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From the Frontlines: Sexism Persists

When we first started Ms. JD, one of the most powerful realizations was that there were pervasive, persistent currents of gender bias influencing all our law school experiences. Not until we all started sharing our experiences with one another did we realize it. Only after checking in with other women at other law schools did the subtle differential treatment many of us were experiencing seem connected to our gender. Prior to that, the odd look from a professor was just an off moment, the assumption that I was an administrative assistant not a law student at the tax seminar was…

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Kristin Holland

Mentors Matter: You Don’t Have To Use the M-Word.

Even though it’s March, you don’t need to use the M-word to have a fruitful mentoring relationship with a trusted advisor.  In January I explained that mentors can be in disguise, in February I tried to help you find a trusted advisor, and now in March my advice is that your mentors don’t need to accept a formal M title to play the role.  Not everyone who mentors you needs to know that you think of them as a mentor.  I am not advocating that you lie about your intentions, I’m just suggesting that the relationship can be full of…

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The Dangers of Improper Security of Electronic Health Records

There are only a few individuals who know the most intricate details of your body and mind. The majority of these are health care professionals, only a few of whom you may have an ongoing relationship with. Continuity of care is provided and ensured through your medical records. However, paper records are open to being lost, damaged, or destroyed. Moving records between different public health sites increases the risk of these possibilities. Increasingly the answer has been to create electronic health records, and incentives have been offered to those who make the switch. These can be stored either within the…

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A Women Lawyer’s Check List “Part 1”

For all the chatter, studies, and disheartening stats we read on where Women in the Law rank in the legal services sector, I say “pooie”. Yes, the numbers stink; yes, there are real barriers, discrimination, disappointing treatment from law firm leadership, but hey, we are women “with a capitol W” as the phrase goes. Though I am not nor ever have been a practicing attorney, I have also carefully and strategically navigated the career slalom amongst men in the sense that I am usually the only woman in the board room; have been perceived as a “trouble-maker” at times when…

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Loud and heard: Louisiana women and activists speak out for women’s reproductive rights

My friend Bethany called late one evening a few weeks ago.  She had just come from a meeting of the New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF) and was fired up.   NOAF and its allies had recently discovered that the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) had surreptitiously issued  “emergency” regulations that were so stringent that they would effectively shut down all five remaining abortion clinics in the state.   The rules had been enacted in November without public comment or any input from clinics or the medical community. Not only were activists and providers outraged at the undemocratic way in which…

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Kristin Holland

Mentors Matter:  Who Can You Trust?

Happy February! In this month of Valentines and love, I wish for you the gift of a trusted guide and counselor. Last month I wrote about mentors being all around you. But this month I want to focus on another issue, how can you find a mentor you trust? If you are looking for a mentor, how do you know who will actually take the time and give you advice without judging you or, even worse, sabotaging you. How do you find someone who has wisdom and benevolence? Women are loyal, trusting and more naïve about confiding in co-workers than…

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Networking: Tools for the Path Less Taken

By B. DeOrnellas I am in the midst of imagining my future profession. As I am in my last semester of law school, the time has come for me to explore my options for post-graduation. During my time in law school, I have experienced an overwhelming pressure to take a traditional post-grad path. Generally, there have been three potential paths: (1) If you want to do the public interest track, apply to fellowships to support your work at a non-profit. (2) Participate in your campus law firm recruiting program and pick a firm for post-grad. (3) Get a clerkship with…

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

With freshly printed law degree in hand, I thought a mentor would be the source of all things good in my career—someone who would provide me both counsel and opportunity.  I was mistaken. We women attorneys are routinely told that guidance is the key to our success in the legal profession.  We’re told to seek out mentors, or better yet, sponsors, since mentors and sponsors are not one and the same.  Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author of Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor, describes a mentor as a “sounding board or shoulder to cry on” who offers advice, support, and guidance…

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Kristin Holland

Mentors Matter:  Mentors in Disguise

In researching this column, I looked up the origin of the word mentor and found that the very first mentor was a woman, the Goddess Athena to be exact. Athena, disguised as a man named Mentor, appeared to Odysseus and advised Telemachus on how to deal with adversity and personal challenges in the Odyssey. A goddess invented mentoring, so it's only right that women should embrace it and be empowered by it.  If you think you don’t have the time, or you don’t know who to ask, or you don’t even know if you want to engage in learning from…

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Call For Papers: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS) is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed international journal published by Center for Promoting Ideas, USA. The main objective of IJHSS is to provide an intellectual platform for the international scholars. IJHSS aims to promote interdisciplinary studies in humanities and social science and become the leading journal in humanities and social science in the world. The journal publishes research papers in the fields of humanities and social science such as anthropology, business studies, communication studies, corporate governance, criminology, cross-cultural studies, demography, development studies, economics, education, ethics, geography, history, industrial relations, information science, international relations, law, linguistics, library science, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, population studies, psychology, public administration, sociology, social welfare, linguistics,…

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