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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending July 18, 2014

On July 2, 2014, we celebrated the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  To commemorate that historic legislative achievement, The New Yorker is taking a look back at how women got involved in the legislative process. Here's a must-read for anyone concerned about retaining diverse candidates in the legal profession.  The Glass Hammer discusses the concept of "stereotype threat," including how it affects diverse employees and, most importantly, what leaders can do about it. There's been extensive coverage about the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.  But while most coverage focuses on the impact of the Court's ruling on…

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Ms JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending July 11, 2014

Two ground-breaking female leaders have been celebrated in the past couple weeks for their incredible achievements. It was announced this week that Regina Pisa, chairwoman of Goodwin Procter is stepping down at the end of September. Pisa led Goodwin Procter from 300 lawyers to more than 900 lawyers and was the first woman to ever lead an Am Law 100 firm. While Admiral Michelle Howard became the highest ranking woman in Naval history with her promotion to four-star admiral and Vice Chief of Naval Operations. There was a slight improvement in the number of firms qualifying for the Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s…

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Law Review Editors: Participate in the Ms.JD - NYLS Fourth Annual Law Review Diversity Study

Ms. JD and New York Law School (NYLS) invite law review editors to participate in our 2013-2014 Law Review Diversity Survey. Now in its fourth year, the NYLS/Ms.JD survey measures gender and racial diversity on the flagship law reviews or law journals of each American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school. This year, we are asking that law review faculty advisors, working in conjunction with law review and law journal editors, submit the data for our Diversity Survey by September 28, 2014.​ Please click here to participate and provide information about your 2013-2014 law review/law journal staff. All responses are confidential and…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending June 27, 2014

Countless sources have reported the dim prospects for law students in the current economic landscape.  But it looks like there is great news ahead!  The Wall Street Journal reports that now is the time to apply to law school.  Take a look at why law schools are heading into a bull market! Every summer, a new crop of law school graduates and law clerks prepare to enter the world of BigLaw.  So, what does it take to stand out as an associate?  Tom Hentoff of Williams & Connolly LLP offers his advice and observations about the secrets of superstar associates.…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending June 12, 2014

We're always interested in the state of diversity in the legal profession.  Unfortunately, the news is rarely good.  This week, the National Law Journal reported a modest rise in minority enrollment at law schools nationwide.  Minorities comprise just over one-quarter of recent law school enrollment, so we have a long way to go before our law schools (and lawyers) reflect the diversity of the country as a whole. So ladies, do you think it's tough to make it to the top of the legal profession?  According to the American Lawyer, women make up only 5.5% of all CEOs.  The article…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending May 30, 2014

The devastating violence in Isla Vista, California has led to an important conversation.  This week, the #YesAllWomen hashtag went viral and exposed the not-so-uncommon experiences of vulnerability and degradation in our male-dominated culture.  We encourage you to take a look, share, and reflect on some of the important issues faced by women nationwide. One of the most enduring myths in the legal profession is that kindness is synonymous with weakness or, at least, ineffectiveness.  This myth imposes a peculiar burden on women, who are often forced to walk a fine line between demanding respect and being marked as offputting by colleagues and supervisors.  But…

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Best advice I never got before I entered into law school: A setback, setup and comeback on outlining

The best advice that I never got before I entered into law school: A setback, setup and comeback on outlining By Rabiah Gul Outline!!! Situation (setback): One major setback I created for myself during the first semester was that I did not outline my class notes and information from the casebooks. As a result, this setback created a domino effect that resulted into one hindrance after another. I did not intentionally forgo outlining. I entered into law school not knowing what this technique even was. I did hear of this word occasionally, but only within the discourse of exams and…

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Weekly Roundup: Week ending May 16, 2014

Is "pushy" the new bossy? Reports suggest Jill Abramson's questioning of pay inequity was one of the factors in the decision to fire her from her position at the New York Times. Abramson isn't the first woman to lose her job due to perceived issues with her "forceful" leadership style. As we continue the discussion around equality in the workplace, there are a number of issues that still need to be addressed. This week brought news that the US came last in a UN study of maternity benefits. Finding work-life balance as a leader is challenging but there are ways to balance your commitments at work and at…

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Weekly Roundup: Week ending May 9, 2014

With Mother's Day this Sunday (yes, there's still time to get mom a card!), we wanted to wish all Ms. JD moms a very happy Mother's Day! Legally Weird has compiled their list of the best weird cases involving moms. Do you have a favorite case that's missing from the list? As attorneys and law students, we've had access to the highest levels of education. Unfortunately, the past few weeks have reminded us that not all women are so lucky. The abduction of over 200 girls from their boarding school in Nigeria is just the latest example of violence against…

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Weekly Roundup: Week ending April 25, 2014

As discussions continue around gender equality at law firms, is the answer to look to corporate America for inspiration? While there are positive trends in the corporate world, a closer look at the facts reveals two thirds of female executive committee members are in staff or support positions. Yale Law Women identified the Top Ten Family Friendly Firms for 2014 by considering a range of programs in place to support working parents and other markers of gender equality, while the Careerist questions if these programs are really having any meaningful impact on gender equality. Elsewhere, a Pew Research Center report looking…

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