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Susan Smith Blakely

Women Lawyers as Negotiators

Last week we witnessed an epic event.  Two women led the US-Cuban negotiations in Havana.  We have seen women, like Former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton on the world stage as negotiators many times before, and Angela Merkel of Germany and other women heads of state around the world have done their fair share of negotiating at very high levels, but seeing both sides represented by women is very significant, as evidenced by the press coverage last week. Women make excellent negotiators.  Women lawyers may make even better negotiators.  Certainly, Hillary Clinton is one, and she did…

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majellap

From Hawaii’s sandy beaches to Iraq’s sandy deserts…and back (Part II)

So in my last blog we discussed all the “deployment preparation” that went into my first deployment to a combat zone as a JAG. Well, now it’s time to talk about the deployment itself . . . Most service members go through Kuwait on their way to Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s a good place to stop to get accustomed to the weather (depending on the time of year you are arriving) and overcome jet lag. As my plane touches down in Kuwait, I have no idea that I would be one of 280,000 women to deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan…

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KimberlyRice

10 Success Tips for Reluctant Networkers (part 1)

If you hate face-to-face networking, you're not alone. If the top-of-the-list most-feared activity is speaking in front of people, how can launching a conversation with a stranger be far behind? I used to hate networking events, myself. I simply wouldn't go to them. Eventually someone dragged me to an event where lo and behold, I met a woman who became a great friend. After that, things got a little easier - but I'm still judicious about the events I choose to attend. Networking with strangers can be lively and fun, or it can be a shoot-me-now experience. Here are some…

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JSilverbrook

Recommended Video Podcast Series with Professor Nancy Leong: The RightsCast

On Wednesday, January 28 at 2 p.m. ET, University of Denver Sturm College of Law professor Nancy Leong – a specialist in civil rights, constitutional law and civil procedure – will launch an innovative video podcast series about civil rights called The RightsCast. The first episode will feature a discussion with UC Hastings professor of law Scott Dodson on his new book about United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  You can preview their discussion here:  Each week, Professor Leong will speak to a different scholar about his or her research via Google Hangout. That video will then be…

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KimberlyRice

Ramp up the Power: Plan and Budget for Marketing Now (part 2)

In our first installment, we outlined concrete steps to make 2015 a more strategic, deliberate year for your firm's marketing efforts. Below are the remaining key steps to take:    4. To bring focus to the firm's marketing efforts. A thoughtful marketing plan and budget will help firms (and especially legal marketers) run an effective marketing program on a day-to-day basis if there are benchmarks of what you are trying to achieve and for whom. It is also easier to turn down the occasional attorney "pet" project if it is not included in an overall plan or budgeted for.  Firms should…

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JaneRosales

EPA Honors Attorney Fellowship—San Francisco—for Recent Law Grads Licensed in Any State or US Terr

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pacific Southwest (Region 9), Office of Regional Counsel, is pleased to announce its 2015 Honors Attorney Fellowship. This fellowship is for up to a two-year term, and the fellow is expected to commit to the full term. The deadline to apply for the 2015 Fellowship is January 30, 2015. We anticipate the Fellowship will begin in July/August 2015. The EPA Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate who is a licensed attorney with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in a career in environmental law or the public sector (see more detailed criteria below). It…

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KimberlyRice

Ramp up the Power: Plan and Budget for Marketing Now (part 1)

Law firms, large and small, should develop and implement a solid marketing plan and budget as key to effective business growth. Large firms typically have something that looks like a budget but is often not aligned with a strategic firm marketing plan. Small (or solo) firms usually do not create a specific marketing plan or budget but rather make marketing investments on an ad hoc basis. To that, I would ask, how's that working for you? Commit to making 2015 a more strategic, deliberate year for your firm's marketing efforts. Six reasons why firms should create a marketing plan and…

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Susan Smith Blakely

More on the Vanishing ??? Women’s Movement

In the last blog I gave you some information about current attitudes on the women's movement, as reported in an article in More magazine, and I asked you what you thought.  Before you make up your mind, consider these facts: Yes, women are earning undergraduate and graduate degrees at an impressive pace; and Yes, women CEOs and other public figures are talking openly about the importance of their personal lives and what they need to achieve a satisfactory work-life balance. Does this mean that women have achieved their goals and that there is nothing left to talk about?  Does it…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Is The Women’s Movement Over?

It is a new year, and we need something to shake us up.  Something provocative to set the pace for 2015.  Something to challenge our settled notions.  Try this out. The question "Is the Women's Movement over?" is being asked with more regularity these days, and some women find it disturbing, especially those women who fought long and hard for the progress that has been made in the last 50 years.  However, it may be less disturbing to the young women today, and perhaps that is the real disturbing thing. You know me by now --- or at least I…

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ana_at_everlaw

Office Life: Making the Switch to a Legal Technology Company

I have never worked at a law firm. The closest I ever came was Winston & Strawn’s ‘Bring Your Daughter to Work’ Day, in which I helped faux-prosecute the case of Humpty Dumpty. (The exhibits really made our case.) However, I have worked at many large corporations, often collaborating closely with corporate counsel. As a result, I am familiar with the work environment that many lawyers experience day-to-day. If you are considering alternative legal careers - like the ones in legal technology that I recently described - you might wonder how that environment differs from what you’re familiar with. Here…

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