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MWillis

South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - April President’s Message

April 14, 2015 is Equal Pay Day.  Here are the reasons why this day should matter to everyone reading this letter. The History.  Prior to 1963, it was legal for employers in the United States to pay women less than men for the same job.  In 1963, women were earning 59% of what men were paid.  Congress enacted the Equal Pay Act to eliminate this inequality. The Present.  It has been over 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act and women still do not have pay equality. In 2013, among full-time, year-round workers, women were paid only…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Judge Mary Muse—- A True Inspiration

I was both amazed and inspired when I read an article about the recent passing of a beloved Massachusetts judge at the age of 94.  Positive role models are so important to career success, and they do not get much more positive than Judge Mary Muse.  What a life!  You will recall my last blog on women over fifty, well here is one woman over fifty who made every moment count and left an incredible legacy. Mary Muse was a fierce advocate for women in the legal profession.  She knew the challenges well.  She raised four children during her years at…

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MWillis

South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - March President’s Message

#Iwilltry, #InternationalWomensDay Sunday, March 8 is International Women's Day. Founded in the early 1900s to rally against injustices to women, International Women's Day focuses today on celebrating recent advances of women around the globe. March 8, as fate would have it, is also my birthday. I was named after my grandmother, Marguerite. On my 16th birthday, my grandmother gave me a ring that belonged to her mother. It was a simple gold band engraved with three words: I will try. As she handed me this gift, my grandmother said, Words to live by. And so, I have tried. I will…

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MWillis

South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - February President’s Message

Happy Valentine's Day Last week, I was in a craft store looking for Valentine's Day decorations. As I walked through the picture section, I saw a poster that read, "Let her sleep. When she wakes, she will move mountains." I stood quietly for a while, just thinking. Young or old, thick or thin, tall or short, all of us have accomplished amazing things in our lives. All of us, some despite great odds, have graduated from law school and passed bar exams. All of us have been blessed with strength, intelligence and ambition. But some of us, I might say…

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MWillis

South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - January President’s Message

Happy SCWLA New Year! Today, I begin my term as SCWLA's President. My theme this year will be "Back to the Future . . . for Women Lawyers in South Carolina." After spending last year celebrating our twenty years of success, we will spend this year looking toward the future and making our organization relevant and responsive to our members' needs. With your help and support, we will focus on activities that deliver value and fun, as well as state-wide programming that is reasonably accessible to everyone. We will also continue our efforts to grow our membership. So, as we…

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Janet

2014 Judicial “Firsts”

As we enter 2015, let's celebrate notable "firsts" for women in the judiciary that occured in 2014: Diane Humetawa, the first Native American female federal judge Leslie Abrams and Eleanor Ross, the first female African-American federal judges in Georgia Pamela Reeves, the first female judge in the Eastern District of Tennessee Pamela Pepper, the first female judge inthe Eastern District of Wisconsin   Nancy Rosenstengel, the first female judge inthe Southern District of Illinois  Elizabeth Dillon, the first female judge inthe Western District of Virginia Carolyn McHugh, the first female Tenth Circuit judge from Utah  Staci Yandle, the first female LGBT judge to the Southern District of Illinois and the first…

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meganeboyd

An Interview with Jessie Kornberg—First Female CEO of Bet Tzedek

Jessie Kornberg, who previously served as Ms. JD’s executive director, recently was named the first female CEO of legal services nonprofit Bet Tzedek. Ms. Kornberg will leave her position with Los Angeles-based firm Bird Marella in December 2014 to begin her tenure at Bet Tzedek. I recently spoke with Ms. Kornberg about her new position, what drives her pro bono service, and what advice she’d give to law students and young lawyers. You don’t come from a family of lawyers. What inspired you to attend law school? I started thinking I would go to law school in the 5th grade when…

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KimberlyRice

Tips for How Women Lawyers Can Chart a Different Course - #2

Though the road may be paved with bumps and hiccups, women lawyers can absolutely chart their course, a different course by implementing proven strategies to create the career of their dreams. Below are critical habits along that path to a fulfilling and prosperous career. Become a masterful time manager. Yep, as women, we often wear too many hats. To stay focused and invest the requisite time to create the professional experience you crave, you must assess and evaluate on an ongoing basis, “is this worth my time”. Often, we can outsource some of the tedious tasks of existence such as…

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AdroitSavant

3 Essential Tips for Women Embarking upon their Law School Journeys

FIND MENTORS OUTSIDE OF YOUR LAW SCHOOL EARLY ON As a woman, and especially as a woman of color, it is sometimes difficult to trust women within your law school who may be competing for the same opportunities. You may begin to doubt if such women have your best interests at heart, and peer mentoring can at times seem disingenuous. Moreover, 2Ls and 3Ls who may have not been accepted to the firm of their choice or may not have gotten onto the journal of their dreams may unconsciously discourage you from applying to certain opportunities. Since they could not…

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KendraBeckwith

Through the Looking Glass—Observations from Five Years Out: Leadership

The pressure of being the first to do something different or new creates high expectations on the person going “first.” Whether intentional or not, the first person to succeed often becomes a leader. For me, successfully embracing a new leadership role depended on finding inspiration in the achievements of another leader, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Márquez. Making “It” Work In September 2011, my husband and I learned we were pregnant. I was elated, yet anxious. I was then a third-year associate and had seen many women leave private practice because they could not make “it” work. I wanted to…

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