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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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Interviews with Past and Present Writers in Residence

With great enthusiasm, we introduce you to the Ms. JD Writers in Residence Interview Project! We hope you find the advice, thoughts, and insights shared by some past and present Writers in Residence to be helpful to you as you contemplate whether you'd like to join the law blogging community. This Project is also meant to serve as a helpful resource to current "blawgers". If after reading these interviews you'd like to learn more about the Ms. JD Writers in Residence Program, please feel free to send your inquiry to wir@ms-jd.org.  I hope you all enjoy reading the following interviews,…

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KendraBeckwith

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Through the Looking Glass—Observations from Five Years Out: Inundated, Part II

I recently wrote about the joys and challenges of success. Those thoughts on managing “inundation” gave rise to the following dialogue about the specific challenges dual-lawyer households face. Any lawyer who is also a spouse, partner, or parent knows that her success is not hers alone. My husband, Mark, is a public defender in a high-volume, demanding environment. To say ours is a genuine partnership probably understates the role he plays in caring for our son, maintaining the day-to-day operation of our household, and tending to our marriage. Given the demands of my trial and appellate practice, I could not…

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KarenWest

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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Lauren Damen

Known as the "Live Musical Capital of the World," Austin, Texas was named by Forbes as one of the best cities for job growth in 2014.  I reached out to Lauren Damen, an associate at Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, to find out what it's like to practice law in the Lone Star State.  Ms. Damen’s full bio appears at the end of this post. KW:  Where do you practice law? LD:  At the law firm of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody.  Our firm is located in Austin, Texas, but many of the clients we represent are based or located in other cities,…

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Annie Little

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The JD’s Life Coach: Beating Perfectionism

Are you a perfectionist? Wait. Before you answer that, I should tell you it’s a bit of a trick question. We’re all perfectionists to some extent. Think of it like a spectrum. Some of us are wound up tightly into a compulsive Type-A lifestyle, while for others perfectionism only rears up during tough times. But we all have perfectionistic tendencies in some aspects of our lives. Not to say that there’s a good or bad amount of perfectionism. Just varying intensities of its expression. You heard me. There’s no good amount of perfectionism. NONE. And that’s because perfectionism is about…

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KendraBeckwith

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Through the Looking Glass—Observations from Five Years Out: Inundated

Achieving success is the goal of our professional lives, right?  We love the success, but we need to be prepared for the growing pains that come with it. If left untreated, those growing pains can sour the sweetness of success. I originally intended this monthly column to reflect on 12 qualities I observe in successful female attorneys. “Inundated” is not one of them. But as my practice and my life progress, it has become obvious that managing the flood of demands that comes with professional and personal success is a skill that must be mastered. When I graduated from law…

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TheTJWay

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Summer of Study

It’s June, the sun is mostly shining, festivals are in full swing, and you’re stuck in a library, coffee shop, or at your desk at home, studying.   Whether it is the Bar Exam, LSAT, GMAT, or GRE, much of the information contained in this post will hopefully resonate with you.   The goal is that you will finish this post feeling more confident in your testing ability, whether it is because something you already knew was affirmed, or because you learned something new.  Tips are divided into two categories: (1) Study Tips and (2) Lifestyle Tips. Below are study tips.…

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PURSUE YOUR PASSION

Pursue Your Passion will focus on actionable goals and turning those goals into a professional development plan.  Participants will work alongside trainers to turn their passions into a personal brand by using what they've learned throughout the day.  Goal Setting Lead Trainers:  Anne Collier, Founder & Professional Certified Coach, Arudia Andi Groomes, Partner and Strategic Business Development Coach, Threshold Advisors Manar Sweillam Morales, President & CEO, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance Katie Slater, Professional Coach, Career Infusion Personal Development Lead Trainers: Juliana Ashley, Attorney, Speaker and Career Strategist Amanda C. Ellis, Esq., Vice President of Search, Special Counsel Stephen Fairley, CEO, The Rainmaker Institute Karen Kahn, Founder and Managing…

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endenham

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Big Advice from Small Firms: Conversations with Small to Mid-Size Firm Leaders

Ogloza Fortney LLP is a partnership of four former big firm attorneys.  The firm provides clients the benefit of deep big firm experience combined with a small firm ethos that emphasizes an efficient, goal-oriented approach to business litigation. Darius Ogloza and David Fortney are the founding partners of Ogloza Fortney.  Micah Nash joined the firm as counsel.  All three came to the firm after spending more than 30 cumulative years in the San Francisco litigation department at Latham & Watkins, LLP.  Joined by Mr. Fortney and Mr. Nash, I sat down with Mr. Ogloza back at the end of 2013;…

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elisabeth.conroy

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Adventures of a Lawyer-ista: Out with the Old and in with the New

In 46 B.C., the emperor Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar in order to align the early Roman calendar with the sun. This calendar was very similar to the one we follow today. Caesar also established January 1 as the first day of the year to honor Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, for whom the month was named. Janus is known for having two faces- one looking towards the past and one looking into the future ahead.As we begin a new year, we often do just as Janus and reflect upon the outgoing year while also contemplating the incoming…

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