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Networking for Law Students - Ms. JD’s First Podcast with Law School Podcaster

So excited to be able to share our first collaboration with Law School Podcaster! This first podcast is completely free and features Ms. JD Writers in Residence Katie Hayes and Frank Kimball as well as Ms. JD sponsor Munger, Tolles & Olson associate Kim Encinas.  The topic is networking. The advice is geared for law students, but more broadly applicable.  The program has concrete advice about how to make and maintain contact to expand your professional network. Enjoy!Networking 101: Essential Tips for Law Students

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Frank Kimball

You’re Not Networking - You’re Connecting

My New Year’s Resolution for 2011 is to banish the word networking. It’s become tiresome, predictable, and cliche ridden, conjuring up images of people working rooms, collecting cards, and investing way too much time in LinkedIn, Facebook, and updating the synch software on their Blackberry. The word for the new year is Connecting. Until you take the final step of connecting - personally, old school - the network is incomplete and useless. Once you connect it’s the most powerful weapon in your arsenal. Plus, and this is top secret, it’s fun. Since human beings came out of the caves and formed…

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Better Late than Never: Free Passes to Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier

On Thursday, December 3rd at 3 pm EST Carolyn Elefant and Nicole Black will be running a webinar on social media for female attorneys.  I have two free passes for the first two students who email me (kornberg@ms-jd.org) and a discount code fo all the other Ms. JD readers interested in listening in (just enter discount code some4wola and save $5).From the program description:Social media plays to women lawyer’s professional strengths…so it’s unfortunate that more women lawyers aren’t playing with social media.   Many reasons explain women’s underrepresentation:  some women are simply not convinced of the value of social media, some…

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jessie

It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know. OK Now What?

They say it's not what you know, it's who you know.  I say, thank goodness. It's so much easier to make a new acquaintance than to learn a new skill.  People too often assume that unless your "who you know" is the boss, then your network isn't very valuable. They couldn't be more wrong.  My first job out of college came to me via my ex-boyfriend's teammate's bible study partner.  She wasn't the boss, not by a long shot. But she saw my resume when it came in the fax and pulled it. That's all it takes.This Thanksgiving take a…

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Programming Details for Ms. JD’s 4th Annual Conference on Women in Law

Stand Up! Stand Out! Ms. JD’s 4th Annual Conference on Women in Law, promises to be the marquis event for female law students and junior attorneys this year.  We will be celebrating Ms. JD’s 5th Birthday and gathering roughly 350 student leaders and recent graduates from around the country for this special event. The details of the event are coming together. Highlights include a repeat of our student skills workshop ( a huge success last year), 6 panels for recent grads and mid-level attorneys, a career planning workshop and some great networking opportunities. More details, including panel descriptions here. Stay…

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jessie

Heads Up SF & Chicago: 2 Great Events Coming Up

Two great events in the coming weeks warrant a plug:Women in Law Firms: Is Progress Being Made? October 28, 2010 - Chicago, ILStephanie Scharf, President of the National Association of Women Lawyers Foundation, will discuss the just-released findings of the Fifth Annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms. Following this presentation, Roberta Liebenberg, Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, will give an overview of the recent study completed by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Project for Attorney Retention, and the Commission on Women on how law firms distribute billing origination credit and…

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Nominate an Outstanding Woman Lawyer for the 2011 ABA Margaret Brent Awards!

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is accepting nominations for the 21st Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. This award, established in 1991, honors five outstanding women attorneys who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. These women demonstrate excellence in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on either the national, regional, or local level.  Beginning in 2010, Ms. JD drew from this distinguished group for mentorship for Ms. JD's Fellowship winners.Previous winners range from small-firm practitioners in Alabama and Alaska…

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Jennifer Guenther

From the Desk of the working Mom: Who Are Your “Friends”?

We all like to think that it is one big happy family at work: that when we go to lunch with a co-worker, we are really having a conversation with a friend.   And why not?  As lawyers, we spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our families, let alone our BFF or old college buddies.  Who else are we going to share a laugh with about the case we just won?But what happens when we “friend” a co-worker on-line?  Or a boss?  Or a client?   While it may initially seem like good business sense to respond positively…

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jessie

Mentors v. Sponsors

I have neither read nor seen Eat, Pray, Love. Nevertheless this post is inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's ubiquotous tale, because apparently somewhere in India a man named Richard from Texas tells her she "needs a champion." Ladies, we all do. If you don't believe me (or Richard) there's an article in this week's Harvard Business Review to bring the point home.  Herminia Ibarra, Nancy M. Carter, and Christine Silva build on Catalyst research and anecdotes from an interview series and point to a lack of the right kind of mentorship as a contributing factor in the continued failre to promote women…

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Ms. JD

The Best Advice I Never Got: You Have A Network, Now Use It!

Editor's Note: Julia Horwitz is a rising 2L at the University of Chicago School of Law and an intern at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. this summer.   Scholarship applicants were asked to answer the following question: What's the best advice you never got? Choose a situation and three tips that would have made the biggest difference there. Julia's answer has been selected for Honorable Mention. Many businesses do not block Facebook on their desktop computers. This seems counter-intuitive, since news outlets never stop telling us about the evils of social networking and the constant threat of the…

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