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Laura Bladow

Event Recap: Building Her Power Base: Improving Diversity on Law Reviews

On April 3, Ms.JD and New York Law School hosted a special program on the 2012-13 Law Review Diversity Report at Fish & Richardson, P.C. in NYC. In case you missed it, Ms. JD live tweeted it and created a Storify recap!   [View the story "Building Her Power Base: Improving Diversity on Law Reviews" on Storify]

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Sarah Mateja, 2013 AmeriCorps JD Member: Serving Our Nation’s Veterans

As a member of the Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD program, Sarah Mateja is working with the Allegheny County Veterans Treatment Court to serve Veterans struggling with substance abuse issues. Sarah, a law student at Duquesne University School of Law, does much more than assist Veterans in the courtroom. She manages the clinical aspect of the court, which divert qualified Veterans from jail to treatment programs. Equal Justice Works interviewed Sarah to learn more about her experiences.   Q: What are some challenges that Veterans face when adjusting back into civilian life? A: We see a lot of Veterans struggle to…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Social Justice Practice for Young Women Lawyers

I recently returned from Denver where I attended the Western Association of Prelaw Advisors (WAPLA) annual conference and participated on a panel about "Legal Career Planning ---Strategies for Today's World of Legal Employment."  There was a lot to learn at the WAPLA conference, and one of the panels addressed the world of social justice lawyers, a subject that you need to know about.  The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) provided some valuable materials for students interested in becoming social justice lawyers. Before I share some tidbits from the SALT presentation, let's define what a social justice lawyer is.  Generally…

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Ms.JD-NYLS Report Shows Improvement In Women and Minority Representation on Law Reviews

A new report out from Ms.JD and the New York Law School Law Review (NYLS) offers some positive news about women in the legal profession.  The 2012-2013 Ms. JD and NYLS Law Review Diversity Report shows that women and minorities are gaining ground in both participation and leadership on law reviews at the nation’s ABA-accredited law schools.  To measure diversity on law reviews for the 2012-13 academic year, Ms. JD and NYLS surveyed the flagship law review or law journal at each American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school, asking each law review or journal to self-report data about its…

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Through the Looking Glass—Observations from Five Years Out: Patience

In an era when we are told to lean in, I found value in leaning back. Early in my first year of practice, my impatience for success hindered my ability to actually succeed. Rather than assess what really stood between me and my goals, I transformed one negative experience into an excuse for everything. It was not until I slowed down, leaned back, and took a breath that I was able to see the forest for the trees.  It is a tough time to be a professional woman. Sheryl Sandberg advises us to Lean In.  Lois Frankel tells us Nice…

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Supervisory Attorney-Adviser (Assistant Director)

Position Number: 14-EX-1068038-CMH Location: Washington, DC Compensation: $135,605.00 to $228,432.00 Grade: SK-17 Overview: The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. This position is in the Division of Investment Management located in Washington, DC. The Division of Investment Management works to protect investors, promote informed investment decisions and facilitate appropriate innovation in investment products and services through regulating the asset management industry. The Division is responsible for the Commission's regulation of the investment management industry, including investment companies, investment advisers and certain insurance products.…

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JOB OPENING: Ms. JD Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Ms. JD seeks a leader with a proven record of program administration and organizational development to implement its ambitious growth and impact objectives. ABOUT MS. JD As the U.S.’s premier organization for early career lawyers and aspiring female lawyers, Ms. JD brings legal practitioners, law students, and aspiring lawyers together to drive the critical national conversation about gender issues in the legal sector. To fulfill this mission, Ms. JD hosts and facilitates a number of programs throughout the year, including: The Fellowship program, which promotes mentoring and professional development for future female attorneys; The Writers in Residence guest…

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Stephanie Trager JD

Next Level of Success: Decisions, Excuses or Reasons?

"Decision is so powerful. I find for myself, by not making clear decisions, it's easy to either make excuses or find justifying reasons to stay where I am and not leap forward." Are you ready to reach your next level of success? It comes down to this: We are always given the opportunity to bridge the gap between where we are and where we want to be.  What does the gap look like between where you are and where you want to be? I'm Stephanie Trager, known as The Holistic Business Coach. I work with Visionary Women in Business who are ready to reach their next level of success…

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Secretary of the Commission

Position Number: 14-EX-1047604-KR Location: Washington, DC Compensation: $151,876.00 to $228,422.00 Grade: SO-01 Overview: The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The Office of the Chair is seeking applicants to fill the position of the Secretary of the Commission. The Secretary of the Commission is responsible for the orderly and expeditious flow of staff recommendations to the Commission for official action. Work assignments may include the following: • Ensuring that Commission deliberations and actions and any resulting official documents comply with applicable laws and…

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Tips for Writing an Effective Legal Resume

Legal professions are among the most difficult to write a resume. Law graduates and practitioners will have a lot of information to try and cram onto one or two pages, while also trying to include only information that’s relevant for the specific job to which they’re applying. Here are some tips to help you figure out how to construct your legal resume.   Education Include only post-secondary schools, as you only have so much room and anything from high school will not be as valuable as everything else. First, list your degrees, programs, and schools from the most recent to…

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