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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: More on Grit and Mindset for Women Lawyers

If you read my last blog, you know that the current issue of the Women's Law Journal includes an article called "Grit & Mindset:  Implications for Women Lawyers."  You also know that I have been talking about true grit for women lawyers for years now, and I shared some examples of true grit from a chapter in my book, Best Friends at the Bar:  The New Balance for Today's Woman Lawyer (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2012).  If you keep those messages in mind and add the following messages from the Women's Law Journal article, you will be off to…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: The NAWL Mid-Year Meeting Provides Leadership Nuggets for Young Women Lawyers

Last week I made my yearly pilgrimage to the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Mid-Year Meeting.  As always, there was a lot on the program to benefit all of you, so I will dedicate this week's blogs to the teachings of NAWL.  Better yet, those of you already in practice should start to attend the NAWL conferences and to get involved.  It is a great organization and one where you will learn the things that will determine success or lack of success in your career. Most of what I heard was like hearing an echo in the room.  I…

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Combining Healthcare and Law

As unfortunate as it is, there are times in the world of medicine where healthcare professionals have come to need legal representation for one reason or another. This is where the nurse attorney comes in. Nurse attorneys have both a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree and doctor of jurisprudence (JD) degree, which entitles nurse attorneys to give legal testimony for healthcare professionals in court. In addition, nurse attorneys may also be asked to alter or advocate healthcare practices through legal or legislative channels. The term "nurse attorney" stems from the gradual intermingling of legal and medical issues, and especially insurance claims…

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Stephanie Trager JD

[Next Level of Success] How Can I Help You

When you set a goal. What's your strategy? I find someone who's been there, done that and achieved what I am aiming for. Find out how they did it. Decide what doesn't resonate and what isn't in alignment for me, fill in the gaps with what is, create a timeline, decide what's negotiable and what's non-negotiable and forge ahead. Dream + Intention = Goals.  Goals + Actions = Reality! If I'm determined and haven't found a mentor or one who's ready to give advice for free, I will pay for it.  If you've outgrown the support system you have, prioritize finding…

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From the Frontlines: Sexism Persists

When we first started Ms. JD, one of the most powerful realizations was that there were pervasive, persistent currents of gender bias influencing all our law school experiences. Not until we all started sharing our experiences with one another did we realize it. Only after checking in with other women at other law schools did the subtle differential treatment many of us were experiencing seem connected to our gender. Prior to that, the odd look from a professor was just an off moment, the assumption that I was an administrative assistant not a law student at the tax seminar was…

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Financial Planning for Law Students and Lawyers: An Interview with Tracy Shackelford from Northwestern Mutual

The average law school graduate will begin his or her career with more than $100,000 in debt, and, yet, many of us leave law school without thinking much about short- or long-term financial planning.   Last week, I sat down with Tracy Shackelford from Northwestern Mutual to discuss the importance of financial planning for law students and lawyers.   Tracy, tell me a bit about yourself and your work with Northwestern Mutual. My name is Tracy Shackelford and I have been associated with Northwestern Mutual, first as a client when I moved back from Europe to the States with my…

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Nancy J. Newman

Get in the Game

Some news stories stay with me. Amidst the roiling flow of information that we get every day from so many sources, sometimes a story is so sad, so unfair, so impossible to explain, that I cannot shake it from my mind. One of those stories was reported internationally on December 19, 2013 under a short headline: Policewoman, Pregnant Teacher Hanged in Afghanistan. The news was cool and uninflected, noting that the bodies of these women were dumped a few kilometers from a military base that had recently been handed over to Afghan control. The police woman was Feroza, a mother…

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Ms. JD is proud to announce our new and improved website

After more than one year in the making, we will be launching the new website on March 17th!  The new website promises to be an even stronger tool to help you power your career by being passion forward!  On the new website, you'll see the official launch of Ms. JD's new logo and branding, improved functionality for our incredible bloggers, and a new mobile-friendly version so that you can catch up with Ms. JD on-the-go.  To help you connect with one another, the new will also enable you to link your Ms. JD profile to your LinkedIn account which should help us build the Ms. JD…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: One Incredible Weekend for BFAB, Women Lawyers and Indiana University

I am back from my weekend in Chicago where I was FREEZING and training for the newly-launched IU Marshall Goldsmith Leadership Development and Executive Coaching Academy.   The program is the brain child of the Indiana University alumni leadership, the world-reknowned thought leader and leadership trainer Marshall Goldsmith (an IU business school grad), and the folks at CoachSource, a global coaching network, which includes over 700 career coaches around the world.  The addition of the 42 new coaches, who were certified in Chicago by Marshall Goldsmith, will broaden the base of the CoachSource network and also will provide coaching expertise…

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Adopt Restorative Justice Practices to Become a Better Lawyer

Conflict between people is like cancer: sometimes, if you just cut out the cause of the problem, that takes care of it completely, but oftentimes, once it’s caused enough trouble for you to catch it, it has already spread to infect different areas that you didn’t even imagine could be connected.  The problem in America is that we use the justice system to handle our conflicts, but it’s really only equipped to treat the symptoms of our problems.  Cash relief for broken contracts and jail time for criminals can sometimes be enough to right the wrongs that people have experienced,…

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