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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Self-Care During Self-Quarantine (4/16)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Self-Care During Self-Quarantine" with Jeena Cho, Lawyer, Author & Mindfulness Instructor Register today at https://bit.ly/msjdvirtualtoolkit5

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Bar Exam Preparation During a Pandemic (4/14)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Bar Exam Preparation During a Pandemic" with Keriann Stout, Owner of Vinco Prep, LLC Register today at https://bit.ly/msjdvirtualtoolkit4

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Desiree Goff

Female Scientists at the Forefront of COVID-19 Research & Regulations

As practicing attorneys we need others to understand what we are writing, understand what we are saying in court, and understand our recommendations to clients. This may mean helping decipher recent legislation and how it impacts businesses, researchers, and the general public. What is the point of having regulations or guidelines if the public can’t interpret them or follow them? Instead of focusing on lawyers who work in science-related legal fields, I want to focus this month on the female researchers and scientists who are dealing with changing regulations and guidelines daily while attempting to develop containment methods and diagnostics…

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Everything is Reproductive Justice—Meet me at the Crossroads: #RJ & #Rona

     My life was surreal before COVID-19. I was transitioning from a position with a reproductive justice organization and back into the field of law as a criminal defense attorney. At the start of 2020, I was also a newly divorced, Black woman ready to conquer my goals by not only being the best attorney I can be but also remaining connected to reproductive justice (this is one of the reasons I'm grateful to be a Ms. JD Writer in Residence). Yet, here I am anticipating not only what lawyering will look like as I re-engage with the law…

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The Investigation, Grand Jury and a True Bill

I hired Dan as my attorney to implore the Government to look at the facts and realize that I was not involved in a crime. Being a target of a Federal investigation began to permeate facets of my life and the investigation phase was now in play.  The Government had grabbed my attention in a way that I never could have imagined and I was more than willing to do whatever I could to show them who I was and what had happened in my role as a Fund administrator. Dan was my shield.  He protected me from myself and…

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Susan Smith Blakely

How is COVID-19 Affecting the July Bar Exam?

So what about the July Bar Exams amid COVID-19? Here is some information about what is being considered if July Bar Exams cannot go forward for reasons related to coronavirus and COVID-19. You will see there the options being considered. Some are not so good, and others are better. But one may be missing altogether. It seems to me that the option for "emergency diploma privilege-plus" is the best option and could work --- with one caveat. I agree that "diploma privilege" might be a good idea to meet the needs of Spring 2020 law graduates to enter the workforce as…

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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: Is Self-Employment For You?

Being a self-employed means you work 12 hours a day for yourself so you don't have to work 8 hours a day for someone else. - Oliver Markus Malloy After twenty years at law firms, I left with my book of business and opened up my own practice.  Words  really can’t express the sheer happiness I have experienced since then.  I bill fewer hours but take home significantly higher compensation.  I actually enjoy practicing law again.  I am finally able to combine my international practice with my love of travel, resulting in more trips abroad to meet with clients and…

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Cultivating Relationships from a Distance (4/9)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Cultivating Relationships from a Distance" with Monica Phillips, President of Spark Plug Labs Register today at https://bit.ly/msjdvirtualtoolkit3

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Susan Smith Blakely

Women Lawyers Are Held Back by Childcare Responsibilities:  What Are Law Firms Doing About It?

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) issued the One Third By 2020 Challenge in 2006, calling for law firms to have one-third of their equity partners be women by 2020. At the end of 2019, law firms collectively had achieved only 19 percent. One reason for the slower than predicted ascent of women lawyers to ownership positions in law firms is that women bear the major responsibility for childcare.  Tech-assisted flexibility makes it possible for women to service clients, but that flexibility doesn't extend into the "realm of developing a book of business," according to Jennifer Minter, Chair of…

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Desi Advocacy: Conversation with Natasha Pardawala, Litigation Associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP

I had the exciting opportunity to interview Ms. Natasha Pardawala, an Associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP. Natasha stands out as an associate who has already developed extensive experience early in her career. Having started to hone her advocacy skills from a young age on her high school and college mock trial and speech and debate teams, Natasha also worked as a Conflicts Assistant at Latham and interned for the Orange County Office of the Public Defender prior to attending law school at Northwestern University. During law school, she served as a Summer Associate at Latham as a rising 2L and 3L.…

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