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Learning the Securities Industry: Lessons from a Panel of Experts

This time last year, I developed a newfound love of securities law while I was studying for my Corporations final. Locked in a study room with my study partner, outlining the elements of classical insider trading and the misappropriation theory, I discovered an area of law that was new and very interesting to me. The following semester, I enrolled in a mix of business and securities law classes to learn more about the intersections between the two areas. I even enrolled in accounting (which I found fascinating).  Despite having worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission as an Honors Intern…

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Hosun

Square Up Imposter Syndrome

Quick tips for young minority lawyers who question whether they belong or are qualified. How do you “square up”[1] against an intangible phenomenon? My name is Helen Osun, a graduate from the Howard University School of Law. I am currently a junior associate at Crowell & Moring in D.C. and with all of my achievements and past successes, I still struggle with imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is described as a “psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments… despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this phenomenon remain convinced that they are frauds, and do not deserve all…

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Two Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Upset if You’re Struggling with Being Productive

Does this ever happen to you? As you’re caught up in the day-to-day of all the things you’re juggling, as you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff you have to get done, do you ever stop and wonder exactly why it’s so hard? I mean, you’re obviously smart, determined, and hard-working, so why can it be so difficult sometimes to keep everything up? It’s totally frustrating, and you may even beat yourself up a bit over it. It’s so easy to think – “Shouldn’t I be able to do all of this?” “Shouldn’t I just be good at time management?”…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

This is part two of my answer to this question on business development for Associates: Q: I am a mid-level associate. I know I should be doing business development. But it is hard to know what activities will be the most effective. Any suggestions on what I should do? A: Last month, I covered some fundamentals that are essential for developing business such as honing your legal skills and dazzling existing clients. This month, I dive deeper into specifics and ways to make business development a habit. In a recent post on LinkedIn, Heather Townsend, an author and business development…

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The Closed Door - A Reflection

Think about a time you were told no. Think about how it made you feel and why it made you feel that way. Now think about how you maneuvered this situation. Did you used that no as a stepping stone to better yourself or did you allow the no to make you feel as though you were helpless and/or stuck? Was the no impactful to the point that you ruminated on the event or did you forget about it right after it happened? As a law student, NO is one of the most frustrating words I can hear. Whether it…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Salary Negotiation Tips for All Young Lawyers

Last week I attended the Georgetown University Women's Forum, an expanded version  of the Georgetown Women's Law Forum.  As a Georgetown Law grad, I am a big fan of this conference.  Keep your eye out for it next year!  You don't have to be a Hoya to attend. Here are some tips that I picked up on salary/benefits negotiations, and they apply to all young lawyers.  Think of it as your Ten Step Method to Greater Job Satisfaction. 1. Set the stage. In preparation for a meeting to discuss more salary or benefits, ask your supervisor for time to discuss your career development.  Thank…

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The Mental Load: Unpacking the Excess Baggage

The Mental Load column explores the paradoxical effects of Type A personality traits. The perfectionism, drive, and ambition that propel women lawyers up the career ladder also tend to contribute to chronic stress, burnout, anxiety, and attrition from the profession. I’m going to dive right in with this first post at what seems like the logical starting point – the actual mental load. Why The Mental Load is Extra Intense for Successful Professional Women The “mental load”, despite being a creature of recent cultural debate, is very real. Shouldering the lion’s share of a household’s innumerable responsibilities leaves many women…

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6 Things Nobody Tells You About Building a Law Practice

When you first venture out on your own and decide to open up your own law practice, there’s unmistakable excitement and anticipation. There are also nerves and fears. But even the most experienced attorneys can’t possibly be prepared for everything that comes with building out a practice. 6 Untold Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities Going from attorney at someone else’s firm to an attorney with your own practice is a much more significant transition than most people realize. Practically, it comes with more responsibility and scheduling demands. Psychologically, it comes with greater pressure. But all of the pep talks and reading…

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Health(s)care: An Introduction

Hi, my name is DéJeune, and I’m a health care enthusiast. Ironically, I don’t like hospitals. I never have, and I probably never will. As a pastor, my father frequented hospitals, visiting members of his congregations, sharing communion, and praying for their families and wellbeing, but it wasn’t until my mother suffered a fatal heart attack that I really started avoiding hospitals. Whenever possible, I stayed with an older sibling or asked my dad to schedule his “sick and shut in” visits during after school events. I was woefully unsuccessful because, my newly widowed father brought me almost everywhere he…

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Webinar: Speak Up: Advocating for Yourself and Your Career

On April 4, 2019, Ms. JD board member, Katie Day hosted a webinar featuring career consultant/ author/ speaker Debbie Epstein Henry that focused on how to be an advocate for yourself and how to advocate for your career. What are some tips for asking for a raise? How do you self-promote? Are you effectively growing your network? Watch below to find out! About Debbie Epstein Henry Debbie Epstein Henry is an expert, consultant, best-selling author and public speaker on careers, workplaces, women and law.  For 20 years, hundreds of news outlets have featured her work including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, National…

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Ms. JD Summer 2019 Public Interest Scholarship Competition is Now Open!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2019 Summer Public Interest Scholarship Competition!  The recipients of the 2019 Public Interest Scholarship Competition will each receive a scholarship, up to $5,000 per recipient, to go towards their summer living expenses as they pursue careers in public interest law. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our support of women pursuing public interest careers and soften the burden faced by folks who accept public interest internships, which are often unpaid.   Eligibility The Scholarship is open to all law students who currently identify as women, or who have previously…

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Chicken or the Egg: Why Can’t We Retain Our Female and Minority Lawyers?

I went to a conference recently and sat at a table with a group of male partners, and the topic of our conversation turned to this question.  They lamented the loss of diverse talent in their firms, and they simply could not understand why.  Their firms have internal networks for female and/or minority lawyers. They host diversity workshops. Some of them even have an in-house diversity and inclusion specialist.  They told me they personally assign female and minority lawyers in their offices to their cases and actively mentor and sponsor them when they can. They sounded genuine. They sounded like…

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The Role Client Company Culture Plays in Your Legal Practice

Over the next few months, my column will explore the role that company culture plays in a successful legal practice.  I know…culture.  Before your eyes glaze over, though, hear me out.  An entire body of literature and best practices exist on the powerful role culture can play in business.  Here, we’ll focus on exactly what company culture can mean to you, as counsel, and how focusing on this aspect of your company or client organizations can reap great benefits for your practice. Chances are, if you are in-house, you may have come across your company’s mission, vision and values, or a quixotic set of…

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Interview with Krista Hiner, Esports Attorney & Bar Officer - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

Please welcome Ms. Krista Hiner, Esports Attorney at ESG Law and Officer of the Esports Bar Association. A graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, Ms. Hiner formerly was a Partner at Peterson Logren, & Kilbury, P.A., an employment law firm, before joining ESG Law in 2017. Ms. Hiner has served as a contributor to ESPN, spoken at esports conferences across the country, and is an avid gamer.  Thank you so much for taking the time to connect with me, Ms. Hiner. What drew you to the world of esports? What aspects of your work most excite you? Ms. Hiner: I…

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5 Easy Ways to be a Giver When Networking

One of the most common mindset mistakes when networking is approaching relationships as a “taker” -meaning, you are solely focused on your goals and what you can receive from a relationship, instead of thinking about the value that you can add. When I work with clients on this mindset shift, a very common question is “But what do I have that is of value that I can offer when networking?”  Here are 5 easy ways you can be a giver (and add real value) when networking. Keep a list of helpful articles. Start compiling a list of good articles on…

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