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iAvaLee

To be a Woman and to be “Workplace Ready”

For a man, the common mantra is “seize the day.” For a woman, the common mantra is “act accordingly.” Women are conditioned to believe their self-worth is based on following rules and being "good." The ideal woman projects grace, cooperation, and compliance.  She tailors herself to be acceptable and pleasant.  She accommodates and sidesteps her wants for the greater good. Unfortunately, this outlook can leave one professionally stagnant. Being assertive, firm, and steadfast are required to achieving personal and professional objectives. But these traits are often downplayed by women for fear of being rejected or worse, "unlikeable." I remember my first day at work. I was a fresh graduate…

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It’s Time To Beat The Burn Out: The Importance of Well-Being In The Legal Profession

THE CURRENT CLIMATE Burnout, stress, anxiety, depression – whatever you want to call it – if you’re in the legal profession there is a chance that you’ll feel it at some point in your career. Lawyers are constantly reaching for a professional-personal life balance, and the pressure to deliver can feel enormous for even the most confident and most competent lawyers. Unsurprisingly, burnout starts in law school. A 2014 research survey on law student well-being revealed that law students might have higher rates of anxiety and depression than other graduate students. (Jerome M. Organ et al., “Suffering in Silence: The…

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KMLW

#MillennialMom: Law Student, Leader, and MOM!

Shortly after I launched #MillennialMom on Ms. JD last month, I got a DM on Twitter (you can follow me @kmlarkinwong).  "Did you know that THREE of the ABA Law Student Division's Leaders are Moms?  I think this is column-worthy!"  You know what, I agree!  So I reached out to the #MillennialMoms who are leading the lawyers of the future and asked them a few questions about being law students, leaders, and Moms.  Two of them were able to be interviewed between school and Mom Life!    First, a bit of biographical information: Name: Meredith Parnell ("MP") Law school: Harvard Law School…

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AmyImpellizzeri95

Interview with Linda Mercurio, Esq., Founder of Transformative Impact

Linda Mercurio is the Founder of Transformative Impact, a company providing coaching, training, and consulting services to transitioning attorneys. From 2008-2016, Linda served as the Founding Executive Director of the American University Washington College of Law Lawyer Reentry Program - a program she designed and implemented. I've followed with admiration Linda's career path for some time now, and when I reached out recently to tell her so, she sent back a same time photo of her desk with my book, Lawyer Interrupted, atop her own "To Be Read" pile.  I love when life sends us those moments of impactful connection. You…

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Melissasy

The Gender Doesn’t Matter: The Best Female Lawyers When It Comes To Divorce

There will come a time when you find that one person whom you think you will be spending the rest of your life with and then you think of getting married. At first, happiness and satisfaction are there but as years pass by, your marriage becomes fragile. There are various reasons for a couple to get a divorce. It can be infidelity which is the usual cause of the collapse of most marriages. Lack of communication and the constant arguing might also be the motives. Getting a divorce is never simple, particularly when it is yours. Some people work better…

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SamShoh

The Importance of Females in the Legal Profession

The fight for equality rages on The fight for equality amongst all people has been there for decades, and it is bound to even get more vigorous with time. It is the value of this course that makes many people very passionate about it. The importance of having a diverse society where everyone has equal opportunity regardless of their gender, race or sexual orientation cannot be overemphasized. One of the areas where equality is being advocated for is in the legal profession. Many have and are still pioneering for women equality in the legal profession. Over the years, there has…

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jsaxena

How Ritu Bhasin Seeks to Create an Empowered & Inclusive World

“I define authenticity as the practice of consistently choosing to know, embrace, and be who we are as often as possible.” Ritu Bhasin is a global leadership and inclusion expert. Over the years, I’ve learned more about her work and have heard her speak on numerous occasions. I’ve developed a strong appreciation for her interesting and entrepreneurial career path, thought leadership, and dynamic presence. This blog post captures a conversation I had with her several months ago. Through this post, you’ll learn more about Ritu and her forthcoming book, The Authenticity Principle, which will be released on October 5, 2017.…

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shantibrien

“They is starting law school next week:” Gender-neutral pronouns are awkward at first but worth it.

My Law and Public Policy class begins next week.  But before we jump into reading cases and writing briefs we will introduce ourselves and share our preferred pronouns.  I prefer “she/her/hers.” Every year I have two or three students who prefer “they/them/theirs.”  At first I thought this was a ridiculous waste of everyone’s time. We have legislative processes to learn!  Executive orders to scrutinize! But, I’ve come to appreciate the practice. It reminds me to be mindful of people unlike me and I hope it signals to the students that our class values inclusion. In 2015, the press was already…

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nicolemoriniere

Career Profiles: Janine Sickmeyer, NextChapter

This month I had the opportunity to have an exchange with one of the ABA's 2017 Women of Legal, Janine Sickmeyer, the CEO & Founder of NextChapter, a web application for attorneys to prepare, manage and file bankruptcy cases online. As a business leader and entrepreneur, Janine provides strategic vision and direction for NextChapter and is particularly fascinated in the intersection between law and technology in the bankruptcy market. In addition to being selected as one of ABA's Legal Tech Resource Center's Women of Legal Tech 2017, Janine is also a Pledge 1% Women Who Lead of 2017. I had a few questions for…

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AndrewSimon

Health and Safety Law and Advice for Workplaces

Whether your business complies or not with Health and Safety laws, you should be aware that providing Health and Safety training for your employees is an absolute must. By sending your teams on accredited Health and Safety courses, you can enjoy a wide range of benefits such as lower insurance costs, better productivity and an increased profitability of your business. There are a few steps you should take in order to make sure your business is compliant with HSE regulations. First of all, full compliance implies sending your managers on an accredited course. We are happy to offer you our…

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