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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I am involved in a negotiation with an abusive opposing counsel. He tries to embarrass me in front of my client and says I don’t know what I am talking about. I am concerned about raising this with my supervising attorney, because he may think I am over my head. Any suggestions? A: Ah. Civility. Depending on your personality, the rough and tumble of law practice can be one of its less appealing aspects. But sometimes the job involves taking a bullet for your client. Usually, the best course of action involves keeping a laser focus on your client’s…

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Exciting Volunteer Opportunity: Ms. JD Pre-Law Program Director

Ms. JD is seeking a Pre-Law Program Director for its series of pre-law programming, which aims to provide pre-law women with the resources they need to make an informed decision on attending law school and on navigating the law school application process. The pre-law program director will serve an important role by coordinating pre-law blog content, planning pre-law events, and establishing and maintaining relationships with Ms. JD's pre-law contacts.   This position is ideal for an undergraduate student or young professional who is considering law school and enjoys writing, event planning, and outreach. It also presents opportunities to grow within Ms. JD…

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Grit, the Secret to Advancement:  Stories of Successful Women Lawyers

The Grit, the Secret to Advancement program focuses on the impact of grit and growth mindset on successful women lawyers. Date: Friday, February 3, 2017 Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time Location: JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 5th Floor, Plaza 4, Miami, Florida Last year, the Commission on Women in the Profession conducted new, expanded research on grit and growth mindset, two traits that have been shown to impact the success of women lawyers. This program will reveal the new findings, and a panel of successful women lawyers will share their advice and insights about the…

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ABA Women’s Caucus Meeting

This is a terrific opportunity to network with your colleagues and meet other dynamic women lawyers. There is no charge to attend. We will begin our meeting with a discussion focusing on the potential impact of the change of administration on issues of concern to women, with reference to ABA policy. The Women's Caucus meeting is the perfect opportunity to: - Meet other ABA members and network with colleagues; - Examine issues being addressed by the ABA that are of interest to and impact women; - Discuss issues of concern to women lawyers; - Find paths to leadership and mentors…

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Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s 2017 Annual Conference: Diversity + Flexibility = An Evolving Culture

We are pleased to announce our Community Sponsorship of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s 2017 Annual Conference: Diversity + Flexibility = An Evolving Culture, going forward on March 16, 2017 at Jones Day in Washington, DC. The Alliance is a nationally recognized think tank dedicated to helping organizations create inclusive cultures that leverage diversity and flexibility to attract and retain top talent. Its Annual Conference explores the most up-to-date, research-based action steps highlighting the intersection of diversity and flexibility. With over 150 expected participants, the Conference will bring together general counsel, law firm management, and other legal industry leaders to discuss…

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It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

First, let me check my privilege at the door.  I am a college-educated, white, married suburbanite.  I was lucky enough to have been born to parents who value education and who could afford to pay for mine.  I live in a golf course community in a beachside town.  I drive my European SUV to the law school where I teach.  No, I do not consider myself to be disadvantaged by any definition of the word.  But in the view of many, I am not just disadvantaged.  I am less than equal simply because of my gender.  When I entered the…

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“So You want to be An International Lawyer… Domestic Violence Should Not be A Spectator Sport”

One sad truth remains haunting across many exciting travels. Women are physically hurt by men in their households in every nation. No nation is immune to the ancient plague of domestic violence, and, disproportionately greater numbers of the victims are women harmed by men. Few accidents are more capable of disabling the worklife balance of working women, lawyers, domestic or traveling abroad compared to the domestic violence phenomenon. Our beloved First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt had six children, was married to a President famous for his wheelchair and his mistresses. Mrs Roosevelt helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in…

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The 2017 Ms. JD Fellowship Application is Now Open!

The Ms. JD Fellowship, one of our most popular programs, is now open for applications! In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship.  The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development.  Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients.  In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in…

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Get an Edge in Your Attorney Career Using the Tech Power

The fields of law and law enforcement have been dominated by men for centuries. Today, the situation is starting to change, but there is no arguing the fact that males are still at an advantage in these particular industries. Therefore, a woman must use all tools available to achieve maximum efficiency in her chosen profession, and this is where modern technology can help. Tech innovation is making its way into all areas of life, including law and law enforcement. There are startups, software solutions, and gadgets that help solve crimes, punish criminals, and get restitution for the victims. Whether you…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I have decided I should switch practice groups, because the one I am in is not giving me much mentoring. But I have not had much success getting work from the new group. Any advice on what to do? A: Yes. Finding a good “fit” at a firm is critical to your long-term success. But both you and the new practice group have to decide (either formally or informally) that you should work together. And until you have officially joined the second group, the dance can be delicate. At first, you will need work for both groups. And over…

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