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Women in the law

What used to be essentially a male domain until the 1930’s is slowly but surely opening up to the fairer sex?  In some countries it is faster than others. For example there are some sectors of the law which can be more open to women than others as Family law is a prime example.  Some women who are in the throes of divorce and were the custody of children is in play may feel more comfortable with a female lawyer. This is evident in France where the divorce statistics are very high. Around 50 percent of first marriages and 75…

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Start Thinking of Yourself More as a Business Owner Than an Attorney

Dear Readers- Happy Spring!  As we get ready to wind down the first quarter of 2016, it is a good time to take stock of how well we are doing in achieving our work goals for this year.  Are we on track, or are we already falling a bit behind?  As we contemplate our performance, we must view ourselves through the eyes of a business owner, rather than as an attorney. Are we keeping clients happy?  Do the economics of our practice make sense? Are we getting out there enough and developing our personal brand and market awareness?  Are we strategically collaborating with others as…

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Meet #Superwoman Diane L. Rosenfeld

The Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award is given to a woman who inspires others by her commitment and passion to her work. Diane L. Rosenfeld, who has a long history of advocating for issues concerning violence against women, truly embodies the spirit of the Woman of Inspiration Award!  Previously, Ms. Rosenfeld served as an Executive Assistant Attorney General in Illinois where she provided legal policy advising on women’s rights, among other issues. She then moved on to serve as the Senior Counsel to the Violence Against Women Office (now the Office of Violence Against Women) of the U.S. Department…

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Remembering the Legacy of a Black, Queer, Feminist: Dr. Pauli Murray

I attend the Howard University School of Law; home to famous and influential graduates such as Thurgood Marshall, Charlotte E. Ray, L. Douglas Wilder, and my ‘she-ro’, Dr. Pauli Murray. As you walk down the halls of Howard Law, you will undoubtedly stumble across not only Dr. Murray’s picture hanging from the walls, but a beautiful conference room, dedicated to the trailblazer.  Interestingly, and almost assuredly unintentionally, this beautiful room reflects Dr. Murray’s character, spirit, and appearance.  The room is both elegant and feminine, but with definite touches of a more masculine decorative style.  It is comforting and inviting, but…

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Meet #Superwoman Denise Henning

Each year, the Ms. JD Honors recognize exceptional members of our community in connection with our annual conference. This year, our Eighth Annual Conference, Superwomen JDs, will take place at NYU School of Law on Friday, February 19, with the Awards Reception taking place from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to network and meet extraordinary women and men from around the country. There's still time to register!  The Sharing Her Passion Award is given to a woman who has practiced for more than ten years and who inspires young career women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and by sharing her passion…

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Missing the Mark, But Only Just Barely: The LAUSD Decision and SB 579

It’s not even two months and the impact of the unprecedented Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) decision to close over 1,000 schools is still being felt. LAUSD serves over 640,000 students and parents across the city of Los Angeles.  Its schools remain in close proximity to private schools, childcare centers, hospitals, colleges, private businesses, and governmental agencies—quite literally, every type of establishment you can think of is next door or across the street from one of its schools.  So when School Board President Steve Zimmer chose to close its doors after receiving terrorists threats via e-mail, on the heels of what many have called a terrorist attack that left 14 dead in the neighboring…

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Laura Bladow

No Layover: The Ins & Outs of International Careers in Law - An Interview with Kristen Geyer

In December, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Kristen Geyer, a Partner at Culhane Meadows PLLC. Kristen began her career in the securities practice group of a large Wall Street firm. When she decided to move from New York to D.C., she leveraged the computer skills from her journalism background to find work in the emerging practice area of computer law. With her background in securities, Kristen represented corporate clients and their interests in the new technologies of online trading and automated trading before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She further developed her international legal expertise when…

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Lawyers Must Focus on Their New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Readers- Happy 2016 to you all!  I hope that your holidays were filled with much laughter, joy and memorable times with family and friends.  As we are well into January and celebrating Martin Luther King Day this week, it is a good time for us to reflect on our wishes and goals for the year. New Year's resolutions are top of mind, and we should all think about where we are headed in 2016.  In January 2012, I began writing my monthly column "Paradigm Shift" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and my first installment, which originally published on January 10, 2012, focused on New Year's resolutions.…

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7 Tips for Choosing a Female Foreclosure Attorney

In today’s world, many people are facing foreclosure. If you do not make your mortgage payments, you could be in jeopardy of losing your home. If this is the case, you need to hire an experienced attorney to fight for your rights. Some people prefer females to take care of their legal needs; therefore, here are 7 tips for hiring a female foreclosure attorney. 1. Search the Internet You can look online to see what female foreclosure lawyers are available in your area. Look at reviews and see what other people are saying about the attorneys. Find one that has…

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8 Helpful Tips on Protecting Yourself from Domestic Violence

Domestic violence refers to physical violence that emanates from domestic abuse. Domestic abuse occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dictate over and control the other person. This is also known as spousal abuse. Domestic violence and abuse are typically used by someone when they want to gain and sustain control over all aspects of their partner's life. Achieving this could mean using fear, shame, guilt, and intimidation tactics to establish their dominance over their partner. The abuser may also go the extent of making threats and harming people. The common notion surrounding domestic violence…

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