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Laura Bladow

#Ask4More: Beyond the Money

In case you missed it, April 8, 2014 marked National Equal Pay Day and the launch of Levo League’s #Ask4More campaign. The campaign works towards bridging the pay gap by helping women build the skills they need to ask for equal pay. For me, job satisfaction goes beyond the paycheck. My pledge to ask for more has less to do with my salary and more to do with my professional development. When confronted with a decision to stay in a position or move on, it’s important to look beyond the money and ask yourself, “What do I need more of?”…

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Susan Smith Blakely

A Good Start for Women Lawyers Educating Male Colleagues

There is a new book out that is worth the read for all women lawyers --- and for their male colleagues.  That book,  Sponsoring Women:  What Men Need to Know, was not written solely with male lawyers in mind, but it sure fits the bill. That is no big surprise because the author, Ida Abbott, is a lawyer and has been helping employers develop, manage and retain legal talent since 1995. I am particularly excited about this new book because the theme of "men sponsoring and supporting women" has been high on my list of "must do's" for a long…

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jake14

Why Do Lawyers Make So Much Money?

Avvo regularly publishes topical pieces on law and our most recent piece is concerning factors that influence lawyers' salaries. There are two common answers to this question, both of which leave lawyers and clients unsatisfied. Lawyers propose the long hours they work and the level of expertise when justifying their fees. Unfortunately, this argument falls upon deaf ears when clients are charged upwards of $200 an hour for seemingly simple services.  Ironically, both arguments provide little room for compromise and resolution, an area where lawyers are supposed to excel in. Opinions aside, the median annual salary of lawyers was $112, 760. That figure,…

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KarenWest

Attorneys Across America: Featuring Suzie Scanlon

Ms. JD is pleased to present a new series of blog posts focusing on women attorneys across America.  From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, this series seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea.  We hope that the insights provided by the featured attorneys are helpful to law students and recent graduates who are navigating the job market and considering pursuing careers in different practice areas and various geographic locations.  We start with Suzie Scanlon, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bliss…

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jake14

AVVO’S LEGAL CAREER CENTER

Here you can find jobs from all different levels in the legal industry. Let us connect you to where you want to go, whether you're a potential candidate looking for that perfect position or an employer looking for the best legal talent. Avvo has a career center for law professionals (especially recent graduates) that may be of interest to you and I wanted to introduce you to the newly launched Avvo Careers portal. This career portal is aimed at helping undergraduates understand their employ-ability and help them get jobs in the legal sphere, where Avvo is a respected name. Our careers page is updated daily…

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MelMadison

When the Career Services Office Scoffs…

I came to law school to do public interest law. I never expected to have a fancy, high-paid summer job: I was ready to survive on a ramen-noodle diet and be thrilled about heading in to work everyday. What I didn’t expect was how hard it would be to get that unpaid but oh-so-interesting job. I might not have been at the top of my class, but I didn’t think my resume was anything to scoff at. Then a few of my more experienced law school friends explained another aspect of the whole “the legal market crashed” thing to me:…

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js2013

Notes from the Desk of the Professionalism-Obsessed: For Your (Online) Consideration

Last month I presented at a conference on the topic of how externship programs may help law students use social media for professional development purposes. One point I did not have time to delve into concerned a potential drawback of social media use, which I summarized on a slide as: "Heightened (perhaps impossible) expectations". In my speaker notes I included in part, "I believe women in particular are susceptible to self-presentation criticisms [...]". Increasingly, it seems that women confront complexities online including the possibility of being subjected to unfair and even terrible treatment --- at times so terrible that it may…

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Rebekah Hanley

Scare Yourself.  It’s Good for You.

Lawyers have a reputation for shying away from risk.  Indeed, being risk averse is often critical to the work lawyers engage in to protect their clients’ interests. But risk aversion can interfere with professional development.  A lawyer cannot build new competencies without putting herself on the line by doing something for the first time.  The best way for a lawyer to improve her trial skills, for example, is to try a case; regardless of whether she obtains her client’s desired result, her experience will likely advance her professional awareness, development, and confidence. For that reason, it is important to embrace…

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isabeleH

New York’s 2014- 2015 Budget: How New Budget Changes Estate Planning in the State

On march 31, 2014 the New York legislature, under Governor Andrew Cuomo, passed the state’s budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015, dragging along tremendous changes to estate planning for residents of New York. From a general perspective, the new law increases estate tax exemption amounts for individuals with property under the taxable limit. However it is complicated; and complex can be devastating and confusing for city residents.  Let’s look at the numbers Estate Tax Exclusion to Increase The new law raises the New York tax exclusion amount, which was initially placed at $1m, to $2,062,500 for individual dying or after…

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CMParello

Say “Yes” to Pro Bono Work and Grow Professionally

Young, female attorneys juggle many obligations- case loads, billable hours, familial and social commitments and civic involvement- believing they have little to no time for pro bono matters.  But, as a female attorney, who works to engage other lawyers on international pro bono matters, I want to propose three reasons to say “yes” to pro bono work: Mentorship: Pro bono is a great opportunity for both senior and junior lawyers to work together to learn a new area of law, even if they are in different practice groups. A matrimonial lawyer could walk a junior, corporate associate through filing an…

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