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Career Profiles: Janine Sickmeyer, NextChapter

This month I had the opportunity to have an exchange with one of the ABA's 2017 Women of Legal, Janine Sickmeyer, the CEO & Founder of NextChapter, a web application for attorneys to prepare, manage and file bankruptcy cases online. As a business leader and entrepreneur, Janine provides strategic vision and direction for NextChapter and is particularly fascinated in the intersection between law and technology in the bankruptcy market. In addition to being selected as one of ABA's Legal Tech Resource Center's Women of Legal Tech 2017, Janine is also a Pledge 1% Women Who Lead of 2017. I had a few questions for…

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The Road Less Traveled: When You’re Forced Off Your Narrative Arc, and What To Do

In my day job as Associate Director of Talent at Bliss Lawyers, many of the attorneys that I speak with describe how an alt-path gives them the flexibility to optimize their lives. BigLaw hours no longer constrain them from nurturing a side hustle into profitability, pursuit of a sub-three hour marathon, writing and publishing that novel that's been swirling around in their heads, traveling abroad, or assuming a role as family caregiver.   But many of the people I speak with - including myself - were forced off the traditional path.  Like Westworld hosts, we come into this world with a narrative arc, except one…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: “Table of Contents”

Are you a pre-law student or professional? Read this post first! Hello and welcome to Ms. JD Pre-Law! Our goal is to serve as a resource to, and build a supportive community of, pre-law women around the country. Whether you're a college freshman just starting to develop an interest in the legal profession, or if you already know that you're going to law school this Fall—we have something for you! In addition to organizing in-person events, we also regularly post interviews and other articles on the wider Ms. JD blog. The list below serves as a helpful index, with links…

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Understanding Law And Big Data

Following along with the different legal technology blogs, you will find that the big data concept for law firms has come up quite a few times. This is because more often than not, the technology pundits are thrilled with the potential for diving into data and using it as a way to benefit lawyers and their clients. All too often, the ideas can seem to be made up of a great deal of wishful thinking rather than practical ideas that you can start using in your law practice today. Earlier this year, the Chicago ABA Techshow featured a presentation by…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—New Job, New City, New Experiences

In my last post, I discussed tips for finding a job, and I can honestly say that one of those tips got me my job. Referrals. My friend referred me to the Human Resources Director of her employment, and two interviews later, I accepted a job as Recovery Specialist with the company. As a Recovery Specialist, my primary responsibility is recovering money for insurance companies for claims they paid for on behalf of their members. This job entails negotiating on the phone and a high volume of cases. Accepting this position meant I had to move eighty miles to a…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I’m a freshman in High School, and I want to prepare to become an attorney. I have already done a bit of research, but there are still a few questions that I have (below). A: As I mentioned in part one of my response last month, I am impressed that you are preparing early! Here are the answers to your remaining questions: 1.  What are a couple of things I can do to improve my writing skills? First, you are prescient to ask about writing skills. For most lawyers, writing is an essential skill for success. Many law firms…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Book Review of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World”

Name: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Professional Title: United States Supreme Court Justice Years on the Supreme Court Bench: 7 Law School: Yale Law School Sometimes changing seasons can simply be overwhelming as you wait to finally pivot into that next phase. Before you jump out of your seat with excitement: No, I did not have the opportunity to sit down with Justice Sotomayor for this piece. However, I did get the chance to pick her brain a bit by way of her 2013 book entitled “My Beloved World.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World” has been on my list of…

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Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I will practice being fully present in all aspects of my life and will take the time to observe the beauty that surrounds me. Spring is in full bloom!  We are surrounded by all of the beauty that the season brings, but have you actually stopped to appreciate what’s blooming right under your feet?  Are you really present in every moment, or are you overwhelmed by work, stress, and matters beyond your control?  Professional obligations have a way of removing our focus from enjoying life, but distractions can give us the energy to effectively tackle those obligations.  In my…

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Building a Personal Network

In college, we learn that it is important for us to constantly build our professional network. We learn that we need to create a collective pool of resources that we can draw on in the future when we are ready to look for jobs or internships. But, what about the needs we have in the interim? We put much less work into building a personal network, a cohort of similarly situated people that are willing to offer comprehensive mentorship or help us with personal needs. Many college students make new friends on campus, but leave behind family and deep friendships…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Lisa Rohrer, Senior Advisor at Fairfax Associates

Our guest today is Dr. Lisa Haueisen Rohrer, Senior Advisor at Fairfax Associates, a strategy consulting firm focused on the legal market. Prior to this role, Lisa was Executive Director of the Case Development Initiative at Harvard Law School. She was also Director of Executive Education and Research Director at the Georgetown University Law Center. Lisa has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School, a master's degree from Harvard University and a BA from Wellesley College.     Hi Lisa, thanks for speaking with the Ms. JD Pre-Law blog today! To start off, can you briefly tell our…

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