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Trading in the Expense Account: Transitioning from Big Law to Public Interest: Oh, You Fancy, Huh?

Pro bono and government attorneys have a reputation for being, how would you say, aesthetically challenged. Do you remember that terrible show that Mark-Paul Gosselaar did “Raising the Bar,” where he played a public defender? Basically, no one cared about the show and just complained about his hair for the entire first season to the extent that he cut it all off for the second (and final) season. Beyond the fact that it made him look ridiculous, it was an affront to public defenders everywhere – why do you have to look terrible to prove that you’re committed to the…

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Forum Finds: Careers and Professionalism

Editor's Note: Ms. JD's forums have been an important source of advice and inspiration for many women in the legal profession.  The "Forum Finds" series is dedicated to bringing these pearls of wisdom to light.  As always, you can connect with us onFacebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn with your questions! On April 25th, 2008, jessie asked: Nicknames: Does Using One Appear Unprofessional? I was updating my resume last night and wondering if I should change the header to "Jessie."  My given name is Jessica, but I can't think of any person that calls me Jessica. When I introduce myself I do so as Jessie. My friends,…

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ABA Member Demographics: Seeking Your Input

Editor's Note: Ms. JD has been asked to share the information below with its members in order to help gather demographic information in regards to the ABA’s Goal III, pertaining to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Please see the information below, and note the deadline for participation in the survey is 11:59 p.m. Eastern on July 10.One of our four ABA goals -- Goal III -- pertains to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; specifically, it aims “to eliminate bias and enhance diversity by promoting full and equal participation in the association, our profession and the justice…

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Referrals: Your Fast Track Pass

Everyone knows the tedious, time-consuming challenge that is the job search.  Whether you’re a new college grad or an experienced professional, finding and landing a job is no walk in the park.  This is one of the reasons CareerCloud.com developed a new social referral platform called Jobs With Friends. Jobs With Friends, with a simple sync to LinkedIn and Facebook, enables users to start their job hunt efficiently by leveraging all connections from both accounts.  By job-hunting through your current network and having access to the companies where your connections work, you are immediately at an advantage.  Employee referrals are…

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Trading in the Expense Account: Transitioning from Big Law to Public Interest: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

I’m from the South – Georgia to be exact – where big trucks and fast cars are not only symbols of success, but also symbols of patriotism and masculinity (although I’m sure we could all do with a little less of this). Getting your license and getting a car were essential rites of passage – akin to bar/bat mitzvahs – turning 16 was the point at which you were an adult. I had a late birthday, so I didn’t turn 16 until my senior year. Luckily, I had an older sister to drive me around starting in my sophomore year…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: Have An Intentional Personal Brand

So many of us expend tons of energy daily in an effort to build a successful business brand or be an effective employee in order to build a successful business brand.   The end result is that we are putting our valuable energy toward an end result without a plan for how to get there.  Even worse, we are often tired, angry and bitter- wondering why all our effort is not working and never stopping to take a breath.  In personal brand management, I'm always talking about creating an intentional brand. Click HERE to read the rest.

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The How-Long-Will-You-Be-Here Question and How (or Whether) to Answer

by Josie BeetsSummers bring change for military families, and MSJDN families are no different. Our private member groups have been buzzing with the typical summer PCS season drama — well, the MSJDN version. On top of moving houses, states, and even countries, on top of finding new schools and new grocery stores, our members are filling out Bar applications, wading through complex and varied reciprocity rules,  completing new NCBE reports and applying for jobs in their new legal communities. With job applications come job interviews, and job interviews for lawyers can be their own special kind of painful.But interviews in any field can be…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: Is Your Demeanor In Meetings Calm and Measured?

Oftentimes the biggest challenge we face with our personal brands is our inability to "keep it together" well in meetings and conversations with colleagues, clients, etc.  Because we are not able to see how we come across, we can't measure our personal brand perception.   As a result, we either: 1) keep showing up and doing the same things that hurt our personal brands OR 2) shift our actions constantly, leading to a disorganized personal brand, lacking clarity and consistency- the hallmark of an effective personal brand.  Click HERE to read the rest.

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Liz Vaysman

“What I wish I would have known” with author Susan Smith Blakely

Last week I had the opportunity to hear Susan Smith Blakely, author of the Best Friends at the Bar books for young women lawyers, give career advice to a group of eager young professionals, including both men and women at the LadiesDC happy hour.  Susan emphasized the importance of helping all women succeed in business and how the best way to that is to craft Personal Definitions of Success. During the event, I was able to steal Susan away for a few moments for a short interview on what she wished she would have known through various phases of her…

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Trading in the Expense Account: Transitioning from Big Law to Public Interest: Home is Where the Heart Is

I have moved about 16 times since I left my parents house. They weren’t all “big” moves – some were just for the summers during college and law school – but, when it came to filling out my address for the last five years on my character and fitness application for the bar exam, they all clearly mattered. The 75% pay cut that came with my new job meant that another move was on the horizon. I loved my old apartment and probably would have sacrificed a lot to keep it, but there was no amount of ramen that would…

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