time, mediated through remote devices.  Sometimes it will actually be in person.  And sometimes, often I expect, it will be in the form of responses I have to work of these profs, or reflections they have put into the world, ON their…

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Crayons in the Briefcase: Down with “Mr. Mom”

I would like to propose the abolition of the phrase “Mr. Mom.”  Unless somehow humankind discovers a way to make men perform feats that only women can with regard to childbirth and childrearing, such as give birth or breastfeed, a man caring for his child in any form or fashion is quite simply “Dad”.  While we’re at it, the phrase “working mother” could stand to go down in the polls as well.  Really, how often do you use the phrase “working father”?  Take some time to think about it.  I’ll wait. I look forward to a day when phrases like…

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Congratulations to Ms. JD 2015 Public Interest Scholarship Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in Ms. JD’s Public Interest Scholarship search. This year we had an amazing turnout of essays. From stories of overcoming obstacles to assisting those in remote areas, your essays truly demonstrated that we are “stronger together”.  Over the next few months we will share some of these stories on our blog.  While it was difficult to choose our five (no, really, look how long it took us!), we are proud to announce our winners. Without further ado, here are our 2015 Public interest scholarship winners… Sarah Ann Siedlak Born and raised in Northeast Ohio,…

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Parental Leave Expanded at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has recently extended their paid parental leave program from 18 weeks to 22 weeks. The goal behind this policy change is to retain more women in the workplace who would otherwise feel that they are unable to balance being parents and having successful careers. Although this policy change is still relatively new, its' placement has already affected new mothers at Orrick. Ms. JD spoke to a few associates at the firm to get their take on this new policy and how it has affected them as mothers. Melissa Hammock, an employment law career associate, was in…

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Students Take on Sexual Assault Law and Policy in New Course

This spring, students at Columbia Law School took part in a unique course offering for the first time: the Sexual Assault Law and Policy Reading Group, organized by fellow students. The reading group covered the history and theory of sexual assault law, Title IX, and pedagogy in criminal law courses. The group also explored alternative approaches to the criminal law framework, sexual assault in prisons and the workplace, revenge porn, and the use of rape as a war crime. Structured with an intersectional focus, the syllabus addressed the dynamics of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation as they pertain to sexual assault. Sexual Assault…

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Beyond Talent – So You Think You (May) Want to Make Partner

For most law students, the goal is to land an associate position within a law firm upon graduation. Once a first-year associate, the focus is usually on producing solid work product and to not make mistakes. To a junior associate, the notion of making partner can be daunting and foreign, perhaps even seemingly hopeless. And for good reason. The road to partnership is a long one, and aside from Hollywood’s glitzy and dramatic portrayal of partnership in lawyer shows like “Suits,” it’s difficult for junior associates to witness all that happens behind the scenes in the making of a partner.…

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