Kristine_Cherek

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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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lawyergirl

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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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mlbrown

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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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melissa_v_burns

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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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mKYCZwhJPG

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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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bailoun

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The Legal Content Curator: Bessie Margolin and the Working Woman

          Work is not a new theme for women around the world. With the Industrial Revolution and the wars of the twentieth century, the forms of work available to women may have changed, but the struggles inherent in them have remained the same. In "weaponed woman," Gwendolyn Brooks writes of the working woman and her struggle:   Well, life has been a baffled vehicle And baffling. But she fights, and Has fought, according to her lights and The lenience of her whirling-place.   She fights with semi-folded arms, Her strong bag, and the stiff Frost of…

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tammyzhu

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Join the Conversation:  As Women, Should We Ask for Male Mentors?

Two weeks into being an associate at my big law firm, I was asked if I knew who I wanted my mentor to be.  Did I want a partner or an associate?  Did I want somebody in my practice group or not?  Did I want somebody of my own gender or race or not?  I debated these questions in my head.  I ended up requesting a mentor of the same gender and race as me.  But looking back, was that the wisest choice? If you google “how to pick the right mentor for young women lawyers,” you’ll find a few…

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joanna_latimer

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What Female Lawyers Have to Be Aware of when Opening Their Own Firms

Today isn’t exactly the perfect time for being a young lawyer at the beginning of legal career: job market is overfilled, competition is vicious, and student debt is at an all-time high. And all these problems are only exacerbated for female lawyers: they have to try harder to prove their competitiveness and use every available weapon to the fullest to achieve maximum efficiency and survive in this cutthroat business. Here are some of the things you should pay special attention to acquiring the much-needed edge over your competitors. 1.    You’ll Have to Learn Marketing We all have strengths and weaknesses. Lawyers…

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Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins Present: Confronting Gender Bias in Communications: A Moderated Conversation with Dr. Arin N. Reeves

Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins Present: Confronting Gender Bias in Communications: A Moderated Conversation with Dr. Arin N. Reeves Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm CT 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800 | Chicago, IL This event will be presented live from Chicago and videoconferenced to cities throughout the U.S., see below for more information. Hear Dr. Arin N. Reeves talk about her latest research on gender bias in communications. Arin has worked in the areas of racial/ethnic, gender, age/generational, sexual orientation, class, and cultural diversity, equity, discrimination and harassment in organizations for over ten years. With her…

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KatieDay

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Join Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins LLP for Confronting Gender Bias in Communications

Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins Present: Confronting Gender Bias in Communications: A Moderated Conversation with Dr. Arin N. Reeves Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm CT 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800 | Chicago, IL This event will be presented live from Chicago and videoconferenced to cities throughout the U.S., see below for more information. Hear Dr. Arin N. Reeves talk about her latest research on gender bias in communications. Arin has worked in the areas of racial/ethnic, gender, age/generational, sexual orientation, class, and cultural diversity, equity, discrimination and harassment in organizations for over ten years.…

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