Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending October 2, 2015

The Recorder's 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law share their most valuable career advice.

Are you guilty of throwing in the kitchen sink when drafting briefs? Justice Kagan shares her tips on what it takes to be a good writer.

Making the move in-house can be a shock to the system as you step outside your familiar law firm environment. Prepare for the transition by understanding what it takes to succeed. One key element is knowing whether you're cop, counsel, or entrepreneur

Love it or hate it, networking can be the best way to find that dream job or next opportunity. Here's how to avoid becoming a "networking leech."

Lotte Bailyn shares her thoughts on "work-life balance" and the new ways of working that companies should look to embrace. One way to address your workload is to pay attention to your reflexive yes and learn how to say no. While for new attorneys, learning to "live in the moment" can be important but difficult to do. 

The Wall Street Journal, LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co just released a detailed report on Women in the Workplace, revealing 25% of women feel their gender has hindered their progress. What's clear is that change is needed at all levels, a statement that diversity is the CEO's priority isn't enough to drive change throughout an organization.

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is calling for nominations for the 26th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. If you know someone who deserves to be nominated, you can find the criteria and application requirements here. Nominations must be submitted by close of business on Friday, December 4, 2015.  


Sarah Van Culin is an attorney practicing in the fields of trust and estate litigation and estate planning in Redwood City, California. Prior to joining her current firm, Ms. Van Culin worked in house at DaVita Rx and interned with Duane Morris in Vietnam. Ms. Van Culin is a 2013 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the USF Law Review. 

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