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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend a Conference as a Law Student

I have had the honor and privilege of attending several conferences this past year, one of which was the Ms. JD Annual Conference. While I did attend numerous networking events as a 1L, these conferences provided a different experience and allowed me to engage with lawyers from across the country. Although it may be daunting to attend a national conference, here are five reasons why it should be a “must-do” on your law school to-do list. Immersion in a National Organization National organizations are often easy to join as a law student. You sign up, often for a free membership,…

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Coming Back Stronger: A Look at the OnRamp Fellowship Program

As any law student or first year associate will tell you--breaking into the legal field is incredibly difficult. But what about those who took time off and are trying to come back into practice? Although the transition back is difficult and littered with numerous obstacles, one program is easing the burden while also working to combat the lack of female leadership in law firms nationwide. That program is the OnRamp Fellowship. OnRamp partners with firms, such as Stoel Rives LLP, and corporations to provide a “returnship” pathway for women who have been out of the practice of law for more…

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5 Things I Learned From My Interview with Judge Erin Wirth

I recently had the opportunity to interview Judge Erin Wirth, the first female Administrative Law Judge appointed to the Richmond, Virginia Social Security Hearing office and the first female in a decade elected as President of the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference. Since graduating from  law school—a childhood dream—Judge Wirth has lived in seven jurisdictions, held eleven jobs, and passed the bar exam in three states. This may seem unusual, but when you consider Judge Wirth’s other role as wife of a Coast Guardsman, those numbers recontextualize as a testament to her commitment to her family and her country. During…

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Chief Justice Sharon Lee: Finding Balance and Being a Voice for Gender Equality

O’Connor. Ginsburg. Sotomayor. Kagan. All of these justices have become household names in large part because of the steps they’ve taken for the advancement of women in the legal field. However the legal profession—the bench in particular—has many other strong women whose fight for gender equality and female empowerment is just as important and tireless as any. One woman in particular, Chief Justice Sharon Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court, is calling for an increase in women in top leadership positions both within the legal field and outside of it. I had a chance to speak to Chief Justice Lee…

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