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samihall

How to Fuel the Fire

I have been privileged to have a number of incredible mentors who have, since I first decided to become a public interest lawyer, provided me with invaluable wisdom for my career and for my life.  These mentors have supported me through the difficult transition to law school and the legal world as a whole.  While the legal world was once a foreign and unfamiliar environment for me, they have helped me find my footing.     My mentors have doled out advice at every turn of my transition, but there is one piece of advice I wish someone had told me:…

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kayla.annise.higgins

Why Love Is Not A Four-Letter Word In Law School

Editor's Note: This post is published as part of a series of works submitted by applicants to Ms. JD's 2014 Public Interest Scholarship Program. Each applicant was asked to describe the best advice they never got when it came to law school, lawyering, or public interest law. Applications for the 2014 Scholarship are now closed. For more information on Ms. JD's programs and scholarships, click HERE. “Here’s my best advice for you: Don’t fall in love.” This is what one of my friend’s mentors told her shortly before she began her first year of law school, and what my friend later related to me at the…

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tarinalarsen

“What’s the best advice you never got when it comes to public interest law”

Editor's Note: This post is published as part of a series of works submitted by applicants to Ms. JD's 2014 Public Interest Scholarship Program. Each applicant was asked to describe the best advice they never got when it came to law school, lawyering, or public interest law. Applications for the 2014 Scholarship are now closed. For more information on Ms. JD's programs and scholarships, click HERE. Public interest law’s greatest resource is the public.  Public interest lawyers are out-resourced by their opponents in every measurable category, with the exception of those whose lives are impacted by their work.  Thus, the most significant lesson I learned about…

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lkastner

“What’s the best advice you never got when it comes to a future career in public interest law?”

Editor's Note: This post is published as part of a series of works submitted by applicants to Ms. JD's 2014 Public Interest Scholarship Program. Each applicant was asked to describe the best advice they never got when it came to law school, lawyering, or public interest law. Applications for the 2014 Scholarship are now closed. For more information on Ms. JD's programs and scholarships, click HERE. The best advice I never received regarding public interest law is that you can actually achieve this admirable goal, still make a living, and possibly have your student debt reduced or forgiven. A primary reason I elected to attend the…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Pay Equity is Serious Business for Women Lawyers — Make Sure You Have the Facts

Pay equity between men and women is a big issue, and there is a lot in the news these days leading us to believe that women lawyers are paid less than their male counterparts.  If that is true, it is something to make a big deal about --- and I will be a person to lead that charge.  But, let's make sure that we understand the statistics before we rev up our engines. In a recent article from a progressive think tank, the premise discussed was that women lawyers continue to work longer hours than male lawyers but the women…

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Susan Smith Blakely

The Mayor’s Wife:  Open Season on Motherhood

Women are damned if they do and damned if they don't.  I know this.  I lived it when I decided to give up partnership at a law firm to work part-time after my first child was born.  I lived it a second time when I had my practice taken from me because I was a part-time lawyer, and the firm did not want that kind of "lack of commitment" for their most valued clients.  I lived it yet again when, after my second child was born and private practice became too difficult for me with two toddlers and a litigator…

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murphyem

Stop Studying and Actually Talk to Someone

Editor's Note: This post is published as part of a series of works submitted by applicants to Ms. JD's 2014 Public Interest Scholarship Program. Each applicant was asked to describe the best advice they never got when it came to law school, lawyering, or public interest law. Applications for the 2014 Scholarship are now closed. For more information on Ms. JD's programs and scholarships, click HERE. As a rising 3L, I am staring down the long road towards graduation. At the end of that road, there is one inherently terrifying and heart-stopping thought. What if I don’t get a job? It’s a valid question in today’s…

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awovi1990

Eric Reed, the Wandering Lawyer (Part 1)

Eric Reed is a former financial litigator turned journalist. He is an avid traveler, a huge Michigan Wolverines fan and lifelong nerd. Eric is also engaged to an endlessly patient woman who tolerates him leaving the country every few months and hanging posters of Iron Man and University of Michigan flags on her walls. Below is my interview with Eric Reed, the Wandering Lawyer.  - Can you tell us why you chose to study Law in the first place?  I went to Law School because I enjoy studying how things work. The law is a spectacular intellectual challenge. Especially in common…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Why The Rise of Small Businesses is Important to Women Lawyers

I am celebrating National Small Business Week, May 12 through May 16, and you should be celebrating it, too.  The Huffington Post describes National Small Business Week as "a series of cross-country events featuring entrepreneurship forums on business start-up and growth, and highlighting the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation." Why should this be important to you?  Because these are your future clients, if you play your business development cards right.  According to Amanda Brown, the newly appointed Executive Director of the National Women's Business Council (NWBC), a nonpartisan advisory council serving the…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Calling All Women Lawyers to Sign the Petition!

I am excited for all of you about the bill that Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts introduced in the US Senate this week to address the student loan crisis that is plaguing our nation.  The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawai'i),…

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