Four Totally-Doable Steps to Make Your Day Less Overwhelming and More Productive

Do you feel overwhelmed during the day? Like you’re plowing through all your to-dos but because you’re juggling so much you just can’t get it all done? Maybe you even beat yourself up a little about the things that don’t get done during the day. Fixing the “never enough time” issue can take a little work, and it can be tough to know where to start. But with the right help, it can be very doable.  Here are four things you can do right now to start turning your days around. Give yourself five minutes of planning time. It’s so, so…

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Webinar: Speak Up: Finding Your Voice and Taking Charge of Your Career

On March 6, 2019, Ms. JD Board Member Katie Day sat down with Jodi Flynn, Executive Coach and Founder of Women Taking the Lead for a webinar on speaking up. In this webinar, Jodi shares three stumbling blocks to speaking up and provides practical solutions. Want to learn more about speaking up? Join Ms. JD on March 14-15 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law for "Speak Up" our 11th Annual Conference on Women in the Law. Have questions about the stumbling blocks Jodi discusses? Want to pick her brain? Shoot her an email at jodi@womentakingthelead.com.  About Jodi Jodi Flynn of…

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Speak Up!

Editor's Note: This post was originally published as part of a series of works submitted by applicants to Ms. JD's 2014 Public Interest Scholarship Program. Each applicant was asked to describe the best advice they never got when it came to law school, lawyering, or public interest law. We are re-releasing this blog post ahead of Ms. JD's 11th Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Speak Up! In the spring of 2013, I was waiting tables by night and waiting on law school admissions by day. I had applied to law school to pursue my goal of becoming a public defender. In a stroke…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I am a mid-level associate. I know I should be doing business development. But it is hard to know what activities will be the most effective. Any suggestions on what I should do? A: Because the results from business development are not immediate, finding the most effective approaches can take trial and error. But you are probably already doing many activities that are important for business development. Here are some considerations for allocating your time. Hone your legal skills. To develop business, you have to be able to provide value and solve client problems. This means you need to…

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Lead Her Forward - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

February 6 marked the 33rd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). The Women's Sports Foundation, a nonprofit created in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, hosted the first National Girls and Women in Sports Day in Washington D.C. in 1987 as a means to celebrate and honor Flo Hyman through the creation of the Flo Hyman award. Flo Hyman, considered the world's best volleyball player in the world, attended the University of Houston — on the school's first scholarship for a female athlete — studying mathematics and physical education before putting her studies on hold to pursue volleyball professionally.…

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LinkedIn Success in 3 Easy Steps: Networking Edition

Despite my good luck with career opportunities through LinkedIn (which I've shared in Part 1 of this 'LinkedIn Success' series), I haven't been the most engaged user other than keeping my profile current.  I've only recently unlocked the key to the site's full potential.  It goes beyond just job hunting; it's networking in the palm of your hand.  I now log in to LinkedIn more often than I do to Facebook.   My LinkedIn newsfeed is full of cool articles about cutting edge companies doing socially positive work, inspiring stories, and notices about my colleagues' promotions and job changes.  It's a…

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Announcing the 2019 Ms. JD Honors Recipients!

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2019 Ms. JD Honors Awards! Sharing Her Passion Award - To a woman who has practiced for more than ten years who is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice. Awardee: Fran Griesing Women's Strength in Numbers Award - To two or more women who have partnered with one another to create a unique program, business, or organization. Awardees: Women Owned Law Road Less Traveled Award - To a woman who is using her J.D. in a unique, non-traditional, way to pursue an issue…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Do Women Lawyers and Other Women Leaders Have to Be Nice?

A lot has been written in the last few days about what makes a good woman leader.  Those discussions have been within the context of the political arena, which is not too surprising because the Speaker of the House of Representatives is a powerful woman, and the roster of persons announcing to run for POTUS in 2020 is full of powerful women. So we have read here how Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota and proclaimed presidential candidate, is perceived by some of her staff as "not nice" and even "mean."  And today we read here that Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, uses her…

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When There’s a Mismatch Between The Value of Your Time and How You Spend it

I want to challenge you today, to really think about how you value your time. Let’s start here: Do you believe your time is valuable? I hope you’re nodding, because I promise you it is – you’re amazing and definitely a big deal (it’s just us, let’s be honest, you rock). Now, assuming you agree with me, does the way you act and fill your time match up to that? In other words do you treat your time like it’s valuable? For example, what are the things that cost you time that you know deep down you don’t need to be…

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What’s a “good” LSAT score?

January 2019 LSAT scores are coming out Friday. What does your number mean for your future prospects? I remember studying hard for the LSAT and waited in fear to hear how I did – but when I finally heard, I still wasn’t sure what that meant for my law school prospects.  Here’s what I wish I had known: A perfect score on the LSAT is 180, and the lowest is 120. The average score of LSAT test takers is right around 150. But the LSAT score you need to get into law schools is generally above that average – and…

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