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Karen Kaplowitz

Giving Thanks

 It is great when the right thing to do is also good business strategy. Giving thanks falls in that category. Start by assessing who has helped you most this year in developing your business. Those are the people to whom you not only want to give thanks but also with whom you want to reconnect. Make a list of the people who have supported you from each of these categories: Clients and former clientsColleagues‚ including non–lawyersFormer adversariesExpert witnessesLawyers from bar activitiesBusiness people from community activitiesFriends‚ family‚ neighbors‚ and classmatesYour inventory will help you figure out to whom to give thanks and…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner:  It’s Personal Branding Month at the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section Webzine

I was honored to be the articles editor for the American Bar Association (ABA) November Law Practice Management Section Webzine.  I chose the topic of personal branding so fellow lawyers could learn more about how to create an effective personal brand that sells them as people and sells their business brand well. We have tons of fabulous articles- all of them apply to lawyers and all professionals, so click HERE to read more!Happy Branding!

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How Important is a Career Plan?

I've always envied my law school friends who knew, from day one, that they wanted to be firm lawyers.  The path to success in private practice is definitely tricky--making the right relationships, figuring out how to get the right kinds of work to develop your skills, and increasingly competing for a limited number of partership spots as the economy sputters.  Even with these challenges, my private practice friends knew more or less what their ideal career trajectory looked like.Much of the advice given to women about achieving career success centers on making a strategic plan, complete with concrete career goals,…

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Nancy Glazer

The 2011 Resume - Part II

Previously, I discussed how your resume’s descriptions of your past legal work should “add value” to the clients, firms or companies where you were employed.  This week’s continuation of the “adding value” theme requires you to look at your many-times- revised-and- it’s-getting-close-to–perfection resume. This week, I ask:  Do you have a section in your resume that describes your experience drafting motions or briefs while clerking for a firm? If your answer to the question above is “yes,” take a look at that section of your resume again.  I’m sure you started out the paragraph with a past tense action verb,…

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In the Workplace, What Men Can Learn from Women

I often find myself frustrated with the “what women can learn” genre of career help books and articles. I’m not saying we don’t have a lot to learn…we do. Being more assertive, giving ourselves credit where credit is due, and making sure that our superiors know our career goals are all skills that would generally benefit women. Here’s my problem: this genre is almost entirely based on the assumption that we should be more like men. It holds maleness as the standard for professional.  This makes sense, of course, because men have always been the standard of profession.  But what’s…

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Work-Life Balance and President Obama

Guest Author Lauren Stiller Rikleen is the author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law. she is also the president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and the Exectuitve-in-Residence at the Boston College Center for Work & Family. The national frenzy over whether President Obama should have cancelled his family vacation because of the country’s fiscal crisis offers a textbook case of hypocrisy at work. It also sends all the wrong messages about working fathers and their family responsibilities. That symbolism is particularly important when the working father is the president of the United States.We’re Always at…

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Ms. JD in Toronto: Women’s Caucus

Written by one of Ms. JD's 2011 Fellows, Kimberly Watson, this is the third installment in Ms.JD's series "Ms.JD in Toronto" covering issues related to women and gender at the ABA's 2011 Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  A few of the Ms. JD Fellows had the opportunity to participate in the Commission on Women/Young Lawyers Division Round Table held in Toronto at the ABA Conference during the Women's Caucus. It was a fantastic event that brought together all generations of females in the legal community. At the beginning, the fellows were asked to share what Millennials are looking for from…

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Ms.JD in Toronto: The Road to Independence

This is the first in Ms.JD's series "Ms.JD in Toronto" covering issues related to women and gender at the ABA's 2011 Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  “There’s nothing like the thought of having to eat cat tuna that will incentivize you to perfect your marketing.” – Roberta Liebenberg, Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Have you ever considered starting your own firm? Whether you want a work environment that better reflects your own values or you just want the ability to govern your own work load, most women have at least considered running their own…

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Colleges still receive $73 million from charge card businesses

University charge cards were a major target of charge card reform. The Federal Reserve has recently released a report on the state of college charge cards. The 2009 CARD act targeted credit card marketing practice. Last year, the number of applications did go down substantially. Regardless of these limitations, credit card companies are still getting profit off of college pupils. In 2010, companies paid out $73 million in profit-sharing to universities and alumni associations. That's lots of pay day loans being handed out to students. How the CARD Act changed credit cards for students Lots of students had charge card…

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Book Review: Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers

Thirty years after joining the workforce, my mom still half jokes that she does not know what she wants to be when she “grows up.” As a child, I would laugh at her and tell her she was grown up.  Well, I now know that grownups change their minds. Even grownups that are in law school or have graduated from law school. I entered law school after having worked as a fundraiser for a non-profit for a few years. I always knew that my long term goal was to work in non-profit management, but I assumed I would work for…

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