5 Things Busy Lawyers Can Do to Find the Time to Exercise

     Late last year, I started exercising regularly again after a long period of doing hardly anything at all. It wasn’t until this happened that I realized how much I missed physical activity. Law practice, after all, is not something that lends itself well to movement or even sensory stimulation. Instead, lawyers often spend long hours cooped up in an office and huddled over a computer or stacks of documents. We also tend to keep long hours, have little control over our schedules, and may feel at the end of the day like we have little else to give.…

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Joint Journeys to Making an Impact on Women in the Law: Mentorship & Colleagues Inspiring Each Other

By Molly Brummond, Assistant Dean for External Relations and Strategic Initiatives, And Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program University of Nebraska, College of Law   Mentorship takes many forms, not the least of which is collaboration. This article, co-written from individual perspectives by two female attorneys in higher education leadership, boils down to the importance of finding role models who inspire us, mentors who support us, and friends who are capable of saying, “muscle up, buttercup.” Elsbeth Magilton A few years back my mentor and colleague, Molly Brummond, and I attended a “Women’s Conference”…

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Great Big Guide to Keeping Yourself Going When You’re Not That Into What You’re Working On Right Now

It happens…sometimes maybe even a lot. You may be tired, running on empty, or just not-so-pumped about the project you’re working on at the moment. But it has to get done. (Ugh.) And sheer willpower is an exhausting way to get through it. So, I have a dozen ideas you can use to power through.  Here are your first six: 1. Take a break. The right way to start may be to stop. There’s a good chance that the reason you’re finding it difficult to keep going is because your brain literally cannot even. If your brain needs a break, it will…

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An Investment - In Perspective

I speak to a lot of lawyers looking to transition from the practice of law, and recently I’ve realized that the most important message for those transitioning professionals is not that transition is indeed possible, but rather to manage the expectations surrounding the transition.  Here are some common responses I hear when I tell my story - now with the perspective of a decade away from the practice of law - nearly a decade since I last worked at Skadden Arps.  There’s got to be an easier way to make a living. I just need to find a job where…

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Ms. JD. Meets BellaNové—Maternity Clothing Rentals for the Working Professionals

Jenny Leung is the founder of BellaNové, a maternity clothing subscription service that rents out sophisticated maternity wear for today’s modern woman. Her story is one that many women can relate to and is the catalyst behind why she left a career in corporate America to start this company, helping women such as those in Ms. JD. The story begins 2 years ago in sunny LA, where Jenny worked full time while pursuing her MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Many of her friends, all of them working professionals in a variety of fields from finance to medicine to…

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New Ms. JD President: Standing Together Rising Together

     I am honored and excited to serve as the President of Ms. JD. I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know many of you. For those I have not met, my Ms. JD story started in 2011. I was in my last year of law school at SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. I was the outgoing President of Women in Law (WIL), and I was looking for an event that the incoming WIL President and I could attend together. We travelled to Los Angeles for the Ms. JD Conference. It was amazing! After the…

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Reaching Girls Early, Creating Stronger Women Lawyers

When I was a girl, I was told countless times that I should become a lawyer because I just loved to argue. This unsolicited career advice turned out to be well-placed. But I had no clue what lawyers actually did. Eventually, I was lucky enough to shadow a newer associate to get a small taste of the day-to-day of a litigator. I decided to go to law school which, fortunately, was a great choice for me.  Fast forward several years. I was asked to speak at my high school's career day. About 30 high school students - both boys and girls - listened…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: In a recent Podcast with Christina Martini, you said new lawyers should show enthusiasm. Is “show enthusiasm” code for “work 70 hours a week as a new attorney?” How would you advise a new attorney who is not physically able to put in those hours to demonstrate commitment or worth, or is working long hours the only acceptable method? A: This is the second part of my answer to the question. In my column last month, I focused on ways to show that you are “all in” so that senior lawyers are more likely to invest in your career…

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Statistically Weeping: Summertime and Self-Care

During law school, the summertime experiences I had were pretty typical. A full-time summer internship at a public interest NGO, along with some writing for a brief I’d belonged to since my first year at school. I cannot overstate enough how incredible this schedule felt after a full-calendar, academic year. To the untrained eye, this looks like a normal work schedule. To a law student, this looks like sweet, sweet freedom. Why? If you are not taking summer classes, there is nothing to be done after work. There are no cases to read and brief. No drafts to edit. No…

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All Legal Jobs Are Not Created Equal

Whether you have just passed the bar exam or have been practicing law for years, keep in mind that every legal job has its own unique situation. Not every job will be right for every job seeker, but there are indicators that can guide you in determining which job offer be a good fit for you. The Interview Liz Ryan, an HR expert, gives ten reasons you should run away from a job offer. Asking to read the employee handbook at your interview, prior to receiving a job offer, is her first tip. Reviewing that handbook in order to see how…

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