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2019 Writers in Residence Program ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Ms. JD is currently seeking applications for our 2019 Writers in Residence Program. The Writers in Residence program was started in 2010 and is a select group of practicing attorneys, alternative career individuals, pre-law students, current law students, and other professionals who contribute monthly articles for one year to the Ms. JD blog on a topic of their choosing. Some blog titles this year were: Concrete Ceilings and Open Doors: Women of Color & The Law, Drive Your Journey, Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law, Failure Turned Inside Out, The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Legal Paths, The M in…

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Ms. JD Honors Awards - Submit Your Nominations!

Ms. JD is proud to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors. The Ms. JD Honors Reception will take place in connection with Ms. JD’s upcoming Annual Conference, #MsJDSpeakUp, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on March 14-15, 2019. The Ms. JD Honors awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. Nominations are due by Friday, January 4, 2019. Below is a description of the awards and instructions for submitting nominations. Woman of Inspiration Award…

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Join Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund Program!

Interested in women’s issues, international development, fundraising and education?  If yes, consider supporting us as our next part-time, unpaid, Global Education Fund program volunteer!  Ms. JD created the Global Education Fund (“GEF”) to enable women in developing countries who otherwise would not have access to further education pursue a legal education.  Each year, GEF has made it possible for two Ugandan women in each class year to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda. The part-time and unpaid Global Education Fund program volunteer will be responsible for: Helping to lead outreach and program development…

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Tips for New Lawyers to Understand Expectations of Their Law Firm

If you are a new lawyer, first of all, congratulations are definitely in order. However, after being hired on to the legal firm, you hopefully are aware that now the real work begins. Ask any experienced attorney, and they will tell you that it can take years to develop a solid, well-respected reputation. It will all start with attention to detail. Now that you are the newest associate in a legal firm, you will need to know how to look like the newly-minted professional that you are. How do you go about doing this? Here are some things to consider:…

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nadiaenn

From Paralegal to Associate: How to Land your Dream Job!

I was recently asked for advice as to how to land a job as a new associate in a particular field.   That particular friend is passionate about entertainment and music in particular.  Now equipped with a law degree and having just passed the bar, he wondered how to break into the music field as a lawyer.    My first advise, which apply to any field, is to join as many associations as possible.  Networking is primordial.   The associations don’t need to be only legal based, and should be any type of association related to that field.  While most have a membership…

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One Simple Thing You Can Do About the Stress You Feel Every Day

So , if I asked you to name one thing in your life that regularly causes you stress, you might say “work” or “traffic” or “this case I’ve been working on,” but the things that cause us stress are usually much more specific. What exactly is it about those things that cause you stress? There is usually something specific that you can pinpoint. For example, perhaps it’s not work generally that causes you stress, but maybe your stress level rises… When you split your attention/multitask When you look at your email inbox Each time you add something to your to-do…

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torikeith

Etiquette for Holiday Gifts in the Workplace

Gift-giving is a time-honored and thoughtful way to build business relationships, especially during the holiday season. Both within and outside of the firm, a thoughtful present is an excellent way to acknowledge the importance of a relationship, show appreciation and build goodwill among friends and colleagues. However, if the gift is inappropriate, too personal or inappropriately priced, it can have the opposite effect. Consider these etiquette tips to ensure your gifts are just right. Whether you’re sending a gift to a coworker or business associate from outside the office, the best approach is to select a gift that can be utilized…

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Sports Law Resources - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

My Fellow Sports Law Enthusiasts:  In doing research for this column and talking to sports lawyers, fellow students, and my career counselor, I've come across some helpful resources for those interested in SportsLaw. Here, I've compiled those resources, as well as a brief summary of what they provide.  Industry Insights Leveling the Playing Field podcast hosted by Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard provides in-depth interviews with women in the sports law industry, including upper-level management, CEOs, and journalists.   The Players' Tribune: Online media platform with articles and videos that focuses on athlete-created content. Uniquely presents issues from the athletes' perspective.  The White Bronco: Written by a team…

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Thank You For Attending LaddHer Up

Thank You for Attending LaddHer Up With Ms. J.D. On October 18-19, 2018, Ms. JD brought over 30 women general counsel and 50 early career associates together at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, California for its inaugural LaddHer Up retreat!  LaddHer Up’s unique program provided great general counsel networking opportunities, interesting expert workshops, small group recreational activities and 2:1 career meet-ups where each general counsel informally provided career advice to associates. Avery Blank gave great advice on negotiating your career effectively during her "PowHer Up to Negotiate Your Career" discussion.     There are many misconceptions about the…

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claireeparsons

How to Deal with Microaggressions as a Female Attorney

“Are you the court reporter?” After 3 years of law school, 2 bar exams, and a little over 1 year of practice, that was the question I received upon arriving at a deposition I was set to defend. It also happens to be the same question many other female attorneys get at depositions. The question in my case was, I believe, an honest mistake. Yet, the frequency with which it and questions like it are asked suggests to me that it is not just a mistake. Indeed, I have also been asked whether I “work for” an attorney, I am…

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armsshir

First Generation Success Story: When Life Gets In The Way

   I want to address a very important topic that doesn’t always seem to correlate with law school: life. Despite popular belief, life continues on even when you enter law school. Your personal life does not cease to exist outside of the law school. People grow, things change, and life-altering events still happen. However, as a law student, you are stuck inside the four walls of your school just trying to survive each week. It is very easy to put yourself in a ‘law school bubble’ in which you focus all your time and energy studying (believe me, it is…

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Some Law Schools Now Accepting the GRE for Admission

You have probably heard about the GRE, or the GRE General Test, which is the standardized test used by many graduate schools for admissions. What you may not have known is that at least 27 law schools are currently accepting GRE scores from applicants, in lieu of the Law School Admission Test (“LSAT”), which is offered by the Law School Admission Council (“LSAC”). Of course, these schools also continue to accept LSAT scores from applicants for admission. “The GRE General Test is a valid and reliable tool for informing law schools’ admissions decisions,” said David Payne, Vice President & COO…

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Susan Smith Blakely

In Praise of Lawyer Moms

I am a lawyer/mom.  Although my children are grown now and have become lawyers themselves, the memories of struggles as a lawyer/mom are still very vivid for me --- as well as the joys and the successes.  It is not an easy "row to hoe" as my own mom would have said. So, when I read several articles about another lawyer/mom, including one on Above the Law by Grover Cleveland, author of  Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks, I surely identified with it. I found, however, that my identification with Michelle Travis, the woman lawyer/professor of law/mom in these articles, ran deeper than…

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The 5 Changes That Finally Gave Me Enough Time to Get Everything Done

I never used to have enough time.  I struggled to keep up.  I’m organized, definitely the planning type, but even with those skills, I just couldn’t find the time I needed. This picture is me eight years ago.  Caught off guard…somewhere in Switzerland on “vacation” but not actually disconnected from work.   I don’t look all that relaxed right?  (If you want the full version of this site, embarassing pictures of me included, it's over here.) I was a new-ish attorney, just a few years in.  The “omg I’m done with school and finally a lawyer, and I kind of feel like…

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5 Things to Consider About Potential Clients

Client acquisition is one of the keys to being successful as a lawyer, but be wary of moving too fast. Before bringing on a new client, there are some important things you need to consider. 5 Things to Think About Consultations are part of being a lawyer. If your practice or firm is like most, you offer free or low-cost initial meetings to get to know prospective clients and discuss their options. In these consultations, you’ll want to spend time feeling out the individual across the table. Here are a few specific things to consider: 1. Common Client Questions Once…

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