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Walk a Mile in My Heels, by Anonymous Woman Attorney

Today is Equal Pay Day.  That is the date the salaries of women catch up with the salaries their male counterparts earned in 2012. There is much public discussion about why it is that women do not succeed at the same levels as men and about the dissatisfaction many young women have with their careers.  The reasons for these situations might just stem from the fundamentally different experience that women and men have on the job. With respect to the legal profession, it is difficult for many male attorneys to understand the work environment of most female attorneys. Imagine, though,…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner:  WHY Do You Practice Law?

Have you ever wondered if people really care what you do for a living?  I go to so many events where people stand up to introduce themselves and lead with what they do- "I'm a lawyer, I'm a dentist, I'm a CPA, I'm an engineer".  Blah blah blah.Do you really think that you will captivate us, inspire us and have us remember you this way?  In a world where it seems every other person is a coach, lawyer, doctor, accountant or engineer, who really cares that you are one, too?So a few days ago I posted a video from a…

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vhogan

Trading in the Expense Account: Transitioning from Big Law to Public Interest: Spring Cleaning Edition

I have a confession: I have yet to spend less than I make since I started at a non-profit seven months ago. I’ve had some help along the way (gotta get those tax returns in early!), and I have found ways to scrimp and save, but I am always, chronically, over budget. Given the state of the budget debate in Congress, I doubt they could even figure out a way to balance mine at this point. Well, perhaps that’s an exaggeration. Here’s the thing – as I’m sure you all know – you have your fixed expenses and your variable…

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Blog and Tweet for Equal Pay!

Tomorrow is Equal Pay Day! Do You Care About Equal Pay? We thought so! That is why we are sharing three great ways for you to participate this Equal Pay Day. 1. Join The ABA Gender Equity Task Force and Young Lawyer Social Media Working Group’s Equal Pay Day Twitter Chat! #EPLawFeaturing:Laurel G. Bellows – President, American Bar Association (@laurelbellows)Marcia D. Greenberger – Co-President, National Women’s Law Center (@nwlc)Yolanda Young – Founder, On Being a Black Lawyer (@OBABL) and more!Moderated by Ms. JD (@msjdtweets)Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CTPlease contact hanna.jackson@brooklaw.edu with questions 2. On April 9…

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Register Now for the Hit the Ground Running Bootcamp!

D.C.-based Ms. JD readers! Are you a law student gearing up to start your career? Are you a young attorney, still navigating the ins-and-outs of the legal industry? If so, do not miss this exciting opportunity to learn the skills that will enable you to succeed in today's competitive legal market while networking with law firm partners, senior government officials, in-house counsel, and hiring directors. Ms. JD, in partnership with the Women's Bar Association of D.C., would like to invite you to attend the Hit the Ground Running Bootcamp, to be held on Saturday, April 6th at Vinson & Elkins LLP in…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: Are you a closet professional? Get out your horn and toot it!

Inherent to the personal branding process is the ability to be able to know your uniqueness, own it and let others know it.  Of course, if this was easy to do everyone would be an expert at personal brand management, have more business and be happier in general.Yet, as I always say, we find that people have a hard time being outstanding and shining brightly AND letting others know it.  Inherently, the problem is low self-confidence.  Therefore, we become "closet professionals" as I like to call it.  We go around hoping someone will somehow notice how great we are, like…

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alisonmonahan

An Invitation to the Catapult 2013 Conference!

We'd like to extend a special invitation to the Ms. JD community! You're invited to attend Catapult 2013: Tools for a 21st Century Legal Career, an innovative new conference happening on April 13th in San Francisco at the Bar Association.And, because you're awesome, we've set up a special Ms. JD discount code:"MS-JD" for 10% off student/non-attorney tickets"MS-JD-CLE" for 10% off attorney tickets What is Catapult?Catapult is your chance to develop the skills you'll need to launch your legal career, and take it to the next level. It covers all the stuff you're probably not getting from your law school: marketing,…

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Hit the Ground Running Bootcamp

The Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia and Ms. JD invite you to attend Hit the Ground Running Bootcamp, presented by WBA's Diversity Commitee in conjuncture with Ms. JD!Do you want to be successful in the practice of law? If so, you must Hit the Ground Running!Whether you are starting in a law firm setting, government, public interest, in-house, or still in law school, the skills and contacts provided at the day-long Hit the Ground Running Bootcamp are precisely what you need to stand out and advance during these difficult economic times. The bootcamp is a day of…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: Tips On How To Use Your Brand Well Over the Phone

Whether you are having a phone interview or having a call with a prospect or client, your brand comes through via the phone just as much as it does in person. Think back to the last call you had with someone who didn't "sound" happy or well-put together or competent on the phone. You noticed. So others notice you, as well.Here are a few tips for keeping your personal brand pristine over the phone. Just because I can't actually see you, doesn't mean I can't feel or deduce what's going on with you and your business.Go to www.purisimage.com to read…

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katiehollar

Build a Better Bio with Haiku

I have an unhealthy obsession with attorney biographies. In professional services marketing, people are the product, and bios are the No. 1 tool for establishing credibility. They are also very difficult to write -- it is hard to talk about yourself, and it's harder still to make it brief, meaningful and client-centric. Many bios stink.Over at the [non]billable hour, Matt Homann shares a formula for answering the old "what do you do" networking question by building on Japanese haiku. As fellow fan Gyi Tsakalakis noted at The Lawyerist, "the exercise forces word economy. But it also places the focus on where it…

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