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Failure Turned Inside Out: Asking for a Friend

Sometimes the desire to help others is not enough. Before ending this column, I thought it was important to share my own story with my readers. It was a bit odd being the interviewee, but I pushed myself to answer some of the same questions I have been asking other women during this past year so this journey with you all could come full circle. For me, becoming a lawyer has always been a means to an end. I knew very early on that it would be the first step to evolving into a diplomat or politician championing the civil…

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Teaching the Importance of Diversity

Ms. Shay Lawson is an intellectual property attorney who owns and operates Advocate Law Group in Atlanta, Georgia that boasts such clients as former White House Chef, Marvin Woods, and TRAP Karaoke. But, even with the busy schedule of operating her own firm, Ms. Lawson finds time to use her nearly ten years of experience consulting with law firms and other businesses seeking to improve their organization’s commitment and fulfillment to diversity and inclusion. How did you get involved in “Diversity Consulting?” I started in consulting with a company called Intern Bridge after participating as a speaker and workshop facilitator in…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Risk It All- The Anita Hill Story & Workplace Sexual Harassment

This kind of behavior is what makes it extremely difficult to speak out against workplace harassment and assault. To date, more than sixty women in the film and production industry have accused acclaimed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. At least two of these accusations have resulted in law enforcement officials and prosecutors opening criminal investigations that may lead to his indictment on rape and sexual assault charges. And while many may be interested in the salacious downfall of Weinstein for their own diabolical interests, there are those of us who appreciate the important conversations that have…

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Your true self is your best self

Oddly enough, I was talking to a female prosecutor recently about how to balance being feminine and being taken seriously in the court room.  Sometimes it is a struggle to balance the two because often I feel as I’m being too caring or worrying about my hair or wondering if the opposing attorney is looking at me as rude or too harsh.  She told me to never be anyone I was not.  I mean how simple is that?  It seems like that is something that is so obvious, but a lot of times I feel like I try to put…

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Want Career Advice? Look Within First

Most likely, we are all familiar with Robert Frost’s famous opening stanza:             “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,             And sorry I could not travel both             And be one traveler, long I stood             And looked down one as far as I could             To where it bent in the undergrowth.” And most likely, we have been confronted by analysis paralysis at one point or another in our lives. It oftentimes casts a shadow on the plethora of career advice received from various sources – fellow students, professors, seasoned attorneys, mentors who…

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Ms. JD’s Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Academy

On September 22-23rd, I traveled across the country to attend the Ms. JD's Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Academy: from Las Vegas, NV to Cambridge, MA. A little over two weeks later and I am still feeling the excitement and inspiration I garnered from being in a room full of incredible women in leadership roles at their respective law schools. A little over two weeks later and I have implemented ideas and suggestions given to me from speakers, and other attendees in my own law school. A little over two weeks later and I see the attendee's on Facebook cheering each other on…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Should I Go To Law School?

When I was in law school, I met several attorneys, and I would always ask the same question: what advice do you have for someone in law school? Too often the answer was “I wish I never went” or “Don’t go to law school.” Later when I was asked for advice on whether to go to law school, I would joke and say no, but I would also ask the person why. It’s a question that’s never truly thought about. Why? Why do you want to go to law school? Why do you want to be a lawyer? What’s the…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: I Don’t Scare Easy

Name: Joy Harper Professional Title: Vice President Capital Markets Tax Sector: Asset Management Law School: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State Specialization: International Tax and Taxation of Financial Instruments and Products Trusted Advisor “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Any Godfather fan knows that Don Vito Corleone was, frighteningly, a man of his word, but it was his trusted advisor who ensured that Corleone escaped legal reprimand for his chilling antics. Joy Harper became enamored with the advisor’s innate ability to problem solve as a means to effectively advocate for his boss Corleone. Mix that along with her…

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Discrimination in the Law

Equality After many years of combat by the Universities, the Law Society, the Bar council and the Law schools the gender balance has been achieved with a current 49/51 split in the sexes entering the legal professions whether it be in the solicitors or the barrister ranks. However, the percentages change rapidly after a few years in the professions, from 25 to 40 years of age and do not recover after a period of time. Indeed, the female percentage of current judges is below 25%. What are the reasons behind these two factors? The falloff in women in the legal…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: “Table of Contents”

Are you a pre-law student or professional? Read this post first! Hello and welcome to Ms. JD Pre-Law! Our goal is to serve as a resource to, and build a supportive community of, pre-law women around the country. Whether you're a college freshman just starting to develop an interest in the legal profession, or if you already know that you're going to law school this Fall—we have something for you! In addition to organizing in-person events, we also regularly post interviews and other articles on the wider Ms. JD blog. The list below serves as a helpful index to many…

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