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Reminder: Register for free NYC networking event by MAY 15 (the event will be on June 4th)

If you'll be in New York next month and you haven't yet registered, consider attending the free networking reception & presentation at White & Case on June 4th with Debbie Epstein Henry talking about the Best Law Firms for Women ranking she undertook with Working Mother Magazine last year. (We covered her survey here and here.) The deadline to RSVP is TOMORROW, May 15th. Hope to see you there! More details after the jump...

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Coming Soon: Ms. JD’s Summer Book Series

Ms. JD is pleased to announce its Summer Book Series!  The series will begin Monday, May 19th, and will continue weekly for the remainder of the summer.  Visit Ms. JD every Monday to learn about books highlighting women in the law.  Next Monday's Featured Book: Pinstripes and Pearls: The Women of the Harvard Law Class of '64 Who Forged an Old Girl Network and Paved the Way for Future, by: Judith Richards Hope.

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Loving what you are doing

I stumbled across a great little article about successful women attorneys today, here. (Okay, so I am a few weeks behind on my reading!). This article in New York Magazine is, for once, all about successful women lawyers and talks to many to find out their secret to success. It is refreshing to find an article that, while starts with an introduction that sounds much like the Ms. JD Mission Statement, is really not so much about why women leave the profession but, instead, what makes the successful ones stay. What is their advice to young lawyers and other women…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending May 9, 2008

Retired San Diego Court Judge Patricia A. Yim Cowette Awarded the Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist AwardSecretary of the Employment Lawyers Association Reports that Employers Need to Implement Policies to Prevent Women Being Discriminated Against at WorkCindy Weber Named One of D.C.'s Top Ten Copyright and Trademark LawyersFirst Woman in the U.S. to be Admitted to the Bar Honored at Iowa Wesleyan CollegePregnancy Discrimination Problem in Biglaw?Attorney Amy Lepine Runs for San Diego City Attorney

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Southern Ms. Part V: The Good Life

So lately I've been thinking that this is a really good place to live. Good people, good work, good culture. Especially when you're a young professional and the cost of living is a fraction of what it is in New York or California. Lawyers here make six figure salaries but live like millionaires would in the bigger legal markets because the cost of housing is so low that they have much more disposible income. Best of all those six figures come with a considerably lower time commitment. Sure if you're in trial you'll be busy, but for the most part…

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NAWL’s Ready to On-Ramp program, for those of us who haven’t even graduated yet.

I attended NAWL’s Ready to On-Ramp? program at Jenner & Block in Chicago, which was “designed to help lawyers develop their own personal strategy to re-entering the workforce” after taking time off, usually for raising children. Not having graduated from law school yet (one more week!), I was the youngest person there. I got some puzzled looks.But I found that the women I met, who have entered, exited, and sometimes entered the legal workforce again, had extremely valuable information to impart on a woman just starting her legal career.Great advice was shared by the likes of Carol Fishman Cohen, author…

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Elizabeth Peck

Why Do We Need Women’s Bar Associations?

Elizabeth K. Peck is President and Co-Founder of the Finger Lakes Women’s Bar Association and the Director of Career Services at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, NY Why Do We Need Women’s Bar Associations?I asked myself this very question 18 months ago. Back in October of 2006, along with 300 other women attorneys in my area, I was invited to breakfast by the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) to discuss starting a new chapter of the organization. Honestly, I had no interest then in a “specialty bar.” What I did have, however, was interest in meeting…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending May 2, 2008

Iranian Rights Lawyer Defiant Despite ThreatsBella Abzug, 1920-1998: Activist for Women’s Rights Was Known for Her Large Hats and Strong OpinionsWhat if women ran things in Chicago?Nigeria: Akande, First Female Law Professor, Dies Brunswick County Women's Bar Association promotes women working for womenQ and A with Follow the Women tour participant Colleen McGuireBuffalo lawyer named 2008 Athena Award winnerCedar Crest introduces new president   

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Trading SAHM for SWAT?

There's a new article by Sue Shellenbarger in the Wall Street Journal that highlights an interesting trend:The decision among some highly educated women to stay home with children is sparking a countertrend: The rise of the mommy "SWAT team." The acronym, for "smart women with available time," is one mother's label for all-mom teams assembled quickly through networking and staffing firms to handle crash projects. Employers get lots of voltage, cheap, while the women get a skills update and a taste of the professional challenges they miss. This article seems mostly applicable to the MBA crowd, but similar things are…

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May 6th in Chicago: NAWL’s 3rd Annual “Ready to On-Ramp?” program on re-entry

Jenner & Block's Chicago offices host this year's NAWL program specifically designed to help lawyers develop their own personal strategy for re-entering the workforce. Looks like it will be a great program - especially for the bargain price of $30!

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