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5 professional development tips for aspiring lawyers

Embarking on a legal career may seem quite daunting since there is no denying that such a job is demanding and challenging. Most people think that it is enough to complete a course. But in reality, graduating as a lawyer is just the first step to it all. In order to be a good lawyer one needs to have certain traits and strengths that go beyond the training given at University. So if you are aspiring to be a lawyer you should make sure to go through these professional development tips, so as to get a better idea of what…

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Focus on What You Can Control

Dear Young and/or Aspiring Lawyer, As you have probably already noticed, much of what can get in the way of a new lawyer’s success stems from structural challenges in the profession.  These challenges include:  long-standing norms in law firms and corporations that favor white males, tacit and overt discrimination, and long hours and high expectations that conflict with having any other sort of life experiences.   The good news is that many factors are driving change in the structure of the profession, including new forms of law firms, changing expectations from corporate clients, ongoing technology advances, and forms of flexible…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Why Do Women Lawyers Leave?

Almost 40% of women leave the profession of law mid-career.  That is 2 to 3 times as many women as men, and it is a high percentage. For people outside the profession, it can appear to be lunacy to leave a high-paying job in a respectable profession.  So, why do so many women lawyers leave a profession that has required a dedication of so much of their time and money? Some of the reasons that women leave are very personal, but others fall into common categories.  One of those common reasons, of course, is the work-life challenge that women face…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Achieving Gender Diversity from One of America’s Top Lawyers

Mary Cranston is one of America's best-known women lawyers --- or just plain best-known lawyers.  She was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and served as its Chairman of the Board.  She has been named one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal, one of two "Best Law Firm Leaders in the United States" by Of Counsel and has been profiled as "One of the Best Female Antitrust Lawyers in the World" by Global Competition Review. She was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Margaret Brent Award, the American Bar Association’s highest…

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Yale Law Women Announces 2014 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms

Yale Law Women (YLW) is pleased to announce its ninth annual Top Ten Family Friendly Firms list. YLW congratulates these firms for their leadership in developing and implementing family friendly policies and practices. The 2014 Top Ten Firms, in alphabetical order, are: ARNOLD & PORTER BAKER BOTTS HOGAN LOVELLS US HUNTON & WILLIAMS KIRKLAND & ELLIS MORRISON & FOERSTER MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON VINSON & ELKINS Below are key areas of progress and opportunities for improvement from this year’s survey results.  We hope that these findings will enhance awareness and dialogue…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Is Being Waitlisted for Law School Your Problem?

It is that time of year again.  Prospective students have applied to law schools, and some are being waitlisted.  That can be both a hopeful and a frustrating experience, depending on the school and the applicant's expectations, and there is a certain amount of protocol you should know to handle the situation wisely and adeptly.  "Storming the Bastille" and sending the waitlisting school reams of additional paperwork and electronic files --- evidencing your credentials and acceptance worthiness --- may not be the best idea. So, what it the best way to handle being waitlisted?  Fortunately, this question has been asked…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Values-Based Leadership is a Good Fit For Women Lawyers

You know that leadership is one of my favorite themes.  When you develop leadership that is "values based," it is a home run in almost every case.   Values-Based Leadership (VBL) is a leadership philosophy that goes beyond evaluating success by prestige, personal wealth and power. It is founded on identifying what matters to you, what you stand for and what is most important in your life. Knowing your values and determining your purpose from those values makes decisions about life and leadership easier. Why are values important?  You need to know your values so that they can guide your sense…

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Announcing the Ms. JD 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!  Five winners will receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued commitment to public interest work this summer. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. Winners will post on the blog each month this summer to start a discussion about the unique role of women public interest attorneys in the profession. Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S.…

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Ms. JD Executive Director Recruiting

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ): MS. JD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RECRUITING   Ms. JD is excited to be receiving such a strong interest in the Executive Director position. Candidates have been asking great questions and, in an effort to ensure everyone receives the benefit of the answers, we want to share some of the frequently asked questions with you. Additional information and the application materials are available here: QUESTIONS ABOUT MS. JD What is Ms. JD’s structure? Ms. JD is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to their Board responsibilities, many Board Members learn key leadership skills by…

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Attorney-Adviser (New York Regional Office)

Attorney-Adviser Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Position Number:         14-EX-1084260-DQ Location:                      New York, NY Compensation:            $102,677.00 to $198,614.00 Grade:                          SK-13/14 Overview: The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.  This Attorney-Adviser position is located within the National Examination Program in the New York Regional Office, New York, NY. The Compliance Inspections and Examinations program administers the SEC's nationwide examination and inspection program for registered self-regulatory organizations, broker-dealers, transfer agents, clearing agencies, investment companies, and investment advisers. For more information about the…

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