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Three Reasons People Stay Stuck in “Never Enough Time” Even When They Know How to Fix It

I’ve noticed that when I talk to other women they never feel like they have enough time to get everything done. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you have even been stuck like this for years. The women I talk to say they need to fix it but they never seem to make progress. Why is that? You probably won’t be surprised to hear that if you feel like you don’t have enough time, and you want to fix it, you need to either have less stuff to do or find a way to work more efficiently. Of course, right? I…

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When the Going Got Tough: Remembering Your Why.

During my law school orientation, my classmates and I were given a blank sheet of paper with an envelope. We were instructed to write down a reminder to ourselves. Please transcribe why you decided to come to law school. All of your dreams, hopes, and aspirations on a piece of paper safely tucked away in an envelope. To be unsealed only in the case of a dire emergency.  For me, the emergency came one week after my first class commenced. I needed to remind myself why I, a single mom with a rambunctious little boy and a never ending to-do…

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LNichols

What Is The Number One Piece of Career Advice You Have Received?

By: Lindsay Nichols, Melanie Lazor & Elise Hoffer The number one piece of career advice we have received is to pick an area of law that, at its core, is interesting to you. In other words, don’t just sign up for “General Rotation” as a summer associate because that’s what everyone else does - think through what you hope to accomplish as an attorney and try to find a practice area that will give you opportunities to do that. Lindsay: I really like Labor & Employment for two reasons: one, because people sometimes do crazy things at work and then…

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Statistically Weeping: Gratitude - Part I

Last Saturday morning I woke up with an elephant sitting on my chest. That seems to be the phrase a lot of people use, and by now I can confirm its accuracy and appropriateness in describing a panic attack. I haven’t had one in weeks, dare I say months? And I immediately railed against my lack of control over the entire situation. A part of me was convinced that I should be better than this. Stronger than it. I should be able to breathe my way out. Make a list in my head of all the good things going on…

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dogarro

Best Career Advice for “Becoming” My Best Self

During her Becoming book tour, First Lady Michelle Obama chronicled her career and professional and personal challenges. Though in a large arena, her deeply personal stories, which usually ended in sage advice, felt like they were spoken directly to me. One such piece of advice is actually the #1 piece of career advice I ever received. After sharing that she brought her four month old daughter to an interview in which she unapologetically negotiated for the salary and benefits she desired, she admonished women in the room to stop hiding everything about ourselves and start bringing those things to the…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Happy New Year! This month, I am going to ask the questions. With the start of a new year and the conclusion of the annual associate evaluation process at many firms, it is a great time to take stock. The questions below are designed to help you reflect on the past year and get off to a strong start in 2019.  What were your work highs and lows last year? Start with a high-level “fly-over” of the past year. What stands out? And are there any trends or patterns that warrant a closer look? Think about successes and what you…

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KatMacfarlane

Surviving Inaccessible Work Retreats

"I just want to lie on the beach and eat hot dogs. That’s all I ever wanted." ‘Beach Games,’ The Office Networking occurs outside of the office as much as it does inside office walls. It’s much easier to ingratiate yourself to a superior over a round of golf or in front of a toasty campfire. A campfire? Yes, a campfire. I’m talking about the dreaded work retreat. From the mind-numbing icebreakers to that one person who won't stop volunteering to share, work retreats are agonizing. Still, they're a rite of passage. And it's fun to see how people interpret…

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Ms. JD Honors Awards - Submit Your Nominations!

Ms. JD is proud to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors. The Ms. JD Honors Reception will take place in connection with Ms. JD’s upcoming Annual Conference, #MsJDSpeakUp, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on March 14-15, 2019. The Ms. JD Honors awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. Nominations are due by Friday, January 18, 2019. Below is a description of the awards and instructions for submitting nominations. Woman of Inspiration Award…

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jennyrpatten

You Don’t Own This, So Don’t Let it Own You

I had just arrived in the office, dumped my bags at my desk, and sprinted down the hall. I had to find my boss. I needed to tell her about a call I received from a client in the middle of the night that made my heart race and jaw clench. It involved an urgent, immediate, life-altering matter that couldn’t wait until morning, and I had to give the kind of legal advice that you ruminate about for hours after you hang up the phone. I found my boss sitting at her desk and scanning through her email. I knocked…

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deestern

Tips for Passing the Bar Exam in an Additional Jurisdiction (CA & NY)

First of all, be damn sure there's no other way for you to get admitted to the second jurisdiction without taking the bar exam. It's not exactly a blast to spend summer days seeking out a seat in the public library (although I did see some interesting sights, including a security guard tasked with waking people up with an umbrella. And no, I did not learn that first hand, I'm proud to say.) I didn't find a way around taking the entire bar again in NY (people still tell me I missed a workaround). A good strategy employed by a colleague of…

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