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Dispatches from the Y Chromosome - Dispatch #6: “Be an Advocate for Yourself” - Shannon Forchheimer

Shannon Forchheimer is the Lead Attorney in the Washington D.C. office of Montage Legal Group, the force behind the brilliant But I Do Have a Law Degree blog, a self-described “BigLaw Exile,” and mother of three rambunctious boys. Shannon attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania, worked at large law firms in New York and Washington D.C. and then, after almost six years of practice, left the practice to focus on being a mom to her, then, two boys. Since leaving she’s added a third son, started But I Do Have a Law Degree, a well-read blog, began a…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Young Women Lawyers Must Be Open To Change

In a recent interview in Politico, Judith Salerno, president and CEO of breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen, talked about the challenges of reversing the fortune of the charity after the decision of the prior CEO to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood because of concerns about abortion funding. You may remember the buzz and the fuss that followed that decision. That is when Salerno was called in for the top job. Judith Salerno knows a little about change and choice. She had her three children while she was a medical intern, resident and fellow. That meant that she always was…

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PowerScoreTestPrep

10 Steps To Taking LSAT Practice Tests

Many test-takers mistakenly believe that taking a large number of LSAT practice tests is the best way to guarantee a high score on test day. Some LSAT “gurus” suggest taking 30, even 40 practice tests in the course of several months; others recommend taking one or two tests a day in the weeks leading up to the exam. Cranking out test after test is a grueling regimen, and not necessarily a productive one. Without a concerted effort to improve their conceptual understanding of the test, most students quickly hit a “plateau” in their scores; others see their performance languish due…

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myung21

Easy Spice Rubbed Tilapia

If you’re like me, you’re probably pretty busy during the day, whether it be running around from meeting to meeting, prepping a client for their deposition, or just plain old busy writing briefs. And when you get home at night, you definitely don’t want to spend any time cooking so you break open a frozen dinner and work out your microwave for 5 minutes. I used to also be a fan of takeout menus – Chinese, Japanese, Italian – anything! I still am, I just try to limit myself to takeout when I’m actually craving that type of food as…

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Cameron Rhudy

The Artful Lawyer: It Pays to be Patient

Sometimes certain events or experiences in my life turn out to be buzzing oh so subtly with an underlying theme. These themes generally serve as reminders for a particular life or professional lesson. Does this ever happen to you? For me, lately that theme has been patience. Patience is probably most commonly thought of in the context of relationships, with our friends, family, coworkers, and even clients. For example, I try to be patient with my husband when we are running late for an event and he stops to turn on the television one last time to check the score…

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Nubia

Finishing Your Internship Strong, even if you hate it.

A lot of advice exists on how to start off strong (which is very useful), but not enough advice exists on how to cross the finish line as a model student intern.  If your summer position was less than a stellar experience it's still important that you finish on a high note.   I’ve had students that don’t “get” the mission regarding poverty law.  They didn't realize not all lawyers are in court every day of the week; or they realize that it’s not as prestigious as they would like; or they realize that this just isn’t the area of law…

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valerie lherrou

No Longer Extraordinary: the holistic job search

I have been reading some articles recently that take opposite views on this question: whether, between the improvement in the legal jobs market, and the fall off in law school enrollment, there will soon be a shortage of new lawyers. Proponents of this view project the ratio of new law grads to law jobs reaching some kind of equity as early as 2016. If this is in fact the case, this is excellent news for those matriculating this fall, who will graduate in 2017. Weighing in the side of this rosy view are Slate and National Jurist. On the other side of this debate…

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SanDiegoPartner

Walk a Mile in My Heels:  The Guys Get Congratulated on New Business but I Get Questioned…

I have noticed a trend in my law firm.  The guy partners get new business, and a name partner emails the entire office to say congratulations.  I am a female, and I don't get any kudos at all when I open new files.  In fact, recently, I got a new client from a new source, and the same name partner said he thought maybe the client sent the case to me by mistake. BY MISTAKE!!!  How do we deal with this??

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kroseatkinson

Have JD, Will Travel: Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

Setbacks. Roadblocks. Hiccups. Bumps in the road. Whatever name you have for them, everyone experiences a time in her life when the smoothly paved route to her dreams becomes a rocky, hard to travel pathway. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that you can’t always plan out everything in life, and sometimes you have to make due with moving forward into the unknown. Living abroad has helped me to be okay with uncertainty and to take each day as they come. Even as I’ve gotten my desire to map out every possible move before I take a step under control,…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending July 18, 2014

On July 2, 2014, we celebrated the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  To commemorate that historic legislative achievement, The New Yorker is taking a look back at how women got involved in the legislative process. Here's a must-read for anyone concerned about retaining diverse candidates in the legal profession.  The Glass Hammer discusses the concept of "stereotype threat," including how it affects diverse employees and, most importantly, what leaders can do about it. There's been extensive coverage about the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.  But while most coverage focuses on the impact of the Court's ruling on…

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claroche16

Today, I Turn 30: Top Ten Memories

Happy 30th Birthday to ME! Because I have no time to celebrate, between work and studying for another bar examination, I decided to reflect on the time that has passed and list my Top Ten Favorite Memories from the past decade. 10. DaRez and Coogee, Australia. Ten years ago tomorrow, I embarked on an exhilarating study abroad experience in Australia. I met some of the most sincere, risk-taking, and intelligent people while there. The six-month adventure influenced my perspective and led my family to suspect that I will eventually move there one day. I have gone back twice more since then. 9.…

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Ashley Mitchell

This Bridge, This Back, This Baggage: Pleading Humanity Part III

For the last two posts, I have been engaging in a conversation about the importance of considering the humanity of individuals in the pursuit of legal objectives, whether those pursuits are in the academic or professional environment. The first post discussed why I took up this issue; it is spiritually disturbing to live in this modern era and to still have to witness an individual plead their right to be treated like a human being – to be left alone when they are not harming anyone or anything, or argue that their life and existence has value.  The second post attempted to explain…

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Laura Bladow

Pre-Law Book Review: The No B.S. Guides

Congratulations to the Pre-Law Guru, Peg Cheng, who launched her No B.S. Guides as ebooks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble this week! I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get my hands on copies of all three guides as a member of her No B.S. Book Launch Team (please note all opinions are my own). If you're applying to law school this fall follow along as Peg shares her expert advice on the Ms. JD Blog, and read on for my reviews of the deeper dive she provides through her guides! As always, when you shop with Amazon consider starting…

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Annie Little

The JD’s Life Coach: Don’t Let the Comparison Game Derail Your Success

Ever notice how craptastic you feel after engaging in a round of the comparison game? Pining after a friend’s beautiful new home. Coveting a colleague’s flashy new car. Envying that acquaintance whose firm pays double what yours does. You know, wondering why everyone else has a better life than you do. Sometimes taking note of others’ successes can be inspiring and motivating. But all too often it can leave you feeling lost, inadequate and completely depressed. Why the Comparison Game is a Losing Proposition Scarcity Mindset When you look at what others have, you’re really scrutinizing what you don’t have.…

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myung21

Not Your Average Hearsay: Scared of Being Left Out by Your Coworkers During Lunch?

If you are just starting a new job or have already worked in your summer associate position for about 2- 3 weeks, you may be finding it difficult to eat healthy, especially when everybody else is eating at fast food places to save time or money or both. It is so tempting, trust me, to tag along and just eat what everybody else is eating. I’m not going to lie, eating healthy can definitely be a lonely activity. You don’t want to be the odd person out eating by yourself at the office with your pack lunch, but you also…

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