abell

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Insecure at Work: Being Authentically You Without “Switching It Up”

A friend of mine introduced me to the HBO hit Insecure and it became my Sunday guilty pleasure. For those who have not seen it, Issa Rae stars as Issa, a black woman who works at a non-profit and spends most of the season re-evaluating her career and love life. Her best friend Molly, played by Yvonne Orji, is a black woman navigating Biglaw who is also struggling in the dating world. In one scene, Molly’s law firm partner approaches her about talking to the new summer associate who is an outspoken black woman named Rasheeda. The more seasoned lawyers…

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Hua Wang

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Can Chicago be the Next Silicon Valley?

Chicago startup stars, such as Groupon, Orbitz, The Onion, GrubHub and 37signals, have helped make the city a new breeding ground for entrepreneurship.  These successful companies are charting the way for a new economy and an environment where high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation can thrive. Already, the city has over a thousand digital tech companies, and investors increasingly consider it an entrepreneurial hotbed.  Chicago is becoming an increasingly attractive place to launch new ventures, and it is fast transforming itself into a global hub for new ideas.  Look out, Silicon Valley– Chicago is catching up. Allure The Windy City is haunted…

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kldelong12

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: The Beginning

As law students we spend three years thinking about the end of law school and the beginning of our professional lives as lawyers. If you are anything like me, during those three years you blocked out the awkward six months between being a student and becoming a lawyer. The months that include studying for the bar exam, taking the bar exam, and waiting for the bar exam results. Those months seemed boring so if we ignored them they didn’t exist, right? Wrong! I suppose before I get too far into things I should introduce myself a little. Before going to…

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KatieDay

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8 Back To School Must-Haves for Law Students

It’s almost back-to-school time again. (Can you believe summer went by so quickly?) There’s no doubt that you have a long list of books, notebooks, and other school supplies on your shopping list, but did you know you can support Ms. JD while you stock up on school essentials? Just head over to Amazon Smile and select Ms. JD as your charity! If you’re unsure of everything you’ll need this school year, check out the list below for some of my favorite back to school essentials, and Amazon Smile finds! 1. Black’s Law Dictionary: This dictionary is a must have for…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending June 6, 2015

Let's start this Friday right with free donuts! There are 208 days remaining until the end of this year. Have you done anything remarkable this year? Cailtyn Jenner made her appearance on Vanity Fair and on twitter she broke world records. The newly minted U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made an international name for herself last week when she took on corruption in FIFA, soccer’s governing body. These women are also definitely having a good year!  Just graduated and excited for the summer before law school?  Remember to enjoy it! In three years you will be spending the summer studying for the bar and not quite figuring out how to not fall asleep…

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cunylawreview

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Equity & Efficiency: The Role and Practice of Diversity in Legal Scholarship

Written by: Violeta Arciniega (Digital Articles Editor), Elizabeth Koo (Editor-in-Chief), Julie Pennington (Managing Articles Editor) and Nabila Taj (Managing Editor) of CUNY Law Review. What We Talk About When We Talk About Diversity Law journals are thought centers of innovative arguments for social change. They are platforms to challenge norms and disseminate bold concepts into the marketplace of ideas to influence courts, inform legislators, and shape public opinion. This means that diversity initiatives are crucial to the legal profession and to the culture of law school, and law journals specifically, because they work to correct the persistent underrepresentation of the…

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marinlorena20

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Why you should consider becoming a paralegal

When considering a career as a paralegal, it is obviously important to know exactly what that entails. There are many misconceptions about what work paralegals actually do, with assumptions ranging from two inaccurate extremes that paralegals are simply ‘legal secretaries’ who only do administrative or secretarial work, or that paralegals are actually a type of lawyer.  Firstly, paralegals are subject to legal and ethical criteria which do prevent them from conducting various tasks which are actual job duties of attorneys, although it is worth noting paralegals are still legal professionals and do much of the same work that attorneys do.…

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nwlc

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Taking Stock of Diversity in the Federal Judiciary; Significant Progress Has Been Made, But Much Remains to Be Done

As we approach the end of President Obama’s first term in office, it’s an appropriate time to look back and take stock of the impact the President has had on the federal bench, to date.  Although, thanks to a determined minority in the Senate, there is a record number of judicial seats that remain empty, the most recent additions to the federal bench are remarkable not only for their excellence and qualifications, but also for how they are changing the face of the judiciary.  President Obama’s Administration has nominated more women and people of color for judgeships than any previous…

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Liz B.

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A Must-Read For Any Aspiring Professional

Editor's Note: Liz Bailey was a 2011 Ms. JD Fellow and is a recent graduate of Harvard Law! As a young professional, I’ve encountered some astoundingly successful women, with great careers and equally successful family lives.  How did these superwomen make it all work?  Could I learn to find the same balance in my own life?I caught a break at the 2011 ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, where I had the opportunity to meet the members of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.  During a conversation with Mary Cranston, Chair of the Commission on Women (and winner of…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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Best Friends at the Bar: Teaching Lawyering - Is This Too Much to Ask of Your Law Schhol?

The New York Times hit the nail on the head in its November 19, 2011, article “What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering”.  This is a big soap box of mine, and another reminder from me seems appropriate as I prepare to go to Washington & Lee Law School next week to speak to students in the program that W&L has designed to address this issue.  Students in this program gain practical experience in lawyering in their final year of law school by participating in mock law firm exercises.  They get experience acting like litigators and corporate lawyers to help…

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