Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending July 11, 2014

Two ground-breaking female leaders have been celebrated in the past couple weeks for their incredible achievements. It was announced this week that Regina Pisa, chairwoman of Goodwin Procter is stepping down at the end of September. Pisa led Goodwin Procter from 300 lawyers to more than 900 lawyers and was the first woman to ever lead an Am Law 100 firm. While Admiral Michelle Howard became the highest ranking woman in Naval history with her promotion to four-star admiral and Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

There was a slight improvement in the number of firms qualifying for the Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s Gold Standard Certification this year (45 firms up from 42 firms last year) which shows there is still a lot of work to be done to improve the number of women in partnership and leadership roles. 

If you frequently work with in-house counsel, there are some simple ways to keep them happy and build a productive working relationship. Keeping clients happy after all is one of the keys to building a great practice.

Do you dream of taking up a new skill or entering a new practice area? These tips for mastering anything could help you reach your goals. Reaching for new goals and stepping outside your comfort zone can be terrifying, but it can also be the best way to get the most fulfilling career. If you’ve been considering going solo, chances are at least one of these fears has been stopping you from making the leap, but going solo has its own perks.

As the summer draws to a close, it is important to end your internship positively. Check out these tips from Corporette on how to end your internship on a strong note.

Is “law-hacking” the way to boost access to justice? What small things can law firms and lawyers be doing to ensure their clients and prospective clients know their rights?

Adapting new technology for the practice of law is sure to impact us all. Training in this technology can start in law school. While we’re on the topic of new technology, the book that introduced us to one of the world’s favorite lawyers and fathers finally became available as an e-book this week, 54 years after it was first published.

With just a few more weeks until the bar exam, we want to wish all Ms. JD bar preppers good luck! Here’s a reminder why you don’t need to be a perfectionist while studying for the bar.

Who are your role models? For one writer, Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher shaped her view of the role of women and inspired her to start her own business after being “mommy-tracked.” While this week’s Emmy nominations celebrated some of Hollywood’s most high profile feminists.







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