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Heather Asher

SAVE THE DATE! Ms. JD’s Seventh Annual Conference: Stronger Together is Set for March 5-6, 2015

Ms. JD is proud to announce that its Seventh Annual Conference on Women in the Law will be March 5-6, 2015 in San Francisco, in partnership with UC Hastings College of the Law.  While the conference is several months away, Ms. JD is working to bring you our best conference yet! This year’s conference will feature: Young trailblazers from various segments of the legal profession, who have used their creativity and grit to forge their own career paths, and will help you identify steps you can take TODAY to build your career. Leaders from Women’s Initiatives and Affinity Groups, who will…

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Jeena Cho

Sex & Money: Why Compassion Matters for Lawyers

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is currently seeking pre-law and law school students, as well as legal professionals, to serve as its 2015 Writers in Residence! To apply for the Writers in Residence Program, please read this post and submit all of the necessary information and materials to wir@ms-jd.org by Saturday, November 1, 2014!  I'm sitting with my client who is grieving the death of his wife. She died from cancer. They spent and borrowed every penny in an effort to save her life. As I sit with him, I realize how poorly law school has prepared me for this moment. I think back to my 1L…

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A Part-Time Law Program Equals Full-Time Studying

When I made the decision to apply to law school, I barely gave full-time attendance any thought.  I was returning to school after more than 5 years and was instantly attracted to the idea that I could pursue a law degree through a flexible, part-time workload without giving up too much of my life.  I did not even give a second thought to 4 years of studying.  In fact, I thought, “what’s another year to 3 years, it will be over before I know it.” During my first 2 years, I had very few good days where I enjoyed law…

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LSAT Vocabulary

One question we are often asked concerns the vocabulary required to do well on the LSAT. Students worry that they might need an especially large vocabulary, or perhaps a working knowledge of legal or logical terms. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look and find out what you need to know before you take the LSAT. The good news is that most of the words you will see on the LSAT will be of the simple, everyday variety. This would include a wide range of words such as “city” or “witness” or “fuel.” Most native English speakers would…

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Federal Policy Spring 2015 Law Student Intern

Job Title:  Federal Policy Spring 2015 Law Student Intern Department: USPA Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research, and public education throughout the world, to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services. Internship Summary: The Center’s Federal Policy team is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student…

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Cameron Rhudy

The Artful Lawyer: Remembering to Use My Creative Muscles

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is currently seeking pre-law and law school students, as well as legal professionals, to serve as its 2015 Writers in Residence! To apply for the Writers in Residence Program, please read this post and submit all of the necessary information and materials to wir@ms-jd.org by Saturday, November 1, 2014!  As I mentioned last month, I am starting my own law practice.  After almost five years practicing health law as a legislative attorney, I have decided to pursue my interest in small business transactional law to provide legal services to creative and social enterprises. Not only is changing practice areas an incredible…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending October 17, 2014

This week brought the news that Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Price, shared with Kailash Satyarthi, for 2014. She is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Rather than sit back and enjoy the award, she has been vocal about continuing her work and there is still much to be done to secure education for all children. She has also added her voice to those encouraging women to learn to code and get more involved with computer science. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella found himself at the center of a storm of controversy when he suggested that good karma…

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How to Find a Mentor in Law School

As the great Bill Withers acknowledges, we all need somebody to lean on. In law school, as in life, we can’t do it alone. This is where a mentor comes in—someone to encourage you, guide you, and advise you through the murky waters of law school— someone in your corner! So how do you find a mentor during law school? 1. Start early I learned this the hard way. I floundered through my entire first year of law school without a mentor. Let’s face it: as 1L’s we don’t know which way is up. I would ask 10 different people…

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Relationship Building: Check Motivations

Relationships only happen when we are committed to make them a priority, and that takes time and a commitment to “water” the relationship seeds we sow. While I could outline the precise steps lawyers need to take in assembling, organizing, categorizing and systemizing their contacts, I’ll spare the reader the administrative details in this article except to point out that once the task of gathering and entering all your contacts into a central system (even Outlook does a decent job of this) is complete, lawyers would be sorely remiss if they did not “categorize” their contact names.  What does this…

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Laura Bladow

Acing Law School: Twitter Chat Recap

Looking to ace law school? Check out the Storify recap from the Ms. JD Law School Twitter chat below for some inspiration (and some solid networking advice)! For more great advice download Ms. JD Fellows Present: Acing Law School.    [<a href="//storify.com/MsJDorg/acing-law-school" target="_blank">View the story "Acing Law School" on Storify</a>]  

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Clean Out Your Closet for the Ms. JD Global Education Fund Fall Fundraiser with Fashion Project

As leaves start to fly, and the weather starts to get cooler, revisit your wardrobe and remove those summer dresses, beach wear, sandles, and hats to prepare for winter.  "Now what?" you ask. Donate them to help fundraise for Ms. JD's Global Education Fund!  We have  partnered with the Fashion Project to collect your donations of gently used items of clothing, shoes, and accessories to provide an alternative way of fundraising for our Global Education Fund scholars. Every time someone purchases your donation from our store on Fashion Project, partial proceeds are donated back to the Global Education Fund.  In addition…

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BEEatitudes: Live Outside The Box (No Matter What People Say)

If you’ve been reading my posts since January, you probably think I’m crazy, all over the place, and a really weird girl.  And you’d be right.  My journey from law student to lawyer has been a real life game of chutes and ladders.  One minute I’m on a path to Destination A, and the next there’s a broken ladder causing me to take a detour that leads me to Destination B.  It took me a while to get used to the ups and downs of life, and my inability to adapt made me feel like a failure.  But in the…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical advice for new lawyers

Q: Do I have to attend firm social events? I don’t like those kinds of things. A: I get it. Firm social events can sometimes seem awkward. At first you won’t know many people, and the events may feel like an extension of work. You can’t truly let go, because you have to maintain your professionalism. That constraint at an event with unlimited free booze may seem like cruel and unusual punishment. But moderate, you must.  Particularly if you are an introvert, after working long hours you may prefer to sit at home on your couch – or lock yourself…

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valerie lherrou

No Longer Extraordinary: multitasking vs mindfulness

There is probably no field of work that demands the ability to multitask more than does the practice of law. Lawyers jump from task to task as they bill in increments sometimes as small as six minutes. They sit in courtrooms waiting for cases to be called, paying attention to proceedings while getting caught up on paperwork. While questioning witnesses on the stand, they are reviewing the answers for game-changing information and refocusing the gist of their next question, while simultaneously watching jury members’ reactions. They reassure a client on the phone while typing a brief. They juggle laptops, ipads, iphones, and blackberries. One of…

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7 Reasons We’re Excited to Have a Ms. JD Chapter in our School

                         There is no such thing as "can’t."                           There is such a thing as "won’t," "don’t want to," "don’t choose to," "don’t adopt this as my priority," but there is no such thing as "can’t." "Can’t" represents a lack of choice.  And when we resign ourselves to a reality that does not include individual choice, we accept barriers others would impose upon us.  —Colonel Linda Strite Murnane, Esq.    When I attended Ms. JD’s Passion Forward conference this past February, my belief that women coming together are capable of doing…

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