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Susan Smith Blakely

Lessons from the NAWL Conference 2015

Last week I attended the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Annual Conference in NYC.  It was an especially good time for me to be with that group because my new book, Best Friends at the Bar:  Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers, had come out the week of the conference.  Coincidentally, the theme of this year's conference was "Harnessing Our Power To Lead," and there was a lot of interest in the book.  It was a great time to connect with fellow women lawyers and catch up on what is important to them in a rapidly-changing profession. The breakout session,…

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Janet

Letters from Uganda: Brenda Abiria

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University!  Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at Monarch SF in San…

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Janet

Letters from Uganda: Joaninne Nanyange

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University! Contribute to the GEF by clicking here. Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10…

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Campaign for Greater Diversity in Legal Leadership at Temple Law is Hiring!

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law invites applications for a one year research fellowship on gender equality in multi-district litigation. The study will involve quantitative and qualitative analysis of gender disparities in leadership positions in MDL cases from 1991 to the present day. The fellow will be housed in the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice. The position will begin on or after September 15, 2015; an earlier start date may be possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning August 1, 2015. The salary will be $50,000 plus benefits. Minimum Qualifications: An excellent…

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blamon

Finding the Law in Your Courses

If you're anything like me and decided to attend a liberal arts school for college, you might realize that "pre-law" or legal education can be scarce. At first, I saw this as a deficiency in the curriculum. Now, I'm in my "Zero-L" or summer before law school. Preparation for law school enlightens me to share how important "finding the law" in any of your courses really is to your future legal career. I'm finding that writing, analyzing, and understanding are the key skills you need for law school. You can develop these techniques as an athlete on your school's soccer team;…

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Ladies of the House (and Senate): So you want to run for office?

When I was young, I had a motto that I doodled on notebooks or wrote in yearbooks: “Peggy in 2012.” It referred to my future campaign in the first Presidential election year after I reached the Constitutional age of eligibility. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t run in 2012. While I haven’t run for office myself (yet), I have had the chance to work on campaigns in various capacities over the years: from envelope-licking volunteer on 1992 Clinton-Gore to managing a city-wide candidate for city council in 2011. Plus, I’ve learned a lot from the legislators that I’ve worked with over the…

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Pay It Forward - An Interview with GEF Keynote Speaker Maria Jurua

Below is an excerpt from an interview with Maria Jurua. Maria recently served as a keynote speaker for the Global Education Fund's first networking and fundraising event in Washington, D.C. The event also featured keynote speaker Alice Waguthi Kinyua. Both Maria and Alice are graduates of Makerere University in Uganda and fellows at the Georgetown University Law Center.  Editor's Note: Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at Monarch SF in San Francisco.  The benefit will raise funds for GEF and include live entertainment, a silent auction (with items totaling over $20,000 in value) and great food and networking.  Please…

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blamon

The Importance of A Professional Mentor

A professional mentor, be it someone you dine with once a month or someone you call daily, is essential for anyone pursuing a career. These mentors could be past advisers, professors, neighbors, or family. What's key is that they have your career development and mental health as a top priority when they council you. It's very easy to read articles that say how important a mentor is...but where do you look to find one? How do you connect (awkward courtship stories)? And most importantly, can you effectively create a long-standing relationship with them? I entered into college with an adviser…

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nduncan09

The Power of Being Present: Dream A Little Before You Graduate

      Earlier this summer I had the privilege of visiting the Fortune 500 company and diversity champion, the Kellogg’s Company. The attorneys we met at the headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan were some of the happiest attorneys I’ve ever met. They not only loved cereal and snacks, but most of all, they loved their jobs. They said the majority of their joy came from the reality that their jobs were absolutely unexpected and unplanned, and they were grateful they’d been open to accepting the unforeseen opportunities life granted them. Even more so, the common theme I heard at…

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Elizabeth

Update from Uganda: Watch Ms. JD International Scholars Joaninne and Monica Talk about Their Studies

Editor's Note:  This is a previous update on Ms. JD's Global Education Fund. Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund (GEF) has made it possible for two young Ugandan women, to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda.  Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund  Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at Monarch SF in San Francisco.  The benefit will raise funds for GEF and include live entertainment, a silent auction (with items totaling over $20,000 in value) and great food and networking.  Please click here…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending July 24, 2015

Serving as first chair at trial is a big deal. Unfortunately, implicit bias appears to be one of the reasons women are underrepresented in this coveted position. An ABA report, First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table, analyses the numbers of women serving as first chair across a range of civil and criminal case settings and offers suggestions for how we can all work to increase the number of women leading litigation -- from female litigators ourselves, to judges, and even law schools. Fourty-four firms received The Women in Law Empowerment Forum's 2015 Gold Standard Certification.…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Ms. JD Millennial Lawyer Survey Results

Associates feel welcome, want more feedback and are split on partnership. And many don’t record all their time.  By Grover E. Cleveland Despite regular admonitions from firms, many millennial lawyers cut their own time. That was a key finding from a recent survey of millennial lawyers. Partners and firm finance officers regularly lament that new lawyers don’t record all their time. The survey results won’t help those folks sleep at night. In response to the statement: “I always record all of my time on every project,” 37% of millennial lawyers disagreed. That’s a lot of lawyers and a lot of…

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Laura Bladow

No Layover: The Ins & Outs of International Careers in Law - An Interview with Eva Spahn

I recently had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Eva Spahn regarding her work at Greenberg Traurig LLP. Eva is an associate in the firm’s litigation practice and based in the Miami office. Her practice primarily focuses on general commercial matters in both federal and state courts. She also represents clients in matters involving the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). As a litigator, every work day for Eva is completely different. “My favorite part is exactly that - no two days are alike. Every case requires you to become an expert in that case and the client’s business.…

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Heather Asher

Five Reasons to Attend Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund Benefit on August 5, 2015

Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at Monarch SF in San Francisco.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda.  The benefit will raise funds for the GEF and include live entertainment, a silent auction (with items totaling over $20,000 in value) and excellent food and networking.  Please click here to purchase your ticket or donate to GEF.   Below are five reasons why you…

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Susan Smith Blakely

How Do You Respond to Career Setbacks?

This is the real world.  Get ready for career setbacks.  From discovering that a job is not what you expected and will not yield the experience you need, to failing the bar exam, to being fired from a job --- career setbacks are inherent to every job situation, and the law is no exception.  You can expect career setbacks in this profession, and you need to be ready to deal with them. There is a book that you need to read to help you prepare for the inevitable.  That book, The Anxious Lawyer:  An 8-Week Guide to a Happier, Saner…

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