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Susan Smith Blakely

Women Lawyers Should Avoid the Heat

  Yes, it is very hot this summer in most parts of America, but this is not the kind of heat I mean. The heat I am talking about occurs when boys and girls start fooling around on the job.  There is no place for this in the law profession, and I hope you know it.  I made it clear to you in my first book, Best Friends at the Bar:  What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law (Aspen Publishers 2009).  Presenting yourself as a professional to avoid mixed or wrong sexual/relationship messages is serious business…

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To be a More Zealous Advocate, See Yourself in Your Clients

            I have been blessed to have my parents, siblings, teachers, and friends as my lifelong advocates. These people have helped shape my beliefs through good conversation and have shown me how important it is to approach all challenges with optimism and grace.             However, the attorney who enabled my family to immigrate to the United States from India was also my advocate. Without his work, I would not have had the opportunity to grow personally and professionally here. His advocacy inspired me to become an attorney and pursue externship experiences which would enable me…

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lawyergirl

A woman Lawyer for the Pantheon: Hommage to Simone Veil

A woman Lawyer for the Pantheon: Hommage to Simone Veil   Dr. Ilise L Feitshans JD and ScM and DIR Former Guest Researcher at NCRWE Copenhagen Legal Advisor for the Greek National Platform on Nanomedicine Executive Director The Work Health and Survival Project Swiss 0041 79 836 3965  USA  917 239 9960     forecastingnanolaw”gmail.com             Author, Council of Europe Handbook for Parliamentarians on the Ratification of the Convention Preventing Medicrime (English and french versions available on the web coe.int) MS-JD  Writer in residence on international Law   Award Recipient MS-JD SUPERWOMEN- JD conference 2016 Expert on Nanotechnology for the Parliamentary Assembly…

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Washington State Family-Leave

The Seattle Times recently reported on a "revolutionary" law, one-decade in the making. Washington State is joining California, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C. in mandating employers pay workers' salaries while they take time off for the birth of a child. The Washington State law allows 12 weeks of leave at 90% of income (higher than any other state mandating the pay). This law, which has technically been on the books since 2007, is funded by weekly paycheck contributions from the employee and the employer and will take effect in 2020. I'm sure you can imagine how…

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Take a few days off and get away!

I'm in a rut. A career rut. A life rut. Just a rut. For some reason I was under the impression that once I accomplished my childhood dream of becoming a lawyer that all the obstacles and difficulties would vanish or at the very least seem less daunting but no. I was wrong, very wrong.  I've been a lawyer for two years now and I find myself more lost than ever. I read article after article about mid quarter life crisis and overcoming work burn out. While the advice in those articles are helpful it still doesn't offer me a solution…

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Susan Smith Blakely

In Praise of Independent Women Lawyers

Happy Independence Day!  Yes, it is about small town parades, fireworks and sparklers, burgers on the grill, mountains of ice cream, and being together with family and friends. It only comes once a year, so knock yourself out!  But, during the festivities, do not forget about the "independence" part. I am not just talking about the Declaration of Independence or what it has meant to the evolution of this country where we all enjoy freedoms and independence unparalleled in the world.  That is the focus, but it goes much further than that.  It is about national independence and also about…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Pay It Forward

Name: Kimberly Amrine Professional Title: Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Frost Brown Todd, LLC Sector: Private Law School: George Washington University Law School Things eventually came to a head. Like many recent college graduates, Kim did not know what she was going to do after she graduated from Northwestern University. After all, she did not particularly love school. So, she packed up her little Honda Civic and moved to Washington D.C. Her interest in politics eventually led her to apply for jobs on Capitol Hill. But most of the jobs on the Hill were unpaid and she needed to…

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Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I possess the internal fire to manifest my desires. Summer has finally arrived.  In this month of fireworks and rising temperatures, are you stoking your internal fire to manifest your desires and intentions?  You have to stay the course.  Manifesting the desires of your heart requires work.  You must have a clear vision of your goals and do everything feasible on your end to bring them to fruition.  Once that’s done, the real work begins.  You have to release control of your desires to the universe and allow them to manifest at the right time and in the right…

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Sappho

Summer & A Sigh of Relief

The past month and a half has been a difficult time for me. We have had illnesses (my children, my partner, and I), sadness, stress, and transition difficulties. In addition, the number of work hours from my current job dropped, and I am working less than part-time. After several agonizing weeks, and consultation with several individuals, I made an important, yet difficult decision to postpone taking the bar. It came down to finances and personal health issues impacting my family and I -- I chose my family. The decision was not easy to make. I still feel slightly disappointed. Yet,…

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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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