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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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Lose the Schmooze: Seven Ways to Make Networking Genuine

This post, featuring Ms. JD board member Katie Hayes, is written by ForbesWoman author Katie Phillips. The original post can be seen at the ForbesWoman blog She Negotiates.Every evening before bed, you glance at your iPhone’s calendar to see what tomorrow brings. Hoping for a calm, relaxing evening watching your favorite reality shows and sipping wine on the couch, you’re dismayed when you see in bright red text: “Networking Mixer, 7:30.” With a groan, you wonder what could’ve possibly possessed you to be so ambitious. You begin frantically running through excuses in your mind because, at the moment, nothing sounds…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links: Self Promotion through Media

Last week, I was privileged to attend NewsCertified Exchange’s “Influencing the Headlines: Empowering Women in the Media” event at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Silicon Valley.  NewsCertified Exchange was founded by veteran CNN reporters and provides a database of experts who are media ready and willing to comment as experts.  The goal of the luncheon panel was to bring together a panel of high powered women in the media who would offer their tips for becoming an expert reporters rely on, followed by a networking lunch where executives from a variety of areas (business, law and not-for-profits) could connect and…

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Opting Out: from 2003 to the present

No one has been able to explain why professional women are not attaining the status in their professions seemingly predicted by gender enrollment parity, focus on diversity, mentoring, affinity groups, and national attention over the last twenty years or so.  For awhile, the discussion about opting out was all the rage (see Lisa Belkin's 2003 article The Opt-Out Revolution, for example).  Were professional women choosing to leave their professions to stay home with kids?  A 2005 study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research presented data that the economy was forcing women out and also pointed out that the media frenzy…

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Jennifer Guenther

From the Desk of a Working Mom: Beauty Secrets of Success

It has often been said, and allegedly supported by statistics, that if you are taller, more attractive, and have a better physique, you will go further in life.   In elections – the taller candidate almost always wins, right?  Television is rife with attractive, successful people – has any member of “The Apprentice” been homely? And there is more than one blog out there discussing how ‘attractive young girls are getting ahead while the older (seriously, when did 30s and 40s become “older”) women with telltale “mom” bodies are shunted aside, ignored and isolated by this young stiletto crowd.’ Well, it is true…

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Susan Letterman White

The Heroic Leader’s Journey

If you have been reading the articles in this series, then you have a general idea of your leadership skill-set, your motivation to lead, and the steps to move into leadership positions. Click here, here, here, here, and here for past articles in this series. You may have discovered a list of gaps, which you will need to close in order to move yourself closer to successful leadership. Perhaps you need to increase your book of business, find an internal mentor, or improve your strategic communication skills. Each of these gap-closing steps requires its own action plan, which is a…

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Reduced Hours, Full Success

The Project for Attorney Retention's newest report, Reduced Hours, Full Success: Part-Time Partners in U.S. Law Firms, maintains that law firms can create successful part-time programs. Part-time arrangements have long been viewed as bullets to the heart of lawyers’ careers—and dubious propositions for law firms’ bottom lines. This report challenges that view. It shows that law firms can create successful reduced-hours programs—and that part-time lawyers and their law firms can flourish when they do.  *** Firms that can attract and retain excellent lawyers through flexible work arrangements are going to be able to hire from a larger pool of applicants,…

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Q & A with Managing Partner Brigid Higgins

Brigid Higgins, Managing Shareholder, Gordon Silver, rose from associate to managing partner in less than ten years. In her interview with In Business Las Vegas, Higgins discusses what is like to be a female managing parter, how she balances her duties, and how she made such a rapid rise to the top. She also gives some advice to new lawyers: For new lawyers, I think - and this goes to the issue of the influx of regional and national law firms in the area - one of the things I think that's gotten lost since I started practicing law is…

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