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A Book Review of Dr. Artika Tyner’s “The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice”

It Takes A Village to Create Justice.  March 7, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that subsequently led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.  In the not-so-distant backdrop, the debate about law enforcement and racial profiling continues as the U.S. wealth gap lingers at a record high level.  The mass call for social justice reform has, literally, taken to the streets at a fever pitch in recent months. Dr. Artika Tyner’s rally for legal professionals to lead this call for change in “The Lawyer as Leader:  How to Plant…

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SF: Read all about it! 3 Must-read books about The City.

Before I moved to SF, I lived in Berlin, Germany for a study-abroad semester and traveled throughout Europe. My experiences as an international traveler (10/10 would do again) strongly influenced and informed the way that I wanted to approach SF as a new home, a new city, and a new adventure. Though SF was not entirely new -- I grew up in the South Bay, so I did the SF weekend trips -- I never felt like it was my city. I'm working to change that, and through my blog posts I am going to share with you the different…

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Recommended Video Podcast Series with Professor Nancy Leong: The RightsCast

On Wednesday, January 28 at 2 p.m. ET, University of Denver Sturm College of Law professor Nancy Leong – a specialist in civil rights, constitutional law and civil procedure – will launch an innovative video podcast series about civil rights called The RightsCast. The first episode will feature a discussion with UC Hastings professor of law Scott Dodson on his new book about United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  You can preview their discussion here:  Each week, Professor Leong will speak to a different scholar about his or her research via Google Hangout. That video will then be…

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Supreme Ambitions: A Book Review

David Lat, of Above the Law and Underneath Their Robes fame, has released his first novel, Supreme Ambitions. The protagonist, Audrey Coyne, is a smart but socially underdeveloped baby lawyer. After graduating from Harvard and Yale Law School, Audrey takes a clerkship with her judicial idol, Judge Christina Wong Stinson, a rare conservative on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Audrey’s dream is to one day clerk for a Supreme Court justice, and she thinks Judge Stinson may be her ticket to that prestigious clerkship and the perks that come with it. But clerking isn’t all Audrey thought it would…

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The Law School Lowdown - Book Review

Three reasons why I would recommend this book to anyone interested in law school: 1.      Comprehensiveness - I’ve read lots of law school and law school application books so I wasn’t expecting to learn anything new when I picked this book up.  Yet I was pleasantly surprised that I did learn something (what text book supplements are and which ones to get, etc). Most books focus on one aspect of law school. This gave a broad yet detailed overview of the whole picture. 2.      Experience of the author – Many applicants attend law school directly from college, so naturally I…

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Ms. JD Book Reviews - Fashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers

For those interested in learning more about the business of fashion, Fashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers is a recently released resource on legal issues arising in the retail and apparel industry that is a must have for your reference library. Written by Lois F. Herzeca and Howard S. Hogan of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, the book is a comprehensive overview of the variety of legal and business strategy issues faced by designers, suppliers, manufacturers and retailers. It covers everything from corporate formation, intellectual property, and supply contracts and licensing agreements to unfair competition, antitrust and labor and employment…

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Laura Bladow

Book Review - Women Who Don’t Wait In Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way

Women Who Don’t Wait In Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way by Reshma Saujani is just the right mix of inspiration and research with practical applications for pursuing your ambitions. Jump the Line – The main message of Saujani’s book is that women spend too much time playing it safe, when they should be stepping up to take risks and lead. All too often criticism and a fear of failure prevent women from taking big risks and achieving big payoffs. Saujani asserts that women need to set the criticism aside and find confidence in themselves to jump the line.…

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Rebels at the Bar The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America’s First Women Lawyers by Jill Norgren

I've just started reading Jill Nogren's recently released book, Rebels at the Bar, and couldn't wait to share. The book gives us an in-depth look at the careers of eight notable women--the first female attorneys in the United States. I want to  invite Ms. JD readers, volunteers, and program participants to read along with me--and to share reviews, general thoughts, and questions!As an added bonus, Ms. JD readers will receive 20% off when purchasing the book from NYU Press. The promo code is REBEL13Here's a little more about the book:In Rebels at the Bar, prize-winning legal historian Jill Norgren recounts…

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Deborah Rhode on Women in Law

Editor's note: The thirtieth anniversary edition of Women in Law by Dr. Cynthia Fuchs Epstein is now available in paperback from Quid Pro Books. The book features a new foreward by Deborah Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford University. We are excited to share the foreward with you today on Ms. JD.  For an exceprt from the book, click here. When Cynthia Fuchs Epstein published her pathbreaking account of Women in Law, their status in the profession was separate and anything but equal. They constituted less than 15 percent of lawyers and 5 percent of partners, earned about…

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Book Review: Rebuilding Justice: Civil Courts in Jeopardy and Why You Should Care

As someone who spent time representing low income clients during law school, I’ve always been a little (ok,  more than a little) skeptical of who the “justice system” was set up to work for. I’ve been perceived by judges and court administrators as both a client and an attorney, and the difference in treatment I received in each of those roles was startling. When I read a synopsis of Rebuilding Justice: Civil Courts in Jeopardy and Why You Should Care, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. When page two proclaimed, “The only person in the…

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