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Running from the Law: Staying Sane Through Bar Study

This morning, I woke up in my usual (as of late) fit of bar exam anxiety around 4:30.  I tossed, I turned, I whimpered about how much my life sucks right now (my fiance thought the whimpering was “excessive”), and I tried to go back to sleep.  Around 5am, I decided that if I wasn’t going to be asleep and I couldn’t bear the thought of another practice question, I would go to the gym to hit the 5:40am spin class that I used to attend with somewhat regularity, before I started a night bar review and not sleeping.  As…

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Mikki Collier

Couture At Law: From Work Hours to After Hours

The rising temperature is not the only thing that is sizzling hot right now! If you're like me, the increased mercury also means an increase in the events penciled in your social calendar. Since the arrival of the summer solstice, I've attended at least 2 after work events a week, with more scheduled to come! While it's exciting to have a fun-filled life beyond the strictures of the office clock, it DOES leave you with the dilemma of what to wear. How do you go from the office to an evening out without keeping a whole different wardrobe under your desk…

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Frank Kimball

Reflections From A Headhunter and Hiring Partner: Why You Must Know a Little About Football

Editor's Note: As part of Ms. JD's 5th Birthday celebration, we'll be looking back at our favorite posts over the years.One of the best sessions at the Ms JD Third Annual Conference on Women in the Law last November was “Bring on the Rain,” moderated by Deborah Knupp, the inspiring and managing partner of Akina. Other panelists included the remarkable Kelly Hoey, the President of 85 Broads (if you’re not a member, you should be). A law student asked “Why do women lawyers have to learn about football?” She described meeting senior male lawyers and how the conversation inevitably turned…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links - Law Firm Networking

Last month I started a series to look at how networking varies, if it does at all, for different types of lawyers. In the first piece, I covered networking for government lawyers. This month, as many law students start their summer positions in an improving but still scary economy, I thought it would be a good time to cover law firm networking. Law firm networking means two things to me: (1) internal “networking” and (2) business development. Internal networking is the networking that is most important for summer associates now; it means taking the time to get to know the…

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Jennifer Guenther

From the Desk of a Working Mom: Alpha Moms

There is a new definition of moms on the streets, one whose tag line infers a hyper-aggressive, stop-at-nothing, bring-home-the-bacon-fry-it-up-in-a-pan-with-a-smile type of mom. According to a recent article, these new moms are defined as the “busy mom who seems to juggle it all.  Effortlessly.  She’s up on the latest trends from high fashion to high tech, and if you’re searching for the best stroller, she’s been there and done that.”  These moms are “hungry for information” and “not shy about letting their friends know they had a disappointing dinner at a local restaurant.”  They have fulfilling careers and “get it…

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Jennifer Guenther

From the Desk of a Working Mom: It’s All About Me (and you)!

How often have we each thought- “It’s not fair!”  It is a phrase that my children utter to me several times a day.  My seven year-old invokes it upon every “no” that she hears out of pure habit- sometimes even when the “No!” is not directed at her.  My five year old has perfected the phrase, practicing it in the mirror so as to ensure that her pouty lip has the utmost effect while sobbing the words.  Even my two year has mastered this phrase with such clarity and precision of speech that is sounds almost shocking coming from his…

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April Christine

The Prosecution Rests: Christine Ewell

Christine C. Ewell is Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, one of the largest federal districts in the country. The Criminal Division is comprised of over 190 diverse and highly skilled prosecutors who prosecute a variety of federal offenses ranging from criminal racketeering to public corruption to white collar crime. Christine earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Texas A&M University and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She has 24 years experience as a lawyer and over 14 years experience as a federal prosecutor. As Criminal…

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Frank Kimball

Reflections from a Headhunter & Hiring Parter: Practical Advice for 2Ls Preparing for Fall

Second year law students are developing strategies for on-campus interviews and outreach to employers who do not to come to campus. This month’s column offers some practical advice about this process - including selecting firms, analyzing practice areas, strategies beyond OCI, and working to improve your GPA. Law firms nationally are likely to remain very conservative about their plans for the summer of 2011. Prudent students will study the market, firms, and hiring patterns with care.Selecting Firms for Campus InterviewsStudents often mis-analyze their marketability and make errors in selecting firms for OCI. Many law schools maintain records about the average…

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Mommy Law: Three Years in Review

I have spent the last three years juggling law school and family life.  For much of the time it was a really great experience.  For all of the time it was challenging.  And for a small portion of the time it felt like a truly impossible undertaking.  The tone of my “law school experience” was set on the very first day of Orientation Week.  I was nervous.  Everybody around me seemed nervous.  My fellow classmates and I were herded out of the law school and into a nearby auditorium for a mandatory presentation.  Instead of parading in with everybody else,…

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Ashley Dawn Rutherford Esq.

Savvy Shopper-At-Law: A Fabulous Summer Makeover on a Budget

Oh! The joys of summer! There’s nothing like a simple, beautiful summer face to perk up your work persona. This column is dedicated to brightening your work week with a subtle makeover for the hot summer months while maintaining your thrifty spending habits.A Fresh Perspective: I’ve heard many women say “I look better without makeup,” or “I don’t know how to apply it,” or “I don’t think that a lot of makeup looks very professional at work.” You’re wrong. Make-up is necessary. Everyone looks better with a bit of concealer and a little mascara. And you don’t need to be…

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