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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending January 30, 2015

In her Confirmation Hearings this week, Loretta Lynch declared her plans to "be Loretta Lynch" if confirmed as Attorney General. If confirmed, Ms. Lynch will be the first black female attorney general. Her plan to be true to herself reflects the advice to young lawyers offered by Hon. Tiffany M. Williams: Be Yourself. K&L Gates have launched their Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project to fight "revenge porn," with around 50 lawyers at the firm volunteering their time. If you're getting ready for your first trial, check out these tips from the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Sometimes (all the time?), psychic powers…

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Laura Bladow

Stronger Together Happy Hour in Houston

Ms. JD President, Katie Larkin-Wong, wants to be Stronger Together with Houston during the ABA Mid-Year Meeting. Join Katie and local host, Sheila Forjuoh (UT '12, Latham & Watkins Houston Associate, former Ms. JD Board Member), for a night of networking and connecting about how we can support one another in 2015!   Join the Ms. JD community on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the The Springbok in downtown Houston from 4 - 6 pm for a happy hour fundraiser. 10% of food and drink purchases will be donated to support Ms. JD's 2015 programming! RSVP Here Friday, February 6, 2015 4 - 6 pm…

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Law School Admissions: Then and Now

There are a countless number of articles warning prospective students about law school and highlighting that law school entering classes have dropped 28% in size since their historic high in 2010. However, relatively few examine the effects this trend has on admissions for students who actually do attend law school. The most notable change is an increase in the scholarships schools offer.  A panel at the American Association of Law School annual conference reported that since 2009, over 80% of the law schools surveyed increased their scholarship budget for students.  In addition to more scholarships, some schools are either reducing tuition…

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Define Your Own Success: My Conversation With Kenyanna Scott Bell

This month, I sat down with Kenyanna Scott Bell, Vice President and Litigation Counsel at ADP, LLC. Kenyanna has had an inspiring legal career. After law school, she clerked for a federal judge and then became an associate at a large law firm. She later served as an Assistant United States Attorney in her hometown of Chicago where she tried 12 criminal cases to jury verdict. After serving as an AUSA, she became a partner at Jenner & Block, and later Senior Investigations Counsel for GE Capital. So you’re a litigator. I am! I love it! I love trying cases!…

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Somewhat Lawgical: Refreshing At The Beginning Of A Law School Sememester

With new year's resolutions being thrown around, its pretty easy to stay on track with normal (aka... non-law related) life. We are all probably drinking more water and recycling more, but getting back into the swing of things for law school can be more difficult. I'm finding it especially difficult to get re-motivated to study after coming off winter break. Below, I'll share some tips and tricks you can use if you are struggleing with motivation as well. I think the single most important thing to do is to set goals. See what you did wrong. See what you did…

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Lead by Example: From the Department of Justice to Penn Law- A talk with the legendary Jill Fisch!

For my first post, I wanted to write about someone who has had a great impact on the presence of women in the legal profession and has motivated many a young mind along the way. I present to you Professor Jill E. Fisch: Perry Golkin Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is an internationally renowned scholar and is considered to be an authority on several business law issues. I had the good fortune of being in her Securities Regulation class and needless to say, she inspired me every single day!…

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1% Inspiration: A New Take on Pressure (Courtesy of Billie Jean King)

As a newly minted attorney, I have several interior monologues running in my head while doing prep work on cases.  One of them goes something like this: "This case involves a real client.  I'm helping a real client.  This is a very real client with a very real life and a very real problem." OK,  so there's no need to read between the lines there.  There is nothing like a real case to help you realize that the academic world of mock trial, moot court, and pretend hypos is long past the vanishing point in your rear-view mirror. Those of us who've finished law…

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Recommended Video Podcast Series with Professor Nancy Leong: The RightsCast

On Wednesday, January 28 at 2 p.m. ET, University of Denver Sturm College of Law professor Nancy Leong – a specialist in civil rights, constitutional law and civil procedure – will launch an innovative video podcast series about civil rights called The RightsCast. The first episode will feature a discussion with UC Hastings professor of law Scott Dodson on his new book about United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  You can preview their discussion here:  Each week, Professor Leong will speak to a different scholar about his or her research via Google Hangout. That video will then be…

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What Stronger Together Means to Ms. JD Board Member Carla Laroche

Ms. JD is hosting its Seventh Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Stronger Together on March 5 & 6, 2015 at UC Hastings College of the Law. In the lead up to our annual conference, Ms. JD board members, staff, and annual conference participants will share what our conference theme “Stronger Together” means to them. To me, stronger together means . . . we will be wiser and more efficient at reaching our goals through community support. I’m a member of the following professional organizations, which have demonstrated to me that there is strength in numbers . . .…

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Appealing Sentences: How a 555 Mile Trek Prepared Me For Law School

Before I began law school, I completed the Camino de Santiago, a 555 mile pilgrimage from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France to Finisterre, Spain. The journey was the greatest experience of my life. Some of my takeaways are below. Learn to Enjoy Time Alone During the Camino, I spent as much as ten hours a day hiking by myself. In the beginning, it felt uncomfortable. But as the hours of hiking turned into days and then weeks, I got to know myself better. I learned that I like myself. It was interesting what came to the forefront of my mind. Things that I…

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Who Am I and Why Am I Here?  – First and Foremost, What Does It Even Mean to be Authentic?

Welcome to a new year, readers! I am thrilled to invite each of you on my journey to explore what it means to be an authentic professional self. Before I begin that process, though, it seems only logical to first think through what it means to be authentic. In an effort to do just that, I spent some time reflecting on what authenticity means to me. If any of this sounds too new agey or Dr. Phil-ish (and, he does pop up quite a bit on the Internet if you search for any related themes), rest assured that one of…

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National Partnership for Women & Families 2015 Summer Workplace Programs Advocacy Internship

The National Partnership for Women & Families promotes fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. We believe that actions speak louder than words, and for four decades we have fought for every major policy advance that has helped women and families. The National Partnership seeks a Legal Intern to support our Workplace (work/family & workplace fairness) Programs. Our Workplace team works to advance work/family policies (e.g., paid sick days, paid family leave, the Family and Medical Leave Act,…

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Beyond Talent: Instructions Not Included

“It’s not that I was super interested in intellectual property litigation, I was kind of thrown into it when I started out at my firm…and now I’m stuck.” –Rising second-year Big Law associate Law school teaches students how to analyze facts, construct effective arguments, and produce clear and concise writing. It does not, however, effectively teach its students about the plethora of legal practices found in the law firm world. As a result, many associates “fall into” a practice area without truly understanding the lasting impact of their decision. In fact, it is extremely difficult to switch practice areas after…

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From Books, to Boots, to Babies, to Bavaria:  The Road to the Right

Looking back on it now, it was a crazy, reckless plan.  Everyone else was studiously concentrating on the bar examination.  Most already had their future employment secured.  Friends were working for large firms in big cities; joining small local firms they had interned with; earning judicial clerkships while some were vying for the few district attorney positions that might be available.  Me?  Sure, I was studying for the bar exam here and there; enjoying the rare sun warming the hills of Oregon; and figuring out how much of my stuff would fit into a U-Haul. My plan was simple –…

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Pre-Law Reading Radar

Hello Ms. JD Readers! On my lunch break from work this afternoon, I found myself at the doors of the Los Angeles Public Library. Etched high above the entrance was a gem of wisdom: “Books alone are liberal and free. They give to all who ask. They emancipate all who serve them faithfully.” It serves as testament to the idea that reading equates to personal development. It also serves as a reminder that at every stage in life, reading holds the potential to enrich our worldviews and free us from narrow-mindedness. And so, with the quote in mind, let’s take…

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