BrookeFaulkner

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Specialties That Actually Thrive In Rural Areas

If you’ve ever seen Hollywood’s version of females in the legal field, you’d be convinced that we were all small town gals who fulfilled our dreams of moving to the big city by obtaining our law degrees. Of course, that’s not always the case. Sure, plenty of us left our hometowns for bigger and better things, and that might have been due to the fact that rural lawyers face certain stigmas: first, you won’t make much money in a small town, and second, you’ll need to maintain a general practice if you want to succeed. The idea that specialty lawyers…

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eynavepstein

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Getting Your First In-House Job

We have all seen that in-house job description that requires, you guessed it, prior in-house experience. With so many lawyers wanting to go in-house, we often hear from frustrated attorneys asking us how they can get that first in-house job, since they don’t already have in-house experience.  While it can be difficult, it is not an impossible task. There will always be some companies that hire lawyers directly from law firms.  Usually, these are companies with larger legal groups that are essentially run like captive law firms.  These departments are typically staffed with many attorneys, often highly specialized, and have…

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hheapbaldwin

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Ms. JD’s NWLSO Leadership Council Seeking Candidates for the Role of Director of Communications

Ms. JD is home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO), a national organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women law students.  Through NWLSO, Ms. JD connects with existing women’s law student organizations and helps create NWLSO chapters and affiliates on law school campuses. The NWLSO Leadership Council is still seeking candidates for the role of Director of Communications. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is passionate about the success of women in the law. Candidates with relevant writing experience, such as drafting and/or editing newsletters, emails, and announcements, are especially encouraged to apply. Because this is the…

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skreed

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Skirting the Ceiling: Finalizing that First Impression

My 1L year is done! Behind me are long days and nights spent cramming for exams and right around the corner lies my first day of work at the local District Attorney’s office and my first day in court as an advocate! Anticipation for these two big Firsts got me thinking about another big first—the First Impression. Research shows that the first impression matters significantly and can be monumentally hard to change. So, whether it be the first 30 seconds or the first day in court or on the job, follow these four tips to finalize the first impression that…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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A Strong Message about Leadership for Women Lawyers

Today I write to you about effective leadership, recognizing that yesterday effective leadership intersected with politics in the American experience.  However, there should be nothing of partisan politics in seeing that experience for what it was:  Killing the messenger. When I speak to audiences of attorneys and law students about effective leadership, as addressed in my book, Best Friends at the Bar:  Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers, one of the concepts that I stress is taking responsibility for your own actions and not killing the messenger.  It is a fundamental theme of effective leadership, as recognized by the most well-respected global…

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bg3orge

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Creating Work-Life Balance in the Legal Field

I had the pleasure of speaking with attorney and mother, Elise Buie, last month about achieving balance between work and life while maintaining a law career.  Of the many things that Elise brought to light for me, I think the thing that stuck with me the most is the fact that in terms of providing appropriate accommodations for pregnant or nursing women, we have come so far. I have nursed and pumped in some pretty awful, dirty places. The ferry bathroom is at the top of my list (both in the terminal and on the ferry). But, I have also nursed…

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Delania

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Drive Your Journey: The Unexpected Redirection

While changes in one’s life can be intentional, there are times when the unplanned may occur. For example, you may have your heart set on practicing in a certain area of the law and not get hired in the positions to which you initially apply. You may focus on applying to positions in a certain city but get a fitting offer in another city. This may redirect your journey, but the key is to remember that you are on a journey. It does not have to be your final destination and likely will not be. First, remember to embrace where…

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susiejean5

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Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

Happy May 5th! Yesterday was my favorite “meme” day: May the Fourth be With You (and last night was my first major study break of finals, so my husband and I watched Revenge of the Sith and The Empire Strikes Back). But did you also know that May 4 is the day Alice fell down the rabbit hole? For those who are familiar with my love of literature (English Lit major here!), you know that Alice holds a special place in my heart. Her story was one of the first I remember reading without my mom's help, and I have always…

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alexislamb

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A Chat with Erin Shinneman - Global Adventurer, Writer, Startup Lawyer

Erin Shinneman sits on a strip of sand, preparing for her dives later that day with her ocean conservation group.  For the past six weeks, she’s been living on an Indonesian island with a population of 170. The WiFi is spotty – she’s about as far east as one can go in Indonesia – but she’s able to log on enough to communicate with her clients effectively.  Shinneman, a startup lawyer and writer who started her career at the law firms of Chadbourne & Parke and Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP., has worked from Barcelona cafes, desert…

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KatieDay

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Tips to Survive #LawSchool Finals

As a fellow law student, I understand just how stressful finals can be. Try as we might, there really isn't a way to alleviate all the pressure, but there are a few ways to make finals time a bit more bearable. I've rounded up a few resources from Ms. JD and across the web that have helped me make it through finals, and I want to share them with you! Check them out below, and if you have any to add, leave me a comment! Can’t Keep Up? 10 Easy Life Hacks That Will Save You Time During Finals Season:…

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