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Can you be likable and still get ahead?

I read Are You Living Your Life Like You're Planning to Fail on Ms. JD the other day and thought of it immediately when I read this article in the New York Times on the imposter phenomenon. The imposter phenomenon was coined by two therapists in the 1970s "to describe the internal experience of a group of high-achieving women who had a secret sense they were not as capable as others thought." Now, researchers have found that men and women of all ages experience the imposter phenomenon, which basically means you think you've achieved your success because of being lucky…

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jessie

Advice on Passing the Bar Exam: Part II

"A word about panic: I took the California exam and my computer failed..." Though my heart just stopped on her behalf, Jessie passed the bar anyway. How did she do it? Read on! --Ed. For those prepping for the [July] sitting, a word about panic: I took the California exam and my computer failed in the middle of the second essay day. My screen just turned bright blue. I raised my hand and the proctor handed me a piece of paper that instructed me to try restarting and then switch to a bluebook. So I restarted - and started writing…

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Anna

Online Social Networking for Lawyers [Part 1]

1. Background--what's out there now.2. What lawyers--and women lawyers particularly--need from networks, and what limitations they have in building them (e.g. limited time!)3. ... ?  Common Craft has a quick, video introduction to social networking, if you aren't sure what it is (for example, if you don't know much about Facebook and MySpace). LawLinkMs. JD National Network (practitioners and students)Ms. JD National Organization of Women Law Students (students)The universe of this stuff doesn't always get talked about together, but time and brain space are finite, so we only read/write/interact so much. Facebook and MySpace are usually mentioned in the same…

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Anna

Maryland judge calls trio of black female lawyers ‘the Supremes,’ recommends client get a male lawyer [Clippings]

County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone called three black female lawyers "the Supremes" in court. He also advised a defendant to get "an experienced male attorney." Generously, Boone has recused himself from further cases tried by the three lawyers. [Hat tip to Women in Law Daily.]

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Anna

Social networking for women NGO activists and their clients

PulseWire is in beta testing, open for women who are working in the fields of human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and water sustainability. Could that be you? [More after the jump]From the website: PulseWire is an interactive website where women worldwide — including those using internet cafés and cell phones in remote villages — can speak for themselves to the world and collaborate to solve global problems. It is also a new space inviting men to support and learn from women's voices.PulseWire is a tool designed by and for diverse users: a Sri Lankan market woman looking for new sources of micro-credit,…

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Anna

Five Big Law firms ranked in Fortune’s 100 best companies to work for

Five of the biggest Big Law firms are ranked in Fortune magazine's 2008 ranking of the 100 best companies to work for. The issue hits newsstands today, February 4th. Arnold & Porter comes in at #19, Alston & Bird at #31, Bingham McCutchen at #41, Perkins Coie at #55, and Nixon Peabody at #66. [The full list of companies is here--I tripled-checked, but tell me in the comments if I missed mentioning any legal employers on the list!]To compile the ranking, Fortune and the Great Place to Work Institute surveyed just over 400 companies that are at least 7 years…

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sintecho

Advice for Passing the Bar Exam

Ed. Note: This summer, back by popular demand, Ms. JD is pleased to feature a series of posts on bar exam prep.  The series will include some of our most highly-read articles from past years, as well as new content for all those taking on the bar exam challenge.  Good luck!  I know the [July] bar is fast approaching, so I thought I’d share the preparation advice I jotted down for my younger law school friends after taking the New York bar [...]. I wrote this when it was still fresh in my head (and before I knew that I passed), and I…

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jessie

Must Read: The Counselors by Elizabeth Vrato

In 1991, Hillary Rodham Clinton in her capacity as President of the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession established the Margaret Brent Award "to recognize some of the women who were crashing through the glass ceiling and changing the world." Elizabeth Vrato interviewed 18 recipients and collected their stories in her book, Counselors: Conversations with 18 Courageous Women Who Have Changed the World. Some of the recipients will be familiar to all readers: Supreme Court Justices O'Connor and Ginsburg are among those interviewed. As is former Attorney General Janet Reno. The stories of these most public figures were familiar…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending February 1, 2008

Majority Ownership of Toledo Law Firm is WomenAt the Toledo firm of Cooper and Walinski, women are the majority of both the firm's 39 lawyers and the firm's shareholders. Leaving Big Law to Start Your Own Firm Erica Leathem talks about starting her own law firm.Yale students unable to identify anonymous forum bashers Yale women who were the subjects of the anonymous posts on AutoAdmit.com face difficulties moving forward with their legal actions against the posters. Law Blog Law-Job Seeker of the Day: Pietro deVolpi3Ls looking for jobs: ever considered posting an ad? This guy did. Spain confirms 40 per…

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jessie

Are You Living Your Life Like You’re Planning to Fail?

I think many of us introduce ourselves, our ideas, and our work with any number of disclaimers: "maybe this is a stupid question, but..."; "I don't know that much about this, but..."; "I'm probably wrong, but..." I think I couch my viewpoints as a way to avoid appearing confrontational or as a way to mitigate the perception of error - that is, if my substantive contribution is correct, then great, but if not, then at least I predicted that and got something right. I have come to understand that neither possible benefit outweighs the cost paid in how I am…

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