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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Best Practices for Working Remotely (4/2)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Best Practices for Working Remotely" with Erica Peterson, Founder & CEO of Digital Project Masters Register today at https://bit.ly/msjdvirtualtoolkit1

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Self-Care During Self-Quarantine (4/16)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Self-Care During Self-Quarantine" with Jeena Cho, Lawyer, Author & Mindfulness Instructor Register today at https://bit.ly/msjdvirtualtoolkit5

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Susan Smith Blakely

Celebrate International Women’s Day

I hope you remembered to celebrate International Women's Day, observed this year on March 8th.  The day of observance commemorates the fundamentals of parity for women across the globe.  The kind of equality that is like gravity.  It cannot be denied. International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and is a call to action.  Many articles about the achievements of women, the continuing challenges for women, and the need for greater diversity are written each year at this time. As women lawyers, we find ourselves keeping score.  The exercise can be both energizing and defeating. …

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Love Connection

Everyone else feel like we blinked and suddenly we are in the third month of the year? I’m pretty sure I still haven’t finished writing out all those New Year’s resolutions and that groundhog has the audacity to not see his shadow? Before you move on to planning spring brunches and trying to figure out what parts of our closet spark joy, I invite you to take a moment to reflect on the month of February. For most, that means it’s the month of love. I filled my home with convenience store hearts and baked cookies filled with icing (if…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Women Lawyers Have a Right to Choose Their Paths

"Lean in" as a career strategy never has appealed to me.  I have been saying that and writing about it for more than a decade.  The reason is that many women do not have the resources of a Sheryl Sandberg to "lean in" and go directly to the C-Suite or the corner office. Many women cannot afford the in-home childcare with multiple caregivers and the arsenal of hired help for everything from grocery shopping, to carpool, to pick-up at the dry cleaners, to travel planning for exotic family vacations.  Rather than giving many women an edge, "lean in" makes many…

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5 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Personal Finance

If you’re like me, you spent the holidays trying to stay warm, avoiding your phone, and curled up under a blanket watching a few lawyer movies, thankful that you’ve somehow avoided getting staffed on one of those must-close-by-December-31st deals.  But now it’s the new year and you’re thinking that you need to “control your money, so it doesn’t control you.” You’ve mastered the basic principles of creating a budget, avoiding credit card debt, and keeping a close eye on your decreasing student loan balance. But what else can you do to master your money and build wealth and security? Here…

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Susan Smith Blakely

My Mom, the Lawyer

I just read a book that you all need to know about ---- to read and to recommend to all of the lawyers in your lives.  By "all" I mean both the female lawyers and the male lawyers in your orbits. The book, My Mom the Lawyer, by Louisville, KY lawyer/mom Michelle Browning Coughlin, hits all the marks of my own Best Friends at the Bar project for women lawyers.  Like me, Michelle and her project, Mothers Esquire, are devoted to increasing retention and promotion rates for women lawyers.  And, like me, Ms. Coughlin also extends her project to male lawyers, who are parents and caregivers.…

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Multi-Tasking Self-Care and Professional Development: Podcasts

Like most working professionals, I spend a significant part of my morning and late afternoon commuting to and from the office.  My 30-45 minutes to and from daycare drop-off and the office often are the only time that I have truly to myself, and for a number of years, I’ve spent that time listening to music, participating in work-related conference calls, or using the time to call a friend or family member to catch up.  However, as work and family duties and responsibilities have gradually eroded the time I used to spend for myself, I realized that my commute may…

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Taking Care of Your Future Self During an 80-Hour Week

Like many young ambitious women in the wake of Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” movement, I often have to make choices between two options that are both necessary: “sleep or work out?”  “meditate or call my mom?” Beginning my career as a litigator at a large law firm in Los Angeles, I’ve been forced to make these choices all too often, eventually transforming into a thought-cycle of not being balanced enough, which inevitably transforms into being hopelessly imbalanced.  Layer on psychosomatic GI issues, migraines, and an unexpected back injury, I turned to a wellness “industry” filled with preachers on becoming perfectly…

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How to Get A Handle on Student Loans

It's that time of the year again. Fall is in the air and thousands of newly-minted lawyers across the country are walking into their first jobs after having passed the bar exam (we hope!). While the flush of starting a career is a lot of fun, there's usually a monster hiding in the background that many lawyers would prefer to avoid: staggering student loan debt.  Luckily, paying off your student loans is a problem that you're well-equipped to handle, assuming you decide to take a proactive approach rather than burying your head in the sand. Get your arms around your…

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