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fmjay-2nYR

Defining Success in the Law

Hello Ms. JD Aficionados! I hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying the summer so far.  Many of you may be summer associates in law firm summer programs across the country, others of you may be getting geared up for on-campus interviewing in the next several weeks, while some of you may be practicing attorneys with a few years under your belt.  Whatever the case may be, each of us can use some advice about how best to define success in the context of where we are in our careers, and some do's and don'ts.  In that…

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lawyergirl

SUPERWOMEN TIPS FOR TAKING THE BAR EXAM

As a second generation lawyer whose father jumped the legendary hurdle of passing the New York Bar the first try, the Bar was quite high for me when taking my Bar exam, even though I was in a land far away, the Commonwealth of Virginia. I did and I did, but I recall that it was as much a question of stamina and personal discipline as much as it was about legal information and knowledge of law. The old adage that Law School has nothing to do with practicing law has, years later, proven to be untrue. Staying awake and using my…

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JCPGHLS

What should I read to get ready for law school?

“I’m starting law school in the fall.  What should I read before I start?” At about this time each year, future 1Ls might ask a friend, relative, or lawyer whom they happen to know:, “What should I read to prepare for law school.” My co-author Barry Friedman (NYU) and I have three answers: one that may surprise you, one that we hope will amuse you, and one that is … well … a bit self-serving.  (Yes, we’ve written a book to prep students for law school.) The last answer also comes with an offer…. First, the surprise. You don’t need to…

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lawyergirl

My Mom works as an International Legal Diplomat (Happy Mother’s Day)

The questions of worklife balance are one facet of professional life among MsJD members that are universal--- important no matter in which nation one finds work or which part of one's family needs and deserves full attention at some moment in time. For those of us living life on the cutting edge of law and technology and governance, well sometimes at the cutting edge, one simply gets cut and bleeds. Social values have changed; it is now possible to view mothering and paid work as inextricable tasks, benefiting children as well as parents and thus supporting a healthier society. But…

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fmjay-2nYR

Start Thinking of Yourself More as a Business Owner Than an Attorney

Dear Readers- Happy Spring!  As we get ready to wind down the first quarter of 2016, it is a good time to take stock of how well we are doing in achieving our work goals for this year.  Are we on track, or are we already falling a bit behind?  As we contemplate our performance, we must view ourselves through the eyes of a business owner, rather than as an attorney. Are we keeping clients happy?  Do the economics of our practice make sense? Are we getting out there enough and developing our personal brand and market awareness?  Are we strategically collaborating with others as…

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lawyergirl

Text of SUPERWOMEN JD Acceptance of Award

Dr. Ilise Levy Feitshans JD and ScM and DIR Author, Council of Europe handbook for Parliamentarians on the Ratification of the Convention Preventing Medicrime (English and French text coe.int) Ms-JD Writer in residence on international Law Ms-JD Superwomen-JD Award Recipient 2016 Thank you for inviting me and I welcome my guests Hon. Obaid Noori of the United Nations in New York who was my classmate in Geneva, Jennifer Alden of the Japan Society in New York and my brother Fred who lives nearby. I was born and raised on a self-contained island, different from its surrounding nation. I graduated high school…

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lawyergirl

Mary Poppins Viewed As a Tale of Migration

Travel is easy in a generation where airplanes land everywhere frequently and cost not more than a week or month's salary to jetaway. It is difficult to imagine the life of people who were chained to where they lived and loved, lucky to voyage to another country once in their life or perhaps to take a long journey to the next town. Yet travel was rare and expensive in the century just next door. And the few people who boldly chose to forsake everything and go to another country to start a new life only rarely ever returned home. History does not record the…

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fmjay-2nYR

Lawyers Must Focus on Their New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Readers- Happy 2016 to you all!  I hope that your holidays were filled with much laughter, joy and memorable times with family and friends.  As we are well into January and celebrating Martin Luther King Day this week, it is a good time for us to reflect on our wishes and goals for the year. New Year's resolutions are top of mind, and we should all think about where we are headed in 2016.  In January 2012, I began writing my monthly column "Paradigm Shift" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and my first installment, which originally published on January 10, 2012, focused on New Year's resolutions.…

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Bari Burke

Sisters-in-Law/Then and Now—“Can I Be a Lawyer?” - Advice in Historical Newspapers

“Can I Be a Lawyer?”:   Advice in Historical Newspapers “I would like to know if there is still any very strong prejudice against the woman lawyer?  Is she at a great disadvantage?  Could I expect the sort of future my brother, were he to follow the law, would have a right to expect?”      B.F.L., a high school girl, to Miss Jessie Roberts, “The Girl’s Job:  Can I Be A Lawyer?” Idaho Statesman 1/27/1917 *        *        *        *        *        *        * During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, newspapers contained an abundance of…

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jessipatton

Why You Should (Or Should Not) Start Your Own Law Practice

For my inaugural post, it seems fitting to begin with the most important question you should ask yourself before starting your own practice: “Why am I doing this?” Starting your own practice or firm has many advantages: independence, control over your focus, and flexibility to name a few.  It can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life but if you’re doing it for the wrong reasons, you will be miserable. This question will come up constantly —in your business plan, in conversations with potential clients, and with other attorneys.  It will also be the deciding factor…

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