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Special Offer for Ms. JD Readers and Guest Blog: WiRL Leadership Summit Founder Mitch Shepard

The WiRL Leadership Summit is a brand new, all online, month-long event, inspired by “Women In Real Life.” Created by Mitch Shepard, this Summit aims to help women (and men!) access powerful training and insight from over 25 esteemed speakers in key areas to help professionals like you up your game - at life and at work. To find out more about the WiRL Leadership Summit, go to WiRL has also generously offered a great deal for Ms. JD Readers: 20% off WiRL Summit- even off early bird pricing (which ends April 15th). Just use code MSJD20 at checkout!  At the WiRL Summit, all sessions are…

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Habits of Successful Rainmakers

The New Year has rung in and it’s time to plan for a prosperous year. To start off with a bang, listed below are productive habits of highly successful rainmakers I’ve observed over the years: Planning is key. To write down your goals, vision, and plan to grow your practice is likened to having a GPS or map to reach your destination. There is no better time than now to write down your 2014 business goals with concrete steps to accomplish them.  Successful rainmakers focus on clarifying what they are trying to accomplish to help them create a plan so…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Wisdom from the Oscars for Young Women Lawyers

Gurbaksh Chahal, Chairman & CEO at RadiumOne, posted the following on Linked In after the Academy Awards Ceremony on Sunday night.  I was watching the ceremony while I was in Chicago hiding inside from the weather, and I remember being touched by the remarks from Matthew McConaughey after he received the Oscar for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey may not have intended them to be, but his very personal remarks are great advice for those of you seeking to make a mark in your life and be excellent leaders.  What he…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: More on the Teachings of Marshall Goldsmith as Applied to Young Women Lawyers

In my last blog I described my skepticism about group training and self-help programs.  You may recall that I was on my way to Chicago for a career coaching training session sponsored by Indiana University as part of the newly-launched IU Marshall Goldsmith Leadership Development and Executive Coaching Academy, and I was not sure how I fit into what I was about to encounter.  I knew that I wanted to be a part of this incredible new academy at IU, but I was uncertain about the process of getting me there. My only past experience with group self-help programs occurred…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: More on Grit and Mindset for Women Lawyers

If you read my last blog, you know that the current issue of the Women's Law Journal includes an article called "Grit & Mindset:  Implications for Women Lawyers."  You also know that I have been talking about true grit for women lawyers for years now, and I shared some examples of true grit from a chapter in my book, Best Friends at the Bar:  The New Balance for Today's Woman Lawyer (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2012).  If you keep those messages in mind and add the following messages from the Women's Law Journal article, you will be off to…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: The NAWL Mid-Year Meeting Provides Leadership Nuggets for Young Women Lawyers

Last week I made my yearly pilgrimage to the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Mid-Year Meeting.  As always, there was a lot on the program to benefit all of you, so I will dedicate this week's blogs to the teachings of NAWL.  Better yet, those of you already in practice should start to attend the NAWL conferences and to get involved.  It is a great organization and one where you will learn the things that will determine success or lack of success in your career. Most of what I heard was like hearing an echo in the room.  I…

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Combining Healthcare and Law

As unfortunate as it is, there are times in the world of medicine where healthcare professionals have come to need legal representation for one reason or another. This is where the nurse attorney comes in. Nurse attorneys have both a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree and doctor of jurisprudence (JD) degree, which entitles nurse attorneys to give legal testimony for healthcare professionals in court. In addition, nurse attorneys may also be asked to alter or advocate healthcare practices through legal or legislative channels. The term "nurse attorney" stems from the gradual intermingling of legal and medical issues, and especially insurance claims…

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Stephanie Trager JD

[Next Level of Success] How Can I Help You

When you set a goal. What's your strategy? I find someone who's been there, done that and achieved what I am aiming for. Find out how they did it. Decide what doesn't resonate and what isn't in alignment for me, fill in the gaps with what is, create a timeline, decide what's negotiable and what's non-negotiable and forge ahead. Dream + Intention = Goals.  Goals + Actions = Reality! If I'm determined and haven't found a mentor or one who's ready to give advice for free, I will pay for it.  If you've outgrown the support system you have, prioritize finding…

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From the Frontlines: Sexism Persists

When we first started Ms. JD, one of the most powerful realizations was that there were pervasive, persistent currents of gender bias influencing all our law school experiences. Not until we all started sharing our experiences with one another did we realize it. Only after checking in with other women at other law schools did the subtle differential treatment many of us were experiencing seem connected to our gender. Prior to that, the odd look from a professor was just an off moment, the assumption that I was an administrative assistant not a law student at the tax seminar was…

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Financial Planning for Law Students and Lawyers: An Interview with Tracy Shackelford from Northwestern Mutual

The average law school graduate will begin his or her career with more than $100,000 in debt, and, yet, many of us leave law school without thinking much about short- or long-term financial planning.   Last week, I sat down with Tracy Shackelford from Northwestern Mutual to discuss the importance of financial planning for law students and lawyers.   Tracy, tell me a bit about yourself and your work with Northwestern Mutual. My name is Tracy Shackelford and I have been associated with Northwestern Mutual, first as a client when I moved back from Europe to the States with my…

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