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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: Don’t Run Your Practice On A Default Personal Brand

Having an intention behind any action is crucial.  Without intention, everything we do has no power or purpose.  It's like taking a road trip without any idea of where you want to go.  It's essentially  living life and running a business without a plan.  So often clients seek us out for personal branding assistance because they have no idea:a) what a personal brand is,b) how to develop their own,c) why they need to develop a personal brand,  and/ord) where to start to develop a personal brand.The good news is these clients come to us with a notion of needing help…

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Choosing the Right Practice Area for You: By Tricia McGrath, Esq.

So it’s that time of year - summer associates are arriving at law firms all over the country eager to experience the life of a young attorney.  These lawyers-to-be will be assigned to practices and try to learn all there is to know about their chosen firm through summer events, lunches and assignments.  The most savvy summer associates will use this opportunity to investigate all of the firm’s practices and have a clear understanding of their future path when it comes time to choose their permanent practice area. As a recruiter, attorneys reach out to me each day in contemplation…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: Don’t Dilute Your Professional Brand With Multiple Product/Service Lines.

Women entrepreneurs are sprouting up everywhere today and that's a great thing!  With the growth of multi-level marketing (MLM) companies such as NuSkin, Melaleuca, Silpada, SendOutCards, etc, it is getting easier for women (and men) to run a business out of their homes, on the side of anything else they are doing or in any other way they wish.The problem for me lies in people having their hands in two or more of these businesses and actively selling them all at the same time to the same people.  The same problem happens with professionals, like lawyers and doctors.  No one…

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10 Tips for Successful Washington DC Speed Networking

Editor's Note: This Post was submitted by Professionals in the City. Would you like to network with fellow female lawyers, law students, and entrepreneurs in your industry, and others? Professionals in the City, Ms. JD, and BlueprintJD have teamed up to host a Speed Networking to Build Diversity in the Law Event.  Join us November 8, 2012 in Washington, DC!Whether you are a student, new in your field, or a seasoned professional, face-to-face networking is the most efficient way to make new professional business contacts, get advice from fellow alumnus, and expand your career opportunities.  Here are 10 tips for…

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Tips from the Top: Sheryl Willert

Sheryl Willert is managing director of Williams Kastner, and a member in the firm's Seattle office. Ms. Willert represents clients in complex commercial litigation, employment law and counseling, investigations and alternative dispute resolution. A national speaker and author on such topics as sexual harassment, age discrimination, and race discrimination, Ms. Willert has successfully represented individuals and corporations in such matters. Additionally, Ms. Willert has represented clients in matters involving professional negligence, product liability, personal injury, contracts, and civil rights. Ms. Willert is a past president of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the nation’s largest association of civil defense attorneys…

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10 Things Every Law Student Should Learn as a 1L to Facilitate Career Success

Editors Note: Ms. JD is pleased to be sharing some of our favorite posts about success in law school as part of our commitment to helping you start the school year off right.  If you're enjoying these tips, sign up for Ms. JD's National Women Law Students Organization.  You'll get Ms. JD's top blog posts delivered to your inbox every Friday, special notification about Ms. JD events in your area, and a once-monthly newsletter designed specifically for law students all for free! To join, click here.After finishing my 1L year at Vanderbilt Law, I must say that not only do…

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Through Feminist Lenses: Law for the sake of law?

I loved Civil Procedure, especially the talk of cat and mouse games between attorneys. But something always bothered me, even in relishing such games: the inefficiency of law.The famous Rule 1 of Civil Procedure tells us that law school be just, fair, and efficient: is this possible?  But there is also a brutal pragmatism of law and its games. When I entered law school, I saw my future to be working to help remedy the gap in access to legal services – But more and more, I’m surrounded by facts, potential employers, people who I am out to coffee with, and…

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Top 10 Tips to Ace a Telephone Screening: by Mardy Sackley

You got the call. Your dream employer wants to interview you! You’re doin’ the happy dance, envisioning a face to face meeting that involves a series of interviews followed by a swanky lunch. Then they let you know – this is a telephone screen. Say what? Lucky for job seekers everywhere, the lateral legal market is greatly improved from the dark days of 2009. Since the recession, however, employers have been forced to do more with less. Hence, the telephone screen, a cost effective way for an employer to figure out if a candidate has the basic skill set and…

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Nancy Glazer

Breakfast With Tiffany…

You may recall reading the clever blogs of Tiffany Farber, one of my co-bloggers from Law Bulletin Publishing’s former series, Attorneys in Transition. Tiffany is the one who boldly told us all about her life and attitudes in transition, never sounding pouty or feeling entitled that the world owed her more than she received.  You may recall Tiffany’s blogs, full of energy after rolling up her sleeves, shutting down her laptop and taking it to the pavement. In fact, when Tiffany’s staff attorney/pro bono coordinator position was eliminated from a small Chicago non-profit, she did some soul searching, as anyone…

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Ms. JD International

State Department Part IV: Civilian Response Corps

Interested in working abroad but only for a short period of time? Are you working at a federal agency as a lawyer or hold a JD degree and want to use your legal skills for projects abroad? Interested in gaining field experience in rule of law and judicial reform? The Civilian Response Corps may be an excellent opportunity for you.Lawyers in the federal government have an opportunity to work in the international sector through the State Department’s Civilian Response Corps (CRC).  The CRC is operated by the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) and is composed of federal workers who employ their expertise to help restore…

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