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#MsJDPreLaw: “What type of law are you interested in?”

Although we (obviously) haven't gone to law school yet, people LOVE asking pre-law students this question.  A few years ago, my pre-law self would have smiled politely and shrugged in response. ("I think I like law......??") It took me a lot of research and introspection to come to my (current) answer, which is: "I'm generally interested in corporate transactional work. I find Funds very interesting, although at some point I also want to explore deal/M&A work." So what can a pre-law student do to come to a more concrete answer about his/her legal interests? Research, research, research! (1) Google, (2)…

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The State of Mandatory Parental Leave Continuances

At a minimum, attorneys must zealously represent clients. Likely driven by a genuine desire to ensure exceptional legal representation or simply today’s competitive legal market, striving to provide the best services possible often means going beyond the minimum requirement of zealous representation.  To exceed this standard, attorneys are regularly on call or engaging in some type of work after hours. We often put aside our personal needs, such as physical health, and the personal needs of our family with the intention of helping our clients. However, the birth of a child is one example for which an attorney cannot ignore…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Practice Makes Perfect

Name: Tamara J. Titre Professional Title: Assistant City Attorney, City of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Managing Attorney, Law Office of Tamara J. Titre, LLC Law School: Michigan State University College of Law Years Practicing Law: 3 Sector: Government and Private Practice Specialization: Freedom of Information Compliance, Family Law, Probate, Estate/Trusts "I do not believe people fail. I believe they are put in positions that challenge them to reinvent or redirect themselves.” You never really know where life can take you. Early on Tamara Titre knew that she wanted to be a voice for others. Her desire to obtain a law degree grew stronger as she became more involved in…

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Join the Conversation:  How to Increase Retention of Women

We know that women are underrepresented in senior ranks of law firms and across corporate America.  In Big Law, women make up 45% of incoming associates but only 16% of equity partners.  At our current rate, women will not make up 30% of equity partners until 2081.  We also know that women often take themselves out of the running for advancement.  In law firms, women quit at higher rates than men.  In tech, women are more than twice as likely to quit than men.   Firms and companies recognize the challenge of retaining talented women and have been investing in different strategies to increase retention rates.  If…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I am just starting as a summer associate. Are there things I can do to stand out in a positive way? A: Sure. You know the basics: Be nice to everyone. Do error-free work. And stay out of Above the Law. But to stand out in a good way, you need to do things that others may forget. Here are some things to consider: Take Initiative. You will go to social events and complete projects. But if you really want to shine, seek out people to meet and projects that interest you. Firms want to know that you really…

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Social Media Advantages for Growing JDs and Attorneys

Diarra Joi Clemons McCullen, J.D. SAG-AFTRA received her Juris Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree from New York Law School, Undergraduate Degree (B.A.) from George Mason University and High School Diploma from an all-girls Catholic high school named St. Scholastica Academy in Evanston, IL. She has worked in Finance for Citibank, Morgan Stanley and Oppenheimer & Co. to name a few. She was also a Judicial Law Clerk while in law school. She is currently a Legal Journalist for Ms. JD, Novelist of the novel memoir series, "Roses are Blue" and Vantage marketing and advervitising blogger. She is a military wife,…

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Progress on Parental Leave—Not Just for Women Lawyers

The progress on maternity leave for lawyers has been significant in recent history, and more and more women lawyers are benefiting from law firm policies that are slowly coming into the 21st Century.  It is not surprising that the needs of mothers, who actually carry and give birth to the babies, should be the initial focus of parental leave, but the needs of the fathers are finally getting attention, as well.  Firms like Winston and Strawn and Orrick, that give both mothers and fathers up to 20 and 22 weeks of paid leave, respectively, are leading the way.  Orrick's policy…

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The Big Picture on Gender Bias and Women Lawyers

The number of gender bias law suits and gender bias complaints against law firms is on the rise, based on this article in AmLaw Daily, which quotes David Sanford, the chairman of Sanford Heisler Sharp, who represents most of the plaintiffs in the current lawsuits.  Sanford also has represented countless other women lawyers in complaints against their law firms based on unequal opportunities and unequal pay as compared to their male colleagues. Most of you probably have read at least something about the current law suits, but there is more that may come as a surprise to you.   What…

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Getting Your First In-House Job

We have all seen that in-house job description that requires, you guessed it, prior in-house experience. With so many lawyers wanting to go in-house, we often hear from frustrated attorneys asking us how they can get that first in-house job, since they don’t already have in-house experience.  While it can be difficult, it is not an impossible task. There will always be some companies that hire lawyers directly from law firms.  Usually, these are companies with larger legal groups that are essentially run like captive law firms.  These departments are typically staffed with many attorneys, often highly specialized, and have…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Christina Nguyen, Career Placement Committee Co-Chair, AABANY

Today’s Ms. JD Pre-Law interview is with Christina Marie Nguyen. Christina serves as Co-Chair of the Career Placement Committee at the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY). She previously served as a Co-Chair of the Student Outreach Committee at AABANY, Social Media Coordinator for the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY), and Assistant Editor for the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)’s NYLitigator Journal. Christina graduated with her JD from St. John’s University School of Law and was recently admitted to the NY bar. She was also featured on St. John's Law 2016 commencement article,…

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