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Now Confirmed: Carmen Ortiz to join over 30 companies at ACI’s Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law

Network with a stellar faculty of life sciences General Counsel, government representatives, and female powerbrokers in the life sciences legal bar as they unite at the only conference dedicated to giving like-minded women the skills necessary for continued success in the life sciences space. Companies confirmed to speak to date include: Asuragen ■ Amgen ■ Avanir Pharmaceuticals ■ Bayer ■ Biocryst Pharmaceuticals ■ Biogen Idec ■ Blueprint Medicines ■ Covidien ■ Edwards Lifesciences ■ Eisai Inc ■ Endo Pharmaceuticals ■ Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals ■ Medtronic ■ Novo Nordisk ■ Pfizer Inc ■ Sanofi Pasteur ■ Terumo Corporation and many more… Featuring a Keynote Address by Marla Persky, President & CEO of WOMN LLC (Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Boehringer Ingelheim USA) Plus, hear from one of…

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Justifying Your Existence in Law School with the Help of “I Too Am”

Every time I dismiss social media as a meaningless waste of time, a new and critical use for it arises. From Harvard to the University of Michigan, students of color are using Twitter, Facebook and other social media to raise awareness about an amorphous campus secret: Black students encounter bias.  These brave students—mostly Black—are are not suffering in silence but instead are using the power of social medias’ micro-messaging systems to raise awareness about the micro-aggressions and micro-inequities (which I collectively refer to as “the micros” and I’ll define them later in this blog) on college campuses.  Instead of ranting…

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Yale Law Women Announces 2014 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms

Yale Law Women (YLW) is pleased to announce its ninth annual Top Ten Family Friendly Firms list. YLW congratulates these firms for their leadership in developing and implementing family friendly policies and practices. The 2014 Top Ten Firms, in alphabetical order, are: ARNOLD & PORTER BAKER BOTTS HOGAN LOVELLS US HUNTON & WILLIAMS KIRKLAND & ELLIS MORRISON & FOERSTER MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON VINSON & ELKINS Below are key areas of progress and opportunities for improvement from this year’s survey results.  We hope that these findings will enhance awareness and dialogue…

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Legally Brown

Being brown is one of my best attributes, and it’s one of my favorite topics of discussion. It’s fundamental to my identity and has always affected many of my perspectives, beliefs, and decisions. But when I was younger, no one was expected to talk about race and without the internet (do I sound old?), it was easy to ignore. Then I went to WashU, where everyone wanted to talk about race, and it seemed like people were generally more aware and more thoughtful in their discussions, plus it was a relatively (emphasis on relatively) diverse microcosm of the world. Then…

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Diversity Should Never Apologize to Discrimination

Whenever I see “diversity” in a New York Times article headline, I perk up. But, when the word “dishonesty” is also in the tile, I am intrigued. In Sunday’s paper, one of my favorite columnists, Ross Douthat, created a dissonance for me. Somehow, he managed to opine on three really big news items that dealt with vastly different aspects of diversity and rolled them all into one article: the anti-marriage equality CEO resigning from Mozilla; Brandeis withdrawing its invitation to Hirsi to be a graduation speaker; and Sandra Korn’s proposal to ending research at Harvard that furthers sex, race, and…

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Body Language in the Workplace

Let's say you're all set for your big interview—the one you're confident will change your career. You know you can wow the person across the desk with your accomplishments. Or you're ready to give the presentation that reflects months of hard work and success. But before you even open your mouth, the rest of your body has already spoken volumes. What does your body language say? Does it say you're confident, smart, and enthusiastic—or just the opposite? Only a small percentage of communication involves actual words: 7%, to be exact. In fact, 55% of communication is visual (body language, eye…

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What is the Cost of Marketing Complacency in 2014?

How many of us remember the great tagline “Be All That You Can Be”?  Where was this first spoken?  Yep, it was a popular slogan of the US Army from 1980-2001. An oldie but a goodie. I was reading an article in The Times recently in which a study reported that once complacency sets into a workplace it functions much like an organizational cancer, slowly eating away at the core values of the firms. This prompted my thoughts on lawyers and their marketing behavior. Regardless of the present economic conditions, your practice (and by extension, your law firm) will grow…

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Kristin Holland

Mentors Matter:  Mentors, Sponsors & Equal Pay.

April 8, 2014 was Equal Pay Day.  This date symbolizes how far into 2014 women must work to earn what men earned in 2013.  There is some debate about the exact magnitude of the pay gap, but by any measure it is alive, well and impressive.  According to the 2012 U.S. Census, women who work full time earn, on average, only 77 cents for every dollar men earn.  The statistics are even worse for women of color.   Over a working lifetime, the average woman has lost $431,000 in fair earnings.  See  Congress is considering the Paycheck Fairness Act, an update to…

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True Grit: ABA YLD Style

Grit. Passion. Perseverance. Drive.  I didn’t know I had these traits until I was tested to the max. This bar year, ABA Young Lawyers Division had a rare number of officer and constitutional representative positions open for elections. There were 6 positions available.  Last year, they split the Secretary and Treasurer position so Treasurer would be a stand-alone two (2) year position.  Secretary would be a three (3) year ascending position to be Chair of the Division. Historically, candidates put in their names for elections immediately after the close of assembly at the ABA Annual Meeting, the year preceding the election. The…

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

In an era when we are told to lean in, I found value in leaning back. Early in my first year of practice, my impatience for success hindered my ability to actually succeed. Rather than assess what really stood between me and my goals, I transformed one negative experience into an excuse for everything. It was not until I slowed down, leaned back, and took a breath that I was able to see the forest for the trees.  It is a tough time to be a professional woman. Sheryl Sandberg advises us to Lean In.  Lois Frankel tells us Nice…

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