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IILP Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession has issued a Call for Papers for next year's IILP Review on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession! It is the most comprehensive compilation of data and information about diversity and inclusion as it pertains to lawyers and the legal profession. Click here for the Call for Papers. And, if you are interested in attending one of this year's IILP Symposia on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession, where attendees will receive a hard copy of the latest IILP Review, you can register online at…

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Singleism in the Workplace

Awareness of singleism- prejudice and/or discrimination directed at unmarried people- is increasingly rising. As the general public further develops their understanding of this form of injustice, literature on singleism sheds light on how unmarried women in the legal profession are affected by prejudices in favor of their married counterparts. Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, and Ayana Byrd’s article in this month’s Marie Claire, The Single Girl’s Second Shift, both address the pernicious effects of how single professional women suffer from work/life imbalance. The single and childless women who were interviewed maintain that, because they are not married nor parents, they…

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Tips for Women to Protect Yourself from Former Employee Lawsuits

These days, more and more employees who were fired are suing their former employers for wrongful termination. As women continue to start businesses at a high rate, educating oneself on how to navigate these difficult situations is vital to any budding entrepreneur.  Unfortunately, a great deal of employers don't know that they can protect themselves from these costly lawsuits. One thing you can do, for instance, is to choose employment liability insurance, commonly referred to as EPLI. Besides opting for this type of insurance, a carefully planned and well-executed employee termination can help you avoid serious repercussions. Tips to Avoiding…

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Embracing Identity in the Profession

Identity theories have always been of interest to me. In college, critical identity theory served as a lens to how we interact with each other... how we come together... how we differ on issues... what causes people to connect and create community... what drives progress and change... During graduate studies and beyond, the personalization of the concept has impacted my contributions on my job, within the community and among friends and family.    So why mention it in a posting related to the legal profession?  Our personal identities are vital to our professional success. More directly, the embracing of and…

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Do Work and Life Ever Balance? Juggling career and family in the Pinterest era

Many of us lawyers are Type A, competitive perfectionists, and these traits don’t fade away when we become mothers.  While our aggressive natures can serve our clients well, I question how well they sometimes serve us. Recently, a good friend of mine who is also an attorney asked me how I “do it all.”  I was flabbergasted.  Doing it all?  Could I possibly give others the impression that I am succeeding at everything?  To my mind, being a practicing attorney, mother of two under two, and wife has resulted in me being perpetually late with damp hair and yesterday’s eye…

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Walk a Mile in My Heels, by Anonymous Woman Attorney

Today is Equal Pay Day.  That is the date the salaries of women catch up with the salaries their male counterparts earned in 2012. There is much public discussion about why it is that women do not succeed at the same levels as men and about the dissatisfaction many young women have with their careers.  The reasons for these situations might just stem from the fundamentally different experience that women and men have on the job. With respect to the legal profession, it is difficult for many male attorneys to understand the work environment of most female attorneys. Imagine, though,…

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Located in DC or Miami? Attend the Largest Ms. JD Event Ever!

Ms. JD and Kirkland & Ellis cordially invite you to attend: Building Her Power Base: A Conversation with ABA President Laurel Bellows on Leadership & EntrepreneurshipOn January 31, 2013, Laurel Bellows will be speaking on Leadership and Entrepreneurship and will be answering questions from young women attorneys and law students nationwide.  Laurel's presentation is an unsurpassed opportunity for law students and junior attorneys to get tips and tricks for tackling leadership and entrepreneurship in the law! Miami, FL at K&L Gates LLP, 200 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL at 1:00 pm Pacific.  Lunch will be served.Washington, DC at Kirkland & Ellis LLP - 655 Fifteenth Street,…

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Happy New Year Ms. JDs! We’re celebrating 2012 and Looking Ahead to 2013. (Post 2 of 2!)

Yesterday we told you about the AWESOME year we've had working, writing, and meeting our community.  Well, we're even more excited for 2013! We've got lots of big plans!Here's a sneak peek at a few:1. We're going to continue giving you access to top women in our profession. We're so excited to be working with Kirkland & Ellis to bring you a conversation on leadership and entrepreneurship with ABA President Laurel Bellows.  You can attend the event yourself in Chicago or at any of our viewing parties across the nation.  You can even bring it to your own school. Click…

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Overheard at the American Bar Association’s Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Academy

From December 6-7, 2012, San Francisco played host to the 2012 Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Academy presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the Young Lawyers Division. The event was an incredible success. I was lucky enough to attend and get to hear the incredible advice offered by keynote speakers such as  The Honorable Angela Bradstreet, San Francisco County Superior Court; Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Writer, Director, and Producer ofMiss Representation and Founder and CEO of; and Edith R. Perez, Partner (Ret.), Latham and Watkins LLP and President, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners (1997-1999). The theme of this year's WILL Academy…

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One Essential Trait of a Leader Is…Initiative

Editor's Note: This post was submitted in response to Ms. JD's She Leads essay prompt: "One Essential Trait of a Leader is ..." Ms. JD: She Leads will take place October 5, 2012 in Washington, DC and will feature keynote speeches from Marne Levine, the VP of Global Public Policy at Facebook and the DQs.  To learn more about Ms. JD: She Leads and to register, click here.There are plenty of people out there who always do what they are told to do.  As humans, one of the first things we are taught as young children is how to follow…

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