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nakeena

Embracing Identity in the Profession

Identity theories have always been of interest to me. In college, critical identity theory served as a lens to how we interact with each other... how we come together... how we differ on issues... what causes people to connect and create community... what drives progress and change... During graduate studies and beyond, the personalization of the concept has impacted my contributions on my job, within the community and among friends and family.    So why mention it in a posting related to the legal profession?  Our personal identities are vital to our professional success. More directly, the embracing of and…

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MAMAs Austin

Do Work and Life Ever Balance? Juggling career and family in the Pinterest era

Many of us lawyers are Type A, competitive perfectionists, and these traits don’t fade away when we become mothers.  While our aggressive natures can serve our clients well, I question how well they sometimes serve us. Recently, a good friend of mine who is also an attorney asked me how I “do it all.”  I was flabbergasted.  Doing it all?  Could I possibly give others the impression that I am succeeding at everything?  To my mind, being a practicing attorney, mother of two under two, and wife has resulted in me being perpetually late with damp hair and yesterday’s eye…

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Anonymous

Walk a Mile in My Heels, by Anonymous Woman Attorney

Today is Equal Pay Day.  That is the date the salaries of women catch up with the salaries their male counterparts earned in 2012. There is much public discussion about why it is that women do not succeed at the same levels as men and about the dissatisfaction many young women have with their careers.  The reasons for these situations might just stem from the fundamentally different experience that women and men have on the job. With respect to the legal profession, it is difficult for many male attorneys to understand the work environment of most female attorneys. Imagine, though,…

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watson28

Located in DC or Miami? Attend the Largest Ms. JD Event Ever!

Ms. JD and Kirkland & Ellis cordially invite you to attend: Building Her Power Base: A Conversation with ABA President Laurel Bellows on Leadership & EntrepreneurshipOn January 31, 2013, Laurel Bellows will be speaking on Leadership and Entrepreneurship and will be answering questions from young women attorneys and law students nationwide.  Laurel's presentation is an unsurpassed opportunity for law students and junior attorneys to get tips and tricks for tackling leadership and entrepreneurship in the law! Miami, FL at K&L Gates LLP, 200 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL at 1:00 pm Pacific.  Lunch will be served.Washington, DC at Kirkland & Ellis LLP - 655 Fifteenth Street,…

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KMLW

Happy New Year Ms. JDs! We’re celebrating 2012 and Looking Ahead to 2013. (Post 2 of 2!)

Yesterday we told you about the AWESOME year we've had working, writing, and meeting our community.  Well, we're even more excited for 2013! We've got lots of big plans!Here's a sneak peek at a few:1. We're going to continue giving you access to top women in our profession. We're so excited to be working with Kirkland & Ellis to bring you a conversation on leadership and entrepreneurship with ABA President Laurel Bellows.  You can attend the event yourself in Chicago or at any of our viewing parties across the nation.  You can even bring it to your own school. Click…

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Dyanna Q

Overheard at the American Bar Association’s Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Academy

From December 6-7, 2012, San Francisco played host to the 2012 Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Academy presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the Young Lawyers Division. The event was an incredible success. I was lucky enough to attend and get to hear the incredible advice offered by keynote speakers such as  The Honorable Angela Bradstreet, San Francisco County Superior Court; Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Writer, Director, and Producer ofMiss Representation and Founder and CEO of MissRepresentation.org; and Edith R. Perez, Partner (Ret.), Latham and Watkins LLP and President, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners (1997-1999). The theme of this year's WILL Academy…

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bahardave

One Essential Trait of a Leader Is…Initiative

Editor's Note: This post was submitted in response to Ms. JD's She Leads essay prompt: "One Essential Trait of a Leader is ..." Ms. JD: She Leads will take place October 5, 2012 in Washington, DC and will feature keynote speeches from Marne Levine, the VP of Global Public Policy at Facebook and the DQs.  To learn more about Ms. JD: She Leads and to register, click here.There are plenty of people out there who always do what they are told to do.  As humans, one of the first things we are taught as young children is how to follow…

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editor

The Weekly Round Up: Week of 5/11/2012

As we prepare for our annual conference, She Leads, in Washington, DC, we continue to offer you great leadership articles to help you prepare as well.  This week HBR asks "Just How Powerful Are You?"  Also, the Glass Hammer asks "Are Women Better Leaders?"A big backlash against TIME for promoting the Mommy Wars based on their latest cover.  Here's one take on it from MomsRising.In other "Moms" news, Forbes releases the most powerful Moms in the world list.In helpful job tips, seven phrases to delete from your LinkedIn profile.It appears that Dewey & Leboeuf is collapsing.  Here's yet another partner's take on why. Are…

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Atticus Lee

The UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident: Behind the Most In-Your-Face Meme of 2012

Does that picture look familiar (without the butterflies)? Can you remember what you were doing when you first saw the tragically iconic video of police officers dousing unarmed students in California with pepper spray during Occupy's heyday? Oh good, maybe I'm not the only one! A week before Thanksgiving last year, UC Davis police officers arrived in riot gear to the main quad and demanded 50-some Occupy-ers dismantle their tent city by the bookstore and disperse. When protestors refused and instead linked arms and stood (or sat, technically) their ground, Police Lieutenant John Pike busted out his riot-size can of pepper…

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editor

News about Ms. JD’s Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law!

Ms. JD is excited to be sharing an update about our Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law, Ms. JD: She Leads. As you may remember from our save the date, Ms. JD has partnered with the Women and the Law Program at Washington College of Law at American University to host the conference October 5, 2012. Ms. JD's annual conference represents the marquee event of the year for women in law. In addition to getting the opportunity to interact with and learn from one another, the conference gives students and young lawyers opportunities to meet top lawyers, hear…

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