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Advice on Passing the Bar Exam: Part III

Following up on the recent posts giving advice for passing the bar, I have a couple of tips to add to the great information already provided on this site. I sat for (and passed) the July 2007 Bar Exam in California. The two tips that I will share here relate to the written portion of the test and I think now is the perfect time to share them as the July test is just weeks away! Both of these tips relate to matching how you study to how you will test. During the first 8 weeks or so of studying for the exam,…

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Anna

Weekly MILS Roundup (Moms in Law School)

The Moms in Law School Roundup posts on Sundays, alternating between blogs by PT-law mom and A Little Fish in Law School (a/k/a butterflyfish). This week is MILS #32, hosted by PT-law mom. It's an easy way to keep up with (and join) a virtual neighborhood of moms in law school! Thanks to butterflyfish for the tip in the comments [on our previous article about MILS]. Happy Sunday, everybody!

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Anna

How Men and Women Can Work Together at Law Firms [Clippings]

Jennifer Bluestein, director of professional development for the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie, observes that most training to remedy gender inequalities at firms is geared toward women. Presentations teach female associates how to climb upward. Bluestein argues that male partners also need to learn how to reach downward. There are three ways that senior men can offer a hand up:Managing partners, practice group chairs and senior partners can help women have the same chance of succeeding as the men do. First, women need mentors, just as men do. Second, women need flexibility and career choices, just as men do.…

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Anna

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, dating & relationship expert declares, “profession-wise, women lawyers are the worst”

Maine newspaper syndicate SeacoastOnline publishes one of those ubiquitous dating/relationship columns that sets people up then reports on their dates. In that spirit, the paper's (female) food critic submitted to a "dating quotient" evaluation by columnist Steve Penner. He was asked, "How datable is Rachel Forrest?" To answer, he talks through her age, marital status, politics, etc. Then he gets to her occupation:Profession-wise women lawyers are the worst. Writing professions are good, creative professions are good if you want an intelligent man. [Emphasis added.]Hat tip to Women in Law Daily for the link. W.I.L.D. blogger Grace reacts, "What is that…

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Anna

Wonder what damage your high heels are doing?

Thanks to Lisa at Sociological Images: Seeing Is Believing, you can see all the damage your work shoes are doing to your feet--in gory, glorious detail. [Hat tip to LawGeek.] Here's a direct link to the full-size image, so you don't have to go blind squinting at your screen. Those stilettos are going to give you enough health problems to deal with already.P.S. Here's a hint for healing that heel-related pain!

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Anna

Judge Nancy Gertner receives ABA Thurgood Marshall Award for contributions to civil and human rights

Harold Koh, Dean of Yale Law School, informs me that Judge Nancy Gertner, District of Massachusetts, will receive the 2008 Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association and the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. The award recognizes long-term contributions to "the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights in the United States." Justice Marshall received the inaugural award in 1992. In seventeen years, Judge Gertner is only the second woman to receive the award. (The other woman was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!) Other past recipients of the award are Jack Greenberg, Don Edwards, and Stephen…

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Anna

Lawyers with Depression [Clippings]

The website Lawyers With Depression is six months old this February. Started by Dan Lukasik, a partner at Cantor Lukasik Dolce & Panepinto in Buffalo, New York. Last month he told the ABA Journal, "I felt like most lawyers think--'I can deal with it by myself.' But it got to the point where I really couldn’t."One of every five lawyers (20%) are suffering from depression at any given time. That's three times the rate of depression among the general U.S. population (6.7%). Perhaps not surprisingly, a recent survey of Oregon attorneys found that the same portion (20%, or 1 in…

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Anna

DirectWomen Board Institute trains senior attorneys to serve on corporate boards

If you or a senior attorney you know would like to serve on a corporate board, you'll want to know about the DirectWomen Board Institute. DirectWomen is a little over a year old--it started around the same time as Ms. JD. While a lot of our stuff focuses on the front end of legal careers (for students and associates), DirectWomen works on the back end (retiring business attorneys). The ABA-sponsored initiative means "to identify, develop, and support a select group of accomplished women attorneys to provide qualified directors needed by the boards of U.S. companies." DirectWomen does three main things:1.…

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Anna

Meet Stephanie Enyart and the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities [Clippings]

This month's issue of Student Lawyer, the ABA Student Division's magazine, profiles Stephanie Enyart in the article "Tackling Law School as a Blind Student." She's a 3L at UCLA and founding president of the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities. One of the group's goals is to develop a set of best practices to provide reasonable accommodations for law students with disabilities. We here at Ms. JD are all about best practices and improving the profession, so I wish them the best. If you have suggestions or interest, please visit nalswd.org. One of my classmates is blind (hi, T!)…

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Anna

‘“Would I be more employable with a baby on my knee?” [Clippings]

Over at her think like a woman. act like a man. blog, Anastasia wonders, "Would I be more employable with a baby on my knee?" I'm a little slow posting the link, but we spend so much time talking about motherhood here at Ms. JD that I wanted to make sure to mention it. You see, Ana doesn't want to get married, or find a life-partner, or have a child.I am always happier when I am uncoupled. There is no great career aspiration that supersedes a biological drive. Break-ups from long relationships always bring a joyous sense of relief for…

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