kldelong12

Ms. JD is Now Accepting Applications for Its 2018 Writers in Residence Program!

Ms. JD is currently seeking applications for our 2018 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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KatMacfarlane

Do What You Love, But Be Open to Doing It Anywhere

“You can always come back,” my professor told me. It was my third year of law school, and I was stressed out about clerkships. My only clerkship interview was in Phoenix. But I lived in Los Angeles, the city that had become my home. My professor was helping me prepare for the interview. We were figuring out how I would explain why I wanted to live in a new city. I didn’t want to move. I wanted to start my legal career surrounded by people and places I knew. My professor told me that if I received an offer, I…

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Jamille

Teaching the Importance of Diversity

Ms. Shay Lawson is an intellectual property attorney who owns and operates Advocate Law Group in Atlanta, Georgia that boasts such clients as former White House Chef, Marvin Woods, and TRAP Karaoke. But, even with the busy schedule of operating her own firm, Ms. Lawson finds time to use her nearly ten years of experience consulting with law firms and other businesses seeking to improve their organization’s commitment and fulfillment to diversity and inclusion. How did you get involved in “Diversity Consulting?” I started in consulting with a company called Intern Bridge after participating as a speaker and workshop facilitator in…

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dlamorie

The Most Important Discussions About Your Career Happen When You’re Not In The Room

Of all the career gurus out there, there is one woman whose advice I keep coming back to over and over again.  Her name is Carla Harris and she is currently Vice Chair and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, as well as the author of two career advice books.  Ms. Harris came to speak at my workplace last year and wowed the audience with her ‘pearls of wisdom’.  One of the most powerful pearls for me was the idea that there are two currencies in the workplace: performance currency and relationship currency.  In the beginning of your career, performance currency…

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hrohn

What Not To Do When Sending Your Resume To A Lawyer

As we all know, attorneys go to law school to learn how to think, read and write like an attorney. More specifically to learn how to think, speak, and write concisely, carefully, and accurately. A legal document that presents the same message concisely in 5 pages will be much more useful than one that rambles on for 10 pages. This should apply to you when you are writing your resume. So if you are sending your resume directly to an attorney, as opposed to a recruiter or HR representative, you will need to tweak your resume to capture an attorney’s…

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kerriannstout

The Career Advice That Changed My Life

Do the work even when you’re scared. Like many lawyers, I was born prewired with a deep fear of failure. I spent a large portion of my life letting fear drive my decision making and avoiding pursuing the things that scared me. If I was unable to see a clear path to success on something, I found every excuse not to do it. In law school, this manifested in my “missing the deadline”  to write-on to law review, applying for “safe” internships, and skipping important networking events because I was “too busy.” I was also in blissful denial of exactly…

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skreed

Skirting the Ceiling: Beating the Billable Hour

We've all heard the age-old idiom, "Time is money." In the legal world, the time that matters even more than time spent with the client and time spend on the job away from family and friends is the time that can be billed. At law firms, meeting your billable hours target can be a make or break not only for the year but maybe even your career.   Last month, we talked about how the gender parity gap increases as lawyers move up the law firm food chain. In particular, I highlighted these unsettling facts from the National Association of Women in…

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AmandaChan

5 Things I Learned About Law School Journals

1. They don’t have to be a big time commitment. I was uneasy about signing up for yet another commitment during my 1L year, especially given that free time is especially rare as a 1L. But after attending the interest meeting for the Journal of Law and Gender, I realized that my time commitment all depended on my own choice. I could choose to do minimal work, which is just attending the subcite. (The subcite is when you doublecheck BlueBook citations on the article and proofread the article for grammatical and spelling errors). For those who want to do more…

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abell

Know When To Pivot: Making The Decision To Leave Your Law Firm In Order To Stay The Course Elsewhere

We know that the majority of women of color will leave their law firms before even being considered for partnership. While we have discussed the challenges that women of color face, we have spent considerable time over the course of this blog discussing concrete ways in which women of color can be successful at their law firms so that they remain long enough to be considered for partnership. Whenever I mentor women of color lawyers, I always tell them to stay the course at their law firms provided they are happy. That brings us to a very difficult conversation: What…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

Proofreading in Legal Writing: Make It Clean (As Much As Humanly Possible)

If you’ve ever wondered how the brain creates the reality that each of us experiences or if you enjoy testing your brain with fun mental exercises, then Brain Games is the show for you.  Brain Games is a show on the National Geographic Channel that demonstrates the brain’s abilities (and, at times, shortcomings) through games and experiments as the viewer plays along.  In doing so, it also shows how easily the brain can be duped (check out episode 8 in the second season to see what I mean).  After all, how many times have you sent out an e-mail thinking…

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