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The Old Girls Club: Maximizing Women’s Initiative Effectiveness

A very practical and informative panel titled "The Old Girls' Club" at Ms. JD's Third Annual Conference: Avenues to Advancement, tackled the topic of women's initiatives. The knowledgeable and experienced panelist shared their advice on how to start one, how to maintain one and how to make the most of such a group. Here is some of their advice: 1. Set practical and realistic goals for the group. The panelists all agreed that advancement and retention are two great overall goals for a women's initiative but also expressed a need for the group to stay relevant and to change with…

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Networking & Effective Self-Promotion

Editor's Note: Ms. JD's annual conference, Avenues to Advancement, was held November 20-21 in Chicago. These are notes from the "Networking & Effective Self-Promotion" panel. The panelists all agreed that self-promotion is necessary to get beyond a certain career plateau and that women need to develop their own style in this area, frequently reassess whether a particular networking or self-promotion strategy is working and make necessary changes based on what works, and realize that self-promotion is a learned trait that can be practiced. The panelists also agreed that just as important as promoting yourself is thinking about how help someone…

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MCCA Launches Group Mentoring Program at 10th Annual Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference

KAN-Do! MCCA's Group Mentoring program is finally here. Continue the dialogue, expand your connections, get additional exposure to best practices, engage in thought-provoking, lively discussions and take home practical tools and resources to meet your organizational diversity goals and further your personal career growth. KAN-Do! Group Mentoring Events are available online for the following topics: Nuts & Bolts of Building an Effective Diversity Program Convergence Update: 2009 Best Practices Diversity Director and Managing Partner: Best Practices to Forge a Partnership Repositioning Your Skill Set How do I join? 1. Click on the following link: https://www.3creekmentoring.com/Mentoring_Public/branding/index.cfm?linkID=34D351A0621BA0853E15AAEBEF470C4BB1C20B240EBDCB5C8DAD1322667E588055E20840226FBB015CE9A8CE5303D19F&instanceID=NTA3Mg%3D%3D 2. Select from the above…

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DRI Women’s Seminar

[Ed. Note: This post contains event information from one of Ms. JD's readers. For more information about the DRI's 2010 Sharing Success: A Seminar for Women Lawyers, click the link below.] I am promoting the Defense Research Institute's annual Women's Seminar. I have attached the Save the Date and it will be held March 25-26, 2010 in Scottsdale, AZ. Attendees will learn: how to deal with the impossible witness; business development tips specifically for female lawyers; juror perceptions of women litigators; tips for how to lead a trial team as a female lawyer; a humorous look at every day ethical…

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Networking Advice for Law Students Part V: The Harder You Work, The Luckier You’ll Be

In the first four installments of this series I recommended you: Network with people you genuinely enjoy and in activities you find interesting. Take advantage of existing networks around you: in your legal market, from your alumnae associations, through affinity groups, and in your bar association's work. Don't waste opportunities to make new connections: follow-up for real, by email, by phone, on business cards, and after social and professional events. Earn your network's support by being a resource to those within it. Not surprisingly, this all takes a lot of work and attention. But it does pay dividends. And it…

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Networking Advice for Law Students Part IV: Pay It Forward (Be the Person Your Network Turns to for Help)

Women helping women. That's my motivation. It doesn't have to be yours (although if you haven't made a conscious decision to invest in women's success I challenge you to come up with a decent reason why not). If you're not feeling particularly altruistic, consider this: your network is only as valuable as your contacts think it is. Don’t expect your professional network to pay dividends unless you are willing to earn it. This is basic golden rule stuff, you know “do unto others” and all that good stuff: My network consists primarily of folks I contact through Ms. JD who…

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Networking Advice for Law Students Part I: Don’t Waste Your Time Being Miserable - Network Through Something “Interesting”

I've already mentioned how important effective networking has been in my own career path. Now I'd like to share some of the tricks I've picked up along the way. First up: putting networking in a compelling context, or what I'm calling "Don't Waste Your Time Being Miserable - Network Through Something Interesting." By this I mean networking in situations and with people you find interesting, entertaining, or otherwise worthwhile. I don't know about you, but I have to really bring my A game to make much of your basic wine and cheese event. I'm at my best when I have…

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A Code of Ethics for Female Attorneys

Editor's Note: As part of Ms. JD's 5th Birthday celebration, we'll be looking back at our favorite posts over the years.Recently, I heard Adrienne Suarez deliver her Code of Ethics for Female Attorneys. Favorite excepts include: Number 4: Given the choice of being a mentor or a tormentor to a younger, less experienced female attorney, I actively choose to be a mentor.   Number 7: I recognize that even though we may be of the same sex, I will not like every female attorney I meet.  I pledge, however, not to call her a “bitch,” or any other name powerful…

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NAWL’s Ready to On-Ramp program, for those of us who haven’t even graduated yet.

I attended NAWL’s Ready to On-Ramp? program at Jenner & Block in Chicago, which was “designed to help lawyers develop their own personal strategy to re-entering the workforce” after taking time off, usually for raising children. Not having graduated from law school yet (one more week!), I was the youngest person there. I got some puzzled looks.But I found that the women I met, who have entered, exited, and sometimes entered the legal workforce again, had extremely valuable information to impart on a woman just starting her legal career.Great advice was shared by the likes of Carol Fishman Cohen, author…

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ACLU gains admission for women into private club [Clippings]

Salon.com reports that the ACLU has successfully argued for the admission of women into Mystic, California's influential German Social Society Frohsinn, Inc., a social networking organization. This hardly spells the end of gender exclusive provate clubs. In fact the more entrenched and traditional the exclusivity of an establishment is, the more likely it will be constitutionally protected. Still, this can only be good news for the future female business leaders of Mystic!

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