Susan Smith Blakely

Good News for Women Lawyers With Families

Here is some very good news for women lawyers with family responsibilities.  In her article for Above The Law, Staci Zaretsky describes a new program for women litigators who no longer can make traditional law firm practice work because of childcare responsibilities and other aspects of family life.  She outlines a "hot new trend" of lawyers leaving law firms to join what she describes as a growing field of litigation finance and highlights the efforts of Fulbrook Capital Management in developing a program to fit the needs of women lawyers. Known as "Virtual Women in Law," the program is Fulbrook's…

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tatumw

Citizen’s Academy: From a Pre-Law Perspective

I recently participated in and completed a Citizen’s Academy. For those that are unfamiliar—and believe me, I was unfamiliar before participating—a Citizen’s Academy is a program that provides a deeper look into local government’s inner workings including operations, policies, and services. My local citizen’s academy was a three-hour long class that met once a week for two months. During the program, we received visits from various local agencies including the District Attorney’s office, Shared Hope International (a human trafficking organization), and various Sheriff’s Units including Property Crimes and Street Crimes. We also had the opportunity to tour local facilities such…

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GOSOLOFORSUCCESS

Why a Woman CAN Take a Break from the Law

My mother has a saying: “Women can have it all…just not at the same time.”  She was a stay at home mom.  Once my sister and I were older, she went to the New York School of Interior Design and started her own design business. I thought I could prove her wrong.  I started in banking, went to law school at night while working a full-time job and worked my way to become president and general counsel of a financial company. I enjoyed immense responsibility, put in long hours, and made good money. I figured that if I became indispensable…

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nicolemoriniere

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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KatieDay

ABALCC #LegalCareerChat Featuring Ms. JD’s President, Raychelle Tasher

On June 28th, Ms. JD joined ABA Legal Career Central for a #LegalCareerChat featuring Ms. JD President, Raychelle Tasher. Raychelle shared her tips for taking on leadership roles as a new lawyer or law student, how she got involved in the ABA and Ms. JD, and advice for those interested in clerking. Check out a recap of the chat below!   [View the story "#LegalCareerChat Featuring Ms. JD's Raychelle Tasher" on Storify]  

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KatieDay

Apply to be part of Ms. JD’s NWLSO Leadership Academy!

  Ms. JD's National Women's Law Students Organization (NWLSO) Leadership Academy is Ms. JD's initiative created to further its mission of supporting and improving the experiences of women law students.  The Leadership Academy will build a national network of women's law association leaders empowered to lead their law student organizations, leveraging ideas and inspiration from their new connections with other law student leaders.  Additionally, the leadership academy class will provide participants with tools to develop professional skills to help them succeed and serve in leadership positions beyond law school.   The Leadership Academy will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017…

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Brittany1908

The State of Mandatory Parental Leave Continuances

At a minimum, attorneys must zealously represent clients. Likely driven by a genuine desire to ensure exceptional legal representation or simply today’s competitive legal market, striving to provide the best services possible often means going beyond the minimum requirement of zealous representation.  To exceed this standard, attorneys are regularly on call or engaging in some type of work after hours. We often put aside our personal needs, such as physical health, and the personal needs of our family with the intention of helping our clients. However, the birth of a child is one example for which an attorney cannot ignore…

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Sappho

Hate, Fear, Sadness, and Hope

I sincerely apologize in the delay in this month’s post. My heart has been heavy for the past few weeks. As many of you may have heard, there was a major hate crime in my community. It has been surreal -- while I am aware of the anger, pain, and hate from White Supremacists who live and exist in my state (and city) and having experienced some myself -- it still hurts my heart and mind when another act of hate is committed against my community. It is not the first act, nor it is one I am unfamiliar with.…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: Practice Makes Perfect

Name: Tamara J. Titre Professional Title: Assistant City Attorney, City of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Managing Attorney, Law Office of Tamara J. Titre, LLC Law School: Michigan State University College of Law Years Practicing Law: 3 Sector: Government and Private Practice Specialization: Freedom of Information Compliance, Family Law, Probate, Estate/Trusts "I do not believe people fail. I believe they are put in positions that challenge them to reinvent or redirect themselves.” You never really know where life can take you. Early on Tamara Titre knew that she wanted to be a voice for others. Her desire to obtain a law degree grew stronger as she became more involved in…

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AmandaChan

Inspiring Women Human Rights Lawyers

While Amal Clooney may dominate headlines for her fashion and much more importantly, her work in human rights and women’s rights, it is important for women lawyers--aspiring or practicing alike--to know about more of the many inspirational women human rights lawyers around the world. They have diverse experiences, and the paths they have taken serve as models for other women lawyers to follow and expand upon. Fatou Bensouda is the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague. She has been serving as the Prosecutor since 2012. She previously served as a deputy prosecutor in the ICC for eight…

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