Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending January 16, 2015

This week, Womble Carlyle announced that Betty Temple will be their first female leader. Temple represents a number of firsts for the 140-year old firm. As well as being their first female leader, she is the first head from outside its headquarters and its youngest ever leader.

In this interesting, reflective piece, Maria Wen Adcock admits to judging working moms — until she had kids of her own and realized that “having it all” wasn’t as simple as she expected. Late last year, Senator Gillibrand explained why she hates the phrase “having it all” while Kelly Suellentrop explores the guilt she feels when she has to work, rather than spend time with her children. Work life balance is out for lawyer, mom, and Ms. JD Writer in Residence Claire James, instead she’s adopting a work-life integration approach. Balancing kids with work isn’t just an issue for working moms, this stay-at-home dad explains how things changed when he transitioned from Supreme Court law clerk to stay-at-home dad.

A New York Times study of the percentage of working women by location found that the geography of female employment tends to be more complicated than the male geography. The negative consequences faced by women who speak up at work have been documented before, now Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg are looking to strategies to redress these gender biases in the work place. One strategy is to increase the number of women in leadership roles, but, as the Pew Research Center’s Data on Women Leaders reveals, there is still a long way to go.

If you’re recruiting right now, make sure you head in to negotiations prepared. Check out these five things HR hopes you don’t know. Our very own Katie Larkin-Wong is now a mentor over at Levo League, if you have questions about pre-law, law school, or life as a lawyer, make sure to reach out to her with your questions!

If you’re a devoted list-maker, you’re in good company. Here’s how you can make those all important to-do lists even more effective.

With awards season in full swing, ELLE magazine have launched their Flip the Script campaign, starting with asking male actors the same inane questions women get asked over and over again on the red carpet. Challenging Hollywood stereotypes may be all the more important this year, as the Oscars nominations unveiled today are the least diverse in years: all 20 actors in the four acting categories are white and no women were nominated for either best director or screenwriter.

Do you have your tickets for Ms. JD’s 2015 Stronger Together Conference? This week we were thrilled to announce that Pat Gillette, Partner at Orrick, will keynote the 2015 Ms. JD Honors! Tickets are still up for grabs here.

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