Liz Vaysman

Ms. JD loves PHL!

Last month, Ms. JD had its first ever event in the city of brotherly love: the Ms. JD Local Philadelphia Event: Speed Mentoring!  The event was hosted by Temple University Beasley School of Law and brought together enthusiastic students and young attorneys from the area.  Students took-in invaluable advice from our seasoned attorneys: Debbie Epstein Henry, Roberta Liebenberg, the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker, and Ronda Goldfein.  Each speaker focused their discussion on a particular topic of guidance in the legal world.  After the mentoring sessions, attendees enjoyed a networking reception kicked off by Dean JoAnne Epps.

After the jump, read some key advice from our deluxe speakers.

Debbie on Networking in the Legal Practice

  • Be strategic.  Ask for what you are looking for and see if they can help, or, if you can be of any help to them.
  • One of the biggest mistakes young female attorneys make is not taking ownership for your own work – if you can’t represent yourself, how can you represent a client
  • Difference between a mentor and a sponsor – a sponsor is someone who will really speak on your behalf and make that call

Bobbi on Transitions within the Legal Profession

  • Be passionate in extracurricular activities
  • Get involved in the ABA!  Unlimited opportunities to be involved and learn about different paths
  • Guiding rule #1: Fun. Have to have fun.
  • Beat the 15%

Judge Tucker on Work-Life Balance

  • Despite what people say, you can have it all.  You just need the right partner, be it your husband, nanny…
  • Everyone has a different way of doing things
  • When applying to clerkships, the writing sample is the most important and glowing recommendations help

Ronda on Networking in Public Interest and Pro Bono Work

  • Ability to do good work in public interest is a luxury
  • Unpaid work is not the only way into public interest law.  Take your skills one at a time to build experience
  • If you are committed to finding people who need services, you may end up somewhere unexpected

If you attended the event, please share in the comments any advice that you found valuable.  Thank you to all of our speakers and attendees for making this event such a success.  A special thank-you to Courtenay Dunn for all of her hard work on planning the event.  We look forward to many PHL events in the future!

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